Montana orthopedic practice cuts 25% of workforce — 5 things to know

Angie Stewart -   Print  |

Missoula (Mont.) Bone & Joint has laid off more than 50 of its 200-plus employees since March 23, CEO Sami Spencer told the Montana Free Press.

Five things to know:

1. The 25 percent workforce reduction was the result of a dramatic slowdown in business during the COVID-19 crisis.

2. Laid off employees include physician assistants, nurses, surgical technicians, athletic trainers, patient transporters and front desk staff. The rest of the orthopedic practice's providers are working reduced hours.

3. Physicians are no longer performing elective procedures at Missoula Bone & Joint's outpatient surgery center, which opened in December 2019.

4. Elective procedures make up about 90 percent of the practice's case volume. Volumes at the Missoula Bone & Joint urgent care clinic have dropped about 60 percent.

5. Across the U.S., the payroll for ambulatory care providers has dropped 41 percent since March 1, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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