Thursday, February 2, 2023

Urban vs. Rural Heart Disease Death Rates in the Great Plains Region

In the seven-state Great Plains region, heart disease accounted for over 45,000 deaths in 2020.  Relative to population size, the heart disease death rate per 100,000 population in the region was slightly better than the national average.  However, consistent with a pattern seen elsewhere, there was a very wide disparity in heart disease death rates between urban and rural populations, with death rates in smaller communities and rural areas being much higher.  Further study of data from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) yield the following about urban vs. rural heart disease death rates in the Great Plains region:

Urban vs. Rural Heart Disease Death Rates in the Great Plains Region

Urban vs. Rural Heart Disease Death Rates in the Great Plains Region

County Classification Deaths Population Death Rate*
Large Central Metro 4,441 2,819,881 157.5
Large Fringe Metro 8,951 5,016,579 178.4
Medium Metro 7,365 3,793,143 194.2
Small Metro 6,552 3,430,748 191.0
Micropolitan (Nonmetro) 7,739 3,140,344 246.4
NonCore (Nonmetro) 10,012 3,281,139 305.1
     Region 45,060 21,481,834 209.8
Nationally 696,962 329,484,123 211.5

(*) number of heart disease deaths per 100,000 population

Report Period: 2020

States in region:  Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota

See the 2013 NCHS Urban-Rural Classification Scheme for additional information on population categories, including a map of which U.S. counties fall in which categories.

Source: CDC Wonder. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Underlying Cause of Death 1999-2020 on CDC WONDER Online Database, released in 2021. Data are from the Multiple Cause of Death Files, 1999-2020, as compiled from data provided by the 57 vital statistics jurisdictions through the Vital Statistics Cooperative Program. Accessed on January 21, 2023

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Medicare Short Stay Hospital Beds in the Southeastern U.S.

Providing acute inpatient care, short-stay hospitals lie at the heart of the hospital infrastructure that serves over 62 million Americans with Medicare Part A insurance.  As of the calendar year 2020, across the nation there were nearly 3,500 short-stay hospitals, with almost 775,000 beds, participating in the Medicare program. In 2020, the twelve-state Southeastern U.S. was home to more than 17 million Medicare Part A enrollees.  These enrollees were served by 954 short-stay hospitals, with over 223,500 beds, that participated in the Medicare program.  Here is a state-level breakdown of Medicare short-stay hospital beds in the Southeastern U.S.:

Medicare Short Stay Hospital Beds in the Southeastern U.S.

Medicare Short Stay Hospital Beds in the Southeastern U.S.

# Part A Enrollees # Hospitals # Beds
AL 1,056,359 83 16,309
AR 645,494 49 9,448
FL 4,674,019 181 59,371
GA 1,754,062 108 20,349
KY 931,126 62 14,490
LA 882,812 87 14,702
MS 609,478 62 10,742
NC 2,028,204 86 22,130
SC 1,101,105 58 11,696
TN 1,382,574 81 21,060
VA 1,540,473 73 17,242
WV 442,495 24 5,992
Region 17,048,200 954 223,531
National* 62,498,751 3,481 774,873
% of National 27.3% 27.4% 28.8%

* National totals include U.S. territories

Source:  CMS Program Statistics, Table: MDCR PROVIDERS 4. Medicare Providers:  Number of Medicare Certified Hospitals and Skilled Nursing Facilities, and Number of Beds, by State, Territories, Possessions, and Other, Calendar Year 2020

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Medicare Skilled Nursing Facility Beds in New England

Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) serve the needs of more than 62 million Americans with Medicare Part A SNF coverage.  SNFs are institutional medical providers equipped and staffed to give skilled nursing care on a daily basis.  In most cases, SNFs can also provide skilled rehabilitative care and certain other related services.  More than 15,000 skilled nursing facilities, having over 1,588,000 beds, participated in the Medicare program in the calendar year 2020.

As of 2020, New England was home to 856 skilled nursing facilities, with over 93,000 beds, that participated in the Medicare program.  Relative to other regions of the country, New England's Medicare enrollees are well-served by SNFs as the region houses more of Medicare's SNF bed capacity (5.9%) than its share of the national Medicare enrollee population (4.9%).  Here is a summary look at Medicare skilled nursing facility beds in New England:

Medicare Skilled Nursing Facility Beds in New England

Medicare Skilled Nursing Facility Beds in New England

Area # Part A Enrollees # SNFs # Beds
CT 689,967 209 25,138
MA 1,351,220 371 42,800
ME 345,665 93 6,546
NH 307,435 70 7,139
RI 222,702 78 8,350
VT 151,220 35 3,077
Region 3,068,210 856 93,050
National* 62,498,751 15,015 1,588,755
% of National 4.9% 5.7% 5.9%

* National totals include U.S. territories

Data Source:  CMS Program Statistics, Table: MDCR PROVIDERS 4. Medicare Providers:  Number of Medicare Certified Hospitals and Skilled Nursing Facilities, and Number of Beds, by State, Territories, Possessions, and Other, Calendar Year 2020