Measuring the Quality of Swing Bed Care in Critical Access Hospitals

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September 2016
Project completed:
April 2018

The lack of nationally comparable swing bed quality measure data for CAHs means that they are not able to demonstrate the quality of care provided to swing bed patients, and limits their ability to participate in alternative payment models that include post-acute care. This project identified quality measures to be used by Critical Access Hospitals to assess the quality of care provided to their swing bed patients, and recommend appropriate uses of the measures.