What can I do if a skilled nursing facility will not take me as a patient?
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Last Update: March 29, 2011
If the skilled nursing facility (SNF) refuses to take you as a patient, you will have to call around to find another Medicare-certified SNF. It is possible that another SNF would be able to give you the services you need.
Hospital discharge planners are required to keep lists of Medicare-participating SNFs so if you are being discharged from the hospital, you can ask for this list.
If you are in a Medicare private health plan, you may be able to call your plan to get a list of SNFs that are within your plan’s network.
You can also call your local State Health Insurance Assistance Program or the Eldercare Locator at 800-677-1116 for referrals to other care options in your area.
If you cannot find a SNF in your area able to take you, talk with your doctor about other care options that may be available to you in your area.
If you live in a rural area, you may be able to get SNF coverage in a hospital if the hospital has fewer than 100 beds and these beds can be used as either SNF beds or hospital beds depending on patient needs.
To find out what to do if the skilled nursing facility agrees to take you even though they don’t think Original Medicare will pay for it, click on the link in the GO TO box.