Tuesday, August 16, 2022

The Southeast's Top Rehabilitation Hospitals

The 22-23 U.S. News & World Report survey of American hospitals rated nearly 800 hospitals for their effectiveness in delivering rehabilitation services to individuals recovering from severe afflictions.  The study analyzed hospitals on various metrics, ranging from the medical outcomes for their rehabilitation patients to the scope of their rehabilitation programs to the amount of professional recognition attained by a hospital from within the rehabilitation services community.  Eleven hospitals in the Southeastern U.S. rated among the 50 best U.S. hospitals for rehabilitation care in the 22-23 survey, including Shepherd Center in Atlanta, which was rated the eighth best rehabilitation hospital in the nation.  The Southeast's top rehabilitation hospitals, and where they ranked nationally for rehabilitation care in the 22-23 U.S. News survey, were:

The Southeast's Top Rehabilitation Hospitals

The Southeast's Top Rehabilitation Hospitals

Location:  Atlanta, GA
National Rank:  #8 (See ranking details)

Location:  Charlotte, NC
National Rank:  #16 (See ranking details)

Location:  Birmingham, AL
National Rank:  #20 (See ranking details)

WakeMed Rehabilitation Hospital
Location:  Raleigh, NC
National Rank:  #21 (See ranking details)

Location:  Atlanta, GA
National Rank:  #26 (See ranking details)

Location:  Marietta, GA
National Rank:  #32 (See ranking details)

Location:  Sarasota, FL
National Rank:  #35 (See ranking details)

Location:  Jacksonville, FL
National Rank:  #36 (See ranking details)

Location:  Tampa, FL
National Rank:  #40 (See ranking details)

Location:  Chapel Hill, NC
National Rank:  #40 (See ranking details)

Location:  Charleston, SC
National Rank:  #43 (See ranking details)

For a more thorough look at the metrics used to grade rehabilitation hospitals in the 22-23 U.S. News survey, or to find the rehabilitation care rating of other Southeastern hospitals, visit Best Hospitals for Rehabilitation.

Monday, August 15, 2022

The Best and Worst States for Medical Assistant Pay

Medical assistants work in varied healthcare settings, including physician offices, hospitals, outpatient care centers, offices of other types of healthcare practitioners and assisted living facilities.  As of May 2021, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimated that nearly 727,800 medical assistants were employed in the U.S.  The BLS further estimated that, as of May 2021, the national mean wage for medical assistants was $38,190 per year.  From state to state there was considerable variation in medical assistant mean annual wages, with medical assistants in some regions of the country earning 50% or more than their counterparts elsewhere.  Per BLS data of May 2021, the ten best and worst states for medical assistant pay were the following:

The Best and Worst States for Medical Assistant Pay

State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
WA 17,360 $47,320 1st
DC 1,960 $46,690 2nd
AK 1,700 $46,390 3rd
CA 97,640 $44,780 4th
MA 13,730 $44,200 5th
MN 10,830 $44,010 6th
OR 11,300 $44,000 7th
HI 3,110 $42,460 8th
NY 31,360 $42,100 9th
CT 8,660 $41,010 10th
U.S. 727,760 $38,190 -------
KS 4,670 $34,270 42nd
SC 12,240 $34,270 43rd
SD 830 $33,880 44th
KY 12,670 $33,360 45th
OK 7,660 $32,230 46th
AR 4,040 $32,170 47th
MS 3,550 $31,640 48th
AL 10,120 $31,390 49th
WV 4,070 $31,230 50th
LA 10,290 $30,620 51st

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

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on August 13, 2022