You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.

X

Welcome to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

breaking news

Former President George H.W. Bush hospitalized in Houston, official says

Major health network restructuring


Catholic Health Partners, Ohio’s sixth largest employer, said it is restructuring as the health industry transforms from a fee-for-service system to one that pays providers based on quality of care delivered.

The Cincinnati-based nonprofit health care group operating hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies and physician practices employs about 33,000 people in Ohio and Kentucky.

Catholic Health Partners is the parent organization of Mercy Health in Fairfield and Community Mercy Health in Springfield and Urbana.

Key provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act go in effect next year, including the mandate requiring most individuals to buy health insurance or pay a fine. Other requirements such as reducing hospital readmission rates are already in place.

Catholic Health is preparing by “consolidating system functions and repositioning our workforce,” said spokesman Mike Boehmer. Some jobs will be eliminated, but Catholic Health will also be hiring in other areas, but it is too early to tell the number of jobs to be affected, Boehmer said.

For example, a growing new job within the health group is a care coordinator who works with patients who have chronic diseases. They follow up with patients after procedures to make sure patients take medications and meet appointments, in an effort to reduce preventable inpatient readmissions.

Also Catholic Health is consolidating some back-office operations to a location in Blue Ash, in Hamilton County. Functions have been moved to Blue Ash in billing, claims and technical support, among other things.

A Corporate Physician Business Center opened in Blue Ash on McAuley Place in early 2012. It serves all of Catholic Health.

The center shares a building with the headquarters of Mercy Health, one of seven Catholic Health markets in Ohio and Kentucky. Mercy Health includes hospitals, physician offices and other outpatient facilities in southwest Ohio.

The organizational changes “will prepare us to deliver health care in the totally different manner that the future will require,” Boehmer said. “Where possible, we are attempting to find jobs elsewhere in CHP for those whose positions are being eliminated. We assist those who have lost jobs by offering severance pay and outplacement services.”


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Business

Gmail phishing scam may lead users to give up login info
Gmail phishing scam may lead users to give up login info

A new phishing scam is allowing hackers to gain access to unsuspecting Gmail users' accounts and target their login credentials, according to recent reports. Mark Maunder, CEO of security service Wordfence, described the scam in detail in a blog post, adding that it is also targeting other services beyond Gmail. Tech Times reported that the scam involves...
Millennials spend more on coffee, save less for retirement
Millennials spend more on coffee, save less for retirement

A large number of Millennials spent more on coffee in the past year than they invested in their retirement savings, according to a new study. » RELATED: What makes Millennials tick in the workplace? It may surprise you About 41 percent of the Millennials — ages 18 to 35 — admitted to spending more on coffee than they saved for retirement...
Some worry over impact from health care law repeal
Some worry over impact from health care law repeal

The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday joined the U.S. Senate in passing a budget reconciliation measure that would allow Congress to de-fund key elements of the Affordable Care Act, including tax credit subsidies and federal funding for Medicaid expansion in states like Ohio. While some are rejoicing over the move, replacing President Obama&rsquo...
Will Obamacare repeal leave people in the lurch?
Will Obamacare repeal leave people in the lurch?

As Congress moves forward on a resolution to repeal the Affordable Care Act, experts have warned such a measure could crash the law’s commercial insurance program, jeopardizing coverage for 11.5 million Americans, including more than 230,000 Ohioans. But local industry leaders remain hopeful that congressional Republicans — who are leading...
Holiday retail sales up, but some stores suffering
Holiday retail sales up, but some stores suffering

Retail sales hit about $658 billion for the holiday season, but several chain retailers still announced the closures of hundreds of unprofitable brick-and-mortar stores in January — including several stores locally. “These numbers show that the nation’s slow-but-steady economic recovery is picking up speed and that consumers feel...
More Stories