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Health officials are leaving their mark on the US economy

Health officials continued to make an important contribution to the US economy over the past year, despite strong headwinds from the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the latest Home Health Chartbook, published annually by the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation (AHHQI) in partnership with Avalere, health officials contributed a total of 1.49 million jobs in 2020.

While agencies had a significant impact on the US labor market last year, it wasn’t as pronounced as it was in 2018 and 2019. In those two years, home health agencies contributed 1.5 million jobs and 1.54 million jobs, respectively.

To some extent, job losses in the home healthcare industry could be related to doctors and staff dropping out of the job market due to COVID-induced burnout or other challenges. The shortage of skilled workers is becoming increasingly problematic for most providers, especially in the care sector.

“The labor shortage is not a new crisis,” said David Totaro, chief government affairs officer for Bayada Home Health Care, based in Moorestown, New Jersey, in August. “The development took decades. However, from the beginning of the pandemic to the present day, Bayada has seen an unprecedented surge in nursing staff shortages in New Jersey. “

In 2020, New York, Texas, California, and Florida had the largest number of home care workers.

In terms of wages, AHHQI and Avalere estimate that U.S. health officials paid a total of $ 52.34 billion in total wages in 2020.

Meanwhile, the estimated home health spending in 2020 was $ 53.49 billion. The estimated production impact on home health spending was $ 112.57 billion.

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