You would think that the number of nursing homes would be increasing, but counts from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) indicate the opposite. In its fact-packed annual statistical compendium (it’s FREE, too!), CMS notes that there has been a steady decline between 2003, the first year noted, and 2012. What’s being counted are nursing homes certified to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs, which you have got to guess is pretty much everybody. Here are the counts from Figure 1.1 on page 11.
Number of Nursing Homes in the US
- 16,380 2003
- 16,163 2004
- 16,032 2005
- 15,932 2006
- 15,857 2007
- 15,763 2008
- 15,702 2009
- 15,646 2010
- 15,765 2011
- 15,652 2012
Almost all nursing homes (80 percent) fall somewhere in the range of 50 to 200 beds. Over two-thirds are investor-owned. There were more than 1.4 million people living in nursing homes in 2012.
This is a remarkable data source with much much more about how nursing homes did on different quality measures. Note that this is not facility-specific; rather, most of the report is broken out by state. Well worth a look, though, if you are studying the nursing home field.
Source: U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Nursing Home Data Compendium, 2013 ed. Click here to access this free document: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Provider-Enrollment-and-Certification/CertificationandComplianc/downlads/nursinghomedatacompendium_508.pdf Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2003, firstname.lastname@example.org