Swing bed services

Swing bed services

Medicare covers swing bed services in a certain hospital or 

Critical access hospital (CAH)

 when the hospital or CAH has entered into a “swing-bed” agreement with the 

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

.

Your costs in Original Medicare

When swing beds are used to furnish skilled nursing facility-level care, the same coverage and cost-sharing rules apply as though the services were furnished in a SNF.

What it is

The facility can “swing” its beds and provide either acute hospital or skilled nursing facility (SNF)-level care, as needed.

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