On Thursday, OhioHealth issued a statement and communicated with employees about a planned large set of job reductions in its information technology and revenue cycle management areas over the coming weeks.
This decision, the company shared, was the result of a move to use third party servicers.
There were no specifics given as to what employees or offices would be involved, other than as specified above. Despite the number of positions affected, a review of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services website shows no current public WARN notice of these layoffs.
This is the health care system’s largest employment cutback ever, according to Becker’s Hospital CFO Report. The article states that the two service providing companies are Accenture and AGS Health.
The statement read:
“To continue to be a leading healthcare system committed to providing the best possible patient experience, we have made the decision to engage external partners to provide some services that we currently provide in house. This strategy will enable us to secure the skills, technology, expertise and innovation required to deliver a best-in-class, patient-centric, personalized healthcare experience without taking away from investments we are already making at the bedside.
This change will lead to the elimination of 637 jobs in Information Technology and Revenue Cycle Management over the next 3-5 months.
We are committed to providing a high-level of support to all associates affected by this change. This includes outplacement support, a job fair specifically for those displaced, temporary salary and benefits continuation after their OhioHealth employment ends and upskill training for those in Information Technology. We have also been intentional in providing every person with as much notice as possible that their role will be eliminated. Our goal is to support every person as they transition to their next opportunity.”