North Memorial will cut 200 jobs

North Memorial will cut 200 jobs

There are 5 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Sep 10, 2010, titled North Memorial will cut 200 jobs. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

A second hospital in the Twin Cities is cutting jobs in response to reduced demand for health care services.

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Since: Apr 08

Wisconsin Rapids, WI

#1 Sep 11, 2010
Notice of things to come with the "Obamacare" welcome to the brave new world.
anonymous

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Sep 13, 2010
This layoff is due to reduced demand. Implemenation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act takes place over a four year period. The portions of the bill that have been enacted thus far would have no negative impact on hospitals whatsoever.

One of the biggest complaints from American citizens over the decades has been affordable health care. This month for the first time ever, adult children will be allowed coverage until the age of 26 under their parents policy, children under the age of 19 with pre-exsisting conditions cannot be denied treatment, Medicare will be expanded to small rural clinics and hospitals, fraud detection will be stepped up; these are just a few "things to come with Obamacare". Do you find fault in any of this? I certainly can't. Nor can I draw any correlation between the hospital layoffs and this plan.

“I am always right.”

Since: Oct 09

Former MN Taxpayer

#4 Sep 13, 2010
More fallout from the tough negotiations a couple of months back. The mgmt is doing their best to hurt the nurses and make sure they break the back of the union.
butch

Wayzata, MN

#5 Sep 13, 2010
The union did it to themselves. Good riddance--how about making the union pay the laid off workers
instead as their greed and unwillingness to make any accomodation was the cause of the career ending negotiation for their members.

What goes around as big talk and demands is now being realized as kiss my job good-bye forever. No more spending my dues on political mischief and start paying me. Unions have destroyed my life!
North Memorial will cut

Berlin, NJ

#6 Sep 26, 2010
Full Name: Wayne Berman Title: Vice-Chair; Finance Co-Chair; Adviser

Over the course of three years, Berman’s lobbying firm was paid $660,000 to lobby on behalf of UnitedHealth subsidiary Americhoice, a managed care HMO providing health insurance to Medicaid, Medicare, and SCHIP recipients. Specifically, according to the lobbying report, they lobbied on Medicaid issues in the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005.[Americhoice Lobbying Reports 2004 – 2007; Americhoice.com ] Berman Also Lobbied For “Absurdly Low” Rates for Medicaid Managed Care Companies to Pay Out of Network Hospitals. Also included in the DRA, and mentioned as a lobbying issue on Berman’s Americhoice lobbying report, was a provision setting rates managed care companies must pay to out-of-network providers -- mainly hospital emergency rooms -- for care received by Medicaid beneficiaries. Rather than forcing managed care companies to reimburse out-of-network hospitals an amount comparable to network providers, the legislation set the default amount to the state’s “fee-for-service rate,” which often is “absurdly low.” The provision thereby shifted financial responsibility for services to Medicaid beneficiaries from the managed care companies to the hospitals themselves, permitting managed care companies to rake in huge profits, while hospitals incurred added losses.[Modern Healthcare, 1/29/07; Text of S. 1932] To Save Money, Bill Cut Services to Medicaid Beneficiaries, But Left Managed Care Providers Untouched. Under the final budget package, substantial Medicaid spending cuts were achieved by imposing new premiums and increased co-payments on Medicaid beneficiaries; some costs were also shifted to the states, who in return were awarded new powers to drop coverage or reduce benefits to certain beneficiaries. In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, the AARP CEO decried the final bill, saying it “protects the pharmaceutical industry, the managed-care industry and other providers at the expense of low-income Medicaid beneficiaries.”[Inside CMS, 12/29/05; Los Angeles Times, 12/22/05; World Markets Analysis, 12/21/05; The Hill, 12/20/05]

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