Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Physical Therapy Assistant Pay in the Great Lakes Region

May 2020 data released recently by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported there being nearly 93,000 physical therapy (PT) assistants at work in the United States.  About 17,000 physical therapy assistants worked in the five-state Great Lakes region of the country. BLS data shows a good amount of pay disparity in the region for PT assistant pay.  The data indicates that about 60% of the region's PT assistants work in either Illinois or Ohio, two states where the average PT assistant annual mean wage exceeds the national average.  Indeed, Ohio was a top 10 state for PT assistant annual mean wages.  However, elsewhere in the region annual mean wages for PT assistants runs below the national average, particularly in Michigan and Wisconsin.  A deeper look at BLS data from May 2020 reveals the following about physical therapy assistant pay in the Great Lakes region of the U.S.:

Physical Therapy Assistant Pay in the Great Lakes Region

Physical Therapy Assistant Pay in the Great Lakes Region

State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
IL 3,820 $60,580 14th
IN 2,090 $58,330 22nd
MI 3,100 $54,240 37th
OH 6.400 $61,440 10th
WI 1,620 $52,930 41st
U.S. 92,740 $59,440 -------

(*) 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 29, 2021

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

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

Long Term Care Hospitals (LTCHs) serve the needs of over 61 million Americans having Medicare Part A long term care coverage.  LTCHs provide hospital care to individuals with complicated health conditions that necessitate longer duration (in excess of 25 days on average) inpatient care.  As of calendar year 2019, LTCHs accounted for approximately 6% of all hospitals, and about 2.7% of all hospital beds, that were participating in the Medicare program.

In calendar year 2019, the twelve-state Southeastern region of the U.S. was home to 127 long term care hospitals, with over 7,000 beds, who were participating in the Medicare program.  This made the region home to 27.3% of the nation's Medicare Part A enrollees and 27.6% of the program's LTCH bed capacity nationally.   A deeper look into the data reveals the following about Medicare long term care hospital beds in the Southeastern U.S. region:

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

Area # Part A Enrollees # Hospitals # Beds
AL 1,040,502 9 358
AR 636,495 8 277
FL 4,550,450 23 1,651
GA 1,708,820 12 718
KY 917,181 8 630
LA 867,854 27 1,350
MS 601,243 9 380
NC 1,978,972 9 473
SC 1,070,242 6 308
TN 1,354,299 8 362
VA 1,504,299 6 492
WV 438,435 2 60
Region 16,668,792 127 7,059
National* 61,166,694 367 25,593
% of National 27.3% 34.6% 27.6%

* 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

Monday, July 26, 2021

Dental Assistant Pay in the Great Plains Region

Data released recently from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that, as of May 2020, there were more than 312,000 dental assistants working in the United States.  About 20,000 dental assistants at work in May 2020 lived in the seven-state Great Plains region of the country.  BLS data reveals much disparity in the Great Plains region for dental assistant pay.  Dental assistants in Minnesota enjoy the highest average annual mean wage in the country, and those in North Dakota find themselves in a top 10 state for dental assistant annual mean wages.  However, about 45% of the regions dental assistants work in one of three states that rank 32nd or worse for average annual mean wages.  A deeper dive into May 2020 BLS data details the following about dental assistant pay in the Great Plains region of the U.S.:

Dental Assistant Pay in the Great Plains Region
Dental Assistant Pay in the Great Plains Region

State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
IA 3,030 $44,680 16th
KS 2,800 $39,840 35th
MN 5,110 $53,670 1st
MO 5,480 $38,610 38th
NE 2,080 $42,840 22nd
ND 770 $47,390 6th
SD 840 $40,310 32nd
U.S. 312,140 $42,310 -------

(*) 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 26, 2021

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Firearm Deaths in New England

In 2019, the United States incurred more than 39,700 firearm deaths, or about 12.1 firearm deaths per 100,000 population.  By 2019, firearms-caused deaths per 100,000 population in the U.S. had increased about 17% from 1999 levels.  The six-state New England region witnessed similar growth in its firearm death rate, which rose from 5.0 deaths per 100,000 population in 1999 to 5.9 deaths per 100,000 population in 2019.  Despite this unfavorable experience, New England remains the region of the country with the lowest firearms-caused death rate per 100,000 population.  A 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 New England over the past twenty years:

