Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Medicare Long Term Care Hospital Beds in the U.S. Far West

Long Term Care Hospitals (LTCHs) serve the needs of over 61 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.  As of calendar year 2019, Long Term Care hospitals accounted for about 6% of the more than 6,000 hospitals, and approximately 2.7% of the 932,500 plus hospital beds, that were participating in the Medicare program.

In calendar year 2019, the six-state Far West region of the U.S. was home to 31 LTCHs, with 2,297 beds, who were participating in the Medicare program.  This made the region home to about 15.2% of the nation's Medicare Part A enrollees, but only 9.0% of the program's long term care hospital beds, indicating that the region's Medicare enrollees are relatively under-served for LTCH bed capacity in comparison to other regions of the country.  Here is a closer look at Medicare Long Term Care hospital beds in the U.S. Far West region:

Medicare Long Term Care Hospital Beds in the U.S. Far West
Medicare Long Term Care Hospital Beds in the U.S. Far West

Area # Part A Enrollees # Hospitals # Beds
AK 99,901 1 59
CA 6,145,985 20 1,667
HI 273,559 1 9
NV 528,844 6 369
OR 862,861 1 73
WA 1,360,244 2 120
Region 9,271,394 31 2,297
National* 61,166,694 367 25,593
% of National 15.2% 8.4% 9.0%

* 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, Calendar Year 2019

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