Kokomo hospital plans on cutting 50 jobs

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Employees at another central Indiana hospital are facing job cuts.

Community Howard Regional Health in Kokomo said it will reduce its current workforce by 50 positions over the next few weeks.

The Kokomo Tribune reports that the job cuts represent about 4 percent of the 1,300 or so employees at the hospital.

Community Howard president Jim Alender said the job cuts are needed because of fewer patients being hospitalized, uncertainty with the federal health care overhaul and reductions in Medicare and private insurance reimbursement.

Indiana University Health announced last week it was cutting about 800 jobs at its Indianapolis-area hospitals and those in Muncie and Tipton.


  • Interesting
    Folks like Elaine would rather people suffer, or even lose their lives, because of treatable conditions. Unlike her, I actually have friends and business relationships in nationalized med countries and they love it. In fact, they're understandably horrified that something as fundamental to, you know, being alive as healthcare is essentially restricted to the wealthy.
  • And.........
    having medicaid patients is much closer to real costs. They may REALLY need more, but everyone else is getting screwed in the meantime. This business of medical care being a normal market is bunk.
  • Better than nothing
    Joe, having patients on Medicaid, even at a reduced rate, is better than uncompensated care for the same patients who would otherwise have no coverage at all. Patients will get care at hospitals regardless of whether or not they have insurance, so having some reimbursement from Medicaid is better than having to eat the entire cost. A little payment is better than no payment at all, perhaps helping some of the many hospital systems who are laying off employees keep some of their staff.
  • Really??
    Do you really think expansion of medicaid is going to save these jobs and even hospitals. Servicing a medicaid patient and receiving the medicaid reimbursement is a losing proposition. Most health systems are trying to limit the number of these patients that come thru the doors.
  • nice try
    Elaine, give Gov. Mike a call and tell him to expand Medicaid. Bringing half a million people with insurance into the system will solve a lot of the "uncertainty" the hospitals are feeling. BTW, I wait a fair amount now, using the "greatest healthcare system in the world".
  • Effects of Obamacare
    With so many hospitals letting employees go, who is going to take care of the millions of "newly insured" patients? Get used to waiting and waiting - just like socialized countries.

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