The second quarter 2016 data release marks another milestone for NIC and the NIC MAP® Data Service. With this release, we’re excited to officially launch our coverage of 41 additional metropolitan markets. The Additional Markets expand NIC MAP’s coverage from 99 to a total 140 metropolitan markets. Approximately 71% of U.S. households headed by someone age 75 and older are situated in these 140 markets.
Home health, which provides post-acute medical services directly in a patient’s home, increasingly plays two interesting roles in the post-acute industry: as skilled nursing competitor and potential ally. And as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) pushes for care coordination and value-based purchasing, skilled nursing providers increasingly are forming relationships with home health agencies.
The challenge facing the skilled nursing sector, Ray Thivierge explained during a recent interview with NIC, is that a massive realignment is taking place as the health care system shifts from a fee-for-service to value-based reimbursements.
The Labor Department reported that nonfarm payrolls increased by 287,000 positions in June, more than the 180,000 positions consensus projection. The small increase initially reported in May’s employment report of 38,000 was revised lower to only 11,000. Hiring in the second quarter averaged 147,000 a month, down from 196,000 in the first quarter and 229,000 in 2015. Employment rose in leisure and hospitality, health care, social assistance, financial services. The return to work of Verizon strikers also boosted jobs in information services. In June, health care employment rose by 39,000.