Swing-bed services under the Medicare program, 1984-87.
Silverman, Herbert A
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Under Medicare, swing beds are beds that can be used by small rural hospitals to furnish both acute and post-acute care. The
swing-bed program was instituted under the provisions of the Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 1980 (Public Law 96-499). Under
Medicare, post-acute care in the hospital would be covered as services equivalent to skilled nursing facility level of care.
Data show that the program has had a rapid rate of growth. By 1987, swing beds accounted for 9.7 percent of the admissions
to skilled nursing facility services, 6.0 percent of the covered days of care, and 6.2 percent of the reimbursements. Over
one-half of the swing-bed services are furnished in the North Central States.
Hospitals : Bed Conversion/statistics & numerical data : Health Facility Planning/statistics & numerical data : Hospitals,
Rural/economics : Medicare/statistics & numerical data : Skilled Nursing Facilities/economics : United States