Definitions and Methodology
- Hospital Name, State, and Status (Active vs. Inactive)
Hospital name, state, and status are
taken from three sources according to the following
Information may be collected and updated as the result
of direct communications with hospitals, news items,
etc. Such information has highest precedence over
Information may be collected or updated directly from a
hospital's website or from a system's website.
Information for hospitals without websites may be taken
from their most recent Medicare cost report and/or the
Medicare Provider of Services file. (Data for
these hospitals are updated quarterly as new versions of
these files become available. Data from these
sources is only used when information is not available
from a website or through direct communications.)
- Type of Facility
The type of facility is determined from the last
four digits of its CMS Certification Number (CCN). Only
short term acute care hospitals are reported:
|Short Term Acute Care
||none of above
- Staffed Beds
Numbers of staffed beds are taken from a hospital's most
recent Medicare cost report (W/S S-3, Part I, col.1).
Cost report instructions define staffed beds as, "the number of
beds available for use by patients at the end of the cost
reporting period. A bed means an adult bed, pediatric bed,
birthing room, or newborn bed maintained in a patient care area
for lodging patients in acute, long term, or domiciliary areas
of the hospital. Beds in labor room, birthing room, postanesthesia, postoperative recovery rooms, outpatient areas,
emergency rooms, ancillary departments, nurses' and other staff
residences, and other such areas which are regularly maintained
and utilized for only a portion of the stay of patients
(primarily for special procedures or not for inpatient lodging)
are not termed a bed for these purposes."
The total number of general med/surg beds plus special care beds are reported:
- General Medical/Surgical Beds are the beds used for routine care.
- Special Care Beds include Intensive Care Units, Coronary Care Units, etc.
- Total Discharges
The total number of inpatient discharges (all payors) is taken from a
hospital's most recent Medicare Cost Report (W/S S-3, part I, line 15, column 12).
- Patient Days
The total number of patient days (all payors) is taken from
a hospital's most recent Medicare Cost Report (W/S S-3, part I,
line 12, column 6).
- Gross Patient Revenue
The total patient revenue (inpatient and outpatient) is
taken from a hospital's most recent Medicare Cost Report (W/S
G-2, part I, line 25, column 10).