Sunday, April 18, 2021

The Ten Largest Healthcare Support Occupations in the U.S.

In recently released reports, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimated that there were over 6.4 million people employed in healthcare support occupations as of May 2020.  This BLS employment grouping includes a variety of occupations that assist and aid healthcare practitioners, technologists, and technicians who are involved in the diagnosing or treating of medical conditions.   As of May 2020, employment in healthcare support occupations accounted for about 4.6% of total U.S. employment.  BLS data as of May 2020 reveals the following as the ten largest healthcare support occupations in the U.S.:

Occupation # Employed Annual Mean Wages
1 Home Health and Personal Care Aide 3,211,590 $28,060
2 Nursing Assistant 1,371,050 $32,050
3 Medical Assistant 710,200 $36,930
4 Dental Assistant 312,140 $42,310
5 Phlebotomist 128,020 $37,280
6 Veterinary Assistant/Lab Animal Caretaker 98,810 $30,980
7 Physical Therapist Assistant 92,740 $59,440
8 Massage Therapist 85,040 $47,350
9 Medical Equipment Preparer 56,870 $41,070
10 Psychiatric Aide 51,550 $33,300
All Healthcare Support Occupations 6,440,880 $32,250

Source: BLS Economic News Release, March 31, 2021.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Medicare Long Term Care Hospital Beds in the Mid-East States

Long Term Care Hospitals (LTCHs) serve the needs of the more than 60 million Americans having Medicare Part A long term care coverage.  LTCHs provide services to individuals with complex medical situations that require extended inpatient care (in excess of 25 days on average).  Over 6,000 hospitals in total, with more than 932,500 beds, were participating in the Medicare program as of calendar year 2019.  LTCHs accounted for about 6% of those hospitals and just over 2.7% of those hospital beds.

In calendar year 2019, the Mid-East region of the U.S. was home to 29 LTCHs, with almost 2,000 beds, who were participating in the Medicare program.  As such, the region was home to about 15% of the nation's Medicare Part A enrollees, but only 8.5% of the program's long term care hospital beds.  Here is a summary look at Medicare Long Term Care hospital beds in the Mid-East states:


Medicare Long Term Care Hospital Beds in the Mid-East States
Medicare Long Term Care Hospital Beds in the Mid-East States
Area # Part A Enrollees # Hospitals # Beds
DE 207,483 1 35
DC 92,751 2 142
MD 1,034,889 2 189
NJ 1,599,601 8 544
NY 3,604,216 2 636
PA 2,725,186 14 621
Region 9,264,126 29 2,167
National* 61,166,694 367 25,593
% of National 15.1% 7.9% 8.5%

* 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

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Medicare Rehabilitation Hospital Beds in the Southeast

Rehabilitation hospitals are part of the hospital infrastructure serving the needs of the more than 60 million Americans having Medicare Part A insurance coverage.  Over 6,000 hospitals of all types, with more than 932,500 beds in total, participated in the Medicare program as of calendar year 2019.  Rehabilitation hospitals accounted for about 5% of those hospitals and just over 2% of those hospital beds.

In calendar year 2019, the twelve-state Southeast region of the U.S. was home to 103 rehabilitation hospitals, with over 5,700 beds, who were participating in the Medicare program.  As such, the region was home to about 27% of the nation's Medicare Part A enrollees and 30% of the program's rehabilitation hospital beds.  Here is a state-level summary look at Medicare rehabilitation hospital beds in the Southeast region of the U.S.:

Medicare Rehabilitation Hospital Beds in the Southeast
Medicare Rehabilitation Hospital Beds in the Southeast
Area # Part A Enrollees # Hospitals # Beds
AL 1,040,502 7 427
AR 636,495 8 521
FL 4,550,450 17 1,305
GA 1,708,820 6 324
KY 917,181 5 349
LA 867,854 22 660
MS 601,243 1 33
NC 1,978,972 3 298
SC 1,070,242 9 487
TN 1,354,299 11 612
VA 1,504,299 9 415
WV 438,435 5 280
Region 16,668,792 103 5,711
National* 61,166,694 306 19,059
% of National 27.3% 33.7% 30.0%

* 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

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

The Ten Largest Healthcare Professional Occupations in the U.S.

