Healthcare Staff Shake-Up
This week, my healthcare corporation announced that for the first time in a long time, there would have to be staff reductions in order to meet our fiscal year budget. Approximately 1% of the total corporate workforce is going to be let go. Our supervisor told us that every department is going to be affected, including the rehab department. So needless to say, everyone is a little on edge.
Earlier this year, the corporate administration announced that we were facing a significant deficit if we didn't cut costs dramatically. They were able to cut a significant portion of this deficit by offering early retirement packages and eliminating positions that were unfilled. But alas, it wasn't enough. There's no doubt the Affordable Care Act has people nervous about future reimbursement cuts and changes to insurance coverage, so while it's sad that people will lose their jobs, one might argue that when it comes to keeping hospitals up and running, the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.
I know many other hospitals and healthcare systems in the Chicagoland area have also had "staff reductions" over the course of the past three to four years. Are your hospitals and clinics affected in a similar manner? What are your healthcare systems doing to rein in spending and maintain their bottom lines? Does anyone have any "grand" ideas about how to reduce costs while maintaining staff levels?