Sunday, October 3, 2021

Medicare Long Term Care Hospital Beds in the Southwestern U.S.

Long Term Care Hospitals (LTCHs) provide services to over 61 million Americans having Medicare Part A long term care coverage.  Providing hospital care to individuals with complex medical conditions that require longer duration inpatient care (in excess of 25 days on average), LTCHs are an important part of the nation's hospital infrastructure.  As of calendar year 2019, the Medicare program counted among its participating providers 367 Long Term Care Hospitals that had almost 25,600 total beds.

In calendar year 2019, participating in the Medicare program in the four-state Southwestern U.S. were 77 LTCHs with 4,738 beds.  The region's Medicare enrollees are very well served for LTCH bed capacity in comparison to other regions of the country.  Home to about 10.8% of the nation's Medicare Part A enrollees, the Southwest accounted for a disproportionately greater 18.5% of the Medicare's long term care hospital beds.  Here is a deeper look at Medicare Long Term Care hospital beds in the Southwestern U.S.:

Medicare Long Term Care Hospital Beds in the Southwestern U.S.

Medicare Long Term Care Hospital Beds in the Southwestern U.S.


# Part A Enrollees # Hospitals # Beds
AZ 1,315,576 6 359
NM 416,900 3 106
OK 738,438 11 500
TX 4,148,110 57 3.773
Region 6,619,024 77 4,738
National* 61,166,694 367 25,593
% of National 10.8% 21.0% 18.5%

* 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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