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Cleveland Clinic to cut $330 million from next year's budget, may cut jobs
The Plain Dealer ^ | 9/18/2013 | Brie Zeltner

Posted on 09/18/2013 12:22:34 PM PDT by EBH

About 60 percent of the hospital system’s costs are in labor, salaries and benefits, said spokeswoman Eileen Sheil, and “there’s only so much you can do with non-staff cost cutting.

“Healthcare reform has really changed things, and the burden of cost is going to be falling on patients,” she said. “We want to make sure we can keep care affordable....”

...Sheil said the Clinic has not been filling vacant positions in many departments for a while, and some departments may be able to meet their targeted cuts by attrition and non-staff cuts.

“Other places might have to look at reducing staff if they can’t make the targets without cutting in other areas,” she said.

The Clinic, which had about $6 billion in operating revenue last year, is the region’s largest employer with about 44,000 employees.

(Excerpt) Read more at cleveland.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: affordable; clevelandclinic; obamacare; unaffordable
“Healthcare reform has really changed things, and the burden of cost is going to be falling on patients,” she said."

Uh? Imagine that.

1 posted on 09/18/2013 12:22:34 PM PDT by EBH
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To: Las Vegas Dave

Ohio Ping!

Cleveland Clinic just laid an egg all over 0bamacare.


2 posted on 09/18/2013 12:28:05 PM PDT by EBH
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To: EBH; rdb3
This is an excellent example of how Obaamcare is going to destroy the quality of American healthcare.

The Cleveland Clinic is one of the premier medical institutions in the world.

And the ‘Rats have managed to land a crippling blow upon it.

3 posted on 09/18/2013 12:30:00 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: EBH

Walgreen announced 160,000 lay offs. I suspect the chit is hitting the fan and the political system in DC could care less....because this will be good for us whether we like it or not.


4 posted on 09/18/2013 12:30:36 PM PDT by oust the louse (The Democratic Party might as well be called the Death Party. Abortion & ObamaCare/death panels.)
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To: BenLurkin

Amen to that, Ben....I’ve been cancer free for 21 years —because of the fine staff at Cleveland Clinic. I sure do hope that this is temporary —but I fear for our health care system.

People from all over the world head there for their treatments —crippling blow, indeed!


5 posted on 09/18/2013 12:33:21 PM PDT by duckbutt (Those who pay no taxes have no check on their appetite for services.)
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To: BenLurkin

Very little sparks the comment section on Cleveland.com, but the topic is pretty hot over there.

This, at least locally, is a huge story AND a huge admission.

Healtcare Reform is being directly blamed.


6 posted on 09/18/2013 12:34:38 PM PDT by EBH
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To: EBH

The Cleveland Clinic is full of racists who hate a black President.

WHO KNEW??/s


7 posted on 09/18/2013 12:38:05 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Well, it is what the Sheeple voted for....)
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To: duckbutt

The Cleveland Clinic released the following statement:

“To prepare for healthcare reform, Cleveland Clinic is transforming the way care is delivered to patients. Over the past several years, we have had an ongoing focus on driving efficiencies, lowering costs, reducing duplication in services and enhancing quality to make healthcare affordable to patients.

Although we have made progress, we need to further reduce costs to the organization by $330 million in 2014. We are carefully evaluating all aspects of our system to accomplish this. 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.

Through these changing times, we are focused on providing the highest quality of care to our patients in the most efficient and cost-effective manner.”

Read more: http://www.wtam.com/articles/wtam-local-news-122520/job-cuts-likely-at-cleveland-clinic-11663480/#ixzz2fH6fyl2i


8 posted on 09/18/2013 12:38:56 PM PDT by EBH
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To: EBH

Stories like this are all over, but they get NO national traction. WHY???


9 posted on 09/18/2013 12:39:34 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Well, it is what the Sheeple voted for....)
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To: EBH

Could they be shy some $300M in endowments?


