Quality and Safety – Staffing

The Wall Street Journal last Thursday penned an editorial entitled: “Bad Bedside Manner in Massachusetts.”
Behavioral beds will close if Question 1 passes and there are not enough RNs available to fulfill the staffing mandates.
The union that represents many members of that non-RN workforce – (SEIU) – said last week it is staying out of the Question 1 debate and is not endorsing either side.
The state’s HPC devoted part of its two-day cost trend hearing last week to the Question 1 ballot issue, adding new insight into the staffing mandate’s costs, and more.
Governor Charlie Baker has announced that he will vote NO on Question 1.
Recent independent polling from WBUR has finally punctured the MNA’s claim that nearly all nurses support the ballot question.
Emergency Department (ED) wait times will go up and care will be compromised if Question 1 passes.
The list of important healthcare entities opposing Question 1 continues to grow as the November 6 Election Day nears.
The HPC’s $949 million upper cost estimate does not include the cost associated with emergency departments.
A majority of stakeholders identified to the HPC that proposed mandatory nurse staffing ratios are a top area of concern.
The group representing health insurers in Massachusetts said that if Question 1 passes consumers will likely pay more in premiums.
The HPC announced last week that on Oct. 3 it will release its analysis of the healthcare costs associated with ballot Question 1.
In Mass., optimism over a federal opioid bill is mixed with concern over an impending threat to the state's behavioral health system
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.

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