Tough Talk Is Needed To Explain Financial Woes

The multi-million dollar funding deficits caused by severe cuts in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement are forcing hospitals nationwide to eliminate positions and lay off employees. This stark reality has to be addressed by hospital PR departments up front, before they make dramatic cuts, says the Michigan Health & Hospital Association. This is particularly important for nonprofits. The Association's statewide poll of registered voters found that 62 percent of those surveyed are worried that their local hospital will have to cut staff and services because of financial losses.