Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Medicare Short Stay Hospital Beds in New England

Short stay hospitals, which provide acute inpatient care, are the backbone to the hospital infrastructure that serves more than 60 million Americans having Medicare Part A insurance coverage.  Of the more than 6,000 hospitals participating in the Medicare program, more than 53% were short stay hospitals.  More importantly, short stay hospitals accounted for over 83% of the total hospital beds serving the inpatient hospital care needs of Medicare Part A enrollees.  

In New England, as of calendar year 2019, there were 131 short stay hospitals, with just over 30,000 beds, participating in the Medicare program.  While the region was home to about 5% of the nation's Medicare Part A enrollment, it had less than 4% of the Medicare program's short stay hospital beds.  Here is a state-level look at Medicare short stay hospital beds in New England.:

Medicare Short Stay Hospital Beds in New England

Medicare Short Stay Hospital Beds in New England

# Part A Enrollees # Hospitals # Beds
CT 678,133 29 7,884
MA 1,329,279 56 12,740
ME 337,672 17 2,944
NH 298,585 13 2,720
RI 218,492 10 2,583
VT 147,133 6 1,445
Region 3,009,294 131 30,316
National* 61,166,694 3,283 779,466
% of National 4.9% 4.0% 3.9%

* 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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