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Converting Licensure from Long Term Care to Swing Beds

From the resident and family perspective, there will be no changes in day-to-day lives or care provided.

In a move allowing greater financial sustainability, enabling us to continue providing care for our community, the Ashland Health Center Board of Directors has made the decision to convert the remaining long term care beds (LTC) at the facility (nine beds total), to what is known as acute care/intermediate swing beds (ISB).  

A portion of the LTC facility was converted to ISB in 2009, without disruption to residents or the care provided.  

The resident’s rooms will be maintained just as they are accustomed. The physician and nurse providers will be the same people; the level of care and service will remain as it has been, or improved through greater staffing and operation efficiencies.  

As told to us from the families involved several years ago, there was and is still no recognizable difference, says Roger Barnhart, CEO, Ashland Health. The changes are only in regulatory and billing. The conversion will have no impact upon the daily lives of residents or of the payer sources.  

“As various residents have Long-Term Care insurance, we made certain and called the insurance providers personally,” says Barnhart. “With each, it was confirmed that there would be no issues. Without disruption, the Long-Term Care insurance will continue to provide coverage under the swing bed licensure.”  

As it was in 2009, this decision has been made due to finances, and the impact upon our community.  

Regulations for LTC have continually increased – each adding to the cost of providing care – while Medicaid reimbursement has declined. The previous conversion saved approximately $600,000 and look for this conversion to have another positive impact.  Ashland Health is working with Kansas Department of Aging (KDAD), Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the LTC Ombudsman in their endeavor to be an all acute/swing bed facility as of April 1.  

“We anticipate no resident impact,” says Barnhart. “There will be no moves or changes in our daily care. In essence, the only difference will be in paperwork.”  

For many years, the long term care unit of Ashland Health has provided quality and compassionate care to our residents. We are very proud of that – because our care comes not simply from particular roles, but from the heart of everyone within Ashland Health Center – a fact that will not change.

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