The Acute Care Inpatient Hospital

Understanding Hospital Types


By Calvin W. Wiese; MBA, CPA

According to Healthcare Organizations [Financial Management Strategies], an acute care inpatient hospital is a healthcare organization or “anchor hospital” in which a patient is treated for an acute (immediate and severe) episode of illness or the subsequent treatment of injuries related to an accident or trauma, or during recovery from surgery

Complex and Sophisticated

Specialized personnel using complex and sophisticated technical equipment and materials usually render acute professional care in a hospital setting. Unlike chronic care, acute care is often necessary for only a short time. Measures of acute healthcare utilization are represented by three separate rates:

· rate of admissions per 1,000 patients;

· average length of stay per admission; and

· total days of care per 1,000 patients.



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One Response

  1. 60.1% of Acute Care Hospitals Were Not-For-Profit in 2016

    Managed Care Digest recently released their 2017 Provider Digest. Here are some key findings on acute care hospitals from the report:

    • The number of acute care hospitals dropped from 5,320 in 2015 to 5,284 in 2016.
    • 60.1% of acute care hospitals were not-for-profit in 2016.
    • In 2016, 17.4% of acute care hospitals were for-profit hospitals.
    • 22.4% of acute care hospitals were government-owned.
    • There were 1,939 acute care hospitals with less than 100 staffed beds in 2016.
    • 1,095 acute care hospitals had more than 500 staffed beds in 2016.

    Source: Managed Care Digest, June 2017


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