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Mercy Health Laying Off Workers Across 7 States

Mercy Health Laying Off Workers Across 7 States

By Nancy Simpson. CREATED Jun 4, 2014

Mercy Health says it's laying off up to 300 support workers in its network across seven states, including in Missouri and Arkansas.

A spokeswoman says Mercy is managing the impact of the market change, which includes low reimbursements from both the government and commercial payers.

Leaders say states not taking part in Medicaid expansion is also a factor in these layoffs happening later this month.

From a release from Mercy Health:

Like all health care providers, Mercy is managing the impact of market changes, including reimbursement reductions from government and commercial payers, as well as lack of Medicaid expansion in most of the states we serve.

We have been expecting and preparing for these changes for several years and have made tremendous progress in redesigning the health delivery system to meet evolving needs. As part of our transformation, we have consolidated many non-patient care support services to streamline how we work and achieve greater efficiencies.

We are in the process of further reorganizing our support services across all Mercy communities and anticipate reductions in that workforce ranging from 200 to 300 positions later this month. Departments affected are in support functions; direct patient care areas are not affected.

Mercy is committed to maintaining the highest levels of quality, safety and service as we undertake these changes. We recognize the impact of these workforce reductions on our co-workers and our transition plan will reflect our commitment to dignity and compassion. Mercy’s total workforce is approximately 40,000 across seven states.

Nancy Simpson

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