2,300 Intermountain Healthcare employees to switch employers

SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah)- In an effort to improve efficiency for patients and to help slow the rise of medical costs, Intermountain Healthcare says they are sending 2,300 of its non-clinical employees to a different employer.

Intermountain says the employees affected by the change will keep their jobs at their rate of pay, but will be employed by the company R1 RCM.

Employees in positions such as registration clerks, billing specialists, and scheduling staff will make the move.

"R1 is a national company that specializes in these types of services and works with several of the country's largest not-for-profit health organizations, including nearly 300 hospitals," a press release said.

Intermountain has reportedly been partnering with R1 since 2011 and the company says R1 employees have been working at Intermountain hospitals for years. 

The company anticipates that the shift will help slow the rise of medical costs. They estimate savings at about $70 million over the next three years.

"Everyone recognizes the cost of healthcare in the U.S. is too high," said Robert Allen, Intermountain chief operating officer. "We owe it to the patients and communities we serve to explore and implement options such as this to help address this issue of affordability."

Allen says the move will bring hundreds of new jobs to Utah as R1 bases some of their national operations in the state.

"When Intermountain was founded in 1975 through a gift to the community from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, church leaders made but one request of the fledgling health system: that we should always strive to be a model not-for-profit health system, doing our very best for those we serve," he said. "It's a challenge we try to honor every day, and it has inspired Intermountain caregivers to continually search for ways to innovate and improve."

The changes will begin in April of this year. Intermountain says in most cases employees will continue to work at their current worksite. 

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