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Medicare Could Have Saved Billions at Critical Access Hospitals If Swing-Bed Services Were Reimbursed Using the Skilled Nursing Facility Prospective Payment System Rates

Description
Reports the Inspector General’s findings from a study of swing bed services and reimbursement at Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs). Concludes that swing bed usage has significantly increased in recent years and that there would be significant savings to the Medicare program if swing bed services were reimbursed at skilled nursing facility (SNF) prospective payment system (PPS) rates.
Date
03/2015
Type
Document
Organization
Office of Inspector General (HHS)
Tagged as
Critical Access Hospitals · Medicare · Policy · Reimbursement and payment models · Swing bed services