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Aug. 1—Hospital and nursing home job losses kept healthcare employment flat in July, according to the federal government’s latest employment report.
The 7,100 job losses among hospitals were nearly matched by a decrease of 6,000 jobs at nursing homes. Those two categories largely offset 21,000 new jobs in ambulatory services to keep the healthcare sector’s employment picture flat for the month, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ monthly report.
Hospitals’ job losses last month followed a small gain of 1,800 jobs in June and marked a year-over-year gain of 6,200 jobs.
The latest figures continued a trend in which hospital employment generally has remained flat since November 2012, according to an Advisory Board analysis. The nonhospital segments of the healthcare sector drove the overall employment increases during that time frame. For instance, home healthcare jobs have increased by 9.1 percent over the last two years, according to the Altarum Center for Sustainable Health Spending.
Meanwhile, the 7,200 job losses among nursing homes and residential care facilities in July followed a gain of 200 in June, which was revised down from a previously reported increase of 6,000 positions.
The ambulatory healthcare job growth in July followed an addition of 18,200 jobs in June. Physician’s offices led the increase with 7,500 new positions in July, up from 5,100 in June.
Employment at outpatient care centers was nearly unchanged, while home healthcare services added 5,200 positions.
Publication Date: Friday, August 01, 2014
Russ Graney, founder and CEO for Aidin, and John Laursen, head of business development for Aidin, share insights on how to improve care transitions between acute and post-acute care settings and incentivize high-quality patient outcomes.
Scott Elston, strategic accounts manager, GE Healthcare Services, describes how substantial cost reduction in health care requires rethinking business strategy and asset use.
Robert Williams, MD, director, Deloitte Consulting LLP, and Arielle Freiberger, product strategist, ConvergeHEALTH by Deloitte, explain how sophisticated retrospective, real-time, and predictive data analytics can inform decision making to reduce costs and improve care.
Stuart Hanson, director of business development (healthcare solutions) at Citi Retail Services, discusses how improving the payment experience can benefit consumers and healthcare providers.
Scott Schmidt, vice president, Cerner RevWorks, LLC, shares insights on best practices for maximizing a revenue cycle management partnership.
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