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Date ArticleType
2/3/2016 Regulatory
January 2016 ISDH Occupancy Rates

As mandated by legislature as part of the moratorium law, ISDH must determine nursing facility occupancy rates for January 1 and July 1 of each year. The ISDH did a test run of the system for this past July 1, 2015. Statewide NF occupancy as of July 1, 2015 was 75%.  Residential care facility occupancy was 63% (residential care is not impacted by the moratorium, but the ISDH decided to collect data anyway).

Due to exemptions in the moratorium law, 383 comprehensive care beds were added in the state after July 1, 2015. The number occupied beds from July 1, 2015 to January 1, 2016 decreased by 19. Although more beds were added and the occupied beds showed a slight decrease, occupancy is still at 75%. Residential care facility occupancy did increase to 68%.

The moratorium law allows counties with greater than 90% occupancy to add beds. Three counties currently have greater than 90% occupancy: Brown, Carroll, and Scott. The law provides a formula for how many beds can be added, but it cannot exceed 75 beds. IHCA has asked the ISDH for the procedure that will be used to allocate these beds, if an entity desires to add them to those counties. ISDH indicates it is drafting a procedure for bed allocation and will release that soon.

These reports can be found here:
• Comprehensive Care Facility Bed Count Report 01-14-16
• Comprehensive Care Facility Occupancy Report 1-1-2016
• Residential Care Facility Bed Count Report 1-14-2016
• Residential Care Facility Occupancy Report 1-1-2016

The ISDH has dedicated the page Reports on Health Care Facilities to serve as a central site for all facility reports. To access this page, please click here.