Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Nurse Practitioner Pay in the U.S. Southeast

Earlier this summer the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that more than 211,000 nurse practitioners (NPs) were employed in the United States as of May 2020.  The twelve-state U.S. Southeast accounted for 63,000 NP jobs in May 2020.  The U.S. Southeast region is the weakest in the nation for nurse practitioner pay.  The average NP annual mean wage in every state in the region is below the national average, and the region is home to seven of the ten worst states in the nation for nurse practitioner annual mean wages.  A further examination BLS data from May 2020 shows the following about nurse practitioner pay in the U.S. Southeast:

Nurse Practitioner Pay in the U.S. Southeast
Nurse Practitioner Pay in the U.S. Southeast

State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
AL 3,930 $99,790 50th
AR 2,730 $106,210 42nd
FL 13,010 $101,060 49th
GA 8,120 $106,220 41st
KY 4,250 $102,460 47th
LA 3,170 $111,880 26th
MS 3,640 $109,550 34th
NC 6,040 $108,370 36th
SC 2,820 $101,190 48th
TN 8,300 $99,370 51st
VA 5,790 $109,660 33rd
WV 1,200 $105,220 44th
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

Monday, August 30, 2021

Dental Hygienist Pay in the Southwestern U.S.

Data published earlier this year by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) put dental hygienist (DH) employment in the USA at about 195,000 as of May 2020.  At that time, approximately 20,700 dental hygienists were working in the four-state Southwestern U.S. according to the BLS.  The region is an average one for dental hygienist pay.  Although Arizona DHs earn an average annual mean wage that topped the national average by 7%, the vast majority of dental hygienists in the region lived in states where DH annual mean wages were slightly below the national average.  A deeper look at May 2020 BLS data details the following about dental hygienist pay in the Southwestern U.S.:

Dental Hygienist Pay in the Southwestern U.S.

Dental Hygienist Pay in the Southwestern U.S.


State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
AZ 3,660 $83,860 14th
NM 1,090 $78,410 17th
OK 2,730 $76,710 21st
TX 13,230 $77,590 18th
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

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Heart Disease Deaths in the Great Plains Region

Heart disease is the top cause of death in the United States, accounting for more than 659,000 deaths in 2019, or approximately 23% of all deaths in the USA that year.  Advancements in medical know-how have materially 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 heart disease death rate had declined to 200.8 deaths per 100,000 population, a drop of more than 22%.  The seven-state Great Plains region saw its heart disease death rate drop about 24% in the twenty years from 1999, a slightly better experience than the nation as a whole. On the whole, the region's 2019 heart disease death rate was slightly worse than the national average, due in large part to particularly high death rates in Iowa and Missouri.  A deeper examination of data from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics reveals the following about the trend in heart disease deaths in the Great Plains region:

Heart Disease Deaths in the Great Plains Region
Heart Disease Deaths in the Great Plains Region

Area/Deaths 1999 2009 2019
IA 8,699 6,938 7,505
KS 6,975 5,294 6,140
MN 9,533 7,238 8,401
MO 17,974 13,916 15,018
NE 4,497 3,277 3,540
ND 1,833 1,431 1,448
SD 2,024 1,778 1,840
Region 51,535 39,872 43,892
U.S. 725,192 599,413 659,041
Area/Death Rate* 1999 2009 2019
IA 298.2 228.8 237.9
KS 260.4 186.9 210.8
MN 195.6 137.1 149.0
MO 323.2 233.4 244.7
NE 263.8 180.8 183.0
ND 284.5 215.2 190.0
SD 269.7 220.3 208.0
Region 269.4 195.5 204.8
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

Friday, August 27, 2021

Medicare Rehabilitation Hospital Beds in the Rocky Mountain Region

Rehabilitation hospitals are important elements of the hospital infrastructure that serves the needs of more than 61 million Americans with Medicare Part A insurance coverage.  In calendar year 2019, there were 306 rehabilitation hospitals nationally, with 19,059 beds, that participated in the Medicare program.