Recently released reports from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimated that, as of May 2020, there were nearly 8.6 million healthcare professionals employed in practitioner and technical occupations.  This is a BLS occupational grouping that includes most professions, which typical require advanced education and skills, involved in the diagnosing or treating of healthcare conditions.  This BLS grouping does not, however, include many support occupations involved in healthcare diagnostic and treatment processes.  As of May 2020, healthcare practitioner and technical professions employment accounted for about 6.2% of total U.S. employment.  BLS data as of May 2020 reveals the following as the ten largest healthcare professional occupations in the U.S.:

Occupation # Employed Annual Mean Wages
1 Registered Nurse 2,986,500 $80,010
2 Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse 676,440 $50,090
3 Physician (all kinds) 663,060 (1)
4 Pharmacy Technician 415,310 $36,540
5 Clinical Lab Technologist/Technician 326,220 $55,990
6 Pharmacist 315,470 $125,460
7 EMT/Paramedic 257,700 $40,370
8 Physical Therapist 220,870 $91,680
9 Nurse Practitioner 211,280 $114,510
10 Radiologic Technologist/Technician 206,720 $64,840
All Practitioner/Technical Occupations 8,579,180 $85,900

(1) in excess of $200,000 per year

Source: BLS Economic News Release, March 31, 2021.

Monday, April 12, 2021

Medicare Psychiatric Hospital Beds in the Great Lakes Region

Psychiatric hospitals are part of the hospital infrastructure serving more than 60 million Americans having Medicare Part A insurance coverage.  More than 6,000 hospitals of all kinds, having over 932,500 beds in total, were participating in the Medicare program in calendar year 2019.  Psychiatric hospitals accounted for about 10% of those hospitals and just over 6.4% of those hospital beds.  

In calendar year 2019, the five-state Great Lakes region of the U.S. was home to 98 psychiatric hospitals, with over 8,100 beds, who were participating in the Medicare program.  While the region was home to about 15% of the nation's Medicare Part A enrollment, it had less than 14% of the Medicare program's psychiatric hospital beds.  Here is a state-level look at Medicare psychiatric hospital beds in the Great Lakes region of the U.S.:

Medicare Psychiatric Hospital Beds in the Great Lakes Region

Medicare Psychiatric Hospital Beds in the Great Lakes Region

# Part A Enrollees # Hospitals # Beds
IL 2,212,802 15 1,657
IN 1,258,716 29 1,417
MI 2,063,850 13 1,625
OH 2,326,789 29 2,332
WI 1,171,641 12 1,145
Region 9,033,798 98 8,176
National* 61,166,694 604 59,851
% of National 14.8% 16.2% 13.7%

* 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

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Medicare Short Stay Hospital Beds in the Far West

In Medicare parlance, a short stay hospital is a hospital that provides acute inpatient care. For Medicare program purposes, the short stay hospital designation excludes many hospitals that specialize in a particular types of care, such as psychiatric, rehabilitation, children's and long-term care hospitals. Also excluded from the short stay hospital designation are certain small hospitals, with fewer than 25 beds, that serve rural areas and who meet other criteria for categorization as a "critical access hospital" (CAH). CAH's are eligible for certain financial benefits from the Medicare program that not available to standard short stay hospitals.

Short stay hospitals are integral to the hospital infrastructure serving more than 60 million Americans having Medicare Part A insurance coverage.  Of the more than 6,000 hospitals participating in the Medicare program in calendar year 2019, over 53% were short stay hospitals.  More significantly, short stay hospitals accounted for more than 83% of the total hospital beds serving the needs of Medicare Part A enrollees.  

In the six-state Far West region of the U.S., as of calendar year 2019, there were 420 short stay hospitals, with just over 100,000 beds, participating in the Medicare program.  While the region was home to 15% of the nation's Medicare Part A enrollment, it had less than 13% of the Medicare program's short stay hospital beds.  Here is a state-level look at Medicare short stay hospital beds in the Far West region of the U.S.:

Medicare Short Stay Hospital Beds in the Far West
Medicare Short Stay Hospital Beds in the Far West

