These budget cuts and layoffs aren't holding back hospitals and health systems from making investments in other areas, such as mergers and acquisitions or facility upgrades. At the same time that Cleveland Clinic is cutting $330 million, it has formed a tentative deal with Community Health Systems to acquire Akron General Health System.
As the Clinic's spokesperson told the Akron Beacon Journal, "This can't all be about cost-cutting. We have to grow."
Here's a shortlist of related articles this week:
Who is roaming your hallways?
Three stories were in the news last week about hospital workers, and wannabes, behaving badly. This kind of news makes patients nervous about who is treating them, and wonder who is in charge.
A lawsuit filed in 2011 by former employees, released in federal court last week, accused leadership at Vanderbilt University Medical Center of committing Medicare fraud for decades.