Firearm Deaths in New England

Firearm Deaths in New England

Area/Deaths 1999 2009 2019
CT 199 173 190
MA 195 207 247
ME 113 122 163
NH 71 89 156
RI 56 56 48
VT 57 60 67
Region 691 707 871
U.S. 28,874 31,347 39,707
Area/Death Rate* 1999 2009 2019
CT 5.9 4.9 5.3
MA 3.1 3.2 3.6
ME 8.9 9.2 12.1
NH 5.8 6.8 11.5
RI 5.4 5.3 4.5
VT 9.4 9.6 10.7
Region 5.0 4.9 5.9
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

Friday, July 23, 2021

Radiologic Tech Pay in the Mid-East U.S. Region

Data released earlier this year from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that, as of May 2020, there were nearly 207,000 radiologic technicians and technologists employed in the United States.  The Mid-East region of the U.S. held a bit more than 32,000 of those radiologic technologist and technician jobs.  BLS data reveals the region to be a dichotomous one for radiologic tech pay.  New York and the District of Columbia rank in the top 10 nationally for radiologic tech annual mean wages; and about two-thirds of radiologic techs in the region work in a state where the average annual mean wage exceeds the national average for radiologic techs.  However, 30% of the region's radiologic techs are employed in Pennsylvania, where the annual mean wage runs almost 13% below the national average.  A closer examination of May 2020 data from the BLS reveals the following about radiologic tech pay in Mid-East U.S. region:

Radiologic Tech Pay in the Mid-East U.S. Region

Radiologic Tech Pay in the Mid-East U.S. Region

State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
DC 440 $82,270 3rd
DE 670 $63,720 20th
MD 3,670 $70,530 14th
NJ 5,390 $71,450 12th
NY 12,170 $73,150 9th
PA 9,790 $56,440 37th
U.S. 206,720 $64,840 -------

(*) 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 26, 2021

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Clinical Lab Tech Pay in New England

More than 326,000 clinical laboratory technologists and technicians were employed in the United States as of May 2020 according to data released earlier this summer by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  Just over 19,000 clinical lab techs were employed in the six-state New England region.  For clinical lab techs, New England is one of the best in the nation in terms of pay.  The average annual mean wage for clinical lab techs in every state in the region is near or above the national average. Moreover, three states in the region rank in the top 10 nationally for clinical lab tech annual mean wages.  BLS data from May 2020 reveals the following about clinical lab tech pay in New England:

Clinical Lab Tech Pay in New England

Clinical Lab Tech Pay in New England

State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
CT 3,890 $69,340 2nd
MA 11,460 $59,810 14th
ME 1,330 $55,940 21st
NH 710 $63,850 9th
RI 990 $68,570 4th
VT 770 $57,870 17th
U.S. 326,220 $55,990 -------

(*) 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 18, 2021

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Medicare Skilled Nursing Facility Beds in the Great Lakes Region

Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) serve the needs of over 61 million Americans having Medicare Part A SNF coverage.  Equipped and staffed to offer skilled nursing care on a daily basis, SNFs serve individuals with medical conditions that necessitate daily inpatient nursing care, but not the intensive inpatient care normally provided by short-stay hospitals.  Examples of skilled nursing care include therapeutic treatments or intravenous injections that can only be given by a registered nurse or doctor. , With more than 1,590,000 beds, over 15,100 skilled nursing facilities participated in the Medicare program in calendar year 2019.

In calendar year 2019, the Great Lakes states were home to 2,975 SNFs, with over 290,000 beds, who were participating in the Medicare program.  Compared to other regions of the country, Medicare Part A enrollees in the Great Lakes states were very well served by SNF bed capacity.  The region was home to about 14.8% of the nation's Medicare Part A enrollees, whereas it had an even larger share (18.3%) of Medicare's SNF bed capacity.  Here is a closer look at Medicare skilled nursing facility beds in the Great Lakes region:

Medicare Skilled Nursing Facility Beds in the Great Lakes Region

Medicare Skilled Nursing Facility Beds in the Great Lakes Region

Area # Part A Enrollees # SNFs # Beds
IL 2,212,802 697 77,355
IN 1,258,716 528 51,220
MI 2,063,850 439 45,848
OH 2,326,789 957 87,781
WI 1,171,641 354 28,552
Region 9,033,798 2,975 290,756
National* 61,166,694 15,103 1,592,041
% of National 14.8% 19.7% 18.3%

* 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, July 20, 2021

Cancer Deaths in the Southeastern U.S.

