Sunday, October 17, 2021

Heart Disease Deaths in the Rocky Mountain Region

Heart disease accounted for over 659,000 deaths in 2019 (approximately 23% of all deaths in the U.S. that year), making it the leading cause of death in the United States.  The good news on heart disease is that advancements in medical know how have lowered the heart disease death rate over the past twenty years. From a 1999 level of 259.9 deaths per 100,000 population, by 2019 the death rate from heart disease had dropped to 200.8 deaths per 100,000 population.  The bad news is that the heart disease death rate in the U.S. has been inching back up since the middle of the last decade.  The five-state Rocky Mountain region has likewise seen its heart disease death rate trend downward in the past two decades, although the improvement was less than the nation as a whole. That said, with a heart disease death rate that was 27% below than the national average in 2019, the Rocky Mountain region had a heart disease death rate that was lower than every other region of the country.  A deeper look into data from the National Center for Health Statistics reveals the following about the trend in heart disease deaths in the Rocky Mountain region:

Heart Disease Deaths in the Rocky Mountain Region

Heart Disease Deaths in the Rocky Mountain Region


Area/Deaths 1999 2009 2019
CO 6,420 6,093 7,762
ID 2,532 2,398 3,061
MT 2,049 1,832 2,290
UT 2,786 2,813 3,882
WY 1,009 964 1,067
Region 14,796 14,100 18,062
U.S. 725,192 599,413 659,041
Area/Death Rate* 1999 2009 2019
CO 151.9 122.5 134.8
ID 198.5 154.3 171.3
MT 228.3 186.2 214.3
UT 126.4 103.3 121.1
WY 205.2 172.2 184.4
Region 162.7 130.6 145.7
U.S. 259.9 195.4 200.8

(*) number of heart disease deaths per 100,000 population

Source: CDC Wonder. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Underlying Cause of Death 1999-2019 on CDC WONDER Online Database, released in 2020. Data are from the Multiple Cause of Death Files, 1999-2019, as compiled from data provided by the 57 vital statistics jurisdictions through the Vital Statistics Cooperative Program. Accessed on June 9, 2021

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

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Nursing Assistant Pay in the Southwestern U.S.

Over 1,371,000 nursing assistants were employed in the U.S. as of May 2020 according to data recently released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Approximately 116,000 employed nursing assistants lived in the four-state Southwestern region of the country.  Generally speaking, the region is a poor one for nursing assistant pay, with three states in the region having a nursing assistant annual mean wage level that was below the national average.  This included one state, Oklahoma, that ranked among the ten worst states in the nation for nursing assistant annual mean wages.   A closer look at BLS data from May 2020 reveals the following about nursing assistant pay in the Southwestern U.S.:

Nursing Assistant Pay in the Southwestern U.S.

Nursing Assistant Pay in the Southwestern U.S.


State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
AZ 15,830 $33,630 17th
NM 4,980 $30,290 31st
OK 19,930 $27,220 47th
TX 75,690 $29,050 37th
U.S. 1,371,050 $32,050 -------

(*) 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 15, 2021

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Medicare Short Stay Hospital Beds by Region

Providing acute inpatient care, short stay hospitals are the foundation of the hospital infrastructure serving over 61 million Americans with Medicare Part A insurance coverage.  In calendar year 2019, across the country there were more than 3,200 short stay hospitals, with over 779,000 beds, that participated in the Medicare program.  Here is a more detailed look at Medicare short stay hospital beds by region (to see state level data, follow the "region" links in the table below):

Region # Part A Enrollees # Hospitals # Beds
Far West 9,271,394 420 100,045
Great Lakes 9,033,798 494 125,095
Great Plains 4,057,565 251 57,548
Mid-East 9,264,126 414 119,969
New England 3,009,294 131 30,316
Rocky Mountain 1,971,770 122 21,049
Southeast 16,668,792 928 223,711
Southwest 6,619,024 465 91,100
U.S. Territories 1,270,929 58 10,633
National 61,166,694 3,283 779,466

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

Monday, October 11, 2021

Drug Induced Deaths in the Mid-Eastern U.S.

