Thursday, June 17, 2021

Physician Assistant Pay in the Mid-East U.S. Region

Recently published May 2020 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) put physician assistant (PA) employment at just over 125,000 nationally.  Nearly 27,300 of those PA jobs were in the Mid-East region of the country.  BLS data revealed a mixed tale about pay levels for physician assistants in the region.  Two Mid-East U.S. states, New Jersey and New York, were among the ten best states in the country in terms of physician assistant annual mean wages.  However, every other state in the region had an average PA annual mean wage level that fell below the national average.  An examination of BLS data from May 2020 revealed the following about physician assistant pay in the Mid-East U.S. region:

Physician Assistant Pay in the Mid-East Region

Physician Assistant Pay in the Mid-East Region

State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
DC 500 $114,330 24th
DE 440 $112,020 31st
MD 2,930 $114,970 23rd
NJ 2,350 $131,210 6th
NY 13,760 $126,370 9th
PA 7,300 $107,520 41st
U.S. 125,280 $116,080 -------

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

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on April 24, 2021

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Firearm Deaths in the Southeastern U.S.

There were more than 39,700 firearm deaths, or about 12.1 firearm deaths per 100,000 population, in the United States in 2019.  Nationally, by 2019 the number of firearms-caused deaths per 100,000 population had increased approximately 17% and 18% from 1999 and 2009 levels, respectively.  The twelve-state Southeast region saw its firearm death rate jump from 13.6 deaths per 100,000 population in 1999 to 16.1 deaths per 100,000 population in 2019.  Already a region with a higher firearms-caused death rate than most regions of the country in 1999, by 2019 the firearm death rate (per 100,000 population) in the Southeast was 33% higher than the national average.  An closer review of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, reveals the following about the trend in firearm deaths in the Southeastern U.S. over the past twenty years:

Firearm Deaths in the Southeastern U.S.
Firearm Deaths in the Southeastern U.S.

Area/Deaths 1999 2009 2019
AL 790 830 1,076
AR 388 465 580
FL 1,721 2,324 2,872
GA 1,105 1,247 1,695
KY 525 560 682
LA 779 810 1,013
MS 515 487 710
NC 1,057 1,112 1,397
SC 552 634 1,012
TN 848 966 1,270
VA 823 836 1,025
WV 250 251 300
Region 9,353 10,522 13,632
U.S. 28,874 31,347 39,707
Area/Death Rate* 1999 2009 2019
AL 17.8 17.4 21.9
AR 14.6 16.1 19.2
FL 10.9 12.5 13.4
GA 13.7 13.0 16.0
KY 13.1 13.0 15.3
LA 17.5 18.0 21.8
MS 18.2 16.5 23.9
NC 13.3 11.8 13.3
SC 13.9 13.8 19.7
TN 15.0 15.3 18.6
VA 11.8 10.5 12.0
WV 13.8 13.6 16.7
Region 13.6 13.5 16.1
U.S. 10.3 10.2 12.1

(*) number of firearm-caused deaths per 100,000 population; death count includes both intentional and unintentional fatalities caused by a firearm

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, June 15, 2021

Chiropractor Pay in the New England Region

According to data recently published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), as of May 2020 there were just over 34,700 chiropractors employed in the United States.  About 1,300 of those employed as chiropractors lived in the six-state New England region.  For chiropractors, pay levels in the region are mixed.  About 70% of the region's chiropractors live in Connecticut, Massachusetts or New Hampshire, states where the annual mean wage for chiropractors top the national average.  Connecticut, in fact, ranked 5th nationally for chiropractor annual mean wages.  However, elsewhere in the region chiropractor pay falls below the national average. BLS data from May 2020 shows the following about chiropractor pay in the New England region:

Chiropractor Pay in the New England Region

Chiropractor Pay in the New England Region

State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
CT 240 $102,290 5th
MA 570 $90,160 16th
ME 210 $80,210 29th
NH 130 $86,900 20th
RI 110 $81,000 27th
VT 70 $69,190 40th
U.S. 34,760 $83,830 -------

(*) annual mean wage ranking among the 50 states

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on April 21, 2021

Monday, June 14, 2021

Medicare Short Stay Hospital Beds in the Southwest

Short stay hospitals, which provide acute inpatient care, are the heart of the hospital infrastructure that serves over 61 million Americans who have Medicare Part A insurance coverage.  Short stay hospitals account for more than 54% the hospitals, and over 83% of the hospital beds, that participate in the Medicare program.  

