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Peninsula says staff reduction in works
« on: March 31, 2009, 02:27:53 PM »
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Peninsula says staff reduction in works: Mental-health provider says reimbursement cuts lessen demand

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Carly Harrington

Mar. 19--Mental-health provider Peninsula is in the process of reducing its staff to accommodate health care reimbursement cuts that have resulted in less demand for services.

"We are seeing an impact, and we may have to adjust accordingly," said Max Shell, senior vice president of marketing and community relations for Covenant Health, which owns and operates Peninsula.

The state budget cuts have reduced reimbursement rates to hospitals, particularly for behavioral health, which always has been a fraction of other kinds of health care, Shell said.

None of Covenant Health's other facilities is being impacted, he added. Covenant Health is the largest hospital operator in the Knoxville area.

"This just relates to behavioral for us," he said.

While one source puts the number of affected Peninsula employees as high as 50-60, Shell said the figure is still undetermined.

"We've notified some employees that we may have to flex down. Fortunately, we're a large system with a number of openings. To the extent that occurs, we'll be able to match people accordingly," Shell said.

Peninsula, which began in 1996, has 12 locations in five counties including a 155-bed in-patient hospital, a residential treatment facility and several outpatient centers.

Business writer Carly Harrington may be reached at 865-342-6317.

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Re: Peninsula says staff reduction in works
« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2009, 08:25:08 PM »
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We've notified some employees that we may have to flex down

I am not hip to this lingo. What does this mean? Is it like strapping it down?
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Re: Peninsula says staff reduction in works
« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2009, 09:00:30 PM »
Come on, you really think that an organization known for putting a smiley face on child torture wouldn't have a thesaurus's worth of euphemisms for firing people?
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Re: Peninsula says staff reduction in works
« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2009, 10:46:56 PM »
I thought "flex down" was a euphemism for "piss shiver".
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