Maine system to cut about 24 jobs in Bangor due to billing move: 4 things to know

St. Joseph Healthcare in Bangor, Maine, part of Tewksbury, Mass.-based Covenant Health, will cut about 24 jobs in the Bangor area, according to a Bangor Daily News report.

Here are four things to know.

1. The cuts are reportedly part of a billing change affecting various Bangor-area locations, such as St. Joseph Hospital, as well as various area specialty practices and primary care clinics.

2. This billing change, which will involve moving billing operations to Lewiston, Maine, comes as part of St. Joseph Healthcare's EMR implementation, according to the report.

3. In a statement to the Bangor Daily News, Covenant Health spokesperson Karen Sullivan said, "To fully implement the [EMR] system, we had to look at the way we did business at each facility. It has applied to every single aspect of our day-to-day operations."

4. Ms. Sullivan also noted that 12 new positions were added in Lewiston as a result of the billing change, and billing staff in Bangor have had the opportunity to relocate without applying for those positions. Affected employees in the Bangor area also had the option of applying for other St. Joseph Healthcare positions.


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