State Highlights: In Mass., Baystate Health Confronts $75M Budget Shortfall; Philly Firefighters Face New Requirement: Physicials

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The Boston Globe:
Baystate Health Plans 300 Layoffs To Fix $75M Budget Hole
Baystate Health, the dominant health care system in Western Massachusetts, plans to lay off about 300 people as it tries to close a $75 million budget shortfall spurred by shrinking federal payments, the nonprofit said Friday. In a memo to Baystate staff, chief executive Mark A. Keroack said the job cuts — about 2.5 percent of the company’s employees — could save Baystate about $20 million. … The health system, which has an annual budget of just over $2 billion, said it would still face a budget gap of about $15 million after those layoffs and another $40 million in unspecified spending cuts. (Woodward, 8/12)

The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Philly Firefighters Get Mandatory Physicals, For The First Time In Decades
The Philadelphia Fire Department has long conducted medical exams for new …
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