Wednesday, March 31, 2021

The Ten Largest Hospital Providers in New England

Based on data from the 2020 Medicare Provider of Services file, these medical institutions are the ten largest hospital providers in New England based on certified bed count data:


The Ten Largest Hospital Providers in New England

The Ten Largest Hospital Providers in New England

  1. Massachusetts General Hospital
    Location:  Boston
    Bed Count:  907

  2. Yale New Haven Hospital
    Location:  New Haven, CT
    Bed Count:  874

  3. Hartford Hospital
    Location:  Hartford, CT
    Bed Count:  819

  4. Rhode Island Hospital
    Location:  Providence, RI
    Bed Count:  719

  5. Baystate Medical Center
    Location:  Springfield, MA
    Bed Count:  716

  6. Southcoast Hospital Group
    Location:  Fall River, MA
    Bed Count:  695

  7. Brigham and Women's Hospital
    Location:  Boston
    Bed Count:  663

  8. Saint Francis Hospital
    Location:  Hartford, CT
    Bed Count:  617

  9. University of Vermont Medical Center
    Location:  Burlington, VT
    Bed Count:  615

  10. Maine Medical Center
    Location:  Portland, ME
    Bed Count:  606



Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Houston Methodist, your Trusted Link for March 2021


Houston Methodist as a Resource

The #1 hospital in Texas, according to US News & World Report, #20 on the Best Hospitals Honor Roll, with national ranking in 11 adult specialties, the Houston Methodist hospital system has a Level III trauma center and over 2,500 beds. 

Founded in 1919 during the height of the Spanish Flu epidemic, Houston Methodist has been headquartered in the Texas Medical Center since 1951. It currently has six hospitals in the Houston area. It's famous for cardiovascular surgery, cancer, epilepsy treatment, and organ transplantation. 

Houston Methodist's academic affiliations include Cornell University's Weill Cornell Medical College and the New York-Presbyterian Hospital, as well as the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine

At Houston Methodist in 1950, Dr. Michael DeBakey performed the first removal of a carotid artery blockage. In 1964, he performed the first aorto-coronary bypass surgery. In 1966, he was the first to use a ventricular assist device to pump blood and support a diseased heart.

In 1968, the world's first simultaneous multiple-organ transplant took place at Houston Methodist. Today, the J.C. Walter Jr. Transplant Center supports patients undergoing organ or tissue transplants, and those facing advanced organ failure.

The Houston Methodist Center for Performing Arts Medicine treats performing artists in disciplines including dance, voice, and instrumental music. Houston Methodist is also the official health care provider for the Houston Texans and Houston Astros sports teams. 

The Houston Methodist Research Institute supports the unique technological needs inherent to conducting translational research. It has built over 20 core facilities that provide investigators and external researchers access to exceptional scientific technology. 

The Houston Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation and Education (MITIE) features a virtual hospital, procedural skills lab, and high-tech operating rooms where physicians and surgeons learn new skills.

The EnMed program, created in partnership with Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, is an innovative Engineering Medicine program designed to educate a new kind of physician who will create transformational technology for health care. EnMed students fulfill all academic and professional requirements for the MD degree, and engage in additional experiences involving engineering, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Explore Houston Methodist Innovations

Small Business Employee-Only Premium Costs in the Far West U.S.

Annual small business employee-only (i.e. singe premium) health premium costs in the five-state Far West U.S. and nationally, from the most recent (2019) Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, a periodic survey conducted by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality:

All Businesses with Businesses with Businesses with
State under 50 Employees 10 to 24 Employees under 10 Employees
AK $9,427 $8,773 $11,344
CA $6,874 $7,002 $7,150
HI $6,746 $6,495 $6,858
OR $5,933 $5,965 $7,232
WA $6,259 $5,989 $6,963
U.S. $6,920 $6,892 $7,528

Source:  Medical Expenditure Panel Survey  Table II.C.1 - Average total single premium (in dollars) per enrolled employee at private-sector establishments that offer health insurance by firm size and State: United States, 2019

Monday, March 29, 2021

20 Best Metropolitan Markets for Surgical Technologist Pay

In a January commentary we examined Surgical Technologist Pay in the Top 20 Metropolitan Areas.  As is the case with many professions, the major metro areas in the U.S. are the top employment centers for surgical technologists.  Even so, it is in smaller metro markets where surgical technologists will frequently find better average compensation levels. This can be seen in May 2019 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which reveals that only four of the 20 largest metro areas in the nation were among the 20 best metropolitan markets for surgical technologist pay:

