Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Law and Legal Definition

Skilled nursing facility (SNF) is a licensed medicare nursing facility primarily engaged with the staff and equipment to give skilled nursing care or skilled rehabilitation and other related health services to those who are chronically ill, usually elderly patients. SNF institutions are certified to participate in, and be reimbursed by Medicare. SNF provides extensive care services, such as intravenous feedings, blood pressure monitoring, medication injections, and care for patients on ventilators.

An SNF is most appropriate for the most sick. Services of an SNF are costly and vary from area to area. Since they provide long-term nursing care and rehabilitation, they are also called long-term care facility.

An SNF is usually located within hospitals, but, sometimes it may be located in rehab facilities or nursing homes.