More than 74,500 drug induced deaths, or about 22.7 drug induced deaths per 100,000 population, were recorded in the United States in 2019.  Nearly 95% of these fatalities were related to drug overdoses, both accidental and intentional.  In the twenty years from 1999 to 2019, the drug induced death count in the U.S. surged by over 50,000 per year, while the death rate per 100,000 population more than tripled. While all regions of the country experienced sharp increases in their drug induced death counts in the twenty years from 1999 to 2019, the experience in the Mid-Eastern U.S. region was even worse.  From a drug induced death rate per 100,000 population that was 16% above the national average in 1999, by 2019 the region's drug induced death rate had surged to a level that was 29% higher than the national average.  An examination of data from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics reveals the following about drug induced deaths in the Mid-Eastern U.S.:

Drug Induced Deaths in the Mid-Eastern U.S.

Drug Induced Deaths in the Mid-Eastern U.S.

State/Deaths 1999 2009 2019
DE 55 139 442
DC 55 58 319
MD 660 768 2,421
NJ 757 343 2,867
NY 1,102 1,797 3,814
PA 1,049 1,983 4,475
Region 3,678 5,088 14,338
U.S. 19,128 39,147 74,511
State/Death Rate* 1999 2009 2019
DE 7.1 15.6 45.4
DC 9.6 9.8 45.2
MD 12.6 13.4 40.0
NJ 9.1 3.9 32.3
NY 5.8 9.3 19.6
PA 8.6 15.7 35.0
Region 8.0 10.6 29.3
U.S. 6.9 12.8 22.7

(*) number of drug induced deaths per 100,000 population

Source: CDC Wonder. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Underlying Cause of Death 1999-2019 on CDC WONDER Online Database, released in 2020. Data are from the Multiple Cause of Death Files, 1999-2019, as compiled from data provided by the 57 vital statistics jurisdictions through the Vital Statistics Cooperative Program. Accessed on June 5, 2021

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Medical Assistant Pay in the U.S. Far West

Medical assistant (MA) employment in the U.S. stood at more than 710,000 as of May 2020 according U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data released earlier this year. Per BLS data, almost 138,000 medical assistants were employed in the six-state U.S. Far West region. The Far West is the best region in the nation for medical assistant pay according to BLS data.  Except for Nevada, all states in the Far West region ranked among the top ten states nationally for medical assistant annual mean wages.  A closer review of May 2020 BLS data reveals the following about medical assistant pay in the U.S. Far West:

Medical Assistant Pay in the U.S. Far West

Medical Assistant Pay in the U.S. Far West

State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
AK 2,500 $46,610 1st
CA 95,690 $42,990 6th
HI 4,190 $40,530 9th
NV 7,190 $35,970 25th
OR 12,480 $41,700 7th
WA 15,870 $45,700 2nd
U.S. 710,200 $36,930 -------

(*) 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 15, 2021

Friday, October 8, 2021

Family Medicine Physician Pay in the Great Lakes Region

Information published recently by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) put the number of family medicine physicians employed in the United States at more than 98,000 as of May 2020.  Almost 13,000 family medicine physicians were employed at that time in the five-state Great Lakes region.  BLS data reveals the region to have much disparity in family physician pay.  Indiana and Wisconsin are both top ten states nationally for family medicine physician annual mean wages.  However, more than 70% of Great Lakes region family medicine physicians live in other states in the region, all of which register family physician annual mean wage levels below the national average.  A closer examination of May 2020 data from the BLS details the following about family medicine physician pay in the Great Lakes region:

Family Medicine Physician Pay in the Great Lakes Region

Family Medicine Physician Pay in the Great Lakes Region

State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
IL 5,100 $212,510 33rd
IN 2,270 $241,600 7th
MI 2,320 $213,260 31st
OH 1,820 $190,650 46th
WI 1,410 $254,690 3rd
U.S. 98,590 $214,370 -------

(*) 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 12, 2021

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Medicare Psychiatric Hospital Beds in the Rocky Mountain Region

Psychiatric hospitals are an integral part of the hospital system serving the mental health needs of over 61 million Americans with Medicare Part A insurance coverage.  As of calendar year 2019, there were 604 psychiatric hospitals, with nearly 59,900 beds, that were participating in the Medicare program nationally.

