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Closure of American HomePatient billing center in Hamburg to cost 42 jobs

American HomePatient, a Tennessee-based provider of home health services, plans to lay off 42 workers when it closes its regional billing center in Hamburg by April 27, according to a notice the company filed Wednesday with the state New York State Labor Department.

The company, based in Franklin, Tenn., outside, Nashville, said that it is closing four of its nine regional billing centers across the country, including the one at 3556 Lake Shore Road, as part of a cost-saving move. American HomePatient and the rest of the home care industry have been hit hard by cuts in spending by Medicare on durable medical equipment and have, in turn, been forced to seek efficiencies in their operations.

American HomePatient moved into the Buffalo market in 1995 when it acquired ConPharma Home Healthcare and, two years later, purchased Parkview Homecare Pharmacy. The company offers intravenous, pharmacy, oxygen and nursing services and at one time employed 100 at several health care centers in the area, as well as at its regional billing center.

American HomePatient, which has 230 branch service locations nationwide, will have 12 remaining employees in the area, at a service location on Lawrence Bell Drive in Amherst, following the closure of the Hamburg billing center, said Meaghen C. Greene, a company spokeswoman. The billing center workers will be offered the chance to relocate to another billing center, she said.

None of the five remaining centers is in New York State. The closest is outside State College, Pa.

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