As of calendar year 2019, the U.S. Southwest was home to 465 short stay hospitals, with just over 91,000 beds, that participated in the Medicare program.  Home to about 10.8% of the nation's Medicare Part A enrollees in 2019, the region had 11.7% of the program's short stay hospital beds.  Here is a state-level look at Medicare short stay hospital beds in the Southwest:

Medicare Short Stay Hospital Beds in the Southwest

Medicare Short Stay Hospital Beds in the Southwest


# Part A Enrollees # Hospitals # Beds
AZ 1,315,576 61 13,956
NM 416,900 32 4,103
OK 738,438 78 11,062
TX 4,148,110 294 61,979
Region 6,619,024 465 91,100
National* 61,166,694 3,283 779,466
% of National 10.8% 14.2% 11.7%

* 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

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Cancer Deaths in the Far West Region

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in America, accounting for more than 599,000 deaths in 2019, or 21% of all deaths in the U.S. that year.  With advances in medical know how, the cancer death rate has dropped modestly over the past twenty years, from 197.0 deaths per 100,000 population in 1999 to 182.7 deaths per 100,000 population in 2019.  The national trend in cancer deaths is also seen in the six-state Far West region of the country.  Already a region with a cancer death rate below the national average, the cancer death rate in the Far West declined from 165.0 deaths per 100,000 population in 1999 to 158.2 deaths per 100,000 population in 2019.  A deeper examination of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, reveals that the favorable trend in cancer deaths in the Far West region of the country has not been a universal experience, as both Alaska and Hawaii have seen their cancer death rates worsen over the past twenty years:

Cancer Deaths in the Far West Region
Cancer Deaths in the Far West Region

Area/Deaths 1999 2009 2019
AK 633 895 1,021
CA 53,067 55,991 59,512
HI 1,916 2,244 2,500
NV 3,556 4,461 5,434
OR 6,905 7,487 8,080
WA 10,653 11,922 12,960
Region 76,730 83,000 89,507
U.S. 549,838 567,628 599,601
Area/Death Rate* 1999 2009 2019
AK 101.3 128.1 139.6
CA 158.4 151.5 150.6
HI 158.3 166.6 176.6
NV 183.8 166.2 176.4
OR 203.5 196.6 191.6
WA 182.3 178.8 170.2
Region 165.0 159.1 158.2
U.S. 197.0 185.0 182.7

(*) number of cancer 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 12, 2021

Friday, June 11, 2021

Health Services Management Pay in the Rocky Mountain Region

Health services managers, ranging from chief executives to front-line supervisors, are integral to maximizing the operational effectiveness of a wide variety of healthcare businesses, including hospitals, outpatient care centers, skilled nursing facilities, physicians' offices, and home health care providers. There were about 402,000 health service management jobs in the U.S. as of May 2020 according to data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  More than 14,400 of those employed as health services managers lived in the five-state Rocky Mountain region.  Except in Colorado, health services managers in the region typically earn less than the national average annual mean wage for their profession.  And two states in the region, Idaho and Montana, had annual mean wage levels for health service managers that ranked in the bottom ten nationally.  A closer examination of May 2020 BLS data shows us the following about health services management pay in the Rocky Mountain region:

Health Services Management Pay in the Rocky Mountain Region

Health Services Management Pay in the Rocky Mountain Region


State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
CO 5,850 $122,090 19th
ID 2,070 $99,830 45th
MT 1,670 $100,790 42nd
UT 4,040 $107,660 34th
WY 840 $104,510 38th
U.S. 402,540 $118,800 -------

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

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on April 21, 2021

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Heart Disease Deaths in the Mid-East Region

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America, accounting for just over 659,000 deaths in 2019, or about 23% of all deaths in the U.S. that year.  With advances in medical knowledge, the incidence of death by heart disease has dropped considerably over the past twenty years, from 259.9 deaths per 100,000 population in 1999 to 200.8 deaths per 100,000 population in 2019.  That said, the heart disease death rate nationally has been creeping higher since the middle of the last decade.  The national experience with heart disease deaths is mirrored in the Mid-East region of the country.  While the heart disease death rate in the Mid-East region declined from 1999 to 2019, it did so to a greater extent than did most of the nation.  Whereas the region had a heart disease death rate per 100,000 population that was about 17% higher than the nation as a whole in 1999, by 2019 the Mid-East's heart disease death rate had dropped to only 12% above the national average.  A closer examination of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, reveals the following about the trend in heart disease deaths in the Mid-East region of the country:

