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(West Plains) – Ozarks Medical Center has announced that, due to federal regulations, an increase in charity care payments, and a drop in reimbursement, approximately 32 jobs will be cut from the hospital system, with another 12 open spots not being filled.

OMC president and CEO David Zechman spoke with Ozark Radio News and told us what lead to the cuts:

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Zechman continued, saying that Congress and Missouri legislature has put them in an undesirable position:

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Because of this, Zechman says that the hospital has cut around 32 jobs, on top of other cost-cutting measures:

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Other cost-cutting measures include a 5% pay reduction for management and a decrease in some hours in particular positions.

Despite the changes, Zechman says that the hospital will continue to provide quality care to the region:

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Zechman says that at this time, there are no plans to reduce services, however he says that could change after the federal health care law is enacted in October.

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