Texas health system faces $174M budget shortfall, lays off 200

The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston is laying off 200 workers as it faces a budget shortfall of $174 million, according to The Daily News

Interim President Ben Raimer, MD, said the budget shortfall is due to financial damage linked to the COVID-19 pandemic. The layoffs will affect approximately 1.5 percent of UTMB Health’s workforce. 

“Our world was a very different place when I took the job as your President ad interim last September,” Dr. Raimer wrote in an Aug. 10 letter to employees. “No one could have predicted then the devastating effects of this pandemic and the difficult decisions that would follow.” 

The layoffs will mainly affect support and administrative staff, and officials said they don’t anticipate cutting jobs in clinical operations, according to KPRC

More articles on healthcare finance:
CMS’ proposed outpatient payment rule for 2021: 5 things to know
How CHS, Tenet, HCA and UHS fared in Q2
Steward, medical billing company accused of illegal ‘revenue enhancement’ scheme

© Copyright ASC COMMUNICATIONS 2020. Interested in LINKING to or REPRINTING this content? View our policies by clicking here.