Swing Bed Manual



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Swing Bed Manual

The 72-page document includes a Colorado CAH-specific swing bed manual, a one-page reference guide, as well as FAQs on Medicare-specific billing.

Swing Bed Manual Features:

Comprehensive overview of Medicare regulations, including:

• Admission criteria
Documentation requirements
Instructions for transfer
Clinical services required
State-specific Medicaid regulations
Resource links and sample documentation forms
Includes laminated “Quick Reference Guide”

Why Use Swing Beds?

Utilizing swing beds in Critical Access Hospitals provides a viable option at the local community level for patients in need of skilled care.

Critical Access Hospitals are reimbursed at a cost-based level for Medicare swing bed services.

In 20 states, increased Medicaid reimbursement is available as well.

Swing bed usage for rehabilitation can strengthen relationships between Critical Access Hospitals and larger tertiary facilities subject to Inpatient Rehab Facility rules that limit treatment for specified conditions.


For more information


The Swing Bed Manual can be accessed here.

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