At HMC, we realize that there will be times you or a loved one may need to remain hospitalized beyond the acute stage of an illness, surgery or injury. For instance, specific treatments such as physical or speech therapy may be needed. HMC’s Swing Bed Program makes it possible for you or a loved one to remain at the hospital for these support services until you are able to return home.
What Is A Swing Bed Program?
The Swing Bed Program is a short-stay program designed to serve individuals who are in a transition phase of illness or recovery and no longer require acute care services.
In order for Medicare to pay for the Swing Bed Program, specific qualifying medical criteria must be met. Following a hospital stay of at least three days, an individual must require either skilled nursing or skilled therapy services.
What Does Medicare Cover?
Under the Medicare skilled nursing facility (nursing home) benefit, Swing Beds are covered up to twenty (20) days in full and up to one hundred (100) days with a co-payment, as long as Medicare criteria are met. Medicare supplements will usually pay the deductible as long as Medicare continues coverage. Other medical insurance may cover the Swing Bed Program or a patient may pay with private funds.
Qualifying Medical Criteria
The following criteria are considered as “qualifying medical criteria” under Medicare benefits:
- Daily physical, occupational, and/or speech therapy
Intravenous (IV) or nutritional therapy
Specialized care for complex wounds that are not healing well
Case Manager On-Site
HMC has a Case Manager on-site to help patients and their families address social, emotional, and/or financial concerns related to hospitalization, rehabilitation and/or long-term care. HMC’s Case Manager will also be available to discuss and provide patients and their families with care options upon discharge.