Swing Bed Program
At The Richland Hospital, Inc., we understand there are times when a patient no longer needs the acute care they first received in the hospital – yet they may not feel strong enough to return home. For those patients, we offer our Swing Bed Program. After surgery and hospitalization, patients often transfer from the hospital into a nursing or rehab facility to help improve their physical functioning. We can “swing” you from post-operative and acute care into skilled-nursing, including physical rehabilitation and monitoring of your improvement. Even if your stay was at another hospital, you can transfer following discharge to receive Swing Bed Care here at The Richland Hospital, near your family. Our Swing Bed Program is a federally-approved program that allows small hospitals, like ours, to use regular patient rooms to provide this special care. Due to our commitment to meeting the needs of all our patients, space and bed limitations will affect the number and type of Swing Beds available at any given time. Examples of skilled care may include: IV Therapy, Skin and Wound Care, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Respiratory Therapy, or Pain Management.
Qualifications for Swing Bed
You’ll find that Medicare and most insurance companies cover Swing Bed programs. These services are usually covered under the “Skilled Nursing Facility” benefit category. There are specific criteria that patients must meet to qualify for the program.
Swing Bed care must be related to an acute hospital stay
The doctor has determined a need for daily skilled care
The patient is willing to participate in the daily skilled care program
A patient must be hospitalized as an “Acute Care Inpatient” (not an “Observation Patient”) for a minimum of three consecutive midnights within the last 30 days
Admissions can come from any hospital, including our hospital, after three consecutive midnights as an inpatient in acute care
The patient has Medicare Part A or other insurance with hospital based, skilled-care benefits and days available for skilled level of care.
Medicare will cover up to 20 days in full and up to one hundred (100) days with co-payment, as long as the Medicare criteria is met. Medicare supplements will usually pay the deductible as long as Medicare continues coverage. Your individual coverage will depend on how long you meet the criteria.