Topics: Reimbursement and payment models

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

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“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

Advance Care Planning: New Realities in Times of COVID-19

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Advance care planning — planning for decision-making in times of medical crisis — has always been intended for all people, all ages, with or without a chronic disease. Clinicians talk about the challenges of these conversations now that COVID-19 has nudged planning from the realm of the theoretical future to current reality.

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July 15, 2020

Rural Health Predictions: Q&A with Alan Morgan

Alan Morgan


National Rural Health Association CEO Alan Morgan discusses his organization’s work on the national and global stages and shares his rural health predictions for 2020.

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February 5, 2020

Burnout: Measurement Tool(s), Cause(s) and Impact(s)

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Over 40% of today’s physicians are burned out. A closer look at research indicates that not only is this a system problem rather than an individual problem, but that burnout impacts a system’s revenue streams, healthcare quality, and patient safety and satisfaction. Experts suggest the problem may even be of more concern in rural areas.

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January 22, 2020

Telehealth’s Future Success Requires a Paradigm Shift

Bill England


William England, PhD, JD, Director of the Office for the Advancement of Telehealth, gives a history of telehealth and suggests viewing telehealth as a concept rather than a tool can ensure its future success.

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July 26, 2017

Recognizing Telehealth’s Full Potential

Kristi Henderson


Kristi Henderson, DNP, CFNP, CACNP, FAEN, Vice President of Innovation and Virtual Care at Ascension’s Texas Ministry, outlines three challenges hindering telehealth’s growth: outdated reimbursement models, policies and regulations, and the complexity surrounding telehealth integration.

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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