Analyses show as many as 500,000 home health jobs could be eliminated as a result of these cuts to Medicare home health.

We started to see negative effects in the December 2013 jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In total, 3,700 jobs were lost in December 2013, in apparent anticipation of the cut, which went into effect on January 1.

Now in effect for two months, the negative trend is continuing at a heightened pace. According to the February BLS report, 3,800 home health jobs were lost. This report represents the single highest level of monthly job loss in the home health sector in more than a decade.

In years past, home health was a consistent driver of new jobs due to seniors’ preference to receive medical treatment at home, contributing a net increase in jobs in 125 of the 131 months preceding December 2013. 

This loss in jobs is just the beginning – with home health facing more cuts over the next four years, significant additional job losses are expected.

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