MU Health Care to reduce staff

Saturday, June 15, 2013 | 6:04 p.m. CDT; updated 9:35 p.m. CDT, Saturday, June 15, 2013

COLUMBIA — MU Health Care will lay off or cut the hours and pay for 35 employees and eliminate 90 unfilled jobs in the coming year.

MU Health Care spokeswoman Mary Jenkins told The Columbia Daily Tribune the job losses are due to cuts in federal health care payments from Medicare and the failure of legislators to expand Medicaid eligibility.

She says many of the 90 jobs that will be eliminated have been unfilled for most of the past year.

Hospitals are facing cuts because of federal budget cuts that trimmed 2 percent from Medicare payments. The 2010 Affordable Care Act included more cuts to Medicare and cut a program that provides support to hospitals that care for poorer populations.

MU Health employs 5,200 workers, not including medical staff.




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Michael Williams June 15, 2013 | 9:56 p.m.

I was and local and StL nurses (all BJC) that their hospitals have been, and still are, experiencing a low census.

I expect they would know if they are busy or not since they are floor RNs.

So, I believe them and, given the nurses are not exclusively local, I wonder just how many of the layoffs are truly due to the failure of legislators.

Doesn't it make sense for the reporter of this story to check hospital census data? After all, census data would be pretty important to the bottom line.

This story is about MU Healthcare and the spokesperson says the problem is due to legislative failures.

But, what has been...and is...their census?

Inquiring minds want to know......

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John Schultz June 16, 2013 | 4:37 p.m.

Another good question to ask is why have those 90 jobs been unfilled for a year. Are there no qualified candidates? Is MU Healthcare paying a pittance?

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