Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Medicare Short Stay Hospital Beds in the Rocky Mountain Region

Short stay hospitals provide acute inpatient care and are the backbone to the hospital infrastructure serving the needs of more than 61 million Americans having Medicare Part A insurance coverage.  Of the more than 6,000 hospitals that participate in the Medicare program, about 53% were short stay hospitals.  Moreover, short stay hospitals accounted for more than 83% of the total hospital beds serving Medicare Par A enrollees.  

In the Rocky Mountain region, as of calendar year 2019, there were 122 short stay hospitals, with just over 21,000 beds, participating in the Medicare program.  While the region was home to about 3.2% of the nation's Medicare Part A enrollment, it had less than 3% of the Medicare program's short stay hospital beds.  Here is a state-level look at Medicare short stay hospital beds in the Rocky Mountain region:

Medicare Short Stay Hospital Beds in the Rocky Mountain Region

Medicare Short Stay Hospital Beds in the Rocky Mountain Region


# Part A Enrollees # Hospitals # Beds
CO 899,989 51 10,544
ID 334,292 16 2,758
MT 229,633 13 1,960
UT 397,999 32 4,707
WY 109,857 10 1,080
Region 1,971,770 122 21,049
National* 61,166,694 3,283 779,466
% of National 3.2% 3.7% 2.7%

* 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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