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Partners Tells Employees No Hazard Pay During Coronavirus Pandemic

https://boston.cbslocal.com/2020/04/04/coronavirus-partners-healthcare-no-hazard-pay/


BOSTON (CBS) – Partners HealthCare has told its employees they will not receive hazard pay during the coronavirus pandemic, WBZ-TV’s I-Team has discovered.

The I-Team obtained a copy of an email sent out to employees which said that “A core part of our mission is that we deliver the same high-quality care to all patients without regard to the type or severity of their condition. Similarly, we do not calibrate pay and benefits based upon the patients’ condition and for this reason we do not offer hazard or crisis pay.”

Partners went on to say that employees will receive pay and benefits if they are unable to work due to a “COVID-related” illness, and the organization will offer eight weeks of pay and benefits to employees who “are temporarily without their own work or a reassignment opportunity because their job has been affected by deferrals of elective or other non-urgent procedures.”

Partners said it will also provide hotel rooms for employees working directly with patients if they are too tired to commute or don’t have enough time between shifts to go home...


A more likely reason is Partners' acute case of 'edifice complex':

https://www.bizjournals.com/boston/news/2020/01/13/partners-healthcare-expects-to-spend-6-1b-in-next.html

Partners HealthCare expects to spend $6.1B in next five years on expansions

...Partners plans to spend $6.1 billion from fiscal 2020 through fiscal 2024 to stay at the top of the health care food chain, according to the presentation. Spending, in both committed projects and new initiatives, could ultimately be higher, with another $675 million available for the organization...

...In fiscal 2019 alone, revenue from innovation totaled $349 million — a 139% increase from fiscal 2018. Apart from general upticks, the health system saw a large bump in fiscal 2019 from the sale of an orthopedic device to Zimmer Biomet (NYSE: ZBH), an Indiana-based medical device company, for $47 million.

At the same time, the organization has saved millions of dollars since fiscal 2017. From fiscal 2017 through fiscal 2019, Partners had saved $424 million through a variety of expense management techniques, including supply chain efficiencies, workflow improvements, a buyout of Brigham employees and other operational efficiencies. The organization hopes to save another $76 million in fiscal 2020.

That strategy has allowed Partners to embark on the next five years on solid footing. The health system’s operating income has been trending upward for the past three years, culminating in $485 million in operating income reported in fiscal 2019....

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Sun Apr 5, 2020, 04:51 PM (1 replies)

Post-Soviet strongmen prescribe vodka, hockey and folk medicine against coronavirus

Repost from Editorials & Other Articles

https://www.democraticunderground.com/1016250902

For those who've looked at Trump's coronavirus response and wondered: "Could this *be* a bigger shitshow?"

Wonder no longer- because it is, in certain places...

https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/30/europe/soviet-strongmen-coronavirus-intl/index.html


..."It's better to die standing than to live on your knees," he said, rinkside in full hockey gear, in an interview with state television. "This is a fridge, this is healthy, there is nothing better than sport, especially ice which is the real anti-viral medicine."

Belarus has officially reported 94 cases of coronavirus -- and no deaths -- but Lukashenko's critics have cast doubt on those statistics, warning that authorities there could be downplaying the numbers as the country gears up for a presidential election later this year.

Lukashenko has made his own recommendations to combat the virus, suggesting that Belarusians should drink vodka to "poison the virus," or attend a banya...


And of course, our Alex is a Trump fan:

..."I liked his recent statements very much," Lukashenko said of Trump, during a visit to a plaster plant last week, according to an official transcript. "He said, 'If we do not immediately return to enterprises and start working, then much more Americans will die from unemployment than from coronavirus.' Now you understand why I didn't close the factories."...
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Mon Mar 30, 2020, 07:46 PM (3 replies)

Post-Soviet strongmen prescribe vodka, hockey and folk medicine against coronavirus

For those who've looked at Trump's coronavirus response and wondered: "Could this *be* a bigger shitshow?"

Wonder no longer- because it is, in certain places...

https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/30/europe/soviet-strongmen-coronavirus-intl/index.html


..."It's better to die standing than to live on your knees," he said, rinkside in full hockey gear, in an interview with state television. "This is a fridge, this is healthy, there is nothing better than sport, especially ice which is the real anti-viral medicine."

Belarus has officially reported 94 cases of coronavirus -- and no deaths -- but Lukashenko's critics have cast doubt on those statistics, warning that authorities there could be downplaying the numbers as the country gears up for a presidential election later this year.

Lukashenko has made his own recommendations to combat the virus, suggesting that Belarusians should drink vodka to "poison the virus," or attend a banya...


And of course, our Alex is a Trump fan:

..."I liked his recent statements very much," Lukashenko said of Trump, during a visit to a plaster plant last week, according to an official transcript. "He said, 'If we do not immediately return to enterprises and start working, then much more Americans will die from unemployment than from coronavirus.' Now you understand why I didn't close the factories."...
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Mon Mar 30, 2020, 07:29 PM (4 replies)

I figured out what Trump's junto is most like in history: China's Late Qing Dynasty

Incompetent, corrupt, out of touch, harmful to the populace, pushed around by outside forces, centered in an
architectural masterpiece- and in the very end, crumbling to ruins in plain sight of all.

(yeah, I'm a history nerd...)

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Wed Mar 25, 2020, 04:49 PM (3 replies)

Hey, Roy? Remember when Jesus said: "Thou shalt not put the Lord thy God to the test" ?

Clear as day, in the book of Matthew chapter 4, verse 7

You and the people that listen to you may be getting the 'test results' a lot sooner than you wanted, and they
probably won't be good.

For a guy that loudly and often purports to be doing His bidding, Roy Moore sure seems to 'forget' a lot of what He
actually said...
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Wed Mar 25, 2020, 04:40 PM (0 replies)

From here on, I'm going to call what we're all in now World War V (for virus)

Anyone with me?
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Fri Mar 20, 2020, 08:54 PM (3 replies)

Trump *needs* a posse around him at all times because he's insecure

Hence the virus-fest press conferences...
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Fri Mar 20, 2020, 12:34 PM (2 replies)

Trump is the Neville Chamberlain of our time

Played by smarter opponents, and then sat around with his thumb up his ass until the cataclysm
struck.
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Fri Mar 20, 2020, 11:43 AM (9 replies)

The Federal Government's COVID-19 Response Plan draft that Trump hasn't read

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/3/18/1928567/-The-Federal-Government-s-COVID-19-Response-Plan-draft-that-Trump-hasn-t-read


PDF link to the actual plan:

https://int.nyt.com/data/documenthelper/6819-covid-19-response-plan/d367f758bec47cad361f/optimized/full.pdf#page=1
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Thu Mar 19, 2020, 01:21 AM (3 replies)

Coronavirus dark humor thread- 'cause we need it...

Inspired by DUer Soph0571's instant classic:

https://www.democraticunderground.com/100213075141

Now this is some funny shit: Which Pathogen Wore It Better?




First off from me- Max Colchester retweeting some vintage English snark:

Max Colchester
@MaximColch

On days like today you have but to open an old copy of Private Eye.



https://twitter.com/MaximColch/status/1238024266303647744
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Thu Mar 12, 2020, 02:21 PM (0 replies)
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