Swing Beds: Critical Access Hospital CMS Requirements and Changes

03mar11:00 am12:30 pmSwing Beds: Critical Access Hospital CMS Requirements and ChangesSDAHO Webinar

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Swing Beds can be a financial lifeline for Critical Access Hospitals. CMS completely rewrote all the swing bed regulations with updates in late 2019. The regulations are in one manual – Appendix W for Critical Access Hospitals – and the interpretive guidelines and survey procedures are in another manual – Appendix PP for Long Term Care. There is no crosswalk, so this webinar was created to assist CAHs in deciphering the mystery.



Laura Dixon

Laura served as the Director, Facility Patient Safety and Risk Management and Operations for COPIC from 2014 to 2020. In her role, Ms. Dixon provided patient safety and risk management consultation and training to facilities, practitioners, and staff in multiple states. Such services included creation of and presentations on risk management topics, assessment of healthcare facilities; and development of programs and compilation of reference materials that complement physician-oriented products.

Ms. Dixon has more than twenty years of clinical experience in acute care facilities, including critical care, coronary care, peri-operative services, and pain management. Prior to joining COPIC, she served as the Director, Western Region, Patient Safety and Risk Management for The Doctors Company, Napa, California. In this capacity, she provided patient safety and risk management consultation to the physicians and staff for the western United States. Ms. Dixon’s legal experience includes medical malpractice insurance defense and representation of nurses before the Colorado Board of Nursing.

As a registered nurse and attorney, Laura holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Regis University, RECEP of Denver, a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Drake University College of Law, Des Moines, Iowa, and a Registered Nurse Diploma from Saint Luke’s School Professional Nursing, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She is licensed to practice law in Colorado and California.


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March 3, 2022 11:00 am - 12:30 pm(GMT-05:00)