In calendar year 2019, the five-state Rocky Mountain region was home to 22 psychiatric hospitals, with more than 2,100 beds, that were participating in the Medicare program.  Most Medicare enrollees in the Rocky Mountain states are well served for psychiatric hospital bed capacity.  Home to just 3.2% of the nation's Medicare Part A enrollees, the region holds a disproportionately larger share (3.6%) of the program's psychiatric hospital bed capacity.  Here is a state level look at Medicare psychiatric hospital beds in the Rocky Mountain region:

Medicare Psychiatric Hospital Beds in the Rocky Mountain Region

Medicare Psychiatric Hospital Beds in the Rocky Mountain Region


# Part A Enrollees # Hospitals # Beds
CO 899,989 9 1,025
ID 334,292 4 369
MT 229,633 2 140
UT 397,999 5 542
WY 109,857 2 98
Region 1,971,770 22 2,174
National* 61,166,694 604 59,851
% of National 3.2% 3.6% 3.6%

* National totals include U.S. territories

Data 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

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Firearms Deaths in the U.S. Far West

In 2019, more than 39,700 deaths in the U.S. were the result of firearm incidents. That put the 2019 firearms death rate (12.1 deaths per 100,000 population) almost 17.5% higher than where it was twenty years earlier (10.3 deaths per 100,000 population in 1999).  While the national firearms death rate jumped between 1999 and 2019, in the six-state U.S. Far West region the firearms death rate went the opposite direction, dropping about 7% during the same period.  That said, the region's overall favorable trend was heavily influenced by a nearly 18% drop in California's firearms death rate and similar improvement in Nevada.  Other states in the region did not fare as well, with all recording materially higher firearms death rates in 2019 than twenty years earlier..  A further examination of data from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics reveals the following about firearm deaths in the U.S. Far West region:

Firearms Deaths in the U.S. Far West
Firearms Deaths in the U.S. Far West

State/Deaths 1999 2009 2019
AK 88 104 179
CA 3,054 3,094 2,945
HI 42 47 62
NV 375 406 490
OR 389 417 566
WA 585 623 842
Region 4,533 4,691 5,084
U.S. 28,874 31,347 39,707
State/Death Rate* 1999 2009 2019
AK 14.1 14.9 24.5
CA 9.1 8.4 7.5
HI 3.5 3.5 4.4
NV 19.4 15.1 15.9
OR 11.5 10.9 13.4
WA 10.0 9.3 11.1
Region 9.7 9.0 9.0
U.S. 10.3 10.2 12.1

(*) number of firearm-caused deaths per 100,000 population

Source: CDC Wonder. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Underlying Cause of Death 1999-2019 on CDC WONDER Online Database, released in 2020. Data are from the Multiple Cause of Death Files, 1999-2019, as compiled from data provided by the 57 vital statistics jurisdictions through the Vital Statistics Cooperative Program. Accessed on June 2, 2021

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

General Dentist Pay in the Great Plains Region

Nearly 96,000 general dentists were employed in the U.S. as of May 2020 according to data released earlier this year by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  Per BLS data, just over 5,900 of those employed general dentists worked in the seven-state Great Plains region of the country.  Although home to two states ranked among the twelve best in the nation for general dentist annual mean wages, on the whole the region was a subpar one in terms of pay, as nearly 64% of the region's dentists lived in states where the annual mean wage for general dentists was below the national average.  A closer examination of May 2020 BLS data details the following about general dentist pay in the Great Plains region:

General Dentist Pay in the Great Plains Region
General Dentist Pay in the Great Plains Region

