Friday, March 17, 2023

Medicare Long Term Care Hospital Beds in the Rocky Mountain Region

Long Term Care Hospitals (LTCHs) serve the needs of more than 62 million Americans having Medicare Part A long-term care coverage.  LTCHs provide hospital care to individuals with complex medical conditions that require longer duration (in excess of 25 days on average) inpatient care.  Over 6,200 hospitals in total, with more than 927,300 beds, were participating in the Medicare program as of the calendar year 2020.  Long-term care hospitals accounted for about 5.6% of those hospitals and approximately 2.6% of those hospital beds.

In the calendar year 2020, the five-state Rocky Mountain region of the U.S. was home to 12 LTCHs, with 572 beds, that were participating in the Medicare program.  This made the region home to about 3.3% of the nation's Medicare Part A enrollees, but only 2.4% of the program's long-term care hospital beds, thus making the area's Medicare enrollees modestly under-served for LTCH bed capacity relative to other regions of the country.  Here is a closer look at Medicare Long Term Care hospital beds in the Rocky Mountain region:

Medicare Long Term Care Hospital Beds in the Rocky Mountain Region

Medicare Long-Term Care Hospital Beds in the Rocky Mountain Region

Area # Part A Enrollees # Hospitals # Beds
CO 927,390 6 335
ID 349,019 2 100
MT 237,051 1 40
UT 412,009 3 97
WY 113,659 0 0
Region 2,039,128 12 572
National* 62,498,751 347 23,748
% of National 3.3% 3.5% 2.4%

* 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, the Calendar Year 2020

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