Heart Disease Deaths in the Mid-East Region

Heart Disease Deaths in the Mid-East Region

Area/Deaths 1999 2009 2019
DE 2,011 1,796 2,053
DC 1,652 1,288 1,187
MD 12,080 11,210 11,770
NJ 23,493 18,086 18,716
NY 58,987 47,283 43,806
PA 41,707 32,297 32,299
Region 139,930 111,960 109,831
U.S. 725,192 599,413 659,041
Area/Death Rate* 1999 2009 2019
DE 259.5 201.4 210.8
DC 289.7 217.5 168.2
MD 229.9 195.6 194.7
NJ 281.0 206.6 210.7
NY 312.4 244.9 225.2
PA 340.1 255.0 252.3
Region 303.5 233.5 224.8
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

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Surgical Technologist Pay in the Southeast

May 2020 data recently released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reveals that more than 107,000 people were employed as surgical technologists in the United States. With over 29,800 surgical technologists employed, the twelve-state Southeast region accounted for nearly 28% of U.S. surgical technologist employment. The Southeast is the weakest region in the country for surgical technologist pay, with Virginia being the only state in the region with an annual mean wage for surgical technologists that exceeds the national average. Moreover, eight states in the Southeast ranked in the bottom ten nationally for surgical technologist annual mean wages. From May 2020 BLS data, here is a summary look at surgical technologist pay in the Southeast:

Surgical Technologist Pay in the Southeast
Surgical Technologist Pay in the Southeast

State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
AL 1,810 $38,660 51st
AR 1,290 $42,390 47th
FL 7,720 $46,710 34th
GA 3,400 $47,980 31st
KY 1,820 $44,180 44th
LA 1,980 $42,140 48th
MS 1,110 $41,520 49th
NC 3,210 $45,490 39th
SC 2,300 $43,880 45th
TN 2,250 $44,540 43rd
VA 2,080 $52,160 18th
WV 890 $39,890 50th
U.S. 107,400 $51,510 -------

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

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on June 7, 2021

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Drug Induced Deaths in the Great Lakes Region

In 2019 there were over 74,500 drug induced deaths in the United States, or about 22.7 drug induced deaths per 100,000 population.  Almost 95% of these fatalities were attributable to drug overdoses, both intentional and accidental.  In the twenty years from 1999 to 2019, the number of drug induced deaths nationally jumped by over 50,000 per year and the death rate per 100,000 population more than tripled. While all regions of the country experienced sharp increases in the number of drug induced deaths in the twenty years from 1999 to 2019, the experience in the five-state Great Lakes region was particularly bad.  From a drug induced death rate per 100,000 population that was almost 16% below the national average in 1999, by 2019 the region's drug induced death rate was over 20% above the national average rate.  A review of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, reveals the following about drug induced deaths in the Great Lakes region.:

Drug Induced Deaths in the Great Lakes Region

Drug Induced Deaths in the Great Lakes Region

State/Deaths 1999 2009 2019
IL 872 1,427 2,846
IN 251 929 1,756
MI 708 1,750 2,565
OH 534 1,340 4,440
WI 237 641 1,226
Region 2,602 6,087 12,833
U.S. 19,128 39,147 74,511
State/Death Rate* 1999 2009 2019
IL 7.1 11.2 22.5
IN 4.2 14.4 26.1
MI 7.2 17.7 25.7
OH 4.7 11.6 38.0
WI 4.4 11.3 21.1
Region 5.8 13.1 27.4
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

Monday, June 7, 2021

Medicare Long Term Care Hospital Beds in New England

Long Term Care Hospitals (LTCHs) provide services to more than 60 million Americans having Medicare Part A long term care coverage.  For individuals with complex medical conditions that require longer duration (more than 25 days on average) inpatient care, LTCHs are important service providers.  More than 6,000 hospitals in total, with over 932,500 beds, were participating in the Medicare program as of calendar year 2019.  Long term care hospitals accounted for approximately 6% of those hospitals and about 2.7% of those hospital beds.

In calendar year 2019, New England was home to 15 LTCHs, with more than 3,900 beds, who were participating in the Medicare program.  This made the six-state region home to about 4.9% of the nation's Medicare Part A enrollees, but over 15% of the program's long term care hospital beds.  This made the region's Medicare enrollees well-served for LTCH bed capacity relative to other regions of the country.  Here is a closer look at Medicare Long Term Care hospital beds in New England:


Medicare Long Term Care Hospital Beds in New England

Medicare Long Term Care Hospital Beds in New England

Area # Part A Enrollees # Hospitals # Beds
CT 678,133 3 665
MA 1,329,279 11 2,799
ME 337,672 0 0
NH 298,585 0 0
RI 218,492 1 495
VT 147,133 0 0
Region 3,009,294 15 3,959
National* 61,166,694 367 25,593
% of National 4.9% 4.1% 15.5%