Metropolitan Area # Employed Annual Mean Wages
1 Salinas, CA 60 $74,280
2 San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA (#) 1,170 $72,790
3 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 560 $69,750
4 Anchorage, AK 150 $69,690
5 Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 140 $69,160
6 Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade 680 $68,150
7 Fresno, CA 240 $67,280
8 Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 830 $67,060
9 Redding, CA 50 $66,520
10 Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 110 $66420
11 Barnstable Town, MA 110 $66,250
12 Waterbury, CT 70 $63,690
13 Fairbanks, AK 50 $62,920
14 San Diego-Carlsbad, CA (#) 660 $62,840
15 New Haven, CT 180 $62,740
16 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 770 $62,550
17 Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington (#) 1,250 $62,470
18 Stockton-Lodi, CA 160 $61,570
19 Corvallis, OR 30 $61,560
20 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA (#) 1,210 $61,240
National 109,000 $50,110

(#) a top 20 U.S metro population area

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted January 6, 2021

Sunday, March 28, 2021

The Ten Largest Hospital Providers in the Great Lakes Region

From the 2020 Medicare Provider of Services file, these healthcare institutions are the ten largest hospital providers in the Great Lakes region of the U.S. based on certified bed count data:


The Ten Largest Hospital Providers in the Great Lakes Region

The Ten Largest Hospital Providers in the Great Lakes Region

  1. Indiana University Health
    Location:  Indianapolis, IN
    Bed Count:  1,733

  2. Cleveland Clinic
    Location:  Cleveland, OH
    Bed Count:  1,267

  3. Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center
    Location:  Milwaukee, WI
    Bed Count:  1,213

  4. Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital
    Location:  Grand Rapids, MI
    Bed Count:  1,135

  5. Summa Health
    Location:  Akron, OH
    Bed Count:  1,061

  6. UH Cleveland Medical Center
    Location:  Cleveland, OH
    Bed Count:  1,037

  7. Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak
    Location:  Royal Oak, MI
    Bed Count:  1,031

  8. OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital
    Location:  Columbus, OH
    Bed Count:  1,000

  9. Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
    Location:  Chicago, IL
    Bed Count:  997

  10. DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital
    Location:  Detroit, MI
    Bed Count:  991



Friday, March 26, 2021

Small Business Employee-Only Health Premium Costs in the Mountain States

Except for New Mexico and Wyoming, the annual employee-only premium (i.e. single premium) costs for health insurance coverage for small businesses (with fewer than 50 employees) in the Mountain states typically run below national average rates for similarly sized businesses. Average small business premium costs are higher in New Mexico and Wyoming mainly because of particularly high costs for businesses with fewer than 10 employees. Data from the most recent (2019) Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, a health-cost related survey conducted by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, provides the following detail about annual small business employee-only health premium costs in the Mountain states and nationally:

All Businesses with Businesses with Businesses with
State under 50 Employees 10 to 24 Employees under 10 Employees
AZ $5,924 $5,528 $6,436
CO $6,144 $6,410 $6,443
ID $5,962 $5,651 $6,656
MT $6,063 $6,826 $5,584
NV $5,464 $5,874 $5,764
NM $7,249 $6,372 $8,203
UT $5,067 $5,116 $4,656
WY $7,590 $6,215 $8,224
U.S. $6,920 $6,892 $7,528

Source:  Medical Expenditure Panel Survey  Table II.C.1 - Average total single premium (in dollars) per enrolled employee at private-sector establishments that offer health insurance by firm size and State: United States, 2019

Thursday, March 25, 2021

20 Best Metro Markets for Massage Therapist Pay

In a January commentary we took a look at Massage Therapist Pay in the Top 20 Metropolitan Markets.  As is the case with many health professions, the major metropolitan areas in the U.S. are the biggest employment centers for massage therapists.  That said, it is in smaller metro markets, not the large ones, where massage therapists frequently discover better paying employment. This is readily seen in May 2019 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which show us that only two of the 20 largest metro areas in the nation were among the 20 best metro markets for massage therapist pay:

Metropolitan Area # Employed Annual Mean Wages
1 Anchorage, AK 420 $76,930
2 Yakima, WA 80 $72,870
3 College Station-Bryan, TX N/A $70,090
4 Kennewick-Richland, WA 130 $68,580
5 Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI 240 $68,490
6 Wenatchee, WA 60 $67,740
7 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue (#) 3,360 $67,180
8 Eugene, OR 170 $66,430
9 Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 90 $65,400
10 Greeley, CO N/A $64,410
11 Longview, WA 50 $63,610
12 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 1,830 $63,160
13 Danbury, CT 30 $62,950
14 Bellingham, WA 160 $62,870
15 Medford, OR 90 $61,250
16 Boston-Cambridge-Nashua (#) 1,880 $61,180
17 Salem, OR 120 $61,170
18 Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA 150 $59,950
19 Winston-Salem, NC N/A $59,790
20 Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL 210 $59,200
National 107,240 $47,180

