Grays Harbor Community Hospital cuts 7 jobs

Aberdeen, Wash.-based Grays Harbor Community Hospital cut seven health information management jobs, according to KXRO.

The hospital attributed the cuts to costs outpacing Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement.

"To mitigate the losses that this hospital has experienced we are forced to make difficult decisions regarding staffing," the hospital said in a news release cited by KXRO. "The changes to come are challenging but essential in order to keep the hospital healthy and viable for our community who rely on us for their healthcare needs."

"For more than a year, every department of our organization has been going through a rigorous review of efficiencies in order to streamline our work flow, utilize supplies more effectively and improve processes for higher cost savings. Decisions made today are based on months of analysis and comparative data with like healthcare systems nationwide," Grays Harbor added.

Affected positions, which are being outsourced, include those related to "coding, transcription and tumor registry," according to the report.

Overall, KXRO reports the hospital expects to save $783,000 with the move.

In the meantime, the hospital has worked to increase reimbursement rates, including operating as a "sole community hospital," according to the report.



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