As of 2019, the Rocky Mountain region was home to 11 rehabilitation hospitals, with about 566 beds, who were participating in the Medicare program.  Although the region was home to only 3.0% of the Medicare program's rehabilitation hospital beds, this level was generally in line with the region's 3.2% share of the nation's Medicare Part A enrollees.  A closer examination of the data reveals the following about Medicare rehabilitation hospital beds in the Rocky Mountain region:

Medicare Rehabilitation Hospital Beds in the Rocky Mountain Region

Medicare Rehabilitation Hospital Beds in the Rocky Mountain Region


Area # Part A Enrollees # Hospitals # Beds
CO 899,989 5 297
ID 334,292 2 70
MT 229,633 1 34
UT 397,999 2 124
WY 109,857 1 41
Region 1,971,770 11 566
National* 61,166,694 306 19,059
% of National 3.2% 3.6% 3.0%

* 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

Thursday, August 26, 2021

National Institute of Mental Health, Our Trusted Link for August 2021

 

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  • improving public health. 

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Nursing Assistant Pay in the Far West U.S.

There were more than 1,371,000 nursing assistants working in the USA according to May 2020 data released earlier this year by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Over 157,000 nursing assistants were employed in the six-state Far West region of the country.  Per BLS data, the Far West U.S. was the top region in the country for nursing assistant pay. Not only did all states in the region feature an annual mean wage for nursing assistants that topped the national average, but five Far West states ranked among the top ten states nationally for nursing assistant pay. Moreover, three of the top five states nationally for nursing assistant annual mean wages were in the Far West region. A further examination of BLS data from May 2020 reveals the following about nursing assistant pay in the Far West U.S.:

Nursing Assistant Pay in the Far West U.S.

Nursing Assistant Pay in the Far West U.S.

State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
AK 1,800 $42,500 1st
CA 97,970 $39,280 3rd
HI 4,050 $38,650 4th
NV 7,030 $34,280 14th
OR 12,320 $37,100 6th
WA 34,420 $36,310 8th
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

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Medical Assistant Pay in the Great Lakes Region

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data released earlier this year put medical assistant (MA) employment in the U.S. at over 710,000 as of May 2020. Per BLS data, approximately 101,000 medical assistants were employed in the five-state Great Lakes region. In general, the region is a subpar one for medical assistant pay based on BLS data.  Although the average annual mean wage for medical assistants in Illinois and Wisconsin were above the national average, 65% of the region's MAs lived in states where the MA annual mean wage was more than 5% below the national average.  A closer examination of BLS data reveals the following about medical assistant pay in the Great Lakes region as of May 2020:

Medical Assistant Pay in the Great Lakes Region

Medical Assistant Pay in the Great Lakes Region

State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
IL 22,030 $37,190 20th
IN 16,790 $34,790 32nd
MI 22,750 $34,830 30th
OH 26,250 $34,270 36th
WI 13,250 $38,800 13th
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

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Medicare Skilled Nursing Facility Beds in New England

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

As of 2019, New England was home 870 skilled nursing facilities, with over 94,000 beds, that participated in the Medicare program.  Relative to other regions of the country, New England's Medicare enrollees are well-served by SNFs as the region houses more of Medicare's SNF bed capacity (5.9%) than its share of the national Medicare enrollee population (4.9%).  Here is a summary look at Medicare skilled nursing facility beds in New England:

Medicare Skilled Nursing Facility Beds in New England

Medicare Skilled Nursing Facility Beds in New England

Area # Part A Enrollees # SNFs # Beds
CT 678,133 215 25,704
MA 1,329,279 375 43,276
ME 337,672 93 6,546
NH 298,585 71 7,140
RI 218,492 80 8,624
VT 147,133 36 3,107
Region 3,009,294 870 94,397
National* 61,166,694 15,103 1,592,041
% of National 4.9% 5.8% 5.9%

