JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Layoffs are ahead at St. Vincent's HealthCare. The hospital is pointing to declining revenue brought on by the Affordable Care Act and the defeat of Medicaid expansion in the Florida legislature.
The hospital made the announcement in a news release late Friday afternoon, stating "these are challenging times for hospitals."
St. Vincent's HealthCare says it has been hit with a 1-2 punch of health care changes, and it's going to cost some employees their jobs.
"Someone in billing and coding, someone who deals with the press would be in public relations, someone in the staff office who deals with scheduling." All are positions that could be cut according to Dr. Alan Harmon, president-elect of the Florida Medical Association who also practices at St. Vincent's.
St. Vincent's revealed Friday it would have to cut about 1 percent of its 5,000-person workforce, but promised that none of the layoffs would involve "direct patient care positions." The announcement also says many of the positions that will be eliminated are vacant. It promises to give employees that are laid off a chance to apply at St. Vincent's new Clay County facility due to open in October.
The hospital said steep cuts to Medicare reimbursement put in place by the Affordable Care Act, were draining its resources. The hospital also cited the inability of Florida's legislature to pass a Medicaid expansion to make up for the lost funds.
Harmon says hospitals across Florida stand to lose money because of the changes.
"We're talking about somewhere in the range of $60 billion for the state of Florida over 10 years.
In a statement issued tonight, the hospital said: "It is critical we respond to this declining reimbursement so we can provide not only the highest quality care, but also the most efficient care for generations to come.