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.
Pricewaterhouse-Coopers is the latest to announce its intent to compete for a highly coveted contract to replace the Defense Department’s electronic healthrecord system.
The professional services firm plans to team up with EHR vendors DSS and Med-Sphere 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.