Monday, November 8, 2021

Medicare Long Term Care Hospital Beds by Region

Providing longer duration inpatient hospital care (in excess of 25 days on average) to individuals with complex medical conditions, long term care hospitals (LTCHs) are an important part of the national hospital infrastructure that serves over 61 million Americans with Medicare long term care coverage.  In calendar year 2019, the Medicare program counted among its participating providers 367 LTCHs that had nearly 25,600 total beds.  Here is a regional breakdown of Medicare's long term care hospital bed capacity (to see state level data, follow the "region" links in the table below):

Region # Part A Enrollees # Hospitals # Beds
Far West 9,271,394 31 2,297
Great Lakes 9,033,798 51 3,479
Great Plains 4,057,565 23 1,219
Mid-East 9,264,126 29 2,167
New England 3,009,294 15 3,959
Rocky Mountain 1,971,770 14 675
Southeast 16,668,792 127 7,059
Southwest 6,619,024 77 4,738
U.S. Territories 1,270,929 0 0
National 61,166,694 367 25,593

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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