PROVIDENCE – Partners Healthcare of Massachusetts has told 100 employees, mostly computer coders, that they are being let go and that their jobs are being outsourced to India, the Boston Globe reported Tuesday.
The cutbacks were reportedly addressed several months ago and should take place over the course of a year.
The Globe reported that Partners, which is the largest private employer in Massachusetts, has an acute need to cut costs, as it charges among the highest rates in Massachusetts for medical services and runs a costly research and teaching operation. Currently, the organization is in a three-year plan to cut $500 million to $800 million in costs.
The coders were not required to train the new employees but were required to sign confidentiality agreements to receive severance pay – a practice the company called standard practice.
Partners Healthcare is currently in a definitive agreement to acquire and merge with Care New England.