* 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, August 23, 2021

Family Physician Pay in the Great Plains Region

Recently published information by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) put family medicine physician employment at more than 98,000 as of May 2020.  More than 13,000 of those employed as family physicians lived in the seven-state Great Plains region of the country.  BLS data reveals the region to be a good one for family physician pay, except in Missouri, which ranks in the bottom quintile nationally for family physician annual mean wages.  The other six states in the region all feature family physician annual mean wage levels above the national average and one of those states, Minnesota, ranks as one of the ten best states in the nation for family physician annual mean wages.  Further examination of May 2020 data from the BLS tells us the following about family medicine physician pay in the Great Plains region:

Family Physician Pay in the Great Plains Region
Family Physician Pay in the Great Plains Region

State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
IA 1,320 $226,510 14th
KS 520 $228,590 12th
MN 2,450 $248,630 5th
MO 7,520 $194,120 45th
NE 700 $219,000 22nd
ND 320 $220,280 20th
SD 340 $224,960 15th
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

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Drug Induced Deaths in the Southwestern U.S.

In 2019 the United States recorded over 74,500 drug induced deaths, a nearly four-fold increase in the number of such deaths since 1999. The 2019 U.S. drug induced death rate of 22.7 deaths per 100,000 population contrasted to just 6.9 such deaths per 100,000 population twenty years earlier.  Drug overdoses, both intentional and accidental, accounted for nearly 95% of these deaths.  While all regions of the country experienced increases in the number of drug induced deaths in the twenty year period from 1999, the experience in the four-state Southwestern U.S. was less severe.  While the national drug induced death rate more than tripled from 1999 to 2019, during this same period the drug induced death rate in the Southwest slightly more than doubled.  A closer look at data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, reveals the following about drug induced deaths in the Southwestern U.S.:

Drug Induced Deaths in the Southwestern U.S.

Drug Induced Deaths in the Southwestern U.S.


Area/Deaths 1999 2009 2019
AZ 557 1,041 2,016
NM 275 447 632
OK 189 766 680
TX 1,250 2,509 3,355
Region 2,271 4,763 6,683
U.S. 19,128 39,147 74,511
Area/Death Rate* 1999 2009 2019
AZ 11.1 16.4 27.7
NM 15.2 21.9 30.1
OK 5.5 20.6 17.2
TX 6.1 10.1 11.6
Region 7.4 12.9 15.8
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

Friday, August 20, 2021

General Dentist Pay in the Mid-East U.S. Region

There were almost 96,000 general dentists at work in the U.S. as of May 2020 according to recently published information by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  Just over 14,000 general dentists were employed in the Mid-East section of the country, a region that spans five states and the District of Columbia.  For general dentists, on the whole the region was a subpar one in terms of pay, as more than 80% of the region's dentists lived in states where the general dentist annual mean wage was below the national average.  A more detailed examination of May 2020 BLS data reveals the following about general dentist pay in the Mid-East U.S. region:

General Dentist Pay in the Mid-East U.S. Region

General Dentist Pay in the Mid-East U.S. Region

State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
DC 500 N/A NR
DE 280 N/A NR
MD 1,800 $180,600 26th
NJ 2,390 $177,570 29th
NY 6,270 $170,350 35th
PA 3,030 $155,360 44th
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

Thursday, August 19, 2021

EMT and Paramedic Pay in New England

Data made available earlier this summer by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) detailed that over 257,000 EMTs (emergency medical technicians) and paramedics were employed in the United States as of May 2020. The six-state New England region accounted for a bit more than 14,000 of those EMT and paramedic jobs. In general, New England is a good one for EMT and paramedic pay.  Although EMTs and paramedics in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont earn average annual mean wages below the national average, 75% of the region's EMTs and paramedics live in Massachusetts, Connecticut or Rhode Island, three states that ranked among the top 12 states nationally for EMT and paramedic annual mean wages. A deeper examination of May 2020 BLS data shows the following about EMT and paramedic pay in New England:

