Growth In Healthcare Employment... In Administration

  1. After New Hampshire's legislature severely cut Medicaid funding last summer, hospitals throughout the state began shedding jobs. Exeter Health Resources, which runs a 100-bed hospital near the coast, lopped off 110, almost 5% of its workforce, many of them nurses and other caregivers.

    Yet Exeter is still hiring-mainly administrative workers. "We're trying to balance the need to cut costs with the need to grow," says Mark Whitney, Exeter's vice president for strategy. "It's an interesting balance."
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  3. by   Esme12
    I don't even know what to say.....I'm sitting here just shaking my head and thinking "What the heck are they thinking?????" "What is going on....." I need to go think....
  4. by   realnursealso/LPN
    Yes you can really grow with a bunch of butt sitters and no workers. What a bunch of nonsense.
  5. by   gettingbsn2msn
    Corporate America makes no sense.
  6. by   DoGoodThenGo
    Don't think we can lay the blame squarely on corporate America for this one.

    The United States has some of the most regulated industries in the western world with many rules conflicting with each other. Compliance has always been a costly thing as someone has to sit down and sort through the rules, regs and court decisions. Thanks to Obamacare and recent laws/changes madated by the federal government it's now coming to healthcare.

    Medicare/Medicaid has always been expensive for facilities and physicans to deal with, now it is becoming more so and the bar has been raised.
  7. by   TopazLover
    I get frustrated when I read the word Obamacare. The recent changes in insurance coverage means that millions more are insured. That is not a bad thing.

    Unfortunately all insurance programs whether government like Medicare or Medicaid or private insurance companies demand lots of documentation. They impose any restrictions. It takes more and more non-front line workers to deal with this. Nurses, unfortnuately have been part of the problem. They make do, cut corners, rely on machines rather than their own assessments. They are their own worst enemies. We spend entirely too much effort fighting amongst ourselves and decrying "Eat their Young" vs " These newbies have no common sense" rather than becoming vocal with our elected Congress and Senate. Staffers will listen if given facts and figures to feed their bosses. We lack this and many refuse to consider unions that do have people who not only have the facts and figures but also know how to get access to these people.

    Yes, there are too many administrators. Who do you tell this fact? *itching to each other will not stop it. If you get the power out of the hands of private insurance companies it would be a good start.
  8. by   Rodoon
    No that's not Christmas music, those are call lights!

    There aren't enough scripts to cover this fiasco. I pity the bedside nurses they must feel like prey when the pencil pushers show up.