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Increase in Doctors Specializing in Geriatric Care

Published on December 24th, 2017

U.S. News and other media outlets such as The Daily Mall have reported on the new report that shows an increase in medical doctors specializing in geriatric and nursing home care.  The findings were published Nov. 28 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.  This is great news considering the aging of the Baby Boomers. According to the UPenn study, there are more than 15,000 nursing homes across the country, with a total of about 1.7 million beds. But there are currently 74.9 million baby boomers between the ages of 51 and 69, according to the most recent data from the Pew Research Center.

The number of physicians and health care providers concentrating on nursing home patients grew by about one-third between 2012 and 2015, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine found.

Analyzing Medicare data, the researchers found that the number of doctors, nurse practitioners and physician assistants who were nursing home specialists rose from about 5,100 in 2012 to more than 6,800 in 2015 — about 34 percent.

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