Lufthansa First and Business Class transit passengers as well as customers with Hon Circle, Senator or frequent traveler status will enjoy a unique view at the end of March at Frankfurt Airport. With the opening of the new Tower Lounge in departures area A above gate 65, the customary amenities will be offered to lounge guests in addition to, but also an unusual ambience right beneath the new apron tower, with spacious panoramic windows allowing a spectacular view of the tarmac.On a floor area of 11,800 square feet, big enough for up to 288 guests, the Tower Lounge is equipped with an array of amenities for guests to enjoy the time at the airport prior to their flight. In a large comfort area, deep leather armchairs invite lounge visitors to sit back and relax while viewing the apron traffic through the huge glass façade. In the bistro area, drinks and a variety of savory snacks are awaiting lounge guests at the buffet: a soup of the day, for example, and a choice of warm or cold sandwiches. Guests who want to get in some work before departure can retreat to one of the individual workstations. Apart from WLAN access throughout the lounge, the workstations are equipped with complimentary Internet PCs, a fax and copy machine, credit card payphones and power points to re-charge mobile devices. Five modern and refreshing showers are also available.Lufthansa currently operates around 65 lounges with a total floor space of more than 300,000 square feet. Depending on their booking class and status, Lufthansa passengers have access to four different lounge types: First-Class, Senator and Business lounges and now the new Welcome Lounge in Frankfurt – all of them pleasant havens to spend time waiting for their flight, relax or work. Along with the more than 660 lounges operated by Lufthansa’s Star Alliance and cooperation partners, which can be used by Lufthansa guests, Lufthansa offers its premium customers one of the largest lounge networks in the world. In order to expand and enhance its lounge portfolio, the airline is investing around $190 million dollars through 2013 in constructing new lounges or refurbishing existing facilities.www.lufthansa.com
Cleveland Clinic Announces Plans To Trim Budget $330 Million As It Prepares For Health Law Funding Cuts This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. The clinic will offer a voluntary early retirement package to about 3,000 employees.Akron Beacon Journal: Cleveland Clinic Warns Of Possible Layoffs The Cleveland Clinic notified employees Wednesday that a plan to cut $330 million in expenses in 2014 will likely include layoffs. As part of its cost-cutting strategy, the Northeast Ohio health-care giant is offering a voluntary early retirement package to about 3,000 employees by late October, spokeswoman Eileen Sheil said. The Cleveland Clinic is Northeast Ohio’s largest employer, with about 44,000 employees. Hospitals throughout the nation are taking steps to reduce costs, citing lower payments from Medicare and Medicaid and expected changes from federal health-care reform, commonly called Obamacare (Powell, 9/18).Cleveland Plain Dealer: Cleveland Clinic To Cut $330 Million From Next Year’s Budget, May Cut Jobs Cleveland Clinic Chief Executive Toby Cosgrove told employees this morning that the health system may have to eliminate jobs to meet a target of cutting $330 million from its 2014 budget. The Clinic will first offer early voluntary retirement to about 3,000 employees, who will be notified in October. It’s not clear if any further cuts in staff could be avoided if all these employees choose to retire, however. About 60 percent of the hospital system’s costs are in labor, salaries and benefits, said spokeswoman Eileen Sheil, and “there’s only so much you can do with non-staff cost cutting. “Healthcare reform has really changed things, and the burden of cost is going to be falling on patients,” she said. “We want to make sure we can keep care affordable” (Zeltner, 9/18). Reuters: Cleveland Clinic Announces Job Cuts To Prepare For ObamacareThe world-renowned Cleveland Clinic said on Wednesday it would cut jobs and slash five to six percent of its $6 billion annual budget to prepare for President Barack Obama’s health reforms. …The clinic is Cleveland’s largest employer and the second largest in Ohio after Wal-Mart. It is the largest provider in Ohio of Medicaid health coverage for the poor, the program that will expand to cover uninsured Americans under Obamacare (Palmer, 9/18).In other health law implementation news -The Wall Street Journal: Should Young Adults Stay On Their Parents’ Health Plan?When Rob Wyse’s 22-year-old daughter received the offer letter for her first post-college job this summer, after the congratulations the family had a decision to make: Should they keep their daughter on the family health-insurance plan or tell her to get her own? (Wieczner, 9/18).Health Policy Solutions (a Colo. news service): Left Out – Health Reform Bypasses Some Immigrants, Resort WorkersUndocumented immigrants cannot apply for any federal subsidies through health exchanges across the U.S., so many will continue to go without health care until they have an emergency. Then they’ll get care in the most expensive setting — a hospital emergency department. The Colorado Center on Law and Policy estimated in an April report that about 180,000 undocumented immigrants live in Colorado (Kerwin McCrimmon, 9/18).