Forty-one employees with the Schumacher Group received bad news Wednesday. The company's Revenue Cycles Department, which handles medical billing collections, is folding. It came as a shock to those laid off, many who started just months ago.
What's usually lunchtime at the office was now a group meeting of Schumacher's laid off employees—shocked and disgruntled by the news. Roughly two percent of the company's employees were let go from the medical billing department, which has only been in operation since January 2012.
One employee, who wants to remain anonymous, says the job was over before it began.
"I'd say I was a good employee. I was hardly ever late. I never missed work. I really looked at this job as a career, thinking I would have advanced more in the company," said the former employee, who has been with the company one year.
The Schumacher Group said laying off employees was a tough decision, but because of changes to the healthcare system, Medicare and insurance, there was not enough business to sustain the department.
In a statement Wednesday, the medical recruiting company said "The change is necessary so we may remain more focused on our primary mission—treating the four million plus patients a year we serve with exceptional medical care."
Even with the sting of the job loss, employees are hopeful they will find something soon. But the Schumacher Group did try to lessen the blow for those laid off. They gave one month's salary and unemployment benefits to the laid off employees and also put together a mini-job fair with several other employers. But, despite the company's help, many felt kicked out the door.
"That's where our personal belongings were. They cleaned out our desk drawers and desks and placed it at the job fair when we went to go meet with the other employers," said the former employee.