Two years ago, Lafayette-based Schumacher Group announced it would spend $19 million to expand its emergency medical services management business and create 600 jobs by 2017. On Monday, the company announced its third layoff of the year; 42 people nationwide, 32 of them in Louisiana.
Schumacher said it gave the laid-off workers a separation package that included 30 days of pay, benefits through November, and other assistance to help them find new jobs.
Schumacher’s core business, emergency medicine, is experiencing the same constraints and struggles as the hospitals it serves, President Gary Keller said.
“The Affordable Care Act brings with it the biggest changes in our industry’s history,” Keller said. “Additionally, reductions in hospital reimbursements by Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance companies all affect our clients, and thus our company.”
The uncertain environment has resulted in sluggish employment growth nationally for the health care industry. Hospitals nationwide have averaged a little less than 1,000 new jobs a month, with only 300 in September, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.