Thursday, February 18, 2016
Gracedale Nonprofit Options Hurt County Workers
Premier provides two case studies of county-owned nursing homes that went nonprofit, but retained control of the Board. Premier just happens to be the Administrator at both homes. In both of these examples (Monroe and Clinton County), there are no higher reimbursements being paid because the countries are still in effective control. But the counties have been able to create a fiction that the workers are no longer really county workers and thus justify vast reductions in the benefits paid. One home is in the black and another is breaking even.
So a study that was authorized ostensibly to study reimbursement rates instead focuses on how to hose the County worker.
"I have absolutely nothing against learning something for free," Glenn Geissinger said when he voted for this study. But there is no way you can trust a "free" study prepared by the very nursing home administrator that manages the two case studies it discusses. It is a sales pitch, not an independent evaluation.
The hard realities are that (1) if the County retains control, it will still get a lower reimbursement rate; and (2) the improvement in finances in the two case studies described have been on the backs of county workers.
This is a union-busting move from a County that refuses as we speak to place its painters in the union despite every indication that they belong there.