HR Roundup: Hospital Layoffs Are Full of Excuses

The healthcare law is a convenient scapegoat for hospitals looking to downsize staff and reallocate labor costs to other initiatives. Meanwhile, feds mandate home health workers' minimum wage and OT pay.

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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