Number of U.S. nursing home beds slips by 2% in early 2009

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The number of nursing home beds in the U.S. fell to 1.67 million in the beginning of 2009. That was a 2% decrease compared with 2008, according to a yet-to-be-released report.

In 2002, the number of nursing home beds totaled roughly 1.7 million, according to an upcoming report from the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance.  Since then, a number of states have experienced sharp declines in the number of available nursing home beds. Wisconsin lost 17.9% of its beds, while Minnesota reported a drop of of 15.9% between 2002 and 2009.

The report also shows that skilled nursing facilities faced a Medicaid shortfall of $15.64 per patient per day in 2009. The report is part of a yearly compilation of statistical data put together by AALTCI. It is expected to be available in March of 2010.