A piece by Denis Paiste in the New Hampshire Union-Leader illustrates the continued fallout of state budget cuts on the health care sector:
“Dartmouth-Hitchcock is seeking early retirements from about 725 employees, or 8.3 percent of its staff, at its main employees campus, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, in Lebanon, and at community sites in Concord, Manchester, Nashua and Keene.
The state’s largest health care institution, with 8,700 employees, Dartmouth-Hitchcock said the realignment, which targets non-clinical staff, was in response to recent cuts by the state of New Hampshire in health care reimbursements.”
Recently, Dartmouth-Hitchcock joined nine other New Hampshire hospitals in a lawsuit against the state. The providers claim the state is violating the law by enacting $250 million in cuts to Medicaid payments. The lawsuit also accuses the state of levying an illegal 5.5 percent tax on large hospitals. NHPR Health Reporter Elaine Grant recently delved into the implications of the lawsuit, and how it ties into the hospital funding landscape nationwide. You can check out report here.