Swing Bed / Transitional Care
Swing bed is a goal-oriented inpatient care designed for patients who have had at least a three-day acute-care stay in an acute care facility, such as a hospital, within the previous 30 days. A need for a skilled service is required at least five times weekly in order to qualify for this level of care. The services may include, but are not limited to, physical, occupational, or speech therapy; education and treatment for a particular disease; dressing changes; long-term IV antibiotic therapy; or pain management. This is a Medicare program and skilled needs are assessed on an ongoing basis.
Skilled care can be provided to non-Medicare patients through contracts with their insurance company if skilled care is required daily and the patient has difficulty with being transported daily.
Transitional care is a private-pay admission in which patients want to stay in a hospital, but do not meet Medicare or insurance guidelines. The rate for this service is dependent on the patient needs assessment.
An order from your physician must be obtained to be a swing bed inpatient.