December 2017 will end with many layoffs across the healthcare industry in the U.S. Maimonides Medical Center and Detroit Medical Center were affected the most in these job cuts.
Maimonides Medical Center has cut about 200 employees as a cost-cutting measure. According to a news report, the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, could cost more than a million layoffs in the hospital and healthcare system in 2017.
Detroit Medical Center has also laid off its 150 employees as part of its restructuring. People are concerned about the rising premiums, loss of ACA subsidies, and some other factors keeping them away from doctors.
As the healthcare service is becoming more expensive day by day, making a profit and balancing the budget is a challenge in the healthcare industry.
Maimonides Medical Center: Job Cuts Due to $14.2M Loss in Operations
Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn has laid off about 200 employees as part of a cost-cutting measure. The hospital has lost three percent of the total staff of about 6,500 employees. It includes the members of the New York State Nurses Association and other unions. According to union representatives, the positions affected are radiology technicians, nurses, clerical staff, and phlebotomists.
The hospital lost $14.2 million on operations in the first quarter of 2017. It was the result of the deficit miscalculation at its M2 Medical Community Practice. The rise in healthcare prices and repeal of the ACA are some other factors contributing to this issue.
Detroit Medical Center: Job Cuts as Part of Tenet Cost-Cutting Measures
The Detroit Medical Center is reported to lay off around 150 jobs by the end of 2017. This is part of a cost-cutting measure in compliance with its parent company, Tenet Healthcare Corp (NYSE:THC). The job cuts are from the departments that have seen low profit margins and low volume. Even the stock price of the company declined from nearly $60.00 in 2015 to less than a quarter of that value today at about $13.00.
The Tenet layoffs are directly associated with the company’s cost-cutting measures as it reported a net loss of $366.0 million in the third quarter of 2017.
Molina Healthcare Layoffs in 2017: 58 Jobs Cut as It Reported Losses in the 2nd & 3rd Quarter
Molina Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE:MOH) has confirmed it is laying off Long Beach, California-based employees by the end of 2017. The company has reported losses in the second and third quarter of 2017. To cope with the situation, in August, the company announced about 1,500 job cuts across the country as part of restructuring efforts.
Worker Adjustment Retraining Notification (WARN) filings reported that about 500 positions will be laid off at Molina Healthcare in Long Beach. However, recent filings with the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network show that Molina Healthcare will lay off over 60 employees by December 2017.
Virtua Health System Layoffs in 2017: 50 Job Cuts to Streamline Its Services
Marlton, New Jersey-based organization Virtua Health System has confirmed it is laying off 50 employees. In addition to this, the organization will be consolidating certain services. In an email statement, a Virtua Health System spokesperson talked about the uncertainty resulting from the transformation of the healthcare industry, saying that Virtua is not an exception to it.
In this situation, Virtua has identified a number of opportunities for efficiencies and changes to programs. Hopefully, it will help the organization meet the healthcare industry challenges and continue to provide high-quality affordable care.
Winona Health Cuts 42 Positions; 17 by Layoffs & 25 by Elimination of Positions
Winona Health is an independent, non-profit, community-owned health care system. It is one of the area’s largest employers, with around 1,110 employees. The company has laid off 17 employees, eliminated 25 vacant positions, and has also reduced some full-time positions to part-time as part of a cost-cutting measure.
The company is also not going to fill the vacancies that will open due to the planned retirements. The affected staff members will receive severance pay. The company is trying to identify opportunities where employees might transfer to open positions in the hopes of retaining some of the affected staff.
Oklahoma State Department of Health: 37 Job Cuts, 161 More Follow in 2018
The Oklahoma State Department of Health has confirmed it will lay off 37 jobs in 2017. On the other hand, the layoffs in 2018 are estimated to cut an additional 161 employees in March. It is reported that the job cuts are the result of financial mismanagement. Job cuts in 2017 and 2018 are part of the organization’s plan to reduce the workforce by about 12%. The current job cuts are expected to save Oklahoma State Department of Health Agency about $7.5 million.
In order to save money, the department had 1,000 of its employees stay home as it faced a deficit of $10.0 million.
The healthcare industry has gone through many challenges in 2017, with many layoffs announced. Some were for cost-cutting measures and some the result of restructuring efforts. These challenges will continue over the years as uncertainties are hard to predict.
“Winona Health to cut 42 positions,” Becker’s Hospital Review, December 21, 2017.
“Winona Health lays off 17 employees, eliminates 25 other positions,” Winona Daily News, December 20, 2017.
“New Jersey health system lays off 50 employees, consolidates services,” Becker’s Hospital Review, December 12, 2017.