Swing Bed Services
Swing Bed is a term Medicare uses to describe a hospital room that can switch from acute care status to skilled care status. The room does not chance; what changes is the level of care that the patient receives. Madison Parish Hospital’s Swing Bed services are for when acute care patients require an extended length of stay for continued treatment such as antibiotic therapy, wound care therapy, and physical or occupation therapy. Those that are not quite well enough to go home but are stable enough not to be acute. To qualify for swing bed services, a beneficiary is required to receive acute care as a hospital inpatient for a medically necessary stay of at least 3 consecutive calendar days.