Eligibility. A hospital must meet the following eligibility requirements:
(1) The facility has fewer than 100 hospital beds, excluding beds for newborns and beds in intensive care type inpatient units (for eligibility of hospitals with distinct parts electing the optional reimbursement method, see § 413.24(d)(5) of this chapter).
(2) The hospital is located in a rural area. This includes all areas not delineated as “urbanized” areas by the Census Bureau, based on the most recent census.
(3) The hospital does not have in effect a 24-hour nursing waiver granted under § 488.54(c) of this chapter.
(4) The hospital has not had a swing-bed approval terminated within the two years previous to application.


42 CFR § 482.58

Scoping language

A hospital that has a Medicare provider agreement must meet the following requirements in order to be granted an approval from CMS to provide post-hospital extended care services, as specified in 409.30 of this chapter, and be reimbursed as a swing-bed hospital, as specified in 413.114 of this chapter:

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