Washington Regional To Cut 27 Jobs Because Of Health Care Reform Costs

Washington Regional Medical Center

Washington Regional Medical Center will cut 27 jobs because of increased costs due to health care reform, the hospital announced Monday.

Although 27 positions will be eliminated, a statement from the hospital states the job cuts are expected to affect 15 to 20 employees, or about 1 percent of the Washington Regional workforce.

Because of health care reform, Washington Regional has seen a drop of annual revenues of $8.75 million each of the last two years, according to the hospital’s statement. The Washington Regional system has tried to deal with the revenue losses by instituting pay freezes, executive pay cuts, early retirement offers, supply chain efficiencies and elimination of some unfilled positions, the statement reads.

“The current changes in health care are the most significant and noteworthy to hospitals since the establishment of Medicare about 50 years ago, said Bo Ryall, president of the Arkansas Hospital Association, in the statement. “Hospitals are seeing drastic cuts to reimbursement and must constantly manage the impact of those reductions to remain viable and provide quality care to those who need it.”

25 comments

  • Kevin

    Increased costs due to health care reform? that makes no sense Obama said it should be lower now!? You mean he lied for like the 10th time? lol no surprise here. I’m sure sarah 1 will have some crazy explanation.

    • Get Real

      I sent them an e-mail about just that. Daren Bobb replied 5 News had covered it at noon, and would again at 5:00 PM. Not a TV watcher, I was expecting something, anything, on the web site.

    • Elaphas

      Don’t expect KFSM to EVER report anything other than liberal agenda-driven propaganda. As far as they are concerned, you need to be brainwashed into think Obama is your savior and you must submit to the government.

    • Bobby Jones

      They’re also not going to tell you your country is being overrun by foreign invaders. You won’t realize it until it’s too late. Other than that scandal, how many have there been? I’ve lost track there are so many.

  • matt

    I had great insurance before ACA now I’m paying almost $500. a month for family plan. My company said it was going to keep going up every year. Not very affordable in my perspective.

  • FedUp

    “The Washington Regional system has tried to deal with the revenue losses by instituting pay freezes, executive pay cuts, early retirement offers, supply chain efficiencies and elimination of some unfilled positions, the statement reads”
    Really? Then why was my insurance provider charged $15 for 2 Tylenol pills given me for post operative pain?.

  • matt

    They could save a ton of money if they required payment at the ER. My daughter sat in the waiting room for 10 hours while people with medicaid or AR kids insurance packed the lobby over a cough or fever. My daughter had emergency appendix removal. Almost ruptured while waiting for the people who never pay for their bills. I had an emergency and WR failed me and I will never go back. Now they are suing me for $250.00 when I told them the I would not pay for their negligence. Making my girl puke and convulse to the point of passing out, and we had to clean up the vomit because their janitors didn’t want to. I’ll take the hit on my credit and pay the collection agency as slow as possible. The Doctor’s, Nurses and support staff outside of the ER were above and beyond.

    • Bob

      How do you know they were medicaid or AR kids? Let me guess, there were a certain…..ahem….profile. It’s ridiculous some of the people that live in this state.

  • Jane

    All you repuklicans can kiss your social security, medicare and medicaid good bye if you keep voting against your self interest.

  • Benny

    Unfortunately, this is likely just the tip of the iceberg. A lot of hospitals are looking at the new reimbursement rates and scratching their heads trying to make this work. It’s a bad time to be sick if you’re an American. :(

  • Jane

    Hospitals have been ripping off folks forever! It is about time they are reined in! WRMC overbuilt, forgetting they were, ” not for proffit .”

  • matt

    Bob your right, now that I really think about it they all fit a profile. Young mothers of all races with more than three kids, most of the kids in a diaper and t shirt, or just a diaper, and no daddy in sight. There where a few old people as well but I think they just hang out there.

  • Sarah 300

    Whomever used my Sarah 1 moniker, it was not me. So childish and no one would believe you anyway. Grow up and stand behind your own beliefs. This clearly shows you have no legitimate statements only being derogatory.

    The sentence ‘Because of health care reform, Washington Regional has seen a drop of annual revenues of $8.75 million each of the last two years, according to the hospital.’ is because costs have LOWERED due to the Affordable Care Act. Exactly what the federal government was hoping for has occurred. All kinds of procedures cost less. You and I both know the medical system charged way beyond what was necessary.
    No longer can hospitals charge whatever they please and the employees know this fact.

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  • HarrisonBoy

    HA! Matt for someone to have to wait 10 hours for something like that couldn’t have been an “emergency” calm down with the exaggeration buddy. BOB it is ridiculous some of the people that live in the state… Mmmmmm (rednecks)

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  • Citizen Of the Natural State

    Really!?! After all he is a twice elected president. Doesn’t justify his actions though. I know a lot of people who have felt the same way. He says one thing then does another. I remember during one of his speeches he said, “We live in the greatest nation on the face of the earth…. We need a change.” And so now we are seeing the change.

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