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CMS CAH New Swing Bed Requirements and Changes

Recorded Session | Sue Dill Calloway | From: Sep 28, 2020 - To: Dec 31, 2020
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Course Description

Every hospital should be prepared in case a surveyor shows up at your door tomorrow. This webinar will focus on the protocol changes and the swing bed changes that were promulgated by CMS on October 12, 2018, and amended November 29, 2019. In fact, CMS completely rewrote all of the swing bed regulations.  The swing bed interpretive guidelines and survey procedures are now under Appendix PP.  Many CAHs are not aware of these changes or are still struggling to comply. It was very difficult for CAHs to figure out what the interpretive guidelines and survey procedures are since there was no crosswalk. This webinar was created to take the mystery out of this. This is a must-attend webinar for any CAHs with swing beds. CMS is also changing all of the CAH tag numbers and the new numbers for the swing beds will be included.

Hospitals have seen a significant increase in survey activity by CMS along with an increasing number of deficiencies. Common deficiencies and how to avoid them will be discussed. Information on how to locate the CAH manual and other resources will be discussed.

CMS has a new address to access all of the CMS manuals. CMS also has a new email to address questions directly to CMS and both of these will be included.


  • Discuss that CMS made some recent changes to the protocol process
  • Recall that CMS has rewritten the entire section on swing beds
  • Describe what is required by CMS to be in the resident assessment which is done to do the care plan
  • Recall the CMS requirements on patient activities of swing bed patients


Changes to the CAH Manual and Introduction to CAH CoPs

  • How to Locate the CAH Manual-new website
  • Introduction
  • CMS Surveyor training material for CAHs
  • Important CMS Memos for CAHs
  • Notice of survey
  • Revised survey protocol
  • Review of telemedicine contract
  • 4 changes November 29, 2019, in Hospital Improvement Rule
  • Top swing bed deficiencies
  • CAH CoP surveyor classes

Special Requirements for CAH Providers of Long-Term Care Services (Swing beds)

  • Swing bed regulations were rewritten October 12, 2018
  • Interpretive guidelines and survey procedure under Appendix PP
  • Eligibility
  • Payment
  • Healthcare literacy
  • SNF Services
  • Resident Rights
  • Exercise of Rights
  • Notice of Rights and Services
  • Free Choice
  • Privacy and Confidentiality
  • Work
  • Mail
  • Access and Visitation Rights
  • Personal Property
  • Married Couples
  • Admission, Transfer and Discharge Rights
  • Transfer and Discharge
  • Payment of care
  • Content of notice
  • Resident Behavior and Facility Practices
  • Restraints, Abuse
  • Staff Treatment of Residents
  • Hiring of employees
  • Patient Activities
  • Social Services
  • Dental requirements changes
  • Resident Assessment
  • Comprehensive Care Plans
  • Discharge Summary
  • Nutrition
  • Provision of Services
  • Websites for CAH
  • CAH resources

Who Should Attend?

Basically anyone who is responsible for taking care of swing bed patients in a CAH or for implementing the CMS swing bed requirements. This includes the following:

CEOs, COOs, CFOs, nurse executives, accreditation and regulation director, nurse managers, pharmacists, quality managers, risk managers, healthcare attorneys, health information management personnel, social workers, dieticians, health information management,  nurses, nurse educators, nursing supervisors, patient safety officer, director of Rehab (OT, PT, speech pathology, and audiology), dietician, director of health information management, infection preventionist, dietician, activities director of swing bed patients,  and compliance officers.