Skilled Nursing Care/Swing Bed


Bradley County Medical Center offers Skilled Nursing/Swing Bed care. Our Rehabilitation team is able to offer physical, occupational, and speech therapy while the patient recovers and gains strength from surgery or hospitalization.

What is the Swing Bed Program?

Medicare has established the Swing Bed program to help meet the needs of smaller communities. After a hospital stay related to surgery, illness, or injury some patients may need further care to reach an optimal level of strength before returning home or to another residential facility.

The duration of stay will be based on the individual needs of the patient. Medicare will cover up to 20 days at 100% if the patient meets the criteria and shows positive progress.

Patients are discharged from Swing Bed after: a physician has determined they have gained the maximum benefit of skilled nursing and rehabilitation, the patient's care has become custodial, the care requires long-term rehab, or there is a change in the patient's level of care.

Qualifications

The following requirements must be met by a patient to qualify for the Swing Bed program: covered by Medicare Part A, have had three overnights in an acute care bed prior, and have an ongoing diagnosis and needs that meet the required skilled care defined by Medicare. HMO's and private insurance do not require three overnights.

Insurance

Swing Bed Care is a Medicare benefit, worker's compensation (determined on a case-by-case basis), and most private/commercial insurance companies with prior authorization.

Rehabilitation Services

BCMC's Swing Bed program provides the following skilled nursing care and rehab services:
Nursing Care 24/7
Physicians 24/7
Pharmacy
Imaging Services
Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy
Tube Feeding
Infusion Therapy
Wound Care

Bradley County Medical Center can also refer you to our Home Health department or another home health provider of your choice if continued service is needed or requested.

BCMC is happy to offer the Swing Bed program to Warren and all of Southeast Arkansas. Our goal is to help our patients become independent, assist with their transition back home or to assisted living or long-term care.

For further information about our Skilled Nursing/Swing Bed Program please contact Paulette Tolefree at 870-226-4341.

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