Why hospital payrolls are shrinking

Caroline Chen at Bloomberg has gathered some thoughts and perspective on the fact that U.S. hospitals have shed more than 9,000 jobs in the past two months. The two big trends of health care reform's implementation and outpatient care's growth are shaping that move, experts say, and will force hospital operators to make more "difficult business decisions" in the years ahead.

“It’s a much more complex answer than just cutting people,” he said. “It’s about carefully looking around your business model and asking how you can deliver higher quality care faster and cheaper. You’re not going to build that new hospital wing yet.”