Friday, October 15, 2021

Medicare Skilled Nursing Facility Beds by Region

Equipped and staffed to give skilled nursing care on a daily basis, Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) serve the needs of over 61 million Americans with Medicare Part A SNF coverage.  More than 15,000 skilled nursing facilities, having over 1.5 million beds, participated in the Medicare program in calendar year 2019.  Here is a more detailed look at Medicare skilled nursing facility beds by region (to see state level data, follow the "region" links in the table below):

Region # Part A Enrollees # SNFs # Beds
Far West 9,271,394 1,603 155,151
Great Lakes 9,033,798 2,975 290,756
Great Plains 4,057,565 1,940 150,865
Mid-East 9,264,126 1,951 287,563
New England 3,009,294 870 94,397
Rocky Mountain 1,971,770 495 43,036
Southeast 16,668,792 3,562 389,213
Southwest 6,619,024 1,700 180,807
U.S. Territories 1,270,929 7 253
National 61,166,694 15,103 1,592,041

Source:  CMS Program Statistics, Table: MDCR PROVIDERS 4. Medicare Providers:  Number of Medicare Certified Hospitals and Skilled Nursing Facilities, and Number of Beds, by State, Territories, Possessions and Other, Calendar Year 2019

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Dental Hygienist Pay in the Southeastern U.S

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data published this past summer put dental hygienist (DH) employment in the United States at about 195,000 as of May 2020.  At that time, the twelve-state Southeastern U.S. was home to approximately 48,600 employed dental hygienists according to the BLS.  BLS data shows the region to be the worst in the nation for dental hygienist pay.  Although Virginia DHs earned an average annual mean wage that was 15th best in the nation, every other state in the Southeast had an annual mean wage level for dental hygienists that was below the national average.  Moreover, eight Southeastern states ranked among the ten worst states in the nation for dental hygienist annual mean wage levels.  A deeper examination of May 2020 BLS data shows the following about dental hygienist pay in the Southeastern U.S.:

Dental Hygienist Pay in the Southeastern U.S
Dental Hygienist Pay in the Southeastern U.S

State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
AL 3,670 $49,200 51st
AR 1,560 $65,730 46th
FL 11,830 $67,870 41st
GA 5,690 $66,330 43rd
KY 2,130 $61,140 49th
LA 2,340 $69,980 34th
MS 1,180 $56,650 50th
NC 6,700 $71,140 31st
SC 3,500 $61,360 48th
TN 4,020 $65,820 45th
VA 5,040 $82,530 15th
WV 980 $61,530 47th
U.S. 194,830 $78,050 -------

(*) annual mean wage ranking among the 50 states and the District of Columbia

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on May 17, 2021