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UltimateHoboW/Shotgun
09-20-2013, 06:32 PM
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/18/us-usa-health-clevelandclinic-idUSBRE98H14V20130918

The world-renowned Cleveland Clinic said on Wednesday it would cut jobs and slash five to six percent of its $6 billion annual budget to prepare for President Barack Obama's health reforms.

The clinic, which has treated celebrities and world leaders such as musician Lou Reed, former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and former Olympic gold medal skater Scott Hamilton, did not say how many of its 44,000 employees would be laid off. But a spokeswoman said that $330 million would be cut from its annual budget.

"Some of the initiatives include offering early retirement to 3,000 eligible employees, reducing operational costs, stricter review of filling vacant positions, and lastly workforce reductions," said Eileen Sheil, Executive Director of Corporate Communications for the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

The clinic is Cleveland's largest employer and the second largest in Ohio after Wal-Mart. It is the largest provider in Ohio of Medicaid health coverage for the poor, the program that will expand to cover uninsured Americans under Obamacare.

"We know we are going to be reimbursed less," under Medicaid, Sheil said.

Cleveland Clinic has almost 100 locations around Ohio employing 3,000 doctors. Its main campus is world renowned for cancer and cardiovascular treatment.

"To prepare for healthcare reform, Cleveland Clinic is transforming the way care is delivered to patients," Sheil said without elaborating.

The clinic's Lerner Research Institute had a total annual research expenditure of $255 million in 2012 and recently announced breakthroughs in creating a breast cancer vaccine, drugs to treat Alzheimer's patients and research into the genetic mutations in prostate cancer.

A 2009 study by the clinic concluded that it accounts for nearly eight percent of the economic output of northeast Ohio.

A key part of Obamacare, officially known as the Affordable Care Act, goes into effect on October 1, when states are supposed to begin offering Americans health insurance options through online exchanges to compare prices.


Good choice guys. I'm going to start charging you guys $5 everytime you guys Efff $h!t up.

barryr
09-21-2013, 06:11 AM
The irony seems lost for the Obama supporters.

B-Large
09-21-2013, 08:35 AM
So they are preparing to do more with less.... What's tragic about that?

Less reimbursement means your cost goes down.... It's that what Americans want? Do people honestly believe cost would go down and delivery would remain the same???

Have we considered CC was running a little fat?

houghtam
09-21-2013, 10:23 AM
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/18/us-usa-health-clevelandclinic-idUSBRE98H14V20130918




Good choice guys. I'm going to start charging you guys $5 everytime you guys Efff $h!t up.

Sure you can count that high?

Arkie
09-21-2013, 10:32 AM
Obama cited the Cleveland Clinic in 2009 as one of the good examples of Health Care that works. They are the best hospital in the world for cardiovascular treatment. Ironically, they have to makes changes to prepare for Obamacare.

The Lone Bolt
09-21-2013, 11:24 AM
New study on Obamacare says Ohioans who enroll will see savings, thanks to subsidies

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Ohioans who buy their own health insurance should see an average out-of-pocket savings on premiums of 21 percent because of taxpayer subsidies under the Affordable Care Act, according to a new study by the Rand Corp., a widely respected think tank.

Without the health care law, Ohioans who bought individual policies would pay $3,973, on average, in premiums in 2016, the study shows. But the subsidies, or tax credits, will bring the individuals’ costs down to $3,131.


http://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2013/08/new_study_on_obamacare_says_oh.html

BroncoBeavis
09-21-2013, 11:55 AM
New study on Obamacare says Ohioans who enroll will see savings, thanks to subsidies

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Ohioans who buy their own health insurance should see an average out-of-pocket savings on premiums of 21 percent because of taxpayer subsidies under the Affordable Care Act, according to a new study by the Rand Corp., a widely respected think tank.

Without the health care law, Ohioans who bought individual policies would pay $3,973, on average, in premiums in 2016, the study shows. But the subsidies, or tax credits, will bring the individuals’ costs down to $3,131.


http://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2013/08/new_study_on_obamacare_says_oh.html

Here's the funny part. The working poor qualify most for the subsidies. And they'll be the least likely to use them. Because cheaper ≠ free.

Meanwhile the middle class lubes up once again because their non-subsidized rates skyrocket. Because they're the ones really on the hook to cover all those "my house is on fire, can I has insurance?" claims.

cutthemdown
09-21-2013, 09:17 PM
My family doctor is 64 told me the other day he and lots of his friends have just decided to retire. Going to be a shortage of family doctors. I think the only solution is going to be Physicians Assistants.

houghtam
09-21-2013, 09:23 PM
My family doctor is 64 told me the other day he and lots of his friends have just decided to retire. Going to be a shortage of family doctors. I think the only solution is going to be Physicians Assistants.

I thought you were leaving the board?

LOL

barryr
09-22-2013, 06:21 AM
I thought you were leaving the board?

LOL

So you're worried more about that than a doctor shortage? Please keep posting your such intelligent thoughts, you "I'm not a liberal, but everything I post shows I've been indoctrinated to those principles."

houghtam
09-22-2013, 07:09 AM
So you're worried more about that than a doctor shortage? Please keep posting your such intelligent thoughts, you "I'm not a liberal, but everything I post shows I've been indoctrinated to those principles."

Where did you get the idea I'm not a liberal?

I can see you know how to type. Can you also read?

B-Large
09-22-2013, 11:22 AM
My family doctor is 64 told me the other day he and lots of his friends have just decided to retire. Going to be a shortage of family doctors. I think the only solution is going to be Physicians Assistants.

PA's and NP's are great for low to middle acuity scenarios in Primary Care, even if people think they are second second rate care, which isn't really true. MDs can see higher level acuity patients, and will higher levels for it.

Our problem isn't number of providers per se, it's usually poor utilization management and terrible triage. There is no reason an MD shod be spending 20 minutes seeing A UTI or ther basic matter

B-Large
09-22-2013, 11:25 AM
Where did you get the idea I'm not a liberal?

I can see you know how to type. Can you also read?

He did say he would no be back.... Too many liberal bullies in here...

Good to see him back, tho- good poster