Truman Medical Centers, Kansas City, Mo., said it will save $8.7 million annually through staffing reductions, employee benefit changes and new policies related to some uninsured patients, all of which are a result of changes to federal and local programs for indigent patients. Truman will delay filling positions that make up 35 full-time equivalents and eliminate 35 FTEs that are unfilled, saving $2.7 million in total. The two-hospital system also will require a 25% down payment on nonemergency services for patients who do not live in Kansas City or Jackson County, Mo. Such patients also will be required to sign a payment-plan agreement. This change will save the system $1.9 million in uncompensated care, Truman said. Health and pension benefit changes will save nearly $1.7 million. -- by Vince Galloro
Indigent-program changes to save Mo. system millions
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