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New Analysis: Nursing Facilities Create 1.12 Million Jobs

In releasing a new Avalere Health LLC analysis today detailing the economic and jobs output of nursing facilities in the nation’s 50 most populous Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs), the Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care said the growing entitlement reform discussion warrants a detailed look at the fact America’s skilled nursing facility sector is a key pillar to the U.S. employment and economic base, and that Medicare funding is central to both local jobs strength and high quality patient care.

The sector is the nation’s second largest health facility employer, after only hospitals, and is the largest local employer in many parts of rural America.
“As the year progresses, we will continue to raise awareness of the fact America’s nursing facilities are a vital pillar to local jobs and economic strength, that Medicare funding is critical to maintaining facilities’ economic stability, and that increasing numbers of patients are returning home after successful rehabilitation,” stated Alan G. Rosenbloom, President of the Alliance. “Localizing the significance of nursing facilities to the jobs base throughout rural, suburban and urban America will be a central component of our educational effort, in addition to detailing the fact continued improvements in patient care quality are directly related to Medicare and Medicaid funding.”

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