Swing Bed Care


The Swing Bed Program at St. Luke Hospital helps meet health care needs of individuals by providing care for patients who require skilled care after an acute illness. Swing Bed helps bridge the gap when patients are well enough to be discharged from an inpatient hospitalization, but may still have needs that keep them from returning home safely or require services that cannot be performed in an outpatient setting. While on Swing Bed, you will receive skilled care as ordered by your physician. Examples of skilled needs include:

Post joint replacement surgery
IV therapies
Complex wound care
Physical, Occupational or Speech therapies
Medication management

Our nurses, therapists, physicians and personnel will provide services based on your needs as you recover and return home. These professionals meet regularly with the patient and the family in Care Coordination meetings. In addition, staff members are available to assist you in discharge planning, community resources and completion of Advance Directives and Durable Power of Attorney documents if needed.

Qualifications:
In order to qualify for skilled benefits, standards must be met with respect to the diagnosis and treatment plan. These standards are established by Medicare, Medicaid or the individual's insurance company. Once a referral is received, our Insurance Specialist will consult your insurance company to determine your available benefits.

For Medicare and/or Medicaid Enrollees:
-Three (3) consecutive day stay in an acute care hospital within the last 30 days, excluding Observation stays.
-Have skilled needs that are related to the condition which was treated or arose during the qualifying stay.
-Physician and staff documentation to support the skilled needs.
-Medicare beneficiaries are responsible for the co-insurance amount for the 21st through 100th day of a skilled nursing service.

Private Insured Enrollees:
Not all private insurance plans have Swing Bed benefits. Our Insurance Specialist is available to determine your individual insurance benefits.

For more details on requirements and eligibility contact Sharon James at 620-382-2177.