The parent company of St. Mary’s Health Center (SMHC) in Jefferson City, SSM Health Care, said it cannot confirm or deny a St. Louis Post Dispatch report that it will be downsizing jobs in its network of hospitals and clinics.
A spokesperson for a St. Louis subsidiary of SSM Health Care told the Post-Dispatch the company would make announcements to employees later this week, but did not state the number of jobs that might be cut or which areas the layoffs would affect.
The Affordable Care Act’s online insurance marketplace has its problems, but the service also has potential to help improve rural health. Jon M. Bailey, the director of rural research and analysis at the Center for Rural Affairs, went as far as putting it this way:
“The new health insurance marketplaces were practically created for rural people.”
The Agape Clinic in Belle is closing Tuesday and will leave hundreds of Missourians without healthcare.
Executive director Margie Lange said the clinic is closing because the legal physician she was working with sold his practice to a local hospital.
The hospital’s legal liability carrier decided to discontinue the legal collaborative practice agreement between Agape and the hospital. Lange said most of the patients Agape served are unsure what they will do for healthcare.
A group representing Missouri anesthesiologists is urging the state to drop plans to use propofol in an upcoming execution, saying the fallout could jeopardize the availability of the anesthetic for thousands of U.S. hospitals and clinics that rely on it.