HR Roundup: Hospital Layoffs Are Full of Excuses

Chelsea Rice, for HealthLeaders Media , September 23, 2013

Jeff Balser, M.D., Ph.D., the head of VUMC, is accused of being the ring leader. The suit claims Balser, who worked in the anesthesiology department at the time, collaborated with other physicians to design software that perpetuated its illegal billing practices through its medical records system. VUMC is vehemently denying the allegations.

Meanwhile, in Syracuse, NY, a 20-year employee of St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center plead guilty last week to the accusation that she stole $900,000 from patients for over 11 years at the hospital. She allegedly stole money from patients who thought they were paying for television and phone services.

What's the difference between Bonnie Simson, a former nurse manager at the hospital, and Nurse Jackie? Simson isn't accused of stealing narcotics from the hospital, but she was using the money to pay for her painkiller addiction, which cost her between $900 and $1,500 a day, the Post-Standard reports.

Grant Medical Center in Columbus, OH, is watching its hallways a little more closely this week after a woman posing as an employee was reported wandering near the maternity and infant care wings last week. Hospital security assured the local community that the trespasser, who was wearing scrubs and a stethoscope, was unable to access the care unit. In both instances, the woman was escorted from the hospital and hospital officials have filed a criminal complaint.

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3 comments on "HR Roundup: Hospital Layoffs Are Full of Excuses"

Charles M (9/25/2013 at 4:45 PM)
Not much meat at all in the article to back up the opinionated headline and first paragraph. Not HealthLeaders typical excellent reporting. Disappointed.

Tom Gee (9/24/2013 at 4:40 PM)
I can't speak for a Cleveland Clinic or Vanderbilt which may definitely be reorganizing their large organizations, but as a small rural hospital that has recently laid off staff, we are doing so as a direct result of the cuts included in the Affordable Care Act and the Sequestration cuts under the budget deficit fiasco. In our system there are definitely the haves and have nots and rural hospitals are in a very vulnerable postion due these cuts. Threats by our state and others to not implement the expanded Medicaid or unisured benefits of the Affordable Care Act create even more uncertainty.

bettynoyes (9/23/2013 at 5:23 PM)
Whatever happens, for whatever reasons, what holds the key to success in quality, safety, and costs, is the front line managers ability to communicate and manage the complex change with their staff. Giving them the skills will reap benefits!




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