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Swing Bed Services

This revised product comprises Subregulatory Guidance for Swing Bed Services, and its content is based on publicly available content at
and CMS policy or operation subject matter experts also reviewed/cleared this product. This product educates Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) approved to provide swing bed services who may use their beds for acute care or post-hospital Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) care and includes links to applicable laws, regulations, and compliance information. This product also includes information on various swing bed topics such as Hospital Requirements, CAH Requirements, and Payments. Revisions to this product don’t include any substantive content changes.

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Issued by: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

Issue Date: May 12, 2023

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