2018 Accreditation Requirements for Critical Access Hospitals

Effective March 1, 2018

Please forward this accreditation information to the following members of your Leadership Team:

  • Senior Leadership
  • Chief Medical Officer
  • Chief Nursing Executive
  • Director, Swing Bed Program

2018 Manual Updates

Revised Standards

HFAP has revised Chapter 11 Swing Beds to be in compliance with Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Reform of Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities as posted in the Federal Register on October 4, 2016. This final rule revises requirements for swing beds.

The Federal Register final rule results in the revision of nearly all standards in this chapter. These standards have also been renumbered to reflect the new Code of Federal Regulations (CfR) assignment.

These revised requirements will be effective March 1, 2018.

Please download the final and redline versions of Chapter 11 – Swing Beds below. The full 2018 Critical Access Hospital manual will be made available in the coming weeks.


October 4, 2016 Federal Register final rule

Questions? Please contact us at info@hfap.org.