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in United States, accounting for over 599,000 deaths in 2019, or about 21% of all deaths in the U.S. that year.  Thanks to advancements in medical knowledge, the death rate from cancer has dropped modestly over the past twenty years. From 197.0 cancer deaths per 100,000 population in 1999, the cancer death rate had dropped 7.3%, to 182.7 deaths per 100,000 population, by 2019.  The national trend in cancer deaths is also seen in the twelve-state Southeastern U.S. region, although the improvement has been more modest.  The region, which historically has worse cancer death rates than most sections of the country, saw its cancer death rate drop only 5.5% between 1999 and 2019, from 212.6 deaths per 100,000 population to 200.9 deaths per 100,000 population.  A closer examination of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, reveals the following about cancer deaths in the Southeastern U.S.:

Cancer Deaths in the Southeastern U.S.
Cancer Deaths in the Southeastern U.S.

Area/Deaths 1999 2009 2019
AL 9,506 10,289 10,266
AR 6,137 6,513 6,482
FL 38,478 40,932 45,583
GA 13,225 15,143 17,756
KY 8,925 9,634 9,975
LA 9,412 9,098 9,485
MS 6,143 6,131 6,587
NC 15,815 17,513 19,951
SC 8,089 9,123 10,487
TN 11,943 13,482 14,382
VA 13,365 14,122 15,045
WV 4,762 4,786 4,604
Region 145,800 156,766 170,603
U.S. 549,838 567,628 599,601
Area/Death Rate* 1999 2009 2019
AL 214.6 216.2 209.4
AR 231.4 224.8 214.8
FL 244.2 219.4 212.2
GA 164.4 157.4 167.2
KY 222.1 223.2 223.3
LA 211.0 202.6 204.0
MS 217.2 207.2 221.3
NC 198.9 185.3 190.2
SC 203.5 198.8 203.7
TN 211.8 213.8 210.6
VA 190.9 178.2 176.3
WV 262.8 259.0 256.9
Region 212.6 201.5 200.9
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 July 17, 2021

Monday, July 19, 2021

Pharmacy Technician Pay in the Rocky Mountain Region

May 2020 data published earlier this year by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows more than 415,000 Americans being employed as pharmacy technicians. With almost 13,800 pharmacy technicians employed, the five-state Rocky Mountain region accounted for less than 4% of U.S. pharmacy technician employment. In general, the Rocky Mountain region is one of the better regions in the country for pharmacy technician pay, as all states register an annual mean wage for pharmacy technicians that tops the national average of $36,450.  From May 2020 BLS data, here is a summary look at pharmacy technician pay in the Rocky Mountain region of the U.S.:

Pharmacy Technician Pay in the Rocky Mountain Region

Pharmacy Technician Pay in the Rocky Mountain Region


State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
CO 5,710 $39,020 12th
ID 2,260 $36,660 19th
MT 1,200 $37,520 15th
UT 4,060 $38,920 14th
WY 560 $39,330 10th
U.S. 415,310 $36,450 -------

(*) 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 18, 2021

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Healthcare Social Worker Pay in the Southeastern U.S.

Earlier this summer the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) published data indicating that, as of May 2020, there were more than 176,000 healthcare social workers (HSWs) at work in the U.S.  More than 38,000 of those HSW jobs were in the twelve-state Southeastern region of the country.  BLS data reveals the Southeastern U.S. to be a generally poor one for healthcare social worker pay, as no state in the region registers a HSW annual mean wage that tops the national average of $60,470. Moreover, half the states in the region have a HSW annual mean wages that ranks 40th or worse nationally. BLS data from May 2020 reveals the following about healthcare social worker pay in the Southeastern U.S.:

Healthcare Social Worker Pay in the Southeastern U.S.
Healthcare Social Worker Pay in the Southeastern U.S.

State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
AL 2,360 $48,310 49th
AR 1,320 $53,370 39th
FL 10,200 $54,250 37th
GA 3,610 $51,730 45th
KY 2,160 $52,310 42nd
LA 1,790 $55,450 36th
MS 1,430 $48,260 50th
NC 3.370 $57,670 24th
SC 1,980 $57,790 23rd
TN 6,160 $49,990 47th
VA 3,480 $56,350 32nd
WV 830 $52,540 41st
U.S. 176,110 $60,470 -------

(*) 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

Friday, July 16, 2021

Nurse Practitioner Pay in the Southwestern U.S.

