- Healthcare added 34,000 workers in August to bring total healthcare employment to 14.78 million workers, the government reported. The 0.2% increase in healthcare employment last month was similar to the 0.3% job growth for the same month a year ago. For the year that ended in August, healthcare hiring increased 1.6% compared with 1.8% the prior year. Hiring in ambulatory care, which includes physician offices, increased by 22,800 workers, or 0.3% in August. Physician offices added 7,800 workers in August, for growth of 0.3%, and 62,800 jobs during the 12 months that ended last month, or an increase of 2.6%. Hospital employment rebounded from a 0.1% decline in July to add 7,100 jobs in August, for growth of 0.1%. During the year that ended in August, hospitals added 13,200 jobs for an increase of 0.3%. Hospitals employed 4.8 million as of August.
Healthcare employment grew 0.2% in August, and other briefs
- PricewaterhouseCoopers is the latest to announce its intent to compete for a highly coveted contract to replace the Defense Department's electronic health-record system. The professional services firm plans to team up with EHR vendors DSS and MedSphere and systems integrator General Dynamics Information Technology to offer an EHR that would combine open-source software with applications from PwC's commercial partners. The 10-year contract is estimated to be worth $11 billion.
- Millions did not seek treatment for mental-health and substance-abuse issues last year because they lacked insurance coverage or couldn't afford it, according to a report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. In 2013, 20.2 million people ages 12 and older were in need of substance-abuse treatment, according to the report. However, only a few people in this population agreed they needed help. Of those individuals, many didn't get treatment, the lead reason cited being they lacked coverage or couldn't afford it.
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