Amid COVID-19 Crisis, A Major Mountain West Health Care Provider Could Cut Pay For Doctors, Nurses

Apr 2, 2020
Originally published on April 3, 2020 12:00 pm

As hospitals continue to fill up with COVID-19 patients, one major health care provider in the Mountain West announced it’s cutting pay for some of its medical staff.

Utah-based Intermountain Healthcare has clinics, physicians, hospitals and telehealth services across the region. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, the company sent a letter to staff last week, saying it’s cutting pay for physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants in the coming months.

“Our priority is to help you continue to work and have a stable income,” Intermountain Healthcare’s chief physician executive, Mark Briesacher, said in a video explaining the move. “We’re doing that through temporary measures for redeployment and compensation. This will help us meet the needs of our patients, as well as reduce uncertainty for you and your families.”

A spokesperson for the company said in a statement that no pay cuts have taken place yet. Additionally, if employees can be redeployed to a different role, they will continue to be paid at their current rate. And if they can’t, they’ll get four weeks of compensation.

Clarification: The pay cut announcement to Intermountain Healthcare staff is according to a report  from the Salt Lake Tribune.

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