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June 03, 2014

Mayo Clinic to cut 188 Wisconsin jobs

Mayo Clinic's cuts of medical transcriptionist jobs has spread into Wisconsin with 188 positions going away as part of an outsourcing contract to reduce costs.

Medical transcriptionists convert dictation from health care providers into written reports. They also review and edit medical documents created by speech recognition technology.

Mayo-1024x731Mayo Clinic Health System notified Wisconsin staff last week that it's contracting with Amphion Medical Solutions to handle all transcription services. The positions will be transitioned over the next few months and Mayo expects to completely shift the work to Madison, Wis.-based Amphion by Nov. 1.

The change will affect 51 transcriptionists from southwest Wisconsin where La Crosse serves as the hub and 137 from northwest and southwest Wisconsin where Eau Claire is the hub

Amphion has told Mayo Clinic that is would be willing to hire all of its outgoing transcriptionist, though it's unclear if that would require relocating to Madison-Wis. or how comparable the wages would be to what Mayo Clinic pays. The 13-year-old company is declining to discuss the issue citing Mayo Clinic Health System's request to field all questions.

Mayo Clinic also says the displaced workers can apply for other positions within the health system that might might fit their skills.

This shift will add up to 40 percent savings in transcription costs, according to Mayo Clinic.

An average medical transcriptionist salary in 2012 was $16.36 per hour or $34,020 per year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

This shift in Wisconsin follows last year's cuts of 82 medical transcriptionist jobs throughout seven southeastern Minnesota communities where Mayo Clinic Health Systems operate. Those cuts included 26 in Albert Lea, 18 in Austin, 17 in Owatonna, 4 in Faribault, 4 in Cannon Falls, 8 in Lake City and 5 in Red Wing.

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