# Part A Enrollees # Hospitals # Beds
AK 99,901 8 1,210
CA 6,145,984 294 72,287
HI 273,559 12 2,054
NV 528,844 23 6,384
OR 862,861 34 7,115
WA 1,360,244 49 10,995
Region 9,271,394 420 100,045
National* 61,166,694 3,283 779,466
% of National 15.2% 12.8% 12.8%

* National totals include U.S. territories

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

Friday, April 9, 2021

Physician Employment in the U.S.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recently released by-occupation employment and wage data from its Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics survey from May 2020.  This employment survey estimated that there were just over 663,000 physicians employed in the U.S. as of May 2020.  This represented approximately 7.7% of total U.S. employment in all healthcare practitioner and technical occupations, a broad BLS occupational grouping that excludes many healthcare support occupations.  BLS data reported the following about physicians employment in the U.S. (ranked by number employed) as of May 2020:

Occupation # Employed Annual Mean Wages
1 Physicians (all other) & Ophthalmologists 375,390 $218,850
2 Family Medicine Physicians 98,590 $214,370
3 General Internal Medicine Physicians 50,600 $210,960
4 Surgeons, except Ophthalmologists 37,900 $251,650
5 Anesthesiologists 28,590 $271,440
6 Pediatricians, general 27,550 $184,570
7 Psychiatrists 25,540 $217,100
8 OB/GYNs 18,900 $239,120
All Physicians 663,060 N/A
All Practitioner/Technical Occupations 8,579,180 $85,900

Source: BLS Economic News Release, March 31, 2021.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

The Ten Largest Hospital Providers in the Southeast

According to certified bed count data from the 2020 Medicare Provider of Services file, the following are the ten largest hospital providers in the Southeast U.S.:


The Ten Largest Hospital Providers in the Southeast
The Ten Largest Hospital Providers in the Southeast

  1. AdventHealth Orlando
    Location:  Orlando, FL
    Bed Count:  2,891

  2. Jackson Memorial Hospital
    Location:  Miami, FL
    Bed Count:  2,137

  3. Orlando Health Orlando Regional Medical Center
    Location:  Orlando, FL
    Bed Count:  1,738

  4. North Healthcare / Norton Hospital
    Location:  Louisville, KY
    Bed Count:  1,730

  5. Methodist Healthcare / Methodist University Hospital
    Location:  Memphis, TN
    Bed Count:  1,593

  6. Baycare / St. Joseph's Hospital
    Location:  Tampa, FL
    Bed Count:  1,353

  7. UofLHealth Jewish Hospital
    Location:  Louisville, KY
    Bed Count:  1,261

  8. UAB Hospital
    Location:  Birmingham, AL
    Bed Count:  1,157

  9. Cone Health Moses Cone Memorial Hospital
    Location:  Greensboro, NC
    Bed Count:  1,122

  10. UF Health Shands Hospital
    Location:  Gainesville, FL
    Bed Count:  1,095



Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Nursing Related Employment in the U.S.

Recently released reports from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimated that there were more than 3.9 million nursing related positions in the U.S, excluding support occupations such as nursing assistants and aides, as of May 2020.  Employment in healthcare practitioner and technical occupations, a BLS occupational grouping that excludes many healthcare support occupations, totaled about 8.6 million at that time.  So, as of May 2020, nursing related employment represented more than 45% of total U.S. employment for all healthcare practitioner and technical occupations.  BLS data reveals the following about nursing related employment in the U.S. (ranked by number employed) as of May 2020:

Occupation # Employed Annual Mean Wages
1 Registered Nurses 2,986,500 $80,010
2 Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurses 676,440 $50,090
3 Nurse Practitioners 211,280 $114,510
4 Nurse Anesthetists 41,960 $189,190
5 Nurse Midwives 7,120 $115,540
All Nursing Related Occupations 3,923,300 N/A
All Practitioner/Technical Occupations 8,579,180 $85,900

Source: BLS Economic News Release, March 31, 2021.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

The Ten Largest Hospital Providers in the Great Plains Region

Based on certified bed count data from the 2020 Medicare Provider of Services file, these institutions are the ten largest hospital providers in the Great Plains region of the U.S.:



The Ten Largest Hospital Providers in the Great Plains Region
The Ten Largest Hospital Providers in the Great Plains Region