10 posted on 09/18/2013 12:40:47 PM PDT by uncitizen
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To: tcrlaf

I don’t know? WTAM has been playing the blurb though all day every half-hour locally.

As mentioned up thread Cleveland Clinic ain’t no small fry in the medical world...and for them to come out and blame 0bamacare directly is pretty huge.


11 posted on 09/18/2013 12:42:09 PM PDT by EBH
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To: uncitizen

They are saying it is due to 0bamacare, not lack of endowments?


12 posted on 09/18/2013 12:43:04 PM PDT by EBH
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To: oust the louse

Missed that one regarding Walgreens.


13 posted on 09/18/2013 12:45:55 PM PDT by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: BenLurkin

The best defense is a good offense.

The hospital is on the attack. The hospital is fighting the local rat liberal wackos by proving them to be liars and thieves.

The public must rise up in arms to destroy the liberal scoundrels. The public can never act, it can only react

The hospital is promoting reaction


14 posted on 09/18/2013 12:48:11 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Travon... Felony assault and battery hate crime)
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To: EBH

Yes, I know. But I’m wondering if they are not saying that Obamacare has led to lower endowments...


15 posted on 09/18/2013 12:50:26 PM PDT by uncitizen
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To: uncitizen

The actual press statement is in post 8, doesn’t appear to state anything in regards to lower endowments?


16 posted on 09/18/2013 12:57:47 PM PDT by EBH
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To: EBH; ADemocratNoMore; Akron Al; arbee4bush; agrace; ATOMIC_PUNK; Badeye; Bikers4Bush; ...

Ohio Ping!
To be added to the Ohio Ping List, please freepmail,
(the two of us) , Whenifhow, and LasVegasDave.


17 posted on 09/18/2013 1:02:44 PM PDT by Las Vegas Dave (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.{TaglineUsed w/SunkenCiv's permission.})
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To: oust the louse

“Walgreen announced 160,000 lay offs”

I think you heard the story wrong, they are no longer going to provide insurance for 160k employees. Shipping them off to Obamcare.


18 posted on 09/18/2013 1:04:34 PM PDT by DAC21
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To: tcrlaf

IU Health in Central Indiana is cutting 800 jobs, and they are openly saying it’s 0bamacare. It’s gotten plenty of local play; it was the lead story on all the news broadcasts and front page of the Indianpolis Star.


19 posted on 09/18/2013 1:15:34 PM PDT by henkster (democrats will sacrifice the lives of our servicemen so 0bama doesn't look bad.)
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To: EBH

I wonder if they have 300 or more highly paid staff making 6-7 figure salaries?


20 posted on 09/18/2013 1:23:53 PM PDT by soycd
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To: uncitizen

Cleveland Clinic does not really operate off endowment for operating expenses. Rather, endowment is used for new construction. This is true at most nonprofit institutions.

What is happening is that they will be reimbursed at a lesser amount for procedures under Obamacare whether it be Medicare, Medicaid or insurance exchanges or due to government controls on private plans.


21 posted on 09/18/2013 1:24:32 PM PDT by Stoneyhill
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To: Las Vegas Dave

Thanks for the ping.
Michele Bachmann was just on Cavuto saying that people are contacting reps and making their voices heard because they are getting bumped from health care and/ or part time hours.


22 posted on 09/18/2013 1:33:05 PM PDT by Whenifhow
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To: EBH

“Healthcare reform has really changed things, and the burden of cost is going to be falling on patients,” she said.”
Uh? Imagine that.”

i’m thinking they should have said, only on patients who work and pay their own premiums and copays.


23 posted on 09/18/2013 1:47:21 PM PDT by willywill
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To: henkster

But these stories aren’t getting NATIONAL Play.

In fact, if you even dare mention it nationally, the calls of RACIST! or CRAZY!! or YOU HATE SICK PEOPLE are immediate.


