Thursday, January 12, 2023

Medicare Short Stay Hospital Beds in New England

Short-stay hospitals, which provide acute inpatient care, are the backbone of the hospital infrastructure that serves more than 62 million Americans having Medicare Part A insurance coverage.  Of the more than 6,200 hospitals participating in the Medicare program, more than 56% 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 the calendar year 2020, there were 131 short-stay hospitals, with just over 30,300 beds, participating in the Medicare program.  While the region was home to 4.9% of the nation's Medicare Part A enrollment, it had only 3.9% of the Medicare program's short-stay hospital bed capacity.  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 689,967 29 7,884
MA 1,351,220 56 12,740
ME 345,665 17 2,944
NH 307,435 13 2,720
RI 222,702 10 2,583
VT 151,220 6 1,445
Region 3,068,210 131 30,316
National* 62,498,751 3,481 774,873
% of National 4.9% 3.8% 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, the Calendar Year 2020

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