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Washington hospitals, community health
centers face a new crisis: red ink

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Posted By: Ron_lfp, 5/7/2020 10:41:19 AM

Jennifer Kreidler-Moss has no shortage of concerns to occupy her. When schools hosting Peninsula Community Health Services sites shut down, her organization lost touch points to schoolchildren, including some struggling with mental health or at risk of suicide. “I’m beside myself with worry,” said Kreidler-Moss, the nonprofit’s CEO. And since COVID-19 began, 17% of the staff has been laid off or furloughed and March revenues fell $884,000 short of expectations. (snip) But now, as rates of new COVID-19 cases and deaths trend lower, some experts and health administrators say the measures that helped avoid the pandemic’s deluge are barreling health systems toward a second crisis: a flood of red ink.

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Gov. Jay Inslee is driving hospitals - especially the rural ones - to bankruptcy and closing.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: NorthernDog 5/7/2020 10:54:05 AM (No. 403749)
The media delighted in spreading stories about hospitals looking like war zones, with COVID-19 patients stacked up in hallways. In the meantime many health care facilities were actually shuttered due to lack of patients. It's no surprise they are running out of money.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: justavoter 5/7/2020 10:59:24 AM (No. 403752)
Unfortunately, government is filled with people that are not skilled enough (oh, they have plenty of education) or have the desire for private sector work. And these are the people that we expect us to bring us out of a crisis situation? I think not. There solution is always, more money, more control and if that does not work then give more money and more control. It is ridicules to think that you are going to shut the engine down that feeds your tax base and then complain when you run out of money.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: planetgeo 5/7/2020 11:42:34 AM (No. 403801)
Truly an epic DUHHHH moment. Who was the genius expert who decided on the universally stupid strategy of using ALL hospital facilities exclusively for CommieFlu patients? Alternatives existed then and even more alternatives exist now, such as: dedicated wings of each hospital; temporary trailer/tent facilities; designate an x number of regional hospitals as flu treatment centers but leave the majority of other regional hospitals free to serve normail scheduled and elective patients. I mean, seriously, how stupid and obvious is the result of this strategy. And now ALL of them are begging for yet another trillion dollar bailout.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: stablemoney 5/7/2020 12:38:56 PM (No. 403893)
I am tired of the red ink stories. If you don't red ink, then don't close down and quit working. Don't expect me to pay for your closures out of my no revenue that I have received from closures.
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