ABINGTON, PA—Abington Health, the parentcompany of Abington Memorial Hospital here andLansdale Hospital, isreportedly laying off 95 workers and reducing hours for otherworkers.

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The Montgomery County-based health system is dealing withdeclining inpatient volume and lower reimbursement rates frominsurers, according to the Philadelphia Business Journal.

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The job cuts involve 80 full-time and 15 part-time positions tobe implemented before July 1. Abington Health employs approximately6,000 workers.

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Laurence M. Merlis, president and CEO ofAbington Health, in a prepared statement on the job cuts, said,“Like many other regional health systems, Abington Health isnavigating changes in the health-care environment. These changesare numerous, the most significant being the shift in volume frominpatient care to outpatient care and declining reimbursements. Inresponse, we have been undertaking a variety of initiatives toincrease revenue and reduce expenses. In addition, we areimplementing a number of changes related to staffing."

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He added, “In preparation for fiscal year 2015 and in responseto shifting volume, we are trimming overall work hours in somedepartments; in others we are reducing staff hours from 80 to 75 or72 per pay period. While we have looked at every way to reducehours, layoffs are unfortunately unavoidable.” See story in thePhiladelphia Business Journal.

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John Jordan

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