Skilled-nursing facility hiring made a welcome rebound in January after months of declines as the sector sheds therapists in response to a new CMS payment policy.
The skilled-nursing sector added 2,400 jobs last month, according to preliminary data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' latest jobs report, released Friday. That's far stronger than December, when those facilities lost an estimated 6,700 jobs, and November, when an estimated 1,700 jobs were cut. The sector has been laying off therapists as it adjusts to a new CMS reimbursement model that pays for therapy on a bundled basis based on patient assessments and acuity rather than on the volume of services.
Overall, healthcare added 35,500 jobs in January, up 26% from December's preliminary total of 28,100 jobs, according to the BLS. Healthcare has added 361,000 jobs over the past 12 months.