(#) a top 20 U.S metro population area

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on January 6, 2021

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

The Ten Largest Hospital Providers in the Southwest

According to certified bed count data from the 2020 Medicare Provider of Services file, these are the ten largest hospital providers in the Southwest region of the United States:


The Ten Largest Hospital Providers in the Southwest

The Ten Largest Hospital Providers in the Southwest


  1. Methodist Hospital
    Location:  San Antonio
    Bed Count:  2,071

  2. Baptist Medical Center
    Location:  San Antonio
    Bed Count:  1,826

  3. Memorial Hermann Hospital System
    Location:  Houston
    Bed Count:  1,515

  4. Houston Methodist Hospital
    Location:  Houston
    Bed Count:  1,299

  5. St. Francis Hospital
    Location:  Tulsa, OK
    Bed Count:  1,088

  6. Christus Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi
    Location:  Corpus Christi, TX
    Bed Count:  1,040

  7. Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center
    Location:  Houston
    Bed Count:  1,034

  8. Harris Health System
    Location:  Houston
    Bed Count:  975

  9. Parkland Health and Hospital System
    Location:  Dallas
    Bed Count:  968

  10. Baylor University Medical Center
    Location:  Dallas
    Bed Count:  914



Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Small Business Employee-Only Health Premium Costs in the North Central States

The annual single premium (i.e. employee-only ) rate for health insurance coverage for small businesses (with less than 50 employees) in the North Central region of the United States generally run lower than average rates for similarly sized businesses elsewhere.  Data from the most recent (2019) Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, a health-cost related survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, reveals the following about yearly small business employee-only health premium costs in the North Central states and nationally:

All Businesses with Businesses with Businesses with
State under 50 Employees 10 to 24 Employees under 10 Employees
IA $5,989 $5,982 $6,159
KS $5,907 $5,215 $6,457
MN $6,419 $6,402 $7,284
MO $6,366 $5,825 $6,262
NE $6,402 $6,470 $6,456
ND $6,864 $7,428 $6,670
SD $6,903 $7,483 $6,970
U.S. $6,920 $6,892 $7,528

Source:  Medical Expenditure Panel Survey  Table II.C.1 - Average total single premium (in dollars) per enrolled employee at private-sector establishments that offer health insurance by firm size and State: United States, 2019

Monday, March 22, 2021

20 Best Metro Areas for Speech-Language Pathologist Pay

As we reviewed in Speech-Language Pathologist Pay in the Top 20 Metro Areas earlier this year, the largest U.S. metropolitan markets are the major centers for speech-language pathologist employment. Nonetheless, a deeper look into U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data discloses that smaller metro areas commonly provide speech-language pathologists with higher paying employment opportunities.  A review of May 2019 BLS data shows us that only three of the top 20 U.S. metropolitan areas were among the 20 best metro areas for speech-language pathologist pay:

Metropolitan Area # Employed Annual Mean Wages
1 Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT N/A $117,710
2 Corvallis, OR 40 $105,380
3 Chico, CA 60 $104,640
4 New York-Newark-Jersey City (#) 13,240 $104,180
5 Bakersfield, CA 210 $103,760
6 Jackson, MI 50 $103,750
7 Santa Rosa, CA 100 $102,640
8 Columbus, GA-AL 50 $101,800
9 Fresno, CA 270 $101,550
10 Danbury, CT 90 $101,540
11 Ocala, FL 110 $101,200
12 Battle Creek, MI 60 $100,070
13 Gainesville, FL 210 $99,540
14 Modesto, CA 160 $99,500
15 Salinas, CA N/A $99,130
16 Denver-Aurora-Lakewood (#) 2,260 $98,360
17 Laredo, TX 120 $97,710
18 Dalton, GA 110 $97,640
19 San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward (#) N/A $97,500
20 Napa, CA 40 $96,750
National 154,360 $82,000

(#) a top 20 U.S metro population area

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on January 1, 2021

Sunday, March 21, 2021

The Ten Largest Hospitals in the Far West

Based on certified bed count data from the 2020 Medicare Provider of Services file, the following are the ten largest hospitals in the Far West region of the United States:


The Ten Largest Hospitals in the Far West
The Ten Largest Hospitals in the Far West

  1. LAC+USC Medical Center
    Location:  Los Angeles
    Bed Count:  1,395

  2. Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
    Location:  San Jose, CA
    Bed Count:  1,182

  3. UCSF Medical Center
    Location:  San Francisco
    Bed Count:  1,019

  4. Sharp Memorial Hospital
    Location:  San Diego
    Bed Count:  881

  5. Loma Linda University Medical Center
    Location:  Loma Linda, CA
    Bed Count:  881

  6. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
    Location:  Los Angeles
    Bed Count:  848

