Monday, January 23, 2023

Medicare Short-Stay Hospital Beds in the Great Plains Region

Providing acute inpatient care, short-stay hospitals are the backbone of the hospital infrastructure that serves over 62 million Americans having Medicare Part A insurance coverage.  As of the calendar year 2020, more than 6,200 hospitals of all kinds participated in the Medicare program with over 56% of those participating hospitals being short-stay hospitals.  More importantly, those participating short-stay hospitals accounted for almost 83.6% of the total hospital beds serving the inpatient hospital care needs of Medicare Part A enrollees.

As of the calendar year 2020, there were 251 short-stay hospitals in the seven-state Great Plains regions, with just over 57,300 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 637,145 33 8,550
KS 545,607 49 7,851
MN 1,045,280 48 13,297
MO 1,246,928 68 18,739
NE 353,434 26 4,306
ND 133,840 8 2,247
SD 180,149 19 2,338
Region 4,142,384 251 57,328
National* 62,498,571 3,481 774,873
% of National 6.6% 7.2% 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, the Calendar Year 2020

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