2012 Campaign Reminder: Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) Create 1.12 Million Jobs, Produce $127.8 Billion in Economic Output in Nation's 50 Most Populous Metropolitan Areas

Top Ten: NY/NJ, Chicago, Philadelphia, L.A., Boston, Miami, Dallas, Detroit, DC, Pittsburgh

WASHINGTON, Oct. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- As seniors' health care, the economy and jobs are a central focus of the 2012 campaign discussion at the presidential and congressional level, the Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care (AQNHC) today released Avalere data outlining the economic and jobs output of skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) in the nation's 50 most populous Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs).

"With the debates now over and the 2012 election just two weeks away, we want to ensure President Obama, Governor Romney and candidates for the U.S. Senate and House have a firm understanding that the U.S. SNF sector is America's second largest health facility employer, after only hospitals, and is the largest local employer in many parts of rural America," stated Alan G. Rosenbloom, President of the Alliance. "In addition to stressing how Medicare and Medicaid cuts disproportionately hurt SNFs and their patients, localizing nursing homes' significance to the jobs and economic base throughout rural, suburban and urban America has been a central component of our 2012 educational effort," he said.

Top 10 U.S. MSAs in terms of SNF Economic Output and Jobs (for details on all 50 MSAs go to www.aqnhc.org):


Total Impact SNF Spending

Total Impact SNF Payroll

Total Jobs Created

On Economic Output

On Wages







$ 9,047,256,879




$ 8,682,318,220



LA/Lng Bch/Snta Ana

$ 7,507,128,703




$ 5,561,373,880



Miami/Ft Laud

$ 3,479,395,380




$ 3,317,057,389




$ 3,294,307,873




$ 3,272,302,748




$ 2,912,442,712

$ 742,945,230


SNFs are the leading provider of Medicare post-acute care services, treating 50 percent of all Medicare beneficiaries who are discharged from hospitals to post-acute care. The majority of patients are short-stay Medicare patients who are discharged from the hospital to the nursing facility, and need restorative and recuperative care before returning to home and community. In the context of the ongoing entitlement reform debate, the Alliance President noted, "With three-quarters of SNF patients dependent upon Medicare or Medicaid funding for their care, SNFs, especially, are highly sensitize to the cumulative negative impact of Medicaid cuts in state capitols and Medicare cuts from Washington."

Contact: Rebecca Reid

SOURCE Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care

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