24 posted on 09/18/2013 1:55:54 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Well, it is what the Sheeple voted for....)
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To: Stoneyhill
they will be reimbursed at a lesser amount for procedures under Obamacare whether it be Medicare, Medicaid or insurance exchanges or due to government controls on private plans

that's something id venture most people do not know. I certainly did not. one of the TV news readers on Fox the other day said of Obamacare: "I don't know WHAT it is". I believe he is not alone.

25 posted on 09/18/2013 1:59:03 PM PDT by uncitizen
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To: uncitizen
I work in a large National laboratory. Many facilities in all states . We were informed that our Medicare reimbursement is being reduced by 50%. Along with the reduction in preventative care tests (yep, another Obama whopper of a lie.......we will NOT be having MORE preventative care tests!) watch the medical labs start layoffs, too.
26 posted on 09/18/2013 2:42:24 PM PDT by originalbuckeye (Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy)
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To: originalbuckeye

On preventative care, I knew something bad was coming when they told us women no longer needed Pap smears and mammograms every year, that once every other year would do. they fought and fought for years to get those tests paid for every year and the results of that were positive. now Suddenly every two years is good enough. they are so Full of xxIT!


27 posted on 09/18/2013 3:25:25 PM PDT by uncitizen
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To: tcrlaf

Of course these stories don’t get national play. The national media/entertainment complex is a subsidiary of the democrat-communist party, and serves as it’s propaganda organ. You want the truth about what’s going on in our country, you have to go to the foreign press.


28 posted on 09/18/2013 4:20:42 PM PDT by henkster (democrats will sacrifice the lives of our servicemen so 0bama doesn't look bad.)
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To: uncitizen
So sorry to tell you........women aged 18-49, it is every 3 years for a pap; for women 49-65, it is every 5 years and for women, aged 65 ad over, only if you are having symptoms. Sadly, for women over 65, if they are having symptoms, they are in very bad shape. The reason women over age 65 survive gyn cancers is that the cells can shed long before there are symptoms. If there are symptoms, the women will likely not survive. I have heard that mammograms are not paid for until age 50. Most of the women I know with breast cancer were diagnosed well under age 50. But let's face it, when you are no longer working, i e no longer paying into the system for Healthcare, you are not worth spending money on to keep you alive. It is a new country, Obamaland.
29 posted on 09/18/2013 6:41:32 PM PDT by originalbuckeye (Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy)
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To: originalbuckeye

Ok the situation is worth than I thought. Onward to Obamaland!!!


30 posted on 09/18/2013 6:43:19 PM PDT by uncitizen
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To: oust the louse
Walgreen announced 160,000 lay offs.

Holy cow, Wiki says they have 176,000 employees. Leaves about 2 workers per location?

31 posted on 09/18/2013 6:45:55 PM PDT by nascarnation (Democrats control the Presidency, Senate, and Media. It's an uphill climb....)
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To: BenLurkin
The Cleveland Clinic is one of the premier medical institutions in the world.

Indeed it is. The Left is nothing but destructive!

Jesus Christ: You can’t impeach Him and He ain’t going to resign.



32 posted on 09/18/2013 8:31:15 PM PDT by rdb3
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To: duckbutt

let’s face it.....we’re a third rate banana republic and our marvelous health care is just another victim of the creep..


33 posted on 09/18/2013 8:34:44 PM PDT by cherry
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To: uncitizen

medicare and medicaid cases have NOT been reimbursed for the actual cost for many years now....its just going to get worse....


34 posted on 09/18/2013 8:36:52 PM PDT by cherry
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To: BenLurkin

Obama touted the Cleveland Clinic as the model for what could be done -— with healthcare reform, never mind that the Cleveland Clinic, (a physician-owned entity), is not allowed under Obamacare.

What a clever way to keep the Cleveland Clinic silent while he tried to pitch it to congress and the public.

Today, they suffer for their silence.

Weak leadership at any level is intolerable.


35 posted on 09/18/2013 9:22:20 PM PDT by Bshaw (A nefarious deceit is upon us all!)
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I’ve been in several VA Hospitals over the past 9 years. There are lots of empty rooms. Some hallways feel deserted. I see this coming to lots of civilian hospitals.