* 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

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Massage Therapist Pay in the Southwest

Recently released U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data indicates that, as of May 2020, there were more than 85,000 massage therapists employed in the United States.  Over 8,000 of those massage therapy jobs were in the four-state Southwest region of the country.  An examination of BLS data reveals the Southwest to be a modestly poor one for massage therapist pay, with New Mexico being the only state in the region with massage therapist annual mean wages above the national average.  A closer look at BLS data from May 2020 shows us the following about massage therapist pay in the Southwest:

Massage Therapist Pay in the Southwest

Massage Therapist Pay in the Southwest


State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
AZ 2,910 $46,310 23rd
NM 450 $52,250 11th
OK 310 $39,910 41st
TX 4,440 $42,350 36th
U.S. 85,040 $47,350 -------

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

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on June 5, 2021

Friday, June 4, 2021

Speech Language Pathologist Pay in the Far West

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) newly published reports indicate that there were nearly 148,500 speech language pathologists (SLPs) employed in the United States as of May 2020.  More than 20,000 of those employed as SLPs in the U.S. lived in the six-state Far West region of the country.  The Far West region is a relatively good one for speech language pathologist pay, with three states (Alaska, California, and Oregon) in the region registering SLP annual mean wages in the top 10 nationally. On the other hand, other states in the region fall below the national average for SLP pay.  A closer look at BLS data from May 2020 reveals the following about speech language pathologist pay in the Far West region:

Speech Language Pathologist Pay in the Far West

Speech Language Pathologist Pay in the Far West

State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
AK 260 $87,250 10th
CA 14,640 $95,570 5th
HI 310 $82,750 15th
NV 930 $78,880 27th
OR 1,700 $87,850 8th
WA 2,930 $80,730 21st
U.S. 148,450 $83,240 -------

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

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on June 2, 2021

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Firearm Deaths in the Rocky Mountain Region

In 2019 there were over 39,700 firearm deaths in the United States, or about 12.1 firearm deaths per 100,000 population.  Nationally, by 2019 the number of firearms-caused deaths per 100,000 population had increased about 17% and 18% from levels in 1999 and 2009, respectively.  The five-state Rocky Mountain region, already a region with a higher firearms death rate than most regions of the country in 1999, saw its firearms death rate surge to 14.8 deaths per 100,000 population in 2019, about 22% higher than the 2019 national average and almost 36% higher than the region's 1999 firearms death rate.  An examination of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, reveals the following about firearm deaths in the Rocky Mountain region.:

Firearm Deaths in the Rocky Mountain Region

Firearm Deaths in the Rocky Mountain Region


State/Deaths 1999 2009 2019
CO 452 583 846
ID 151 196 255
MT 123 166 209
UT 192 260 394
WY 74 96 133
Region 992 1,301 1,837
U.S. 28,874 31,347 39,707
State/Death Rate* 1999 2009 2019
CO 10.7 11.7 14.7
ID 11.8 12.6 14.3
MT 13.7 16.9 19.6
UT 8.7 9.5 12.3
WY 15.0 17.1 23.0
Region 10.9 12.1 14.8
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

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Medicare Skilled Nursing Facility Beds in the Mid-East Region

Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) provide services to over 61 million Americans with Medicare Part A SNF coverage.  Skilled nursing facilities are institutional healthcare providers equipped and staffed to deliver skilled nursing care on a daily basis. SNFs, in most cases, can also deliver skilled rehabilitative care and certain other related services.  Over 15,000 SNFs, having more than 1.5 million beds, were participating in the Medicare program as of calendar year 2019.

In calendar year 2019, the Mid-East region was home to nearly 2,000 SNFs, having over 287,000 beds, who were participating in the Medicare program.  Although the Mid-East states are home to 18.1% of Medicare's SNF beds, about 15.1% of the nation's Medicare Part A enrollees live in the region.  Thus, Medicare enrollees in the region are relatively better served by SNF beds than enrollees in many other parts of the country.  Here is a summary look at Medicare skilled nursing facility beds in the Mid-East region:

Medicare Skilled Nursing Facility Beds in the Mid-East Region

Medicare Skilled Nursing Facility Beds in the Mid-East Region

Area # Part A Enrollees # SNFs # Beds
DE 207,483 41 4,621
DC 92,751 17 2,342
MD 1,034,889 224 27,744
NJ 1,599,601 363 52,301
NY 3,604,216 617 114,695
PA 2,725,186 689 85,860
Region 9,264,126 1,951 287,563
National* 61,166,694 15,103 1,592,041
% of National 15.1% 12.9% 18.1%

* 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