Sunday, April 11, 2021

Medicare Short Stay Hospital Beds in the Far West

In Medicare parlance, a short stay hospital is a hospital that provides acute inpatient care. For Medicare program purposes, the short stay hospital designation excludes many hospitals that specialize in a particular types of care, such as psychiatric, rehabilitation, children's and long-term care hospitals. Also excluded from the short stay hospital designation are certain small hospitals, with fewer than 25 beds, that serve rural areas and who meet other criteria for categorization as a "critical access hospital" (CAH). CAH's are eligible for certain financial benefits from the Medicare program that not available to standard short stay hospitals.

Short stay hospitals are integral to the hospital infrastructure serving more than 60 million Americans having Medicare Part A insurance coverage.  Of the more than 6,000 hospitals participating in the Medicare program in calendar year 2019, over 53% were short stay hospitals.  More significantly, short stay hospitals accounted for more than 83% of the total hospital beds serving the needs of Medicare Part A enrollees.  

In the six-state Far West region of the U.S., as of calendar year 2019, there were 420 short stay hospitals, with just over 100,000 beds, participating in the Medicare program.  While the region was home to 15% of the nation's Medicare Part A enrollment, it had less than 13% of the Medicare program's short stay hospital beds.  Here is a state-level look at Medicare short stay hospital beds in the Far West region of the U.S.:

Medicare Short Stay Hospital Beds in the Far West
Medicare Short Stay Hospital Beds in the Far West

# Part A Enrollees # Hospitals # Beds
AK 99,901 8 1,210
CA 6,145,984 294 72,287
HI 273,559 12 2,054
NV 528,844 23 6,384
OR 862,861 34 7,115
WA 1,360,244 49 10,995
Region 9,271,394 420 100,045
National* 61,166,694 3,283 779,466
% of National 15.2% 12.8% 12.8%

* 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 2019

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