  7. Community Regional Medical Center
    Location:  Fresno, CA
    Bed Count:  794

  8. Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center
    Location:  Las Vegas, NV
    Bed Count:  701

  9. Scripps Mercy Hospital
    Location:  San Diego
    Bed Count:  700

  10. Swedish Medical Center
    Location:  Seattle, WA
    Bed Count:  697



Friday, March 19, 2021

Medicare Advantage Market Share by Region

Medicare Advantage (MA) Plans can be a great value compared to traditional Medicare, thanks to added benefits and typically lower premium costs.  Managed care cost control protocols notwithstanding, Medicare eligible seniors continue to gravitate to the better value MA plans offer.  In just over four years, from October 2016 through January 2021, the market share of MA plans across the U.S. has grown from under 31% of Medicare eligible Americans to over 41%.

The growing popularity of MA plans nationally is mirrored in every region of the U.S.  Here is a more detailed breakdown of Medicare Advantage market share by region (for state-by-state details, follow the "region" link):

Medicare Eligible (1) MA Enrollment (1) % MA Market Share
Region Jan-21 Oct-16 Jan-21 Oct-16 Jan-21 Oct-16
FrWest 9,704.0 8,679.3 4,240.0 3,286.1 43.7% 37.9%
GLakes 9,272.2 8,553.3 3,814.1 2,469.4 41.1% 28.9%
MidEast 9,449.3 8,804.9 3,714.5 2,639.5 39.1% 30.0%
NwEng 3,095.9 2,828.4 1,038.2 608.8 33.5% 21.5%
Plains 4,165.8 3,814.1 1,416.7 722.0 34.0% 18.9%
Rockies 2,073.6 1,792.5 797.9 536.0 38.5% 29.9%
SE 17,214.7 15,539.5 7,381.4 4,774.8 42.9% 30.7%
SW 6,885.3 6,050.2 2,917.8 1,879.8 42.4% 31.1%
USA (2) 62,741.5 56,888.7 25,936.7 17,489.5 41.3% 30.7%

(1) in thousands
(2) includes U.S. territories

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Small Business Employee-Only Health Premium Costs in the South Central U.S.

The annual employee-only premium (i.e. single premium) cost for small business (fewer than 50 employees) health insurance coverage in the South Central U.S. generally runs lower than the national average cost for similarly sized businesses. Data from the 2019 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, the most recent survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to capture health insurance cost data, reveals the following about yearly small business employee-only health premium costs in the South Central U.S. region and nationally:

All Businesses with Businesses with Businesses with
State under 50 Employees 10 to 24 Employees under 10 Employees
AL $6,420 $6,408 $6,845
AR $5,545 $6,316 $6,340
KY $6,697 $7,080 $8,603
LA $7,402 $7,000 $7,588
MS $6,885 $7,868 N/A
OK $6,381 $6,551 N/A
TN $6,221 $6,474 $6,812
TX $6,974 $6,568 $8,289
U.S. $6,920 $6,892 $7,528

Source:  Medical Expenditure Panel Survey  Table II.C.1 - Average total single premium (in dollars) per enrolled employee at private-sector establishments that offer health insurance by firm size and State: United States, 2019

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

20 Best Metro Markets for Recreational Therapist Pay

In a January commentary we reviewed Recreational Therapist Pay in the Top 20 Metro Markets.  As is the case with many healthcare professions, the major metro areas in the U.S. are the top centers for recreational therapist employment.  However, smaller metro markets sometimes provide better pay opportunities for recreational therapists. May 2019 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reveals that less than half of the 20 largest metropolitan areas in the nation were among the 20 best metro markets for recreational therapist pay:

Metropolitan Area # Employed Annual Mean Wages
1 San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA 90 $83,590
2 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 60 $82,800
3 Fresno, CA 60 $82,170
4 Salinas, CA 30 $80,550
5 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario (#) 170 $79,780
6 Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade 60 $75,550
7 San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward (#) 120 $74,200
8 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim (#) 510 $72,740
9 New Haven, CT 50 $69,090
10 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue (#) 130 $68,180
11 Duluth, MN-WI N/A $64,620
12 Urban Honolulu, HI 30 $64,240
13 San Diego-Carlsbad, CA (#) 150 $62,770
14 New York-Newark-Jersey City (#) 1,360 $59,750
15 Hartford-West Harford-East Hartford, CT 190 $59,530
16 Boston-Cambridge-Nashua (#) 600 $59,210
17 Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 30 $58,840
18 Kalamazoo-Portage, MI 30 $58,650
19 Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 50 $58,430
20 Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington (#) 240 $57,590
National 19,070 $51,130

(#) a top 20 U.S metro population area

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on January 1, 2021