State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
IA 940 $169,990 36th
KS 720 $170,710 34th
MN 1,690 $213,310 8th
MO 1,770 $157,030 43rd
NE 360 $178,490 28th
ND 180 $203,890 12th
SD 270 $187,850 20th
U.S. 95,920 $180,830 -------

(*) annual mean wage ranking among the 50 states

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on May 12, 2021

Monday, October 4, 2021

EMT and Paramedic Pay in the U.S. Mid-East Region

Data made available by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) earlier this summer revealed that more than 257,000 EMTs (emergency medical technicians) and paramedics were employed in the United States as of May 2020. The U.S. Mid-East region, which encompasses the District of Columbia and five states, accounted for over 47,000 of those EMT and paramedic jobs. In general, the Mid-East region is one of the better regions in the country for EMT and paramedic pay.  The District of Columbia and three states in the region ranked among the top eleven states in the nation for EMT/Paramedic annual mean wages. Further examination of May 2020 BLS data reveals the following about EMT and paramedic pay in U.S. Mid-East region:

EMT and Paramedic Pay in the U.S. Mid-East Region

EMT and Paramedic Pay in the U.S. Mid-East Region

State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
DC 590 $47,460 7th
DE 1,060 $45,530 11th
MD 4,700 $53,440 3rd
NJ 7,550 $40,520 19th
NY 19,620 $46,920 8th
PA 13,610 $35,970 37th
U.S. 257,700 $40,370 -------

(*) 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 10, 2021

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Northwestern Memorial Hospital, our Trusted Link for September 2021


Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago is ranked #10 in the U.S. News Best Hospitals Honor roll for 2021, and #1 in Illinois. It is the flagship campus for Northwestern Medicine and the primary teaching hospital for the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. It occupies over 3 million square feet of medical buildings in Northwestern University's Chicago campus. Over 1,900 of its 4,000+ physicians carry a faculty appointment at the medical school.  

In 1972, two of Chicago's oldest established hospitals, Passavant Memorial (founded 1865) and Wesley Memorial (founded 1888) were merged to create Northwestern Memorial. Wesley Memorial had been the teaching hospital of the Feinberg medical school since 1890. 

Northwestern Medicine has a very strong Diversity & Inclusion program. They host a big variety of events and affinity groups, and have an "outlist" of LGBTQ faculty, staff, and students

Health institutions with the Northwestern Medicine and Northwestern University system include

Publications

Northwestern Medicine is also affiliated with the #1 ranked adult rehabilitation hospital in the U.S.: Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago). The hospital is located in the Northwestern Medicine campus and Northwestern's institutions participate in the AbilityLab research and clinical trials. 

NM Symptom Checker


Medicare Long Term Care Hospital Beds in the Southwestern U.S.

Long Term Care Hospitals (LTCHs) provide services to over 61 million Americans having Medicare Part A long term care coverage.  Providing hospital care to individuals with complex medical conditions that require longer duration inpatient care (in excess of 25 days on average), LTCHs are an important part of the nation's hospital infrastructure.  As of calendar year 2019, the Medicare program counted among its participating providers 367 Long Term Care Hospitals that had almost 25,600 total beds.

In calendar year 2019, participating in the Medicare program in the four-state Southwestern U.S. were 77 LTCHs with 4,738 beds.  The region's Medicare enrollees are very well served for LTCH bed capacity in comparison to other regions of the country.  Home to about 10.8% of the nation's Medicare Part A enrollees, the Southwest accounted for a disproportionately greater 18.5% of the Medicare's long term care hospital beds.  Here is a deeper look at Medicare Long Term Care hospital beds in the Southwestern U.S.:

Medicare Long Term Care Hospital Beds in the Southwestern U.S.

Medicare Long Term Care Hospital Beds in the Southwestern U.S.


# Part A Enrollees # Hospitals # Beds
AZ 1,315,576 6 359
NM 416,900 3 106
OK 738,438 11 500
TX 4,148,110 57 3.773
Region 6,619,024 77 4,738
National* 61,166,694 367 25,593
% of National 10.8% 21.0% 18.5%

* National totals include U.S. territories

Data 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