Thursday, May 13, 2021

Medicare Short Stay Hospital Beds in the Great Plains Region

Providing acute inpatient care, short stay hospitals are the backbone to the hospital infrastructure that serves over 60 million Americans having Medicare Part A insurance coverage.  As of calendar year 2019, more than 6,000 hospitals of all kinds participated in the Medicare program and over 54% of those participating hospitals were short stay hospitals.  More importantly, those participating short stay hospitals accounted for over 83% of the total hospital beds serving the inpatient hospital care needs of Medicare Part A enrollees.

As of calendar year 2019, there were 251 short stay hospitals in the seven-state Great Plains regions, with just over 57,500 beds, participating in the Medicare program.  While the region was home to about 6.6% of the nation's Medicare Part A enrollment, it held 7.4% of the Medicare program's short stay hospital beds.  Here is a state-level look at Medicare short stay hospital beds in the Great Plains region:

Medicare Short Stay Hospital Beds in the Great Plains Region
Medicare Short Stay Hospital Beds in the Great Plains Region

# Part A Enrollees # Hospitals # Beds
IA 624,968 33 8,550
KS 534,086 52 8,048
MN 1,020,671 48 13,297
MO 1,225,992 69 18,885
NE 345,802 23 4,237
ND 130,540 8 2,238
SD 175,506 18 2,293
Region 4,057,565 251 57,548
National* 61,166,694 3,283 779,466
% of National 6.6% 7.6% 7.4%

* 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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