Data published earlier this summer by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that there were over 211,000 nurse practitioners (NPs) working in the United States as of May 2020.  More than 22,500 nurse practitioner jobs in the U.S. were in the four-state Southwestern region of the country.  The Southwestern region is a relatively good one for nurse practitioner pay.  More than 90% of NPs in the Southwestern U.S. live in one of the three states in the region where NP annual mean wages exceed the national average of $114,510. A closer look at BLS data from May 2020 shows the following about nurse practitioner pay in the Southwestern U.S.:

Nurse Practitioner Pay in the Southwestern U.S.

Nurse Practitioner Pay in the Southwestern U.S.


State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
AZ 4,790 $117,480 11th
NM 1,080 $117,050 13th
OK 1,970 $112,750 22nd
TX 14,680 $116,700 15th
U.S. 211,280 $114,510 -------

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

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on May 17, 2021

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Medicare Rehabilitation Hospital Beds in the U.S. Mid-East Region

Rehabilitation hospitals are integral parts of the hospital network that serves the needs of more than 61 million Americans with Medicare Part A insurance coverage.  Of the more than 6,000 hospitals participating in the Medicare program as of calendar year 2019, rehabilitation hospitals accounted for about 5% of all hospitals and just over 2% of the hospital bed capacity.

In calendar year 2019, the Mid-East region of the U.S. was home to 32 rehabilitation hospitals, with about 2,750 beds, who were participating in the Medicare program.  As such, the region was home to about 15.1% of the nation's Medicare Part A enrollees and 14.4% of the program's rehabilitation hospital bed capacity.  A closer look at the data tells us the following about Medicare rehabilitation hospital beds in the U.S. Mid-East region:

Medicare Rehabilitation Hospital Beds in the U.S. Mid-East Region

Medicare Rehabilitation Hospital Beds in the U.S. Mid-East Region

Area # Part A Enrollees # Hospitals # Beds
DE 207,483 2 74
DC 92,751 1 137
MD 1,034,889 2 151
NJ 1,599,601 8 779
NY 3,604,216 1 150
PA 2,725,186 18 1,460
Region 9,264,126 32 2,751
National* 61,166,694 306 19,059
% of National 15.1% 10.5% 14.4%

* 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, July 14, 2021

Dental Hygienist Pay in the U.S. Far West

Data recently published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that there were nearly 195,000 dental hygienists working in the United States as of May 2020.  More than 31,000 dental hygienists were working in the six-state U.S. Far West region according to BLS reports.  The region is the strongest one in the nation for dental hygienist pay, with all states in the region ranking among the top ten in the country for dental hygienist annual mean wages.  A closer look at May 2020 BLS data reveals the following about dental hygienist pay in the U.S. Far West:

Dental Hygienist pay in the U.S. Far West

Dental Hygienist pay in the U.S. Far West

State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
AK 610 $115,050 1st
CA 17,880 $109,970 2nd
HI 980 $86,970 9th
NV 2,430 $89,360 5th
OR 3,310 $86,450 10th
WA 6,290 $95,450 3rd
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

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Heart Disease Deaths in New England

Heart disease is the top cause of death in United States, accounting for more than 659,000 deaths in 2019, or about 23% of all deaths in the USA that year.  Improvements in medical know-how have significantly reduced the heart disease death rate over the past twenty years. From 259.9 deaths per 100,000 population in 1999, by 2019 the death rate attributable to heart disease had dropped to 200.8 deaths per 100,000 population.  Nevertheless, the heart disease death rate nationally has been inching back up since the middle of the last decade.  The national experience with heart disease deaths is mirrored in the six-state New England region, where the 2019 death rate of 192.2 per 100,000 population was 25% lower than it was in 1999.  A deeper dive into data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, discloses the following about the trend in heart disease deaths in New England:

Heart Disease Deaths in New England

Heart Disease Deaths in New England

Area/Deaths 1999 2009 2019
CT 9,127 7,105 7,354
MA 15,871 12,322 11,761
ME 3,418 2,674 2,940
NH 2,751 2,268 2,707
RI 3,008 2,411 2,404
VT 1,342 1,171 1,368
Region 35,517 27,951 28,534
U.S. 725,192 599,413 659,041
Area/Death Rate* 1999 2009 2019
CT 269.5 199.5 206.3
MA 251.2 189.1 170.6
ME 269.8 201.1 218.7
NH 225.1 172.3 199.1
RI 289.1 228.8 226.9
VT 221.9 187.4 219.2
Region 256.7 194.1 192.2
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