EMT and Paramedic Pay in New England

EMT and Paramedic Pay in New England

State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
CT 3,830 $45,800 10th
MA 6,340 $46,110 9th
ME 1,450 $34,700 41st
NH 1,140 $38,830 21st
RI 670 $43,790 12th
VT 870 $36,580 34th
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

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Medicare Short Stay Hospital Beds in the Great Lakes Region

Delivering acute inpatient care, short stay hospitals are the backbone of the hospital infrastructure that serves more than 61 million Americans with Medicare Part A insurance.  As of calendar year 2019, more than 6,000 hospitals of all kinds participated in the Medicare program. More than 54% of those participating hospitals were short stay hospitals.  More significantly, participating short stay hospitals accounted for more than 83% of the total hospital beds serving Medicare Part A enrollees with inpatient hospital services.

In calendar year 2019, there were 494 short stay hospitals in the Great Lakes region that were participating in the Medicare program.  The short stay hospitals in the region housed just over 125,000 beds.  While the region was home to about 14.8% of the nation's Medicare Part A enrollment, it held 16.0% of the Medicare program's short stay hospital bed capacity.  Here is a state-level look at Medicare short stay hospital beds in the Great Lakes region:

Medicare Short Stay Hospital Beds in the Great Lakes Region

Medicare Short Stay Hospital Beds in the Great Lakes Region

# Part A Enrollees # Hospitals # Beds
IL 2,212,802 126 34,812
IN 1,258,716 81 16,285
MI 2,063,850 94 24,492
OH 2,326,789 129 35,461
WI 1,171,641 64 14,045
Region 9,033,798 494 125,095
National* 61,166,694 3,283 779,466
% of National 14.8% 15.0% 16.0%

* 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

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Registered Nurse Pay in the Rocky Mountain Region

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported earlier this year that there were more than 2,986,000 registered nurses (RNs) working in the U.S. as of May 2020.  Just under 104,000 employed RN's worked in the five-state Rocky Mountain region.  BLS data shows the Rocky Mountain region to be a generally weak one for registered nurse pay.  The average annual mean wage for RNs in every Rocky Mountain state falls below the national average.  BLS data from May 2020 details the following about registered nurse pay in the Rocky Mountain region:

Registered Nurse Pay in the Rocky Mountain Region

Registered Nurse Pay in the Rocky Mountain Region


State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
CO 52,330 $77,860 16th
ID 12,800 $71,640 28th
MT 9,980 $70,530 31st
UT 23,690 $70,370 32nd
WY 5,010 $72,600 26th
U.S. 2,986,500 $80,010 -------

(*) 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 5, 2021

Monday, August 16, 2021

Physical Therapist Pay in the Southeastern U.S.

Data released earlier this year by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that, as of May 2020, there were almost 221,000 physical therapists (PTs) working in the United States.  More than 51,000 physical therapists were employed in the twelve-state Southeastern U.S. as of May 2020.  The Southeast region is a mostly subpar one for PT pay, where practitioners earn less than the national average annual mean wage for physical therapists.  Although three states in the region (Alabama, Mississippi and Virginia) rank among the top 15 states for PT annual mean wages, 75% of the region's physical therapists live in a state where PT annual mean wage levels are below the national average.  A deeper examination of BLS data from May 2020 reveals the following about physical therapist pay in the Southeastern U.S.:

Physical Therapist Pay in the Southeastern U.S.
Physical Therapist Pay in the Southeastern U.S.

State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
AL 2,440 $93,310 11th
AR 1,950 $84,410 46th
FL 13,630 $85,410 40th
GA 5,610 $88,950 27th
KY 2,730 $86,040 37th
LA 2,660 $91,880 16th
MS 1,490 $91,960 14th
NC 6,070 $86,890 33rd
SC 2,940 $84,640 44th
TN 4,490 $86,090 36th
VA 6,210 $94,370 10th
WV 1,230 $90,840 22nd
U.S. 220,870 $91,680 -------

(*) 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 2, 2021