It took years for Intermountain Healthcare to become one of the best in the
country. And in one quick step, they just lowered their standards. And in a few
years they will be back to where they were 10 years ago, a place where you
don't want to go for care or treatment. Dr. Mark Harrison doesn't care
about IHC or the employees. He is only concerned about his bank account. There
is a rumor floating around that he will get a $9,000,000.00 bonus if he can make
or save IHC money, (this is only a rumor.)So, why not cut him from IHC and save
the money (rumor or not.) It takes many people in various positions to provide
care and support to those who need hospital care. Currently Dr. Harrison
doesn't care about the support positions. And, R1 the company who all
those employees were sold off to doesn't care about those employees. They
are demanding that almost all of those employees relocate to West Valley. These
are people from St. George to Logan. This move for Intermountain Healthcare was
a very bad move, second only to hiring Dr. Harrison.
Years of reckless spending have not quite caught up to our federal gov't.
But, it has caught up to IHC. They will have to reconsider their priorities and
tighten their spending belt. They should be able to do this and till provid
quality health care.
''outsourcing of 2,300 billing worker jobs'' Hmm. Is this
twice the number of physicians? Government insurance plans - Medicaid,
Obamacare, Medicare - drain resources. One physician said he dealt with 185
different insurance plans as an ophthamologist. There are about 1500 insurance
companies licensed by Utah, but only 2 medical schools. You don't hear law
firms outsourcing their billing by the thousands. How about opening fifty more
medical schools in Utah, with thousands of medical student seats, within a
generation these problems (billing, lean and mean) would disappear, physicians
would have fewer patients per physician, and maybe we could get rid of insurance
plans altogether. [Not going to happen.]
The other issue is that ObamaCare is fascism (private businesses &
activities controlled by the state). Remember, the acronym NAZI was an
abbreviation for the National Socialist Party in Germany. (Notice the word
Socialism there).A friend of mine said, "We don't have
socialism, because I don't have (free) healthcare (& she has no health
insurance, but, ironically cares for sick elderly patients, like myself).The US has the worst of both private & public healthcare (she makes
too little to pay health insurance premiums, but still can't get public
healthcare). It also has the highest health care cost of any nation in the
world.And what happened to individual liberty? Where in the
constitution does it allow the government to control our entire health-care
system , including who pays what, & mandates unaffordable payments of
many?Amendments 9 & 10, the last 2 articles in the Bill of
Rights, should include economic freedom, including leaving every citizen freedom
to handle their own health care, and not have it mandated to them by the
WOW!!! Challenging???? You obviously are not one that is being affected by all
of this!!! NONE of the people making these decisions are being affected and NONE
of these people really care about the employees that are being affected...COME
ON INTERMOUNTAIN isn't it time to get real and be honest???? Why would I
expect that from this leadership!! I am one that is being affected and very
happily saying not for long!! I will be finding a new DR outside of
Intermountain, and will not be doing any business with them unless I absolutely
have to!! Hurry up Morningstar get a hospital in St George.
Intermountain has announced that it will "incorporate corporate buzz phrase
here" (focus on value/reorient towards new priorities/engage in a formal
evaluative process/become more patient-centric). These changes are expect to go
into effect "insert ambiguous phrase here" (as soon as practicable/when
leadership has fully vetted the proposals with key stakeholders/relatively
soon). CEO Marc Harrison, when asked for comment, said, "insert dumb analogy
here" (the best hunting dogs are those with good sniffers/we can't sit
back and wait for the future to define us/we want to take the bull by the
horns/we want to respond in an interactive and dynamic way with the community
IHC has been a nationally recognized leader in providing health care. President
Obama praised them for cost efficiency and other health care organizations send
their employees here for training. They should be congratulated for seeking
innovative ways to streamline and lower the cost or medical care. Technological
unemployment has been a social issue for centuries and will continue. We cannot
complain about the high cost of medical care and also object to cost cutting
Winning! This is the future and it doesn’t look good. All of this
“billing” is for insurance companies that we don’t need in the
first place. They are the ones that continue to profit regardless of who loses
their job. Shameful.
Last summer, IHC charged IMO, exhorbitant amounts for a 3-day stay for a
non-life threatening procedure.My insurance covered the bulk of it.
But the unfairness of the American medical system still is extremely evident to
me. There is little standard pricing in what hospitals charge for the same
procedure, whether we're talking between hospitals or between patients of
the same Hospital.If hamburgers were sold this way, some would cost
$5, and some would cost $500.If IHC controls 60% of the medical
market in Utah, that's a monopoly! And so for both customers and employees,
they wield too much power.Perhaps the major driver in the rise of
healthcare costs is that the US has been having babies at a sub replacement rate
since 1970. Older people account for proportionately much, much more of
healthcare costs for then than do those who are younger. What was once a
population pyramid has become more of an inverted or upside down pyramid.Boomers averaged 170 babies born for every 200 of them. That's a
recipe for economic disaster. And there are no redo's (you can't go
back to last week, last year, or decades ago and have the babies now you might
have had then).
