Payment Considerations

For Private Paying Patients

If you wish to be a private payer, you can be admitted from the hospital or directly from home.

Medicare Payment Requirements for Skilled Nursing Care


  • Have a three-night qualifying hospital stay within the past 30 days. (Time being observed in a hospital before admission doesn’t count toward the 3-day qualifying inpatient hospital stay)
  • Be 65 years of age or older. (Unless on disability and covered by Medicare)

Medicare can pay for up to 100 days of care. The first 20 days are paid completely by Medicare. Beginning on day 21 through day 100, a co-pay is required. After a 60 day period, a new 100 days is available. No hospitalization can occur during this 60-day period.