Tell Congress to Eliminate the 3-Day Hospital Stay Requirement for Skilled Nursing Care

Federal law requires an inpatient hospital stay for three consecutive days before Medicare will cover a patient’s care in a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF). However, this three-day qualifying hospital stay requirement has become antiquated and onerous for patients and providers as the care landscape has changed in the nearly 60 years since Medicare was enacted.

The three-day qualifying hospital stay requirement was waived in 2020 during the pandemic, and beneficiaries who otherwise qualified for skilled nursing care received it—regardless of spending any amount of time in the hospital.

With the public health emergency set to end on May 11, now is the time to take legislative action to fix this unnecessary requirement permanently.

Tell Congress to eliminate the three-day stay requirement once and for all. Take action now!