COVID-19 UPDATE: *At this time, Medicare has suspended the three-day qualifying hospital stay requirement if you experience dislocations or are otherwise affected by the coronavirus public health emergency. This means, for example:
• If you need to be transferred to a skilled nursing facility due to nursing home evacuations, Medicare has suspended the three-day qualifying hospital stay.
• Or, if you need skilled nursing facility care as a result of the current public health emergency, regardless of whether they were previously in the hospital, Medicare has suspended the three-day qualifying hospital stay.
Medicare has also changed other SNF coverage requirements. Typically, Part A covers up to 100 days of SNF care each benefit period. If you cannot end a benefit period and start a new one because of the public health emergency, you can get another 100 days of covered SNF care without beginning a new benefit period.
Contact your State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) for information on Medicare’s SNF coverage, including during the coronavirus public health emergency, and for help appealing a SNF discharge.