My experience with Intermountain Healthcare over the years has gone from
fantastic (25 years ago) to OK (last 10 years) to "I wish I had the option
to choose a different health plan at work." Bills with
errors—repeatedly, being charged for preventive services that should have
been free but, for any small loophole they can find, are not. The list goes on.
I realize it's not entirely their fault; government puts constraints on
them they didn't have 25 years ago, but there have to be better solutions
than the ones we're seeing from IHC.
It saddens me that IHC is out-sourcing jobs. The more a business is removed from
their customers, the more likely it will not know the needs and cares of
it's customers. Is IHC's leadership too removed from the customer?
Yes, the fear of losing one's job. I'm retired now, but I have been
there over and over again. This fear gets particularly acute when one reaches
40 years of age. There is no stability for hired labor in capitalism. This
means a lifetime of fear for most. IHC is but an example.
I apologize for the egregious type errors in previous postsI have
lived to see the day when I fully agree with Mr Dabakis. That is unexpected. I
applaud him for speaking out. I’m not aware of any other politicians who
have done so.This is no small issue. Intermountain employs (or did)
7% of the jobs in this state, and nearly 1% of the population. I heard that
above 60% of medical services rendered in this state are within the walls of
Intermountain Healthcare facilities. Perhaps it’s more.Also
they are granted exemption from taxes, which makes this everyone’s
business.Someone needs to hold the board of trustees accountable for
determining that we all bear the burden of their decisions as patients, as
family of those employed and as a community.
This is only the beginning.
Medicare and medicaid reimbursement cuts, Obama care and having to provide
service to anyone regardless of ability to pay have lead to Healthcare
provides, such as IHC to reduce cost.
Yes they did donate 15 million to the U according to the article on here on
February 16 2018.
I may be wrong but didn't they just donated a few million, a little bit
ago? I thought I read something about that on here a few weeks ago.
"Intermountain CEO Marc Harrison last week said there would be further job
losses in the organization constituting "an extremely small percentage of
our overall work force."Harrison was hired to eliminate jobs.
That's what he does. This is a horrible way to treat long term employees.
This, after rich guys like Harrison and his corporation just received huge tax
breaks.Everyone, including most doctors at IHC are concerned. What a way to
destroy a once decent local company.
“Government healthcare for everyone”- tabunoNo thanks.
The government does not do much right. Everything is more expensive when the
government takes over. But the libs keep pushing for it, and may get it. When
they do, I will laugh as they are put into the queue and everyone comes to the
realization that we are not Norway or Japan or Sweden.
With a CEO who makes $1.6 million per year and he outsources over 2,000
employees to a company that will not provide them pension benefits - how fair is
Freedom is not free. America offers equal opportunities not equal conditions. We
are all free and all had opportunities to choose our education and our careers
as well as who we want to work for. Businesses make adjustments all the time. In
this case, IHC has to make an adjustment in its business strategies and
practices to stay competitive. Competition brings out the best in everything
and everyone. It is best to make adjustments before a storm than trying to
patch holes during the destructive winds and hailstones of the storm.
There is one resolution which will stop this unhinged and disorganized
restructuringHarrison and Allen must go.Perhaps Mr
Anderson should admit his mistaken judgementc and the rest of the posed.There is only so many times a leader can repeat himself in an effort to
cover for his failures, and produce no tangible improvement.Trust
has been lost, and it is likely impossible to regain it.
@tabuno -Because government business is run so efficiently?See cost skyrocket even more if government is allowed more control.
I’ve heard many reports of people being made to reapply for their jobs.aby
people have lost or at loosing their jobs, while others have faced day to day
uncertainty for months.I’ve overheard people in restaurants,
grocery stores and on public transit talk about it. It can not be
simultaneously true and untrue. Someone has to be wrong.Being from
Cleveland Clinic, Mr Harrison seems to have had no idea about how deeply woven
into the community this organization he’s decimating is.This
is a pr nightmare and in a for-profit company this type of damage would not be
You all are a present day mess. I had 4, yes 4 seperate phone calls all for the
same thing , regarding pre registration for a radiology appt. Your right hand
never seemed to know what the left hand was doing. Computers froze, some random
mention of me living in Idaho...what? I’m in Logan. Couldn’t find my
insurance. Exasperated, caller just told me to come in early with insurance
card. Only to get another call the next day. Tests were ordered by and to be
sent to my Dr. At U of U in Slc. Each follow up visit the tests in the last 2
years my test results were never there. We’ve had to literally sit in exam
room and make the call to IHC again asking to send results immediately because
they failed to follow the request. I ask every desk person I see now ...”
you will send d these to my dr. , right.” It’s little, or maybe
it’s really not in the scheme of things but the inadequacies begins to add
They went on an irresponsible spending binge that caught up to them. They have
to be more responsible financially in how they run their corporation.
In America's cutthroat private sector health industry with so much
competition and the need to cut corners, it seems like health care in the United
States isn't so much about providing quality health care to patients but
how to survive in a market economy by cutting costs. Too bad America
doesn't allow the government to provide health care in the interest of the