"It's a tough regulatory climate out there," said Beacon spokeswoman
About 50 of the positions, both clinical and non-clinical, were in home care, while the rest were in areas such as laundry services, information technology and marketing, Scroope said. The layoffs didn't have much direct effect on care provided at the system's two hospitals,
In a letter to employees announcing the layoffs, chief operating officer
It's Memorial's first round of layoffs since 2010 when it cut 34 full-time and 25 part-time workers, Scroope said. The new cuts represent about 1 percent of Beacon's 7,000 employees. If those laid off are qualified, the nonprofit health system will try to place them in some of the 325 open clinical positions that are now posted.
"These were not easy decisions for anyone," Scroope said.
Private health plans have negotiated lower reimbursement rates with hospitals partly because they're facing spiraling drug costs, but also because their costs have risen under Obamacare, Tabor said.
Formally called the Affordable Care Act, the 2010 law has benefitted hospitals by insuring more patients, but it's also lowered insurer reimbursement rates because
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