A reduction in the number of people enrolled in its health plan prompted Kaiser Permanente to eliminate 31 physician jobs in the Cleveland area in June.
Northeast Ohio's largest HMO laid off 14 doctors and eliminated 17 other physician jobs through attrition, according to Jenny Hovinen, a Kaiser spokeswoman.
The physicians were part of the Ohio Permanente Medical Group, a group of 250 doctors who provide medical services for the HMO. The cuts took place across all departments. No further cuts are planned, Hovinen said.
"(We're) making our doctor population mirror our patient or member population," Hovinen said. "When membership grows, we increase physicians. When it decreases, we adjust the physician numbers to match the patient population."
In March Kaiser announced it had laid off 56 workers, also citing decreased enrollment. Hovinen said no other staff cuts have taken place.
Kaiser's enrollment in northeast Ohio has dropped nearly 4% to 190,000 in December 1994.
The loss of an $8 million contract to offer health benefits to Cuyahoga County employees reduced enrollment by 5,500.
Crain News Service