36 posted on 09/18/2013 9:42:22 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: All

I’ve been in several VA Hospitals over the past 9 years. There are lots of empty rooms. Some hallways feel deserted. I see this coming to lots of civilian hospitals.


37 posted on 09/18/2013 9:42:38 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: originalbuckeye

I have a very close relative who is a nurse. She was constantly screaming that obamacare will provide more tests earlier and that’s what is needed. I don’t ever have any conversations with her so I don’t know what she will think about this. She’ll probably say “BUSH LIED ABOUT WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION!”


38 posted on 09/18/2013 9:49:46 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: nascarnation

That is an error. Please see Post #18.


39 posted on 09/19/2013 2:39:13 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: EBH

They’re trying to reach their goal through attrition? There is no attrition. These days, if you’ve got a job, you don’t quit it.


40 posted on 09/19/2013 2:42:13 AM PDT by old and tired
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To: VerySadAmerican
I have a very close relative who is a nurse. She was constantly screaming that obamacare will provide more tests earlier and that’s what is needed.

There is a breed of full of themselves nurses who've been screaming this for many years. I remember one time my wife, also a nurse, asking one of them, "How will diagnosing more cancer and more heart disease result in lower costs?" The smug response was early stage cancer and heart disease is much cheaper to treat than more advanced stages. I suppose that's true, but you know what's even cheaper than treating early stage heart disease? Death by heart attack from undiagnosed heart disease.

All these full of themselves, preachy, liberal nurses have to change their tunes now. Now they talk about unnecessary tests and cost effectiveness.

41 posted on 09/19/2013 2:54:29 AM PDT by old and tired
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To: EBH
“To prepare for healthcare reform, Cleveland Clinic is transforming the way care is delivered to patients. …..

Although we have made progress, we need to further reduce costs to the organization by $330 million in 2014. We are carefully evaluating all aspects of our system to accomplish this. 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.

but...
but...
...but Obama says...
At a town hall meeting in New Hampshire on Aug. 11, 2009, Obama said, "If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan."

In a speech to a joint session of Congress in September 2009, Obama said, "If you are among the hundreds of millions of Americans who already have health insurance through your job, or Medicare, or Medicaid, or the VA, nothing in this plan will require you or your employer to change the coverage or the doctor you have."

The claim Obama made after the Supreme Court decision on June 28, 2012, was a broader statement, and as a result, it’s less accurate. First, a March 2012 study by the Congressional Budget Office, the nonpartisan number-crunching arm of Congress, projected that 3 million to 5 million fewer non-elderly people would obtain coverage through their employer each year from 2019 through 2022 than would have been the case before the law was passed. Including those with individually purchased policies enlarges that decline by an additional 1 million to 3 million Americans.


42 posted on 09/19/2013 2:57:57 AM PDT by Stand Watch Listen
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To: VerySadAmerican
I am just one cog in the wheel. My lab had 30 technologists reading slides for early detection of various types of cancer (specimens to include urines, bronchial washes and brushes, cerebrospinal fluids, needle aspirations from various body sites and pap smears). Already we are down to 22 techs now. I cannot imagine the devastation in the rest of the myriad medical laboratory specialties.
43 posted on 09/19/2013 5:10:43 AM PDT by originalbuckeye (Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy)
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To: old and tired

I have a feeling lots of nurses are going to be screaming “What happened to my job?” and “Why am I working harder for less pay?”


44 posted on 09/19/2013 9:19:20 AM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: VerySadAmerican
I have a feeling lots of nurses are going to be screaming “What happened to my job?” and “Why am I working harder for less pay?”

Fore sure. The only workers out there more obnoxious and more self congratulatory than the teachers are the nurses.

45 posted on 09/19/2013 9:24:05 AM PDT by old and tired
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To: old and tired

There are lots of nurses who probably can’t read or write. Affirmative action types.


46 posted on 09/19/2013 9:54:56 AM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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