ST. LOUIS—Success Healthcare, Boca Raton, Fla., said it will consolidate most of the inpatient services at its two St. Louis hospitals at one site to stem financial losses by cutting its workforce by a quarter. Success plans to apply with the state of Missouri for a single license covering both hospitals in order to put both sites under a single management team and board, according to Success. The hospitals expect to receive $24 million less from the state in reimbursements for the two state fiscal years that begin July 1, spokeswoman Janet Conners said. Uncompensated-care cost the hospitals $30 million in 2009, Conners said. Revenue figures for the two hospitals were not available at deadline. Forest Park Hospital will maintain its emergency department and enough inpatient beds to support it, its psychiatric inpatient beds and some ancillary services, but the rest of its inpatient services will shift to 169-bed St. Alexius Hospital, Success said. Forest Park is licensed for 450 beds, but has been staffing for only 88 beds because of declining patient volume, Conners said. The consolidation will trim 268 full-time-equivalent positions, leaving 757 FTE positions at the two sites, according to Success.
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ST. PAUL, Minn.—Less than 60% of Minnesotans had health insurance through an employer in 2009, which contributed to a notable increase in the number of residents without insurance in a state that typically has rates of coverage higher than national averages, a new study indicates. Authors of the Minnesota Health Access Survey said the results likely will serve as a preview of other state and national surveys because Minnesota is one of the first states to report academic findings on the rate of uninsured people for 2009. The survey, conducted jointly by the Minnesota Health Department and the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, found that the number of Minnesotans without insurance increased by 106,000 between 2007 and 2009, leaving the state's uninsured rate at 9.1% compared with 7.2% two years earlier. Only 57% of Minnesotans had insurance through an employer in 2009 compared with 63% in 2007. That shift would likely have driven the state's uninsured rate even higher, but it was offset by a corresponding increase in public insurance, the study's authors said. Nationally, the U.S. Census Bureau has reported that in 2008, 15.4% of Americans did not have health insurance, a fractional increase from the 15.3% in the prior year. National rates for 2009 are not yet available.
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