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The Swing Bed Program is a Medicare program available to Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and rural Prospective Payment System (PPS) hospitals with fewer than 100 beds. The term “swing bed” may be simply thought of as a bed that moves from an inpatient bed to a skilled nursing bed, as needed. In rural communities, hospital-based swing beds are vital in keeping services close to home, as well as helping ensure coordinated care for rural Medicare beneficiaries. The Swing Bed Program is also an important contributor to the CAHs’ overall inpatient revenues. To better understand the significance of the Swing Bed Program in rural Illinois, the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network (ICAHN) partnered with Northern Illinois University’s Center for Governmental Studies to survey Illinois CAHs regarding the importance of their Swing Bed Programs in terms of financial indicators, quality outcomes, and community benefits. The report highlights the survey results and additional data related to the Swing Bed Program in Illinois.

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Illinois, hospital, Medicare, Swing Bed Program, rural communities, inpatient revenue


Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network (ICAHN)




Center for Governmental Studies


Northern Illinois University Center for Governmental Studies

Illinois Critical Access Hospitals: Exploring the Financial Impacts of the Swing Bed Program

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