Published on September 06, 2017

Holzer Hosts Swing Bed Open House

Holzer’s 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.  Holzer Medical Center Jackson offers an accredited Swing Bed program, which allows Medicare patients to remain at our facility following discharge for rehabilitation.

Holzer’s Swing Bed program provides:

  • · Personalized nursing care
  • · Individualized treatment delivered by a team of skilled professional 
  • · Quiet setting to help you heal 
  • · All private rooms

Medicare has established coverage for “Swing Bed” programs to help meet the needs of rural hospitals and communities. Swing Bed is the term Medicare uses to describe a hospital room that can switch from acute care status to skilled care status. The actual bed/room does not change; what changes is the level of care that the patient in that room receives. 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.

Admission criteria are not necessarily based on the diagnosis but rather on the skilled need(s), which may differ from patient to patient depending on the patient’s: medical history, co-morbidities, age, physical stamina, pre-morbid condition, and/or discharge plan. For more information visit the Swing Bed Services page of the Holzer website at www.holzer.org/care-treatment/swing-bed/ or call 740-395-8452.

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