It has long been Modern Healthcares style to include only general acute-care hospitals when counting the numbers of hospitals within a health system. However, over the years this has sometimes caused confusion with sources, readers and even for the editorial staff, as it conflicts with the main source the magazine uses to compile numbers, the American Hospital Associations annual guide, which also includes specialty, rehabilitation and chronic disease, and psychiatric hospitals. So the style has been adjusted to include those hospitals.
The number of hospitals counted as part of a system will continue to include hospitals that are owned, leased or sponsored, but not those that are contract-managed. And the magazine will continue to use staffed-bed counts for hospitals, not licensed-bed counts, and exclude nursing-home type beds within a general acute-care hospital.
Finally, stories will continue to use the AHAs method of differentiating between whether a facility counts as a hospital or simply a campus of another hospital, which depends on if a facility has its own Medicare provider number. Several campuses under one provider number count as one hospital.
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