Quality and Safety – Staffing

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The HPC announced last week that on Oct. 3 it will release its analysis of the healthcare costs associated with ballot Question 1.
The Massachusetts physician community thinks that Question 1 on the November 6 ballot is a very bad idea.
Congratulations to Lawrence General Hospital which treated a large influx of patients from the gas explosions that rocked the towns of Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover.
The Massachusetts College of Emergency Physicians and Emergency Nurses Association-Massachusetts released a report showing harm form passage fo Question 1.
A nurse ratio cost study that the MNA released last week has been described as academically and scientifically unsound.
The state’s Center for Health Information and Analysis released its latest annual report on the performance of the Massachusetts healthcare system – and the picture it paints is a positive one.
The Massachusetts law that mandated nurse staffing ratios in intensive care units did not result in any improvements to patient care in those units.
The MNA released a television ad last Wednesday and managed in its 30-second length to disseminate false information.
Approximately 30 hospitals a year across the U.S. are closing, according to a national study that is resonating in Massachusetts.
The Massachusetts Action Coalition recently was named one of nine state-based groups to receive a $25,000 innovation fund from the national Campaign for Action.
The Massachusetts Nurses Association continued to spread mistruths this week in its effort to promote the November ballot question.
Six mayors from across the Commonwealth are the latest to publicly urge voting NO on Question 1 on the state’s November ballot.
The Massachusetts Behavioral Health System: Implications of Mandated Nurse Staffing Ratios August 2018
The Boston Globe had a strong article last week by reporter Liz Kowalczyk highlighting the ongoing problem of ED “boarding.”
As more and more people learn about the ballot question to impose government-mandated RN-to-patient ratios on all Massachusetts hospitals, opposition to Question 1 on the November ballot grows.
The Massachusetts Medical Society has joined the Coalition to Protect Patient Safety in opposing the nurse staffing question on the ballot this November.
07.16.2018  | Vote NO On 1!
The Secretary of State’s office has certified three questions that will appear on the November ballot and assigned numbers to them.
Things moved at a slow pace during last week’s oppressive heat wave and mid-week Independence Day holiday. But MHA continued its focus on key priorities.
Interested to see how your hospital staffs each of its units? Want to see how the federal government rates your hospital’s quality of care?

Resources

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