By Harold Ambler
By Harold Ambler
PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island’s nursing labor expenses on a per patient, per day basis increased by nearly 13 percent, or approximately $27 million, during the period from 2009 to 2012, according to a recent report by consulting firm Blum Shapiro.
The report, which analyzed patient mix, occupancy percentages, and labor and employee related expenses on a per diem basis at all of the 84 nursing homes in Rhode Island from 2009 to 2012, is intended to provide administrators and stakeholders with benchmarks with which to analyze their operations against the rest of the industry.
“With more than 84 facilities throughout the state, which together employ more than 8,000 full-time equivalents, the nursing home industry is of vital importance to the Rhode Island economy,” said Monica Motta, an expert on healthcare at BlumShapiro. “Though this report found that the industry itself has remained relatively stable, the landscape of the healthcare industry overall will be dramatically changing over the next several years, and we anticipate this will have a direct impact on nursing home facilities throughout Rhode Island.”
The report found that, though the industry itself remained relatively stable from 2009 to 2012, nursing labor expenses on a per patient, per day basis increased markedly.
During the period from 2011 to 2012, nursing home employee health insurance costs decreased by more than seven percent due to the increase in employee deductibles and health insurance contributions.
“This annual report serves as an important resource for our nursing home facilities administrators and managers to better understand not only the current industry, but also to be able to compare our overall operations to remain competitive with the industry standard,” said Hugh Hall, of West View Nursing Home in West Warwick. “By having access to a complete industry profile we are able to plan for anticipated workforce demands, attract top level talent and provide reliable and enhanced quality of care for our patients.”
Currently, Rhode Island has the nation’s fourth highest proportion of those aged 75 or older, representing nearly 8 percent of the state’s residents.