Topics: Medicare

Understanding the Rural Swing Bed: More than Just a Reimbursement Policy

patient getting blood pressure checked


“Swing bed” is that oft-heard phrase describing not a physical hospital bed, but post-acute care for the rural patient who is well enough to leave the acute care hospital but not well enough to be safe at home. In this 2-part story, experts and hospital administrators review the swing bed program’s historical implementation and provide stories and examples of the value this over 40-year-old healthcare delivery and reimbursement model brings to patients, to the hospitals providing their care, and ultimately to rural communities.

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August 11, 2021

History of the Swing Bed: A Look Through the Rural Rearview Mirror


The healthcare delivery model known as the swing bed program has allowed rural and Critical Access Hospitals to serve patients by keeping them in their rural communities for post-acute care. Reviewing the history of this program, experts describe early implementation and key program elements that have sustained its success for over 40 years.

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August 11, 2021

Rural Libraries Help Communities Access Health Information

Marilynn Lance-Robb by Carvers Bay Branch Library sign


Libraries in South Carolina, Vermont, and Washington work to improve their communities’ health by providing monthly programs and teaching patrons and staff how to access reliable health information online.

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March 11, 2020

Using Telehealth to Put Patients at the Center of Healthcare

Mario Gutierrez


Mario Gutierrez, MPH, Executive Director of the Center for Connected Health Policy’s National Telehealth Policy Resource Center, discusses the important role telehealth plays for rural patients in delivering healthcare directly to their homes and communities.

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July 26, 2017

Telehealth Improvement Will Take Federal Movement and Provider Cohesion

Gary Capistrant


Gary Capistrant, MPA, Chief Policy Officer of the American Telemedicine Association, explains potential federal changes, the possibility of a national telehealth network, and collaboration between healthcare providers may be keys to telehealth’s success.

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July 26, 2017

Freestanding Emergency Departments: An Alternative Model for Rural Communities

OSF Center for Health - Streator campus


First conceptualized in the 1970s, but not widely adopted in rural communities, freestanding emergency departments (FSEDs) have been getting another look as a sustainable rural option. This article discusses hospital-based versus independent FSEDs, the model’s financial viability, and highlights two FSEDs meeting their communities’ healthcare needs in Arizona and Illinois.

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November 30, 2016