  1. Mayo Clinic Hospital - Rochester
    Location:  Rochester, MN
    Bed Count:  2,059

  2. Barnes Jewish Hospital
    Location:  St. Louis, MO
    Bed Count:  1,737

  3. University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview
    Location:  Minneapolis, MN
    Bed Count:  1,700

  4. Ascension Via Christi Hospitals
    Location:  Wichita, KS
    Bed Count:  1,268

  5. University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
    Location:  Iowa City, IA
    Bed Count:  1,103

  6. Abbott Northwestern Hospital
    Location:  Minneapolis, MN
    Bed Count:  952

  7. Hennepin County Medical Center
    Location:  Minneapolis, MN
    Bed Count:  894

  8. Wesley Medical Center
    Location:  Wichita, KS
    Bed Count:  859

  9. Mercy Hospital St. Louis
    Location:  St. Louis, MO
    Bed Count:  859

  10. Mercy Hospital Springfield
    Location:  Springfield, MO
    Bed Count:  814



Saturday, April 3, 2021

Dental Practitioner Employment in the U.S.

Recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports estimate that, as of May 2020, there were more than 306,000 dental practitioner positions in the U.S, including dental hygienists. Dental practitioner employment thus accounted for about 3.6% of total U.S. employment for all healthcare practitioner and technical occupations. May 2020 BLS data details the following about dental practitioner employment in the U.S. (ranked by number employed):

Occupation # Employed Annual Mean Wages
1 Dental Hygienists 194,830 $78,050
2 General Dentists 95,920 $180,830
3 Dentists, all other specialties 5,610 $194,930
4 Orthodontists 5,040 $237,990
5 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons 4,120 $234,990
6 Prosthodontists 530 $214,870
# All Dental Practitioner Occupations 306,050 $186,300
All Practitioner/Technical Occupations 8,579,180 $85,900

# Annual Mean Wages figure for "All Dental Practitioner Occupations" line item excludes dental hygienists 

Source: BLS Economic News Release, March 31, 2021.

Friday, April 2, 2021

The Ten Largest Hospitals in the Rocky Mountain Region

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


The Ten Largest Hospitals in the Rocky Mountain Region

The Ten Largest Hospitals in the Rocky Mountain Region


  1. Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center
    Location:  Denver, CO
    Bed Count:  680

  2. Centura Health St. Anthony Hospital & Medical Center
    Location:  Lakewood, CO
    Bed Count:  593

  3. UCHealth Memorial Hospital Central
    Location:  Colorado Springs, CO
    Bed Count:  583

  4. University of Colorado Hospital Authority
    Location:  Aurora, CO
    Bed Count:  568

  5. Saint Joseph Hospital
    Location:  Denver, CO
    Bed Count:  565

  6. St. Luke's Medical Center
    Location:  Boise, ID
    Bed Count:  544

  7. Centura Health Penrose-St. Francis Health Services
    Location:  Colorado Springs, CO
    Bed Count:  522

  8. Intermountain Medical Center
    Location:  Murray, UT
    Bed Count:  520

  9. University of Utah Hospital
    Location:  Salt Lake City, UT
    Bed Count:  425

  10. Rose Medical Center
    Location:  Denver, CO
    Bed Count:  422

Supplemental resource:  Top Teaching Hospitals by Region


Thursday, April 1, 2021

Healthcare Therapist Employment in the U.S.

Recently released data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates that, as of May 2020, there were more than 684,000 healthcare therapist jobs in the U.S, excluding mental health professionals and therapy support occupations.  As such, healthcare therapist employment accounted for approximately 8% of the total U.S. employment in all healthcare practitioner and technical occupations. May 2020 BLS data reported the following about healthcare therapist employment in the U.S. (ranked by number employed):

Occupation # Employed Annual Mean Wages
1 Physical Therapists 220,870 $91,680
2 Speech-Language Pathologists 148,450 $83,240
3 Respiratory Therapists 131,890 $65,640
4 Occupational Therapists 126,610 $87,480
5 Recreational Therapists 20,080 $51,260
6 Radiation Therapists 17,390 $94,300
7 Therapists, all other 11,710 $62,090
8 Exercise Physiologists 7,330 $54,020
All Healthcare Therapy Practitioners 684,330 $82,030
All Practitioner/Technical Occupations 8,579,180 $85,900

Source: BLS Economic News Release, March 31, 2021.