Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Medicare Long Term Care Hospital Beds in the Great Plains Region

Long Term Care Hospitals (LTCHs) provide hospital care to individuals with complex medical conditions that require longer duration (in excess of 25 days on average) inpatient care.  LTCHs are important components of the hospital infrastructure that serves the needs of over 61 million Americans with Medicare Part A long term care coverage.  As of calendar year 2019, there were 367 LTCHs, with over 25,500 beds, participating in the Medicare program.

In calendar year 2019, the seven-state Great Plains region of the U.S. was home to 23 LTCHs, with 1,219 beds, that participated in the Medicare program.  The region was, generally speaking, under-served by long term care hospital beds as its share (6.6%) of the Medicare Part A enrollment population exceeded its share (4.8%) of Medicare LTCH bed capacity by a wide margin.  Here is a closer examination of Medicare long term care hospital beds in the Great Plains region:

Medicare Long Term Care Hospital Beds in the Great Plains Region
Medicare Long Term Care Hospital Beds in the Great Plains Region

Area # Part A Enrollees # Hospitals # Beds
IA 624,968 2 80
KS 534,086 3 144
MN 1,020,671 2 346
MO 1,225,992 9 349
NE 345,802 4 204
ND 130,540 2 72
SD 175,506 1 24
Region 4,057,565 23 1,219
National* 61,166,694 367 25,593
% of National 6.6% 6.3% 4.8%

* 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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