Mayo Clinic recently announced a 6% wage increase for 64,500 workers, marking the health system's largest across-the-board pay increase in 20 years, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Maryland, Minnesota, and New York.
- Maryland: CMS has requested comments on the formation of a National Directory of Healthcare Providers and Services to help patients find providers, compare health plan networks, and lower the burden directory maintenance places on providers and payers. The agency is accepting feedback on the overall concept and potential benefits, which provider types and data elements should be included, a technical framework for the directory, priorities in a possible phased launch, and prerequisites and actions the agency should consider when addressing potential challenges and risks. CMS will accept comments through Dec. 6. (AHA News, 10/5)
- Minnesota: Mayo Clinic on Wednesday announced a 6% wage increase for 64,500 allied health workers, including nurses, technicians, security, and maintenance workers, marking the health system's largest across-the-board pay increase in 20 years. For long-time staff members who are near the top of their pay range, lump-sum payments will be distributed to increase their 2023 compensation by 6%. Workers with wages under $21 per hour will receive additional raises, resulting in a pay increase of 8% to 9%. In addition, new and current workers transitioning into new roles will receive a 3% increase. JoEllen Frain, Mayo Clinic's chair of human resources, said workers with union contracts will not be eligible for the wage increase. According to Frain, the health system hopes to help address the impacts of Covid-19, worker shortages, and inflation through the pay increases. "I've been at Mayo for 23 years and this really is probably one of the most challenging times that I've seen in my career here," Frain said. "I think it's really that Mayo Clinic firmly believes that our staff are our most valuable resource." (Kayser, Becker's Hospital Review, 10/5)
- New York: NewYork-Presbyterian named Brian Donley as EVP and CEO, effective Jan. 9, 2023. Donley, who is stepping down as CEO of Cleveland Clinic London, will be succeeded by Tommaso Falcone, who will serve as the health system's interim CEO, effective Oct. 17. "We are thankful to Dr. Brian Donley for 27 years of service to Cleveland Clinic and wish him the best in this new endeavor. ... Throughout his service with Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Donley committed to living Cleveland Clinic values in every interaction with patients and caregivers," the Clinic said in a statement. Donley will succeed Laura Forese, who is retiring. In his new role, Donley will lead NewYork-Presbyterian's strategy and operations and "will be responsible for achieving the healthcare system's operating targets and implementing its patient-centered strategic vision and culture across the enterprise," NewYork-Presbyterian said in a news release. (Crain's Cleveland Business/Modern Healthcare, 10/5)