9,000 Missouri Hospital jobs at risk

 New research from MHA underscores the need to expand Medicaid in the state. The analysis identifies the costs of cuts included in the Affordable Care Act and Budget Control Act of 2011 and defines the impact if the cuts were offset through reduced hospital employment or capital investment, or if the costs were shifted to businesses and the insured. The analysis revealed that through 2021, the cuts could result in a loss of more than 9,000 jobs, a reduction of $1.9 billion in capital investment or a cost shift of $1.1 billion to employers and the insured. Missouri’s hospitals provided more than $1.1 billion in uncompensated care statewide in 2011— an unsustainable record level. Although it is unknown how hospitals will absorb the cuts, the analysis shows that they will significantly impair hospitals’ ability to invest in the staff, services and facilities necessary to deliver the level of care Missourians expect. The statewide and 10 workforce investment area analyses, as well as talking points, are available on MHAnet. The analysis was produced with the support of the American Hospital Association.

About Craig Thompson

I am a young professional with two great sons, and I work in the healthcare setting. I am employed in hospital administration and serve as Chief Operating Officer at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare in Clinton, Missouri. These are challenging and exciting times in healthcare and my blog will focus on healthcare, raising boys or being raised by boys, and living in mid America.
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