Financial Impact of Reimbursing CAH Swing Bed Days at the SNF PPS Rate

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Project funded:
September 2018
Project completed:
August 2019

Under current reimbursement methods, the Medicare program pays more per day for a skilled nursing patient in a Critical Access Hospital (CAH) swing bed than it does for a similar patient who is in a skilled nursing facility. This study assessed the financial impact of changing CAH swing bed reimbursement from the current cost-based system to the skilled nursing facility (SNF) prospective payment system (PPS).