Baptist Health laying off 170 workers statewide | Arkansas Blog

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Baptist Health laying off 170 workers statewide

Posted By on Tue, Jul 16, 2013 at 2:01 PM

CUTTING JOBS: Baptist Health.
  • CUTTING JOBS: Baptist Health.
Baptist Health has announced the layoff of 170 workers, about 2.5 percent of its 7,300-worker force, statewide. It has hospitals in Little Rock, North Little Rock and Arkadelphia.

A prepared statement gives this explanation, reported by Arkansas Business:

In a difficult and challenging environment of substantially less government reimbursement, burdensome government regulations, rapidly rising costs of supplies, increasing charity care and bad debt, and the need for technology and medical innovations, we believe these efforts will serve to make Baptist Health more effective.

Republicans, normally all about efficiency, are chortling that cuts in Medicare reimbursements are being cited by hospitals nationwide as a reason for cutbacks. They don't mention the huge flow of new dollars for Medicaid expansion for many people who once couldn't pay hospital bills or discharged them through bankruptcy. That money hasn't started rolling in just yet, of course. And it won't if the Republican critics have their way. Republican mouthpieces are also silent in their chortling on the impact of sequestration, or the automatic budget cuts, triggered by Republicans recently.

UPDATE: Doyle Webb, GOP party chair, now says in a statement that Sen. Mark Pryor alone is essentially responsible for job losses because his vote could have stopped Obamacare.

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