Swing Bed as a Service Line: Opportunity for Success

Presenter: Carolyn St.Charles, RN, BSN, MBA – Chief Clinical Officer
Email: carolyn.stcharles@healthtechs3.com
Date & Time:
April 23, 2021 at 12pm CT


If we think about service lines, surgical services, cardiac services, trauma services, cancer services or pediatric services, may come to mind.  But why not swing bed?  For most rural hospitals, swing bed services provide a significant benefit to the community by providing skilled care close to home, and a significant revenue source for the hospital.  However, swing bed is rarely viewed as an important service line.

This webinar will provide a step-by-step process for creating a swing bed service line as well as the benefits including: improved compliance with regulatory requirements, timely follow-up for any referrals, increase in admissions and length of stay, and development of performance criteria.  This webinar will also include a discussion of regulatory requirements and admission criteria as background information.


Upon completion of the webinar, the participant will be able to:

  1. Describe at least three (3) benefits of creating a swing bed service line
  2. Describe how to develop meaningful performance criteria for swing bed
  3. Describe at least two (2) criteria for swing bed admissions

Interesting Fact: Did you know that CMS regulatory requirements require that swing bed patients receive Culturally Competent Trauma-Informed Care?