Posted September 14, 2018 06:03:38In the United States, nearly 1 in 10 independent care providers (ICPs) are paid less than $12 per hour, according to a new report from the American Association of Independent Care Providers (AACA).
The study, released Wednesday by AACA, found that of the 2.2 million independent care facilities that were inspected in the year ending June 2018, only about 4,600 had a wage of less than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.
The rest of the facilities were paid between $11 and $15 an hour, with a median wage of just over $14 an hour for employees with disabilities.
The median wage for all independent care employees was $10.50 an hour in the second quarter of 2018.
But the most striking statistic in the report is that nearly one in five of those ICPs, including the majority of independent care services, were paid less on average than the national median.
The AACA report said that of those facilities inspected, about 80 percent of them were located in the 10 states that were hardest hit by the recession.
AACA’s report does not factor in the impact of the Great Recession on independent care businesses.
The American Association for Independent Care Services, which represents nearly 100 independent care centers, said it was pleased with the AACA data but also noted that independent care workforce numbers continue to fall in many states.
“We commend the ACA for its continued efforts to address this important workforce issue,” the AACES said in a statement.
“But we are concerned that the recent drop in the average wage of independent workers could lead to a more limited pool of qualified candidates for the position of nurse practitioner.”
The AACERS also noted some other trends in the industry.
For example, fewer workers are choosing to practice independently than in past years, and fewer nurses are graduating from nursing school.
It also said that the majority (60 percent) of independent and family physician jobs are being held by workers who are not licensed.
The lack of competition among independent care organizations is also putting pressure on providers to lower their wages.
“Our industry is in dire straits,” said Dr. Amy Rios, an associate professor of nursing at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
“If you look at what is happening with wages, we have no competition.”
Rios is an associate dean for research at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and an assistant professor of clinical nursing at MDAC, the largest nonprofit clinical health care provider in the nation.
She told the Washington Post that a lot of hospitals are reducing their nursing-home fees, which make up the bulk of the fees for care.
In some states, such as California, hospitals are charging providers more than $100,000 a year to keep the services of their nursing home residents, she said.
The report also found that nearly half of all independent caregivers work in small rural communities, where they are often not able to find homes.
“In some communities, you’re not even sure whether you’re a family, you may not even know if your child is a family member,” Rios said.
“In that sense, there is no one you know.
It’s very difficult for a nurse to make a decision.”ROS said that many of these nursing home workers, who work long hours and are often unpaid, can have a difficult time finding jobs in larger cities where there is a large workforce.”
I think this could be a real problem for us,” she said, adding that some of these workers have not been able to save enough money to make ends meet.
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