NY hospitals fighting coronavirus hemorrhage hundreds of millions of dollars, criticize HHS disbursements
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Some New York hospital systems are reportedly losing up to $450 million a month as they treat coronavirus-stricken patients, while groups representing the hospitals say federal funding isn't properly prioritizing hot zones like New York City.
Hospital operators in many states have cut pay and even furloughed workers. For example, Boston Medical Center has furloughed 10% of its workforce, which adds up to approximately 700 workers. Such tough decisions come as hospitals and other facilities cancel elective procedures and lose that income because of coronavirus.
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New York's academic hospital systems are hemorrhaging between $350 million and $450 million a month, Kenneth E. Raske, president of the Greater New York Hospital Association, told The Wall Street Journal. Smaller hospitals "have their backs against the wall" and may have trouble paying workers in one to two weeks, Raske said.
The Greater New York Hospital Association and another group representing New York health care facilities, the Healthcare Association of New York (HANYS), take issue with how the Department of Health and Human Services disbursing relief funds to hospitals.