Home Health Leads Rapid Health Care Job Growth, Spending Slows

Employment in the health care sector continues to grow at a record pace, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), but spending in the sector continued to grow more slowly than the rest of the economy. JOBS BLS statistics indicate the health care sector added 49,000 jobs in March 2019,…

Study: Post-Acute Care Medicare Spending Slowed in Recent Years

Post-acute care Medicare spending slowed considerably for beneficiaries age 65 and older between 2012 and 2015, after years of steady growth in the 1990s and early years of the 21st century, according to a new report from the Commonwealth Fund. Post-acute care spending increased from $1248 to $1424 per beneficiary among Medicare beneficiaries age 65…

Study: US Spends Far More on Health Care and Gets Less

The United States spends far more on health care on a per capita basis than other wealthy countries, and the reason is higher prices, not greater utilization, according to a new study that appears in the January 2019 edition of Health Affairs. Researchers led by an expert from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public…

Health Care Spending Slows, Home Care Spending Does Not

National health care spending slowed in 2017, falling by almost one percent to 3.9 percent in 2017, but home care spending held steady, according to a new report from the office of the Actuary at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). By contrast, national health care spending grew by 4.8 percent in 2016…

Health Care Jobs in the U.S. Hit New High

The health care sector of the American economy added 24,000 new jobs in April 2018 and now represents almost 11 percent of all U.S. jobs, an all-time high, according to a new survey from Altarum. The 24,000 new jobs are a bit down from a monthly average of 25,500 new jobs per month over the…