Starting July 31, about 85 jobs will be phased out or eliminated at St.Vincent Health and Ascension network hospitals, with some positions affected in Carmel.
The move was announced on May 30 because of the hospital’s partnership with a revenue cycle management company called R1.
Tangela Floyd, director of public relations at St. Vincent, said they are changing they way they do billing and some jobs are being eliminated.
“Through our partnership with R1, we are evolving our revenue cycle work to help us meet the needs of individuals in the communities we serve and deliver a better patient experience,” Floyd stated in an e-mail. “Many associates who hold these positions at Ascension’s sites of care will remain in their local facilities, though some positions will be moved to a shared service site in another location. All affected associates will be provided an option to relocate that includes relocation assistance, as well as transition support for associates who decline these positions.”
A letter released on May 30 listed 85 jobs that will be affected, but Floyd could not confirm that number and she said it could be possible that number reflects jobs beyond just Carmel or even Indiana. The letter did state a department is permanently closing at St. Vincent’s 10300 N. Meridian Street location.
The letter stated the following job positions will be affected:
- 1 information management team leader
- 1 patient access system manager
- 2 patient access team leaders
- 9 insurance and pre-certification specialist
- 25 patient access representative
- 47 medical records transcriptionists
Some positions will not be eliminated up until possibly September, according to the letter. It wasn’t specified whether all of these job positions are currently filled.
All affected employees have been notified and St. Vincent Health intends to offer severance benefits to affects employees, according to the letter. There is no union at St. Vincent.