Twenty-eight full and part-time workers at Hospice of Siouxland are out of a job. Hospice officials say the cuts come after changes in the way the federal government pays for a key component of healthcare.
Hospice director, Linda Todd, says the cuts were "a last resort". Todd says she's "extremely disappointed" by the change made by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Todd says the goal of CMS appears to be "to reduce the utilization of hospice in providing quality and critical end-of-life care."
The cuts are effective tomorrow. Laid-off workers will get a severance packages, and help finding another job.