Quality and Safety – Staffing

A new paper released last week has raised the alarm on the pervasive problem of physician burnout.
The PatientCareLink website now contains the budgeted staffing plans for nearly every unit of each hospital in Massachusetts for FY 2019.
Recently, a national webinar hosted by the AHA’s Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET) featured MHA and Harrington Healthcare System’s Elise Wilson, R.N., who was violently attacked while caring for a patient.
By a 70-30 vote, Massachusetts communities in last week’s election rejected ballot Question 1.
Care is fluid and ever-changing and should not be determined by a rigid number arrived at through popular vote. Vote NO on 1.
Southcoast Health brought together nursing, business, health, and political leaders to show the community’s widespread opposition to Question 1.
Former Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CEO Paul Levy describes the often overlooked issue of how entire teams actually deliver care in a hospital unit.
The Pioneer Institute’s senior fellow on health care policy says Question 1 will adversely affect community hospitals outside of the Boston area.
A powerful argument against Question 1 was offered last week in CommonWealth magazine in a jointly signed opinion piece from Paul Hattis and John McDonough.
Health Care For All and Health Law Advocates on October 24 released a statement regarding Question 1.
Last week, The Boston Globe weighed in on Question 1 to urge a NO vote.
Governor Charlie Baker has announced that he will vote NO on Question 1.
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.
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.
Recent independent polling from WBUR has finally punctured the MNA’s claim that nearly all nurses support the ballot question.
Behavioral beds will close if Question 1 passes and there are not enough RNs available to fulfill the staffing mandates.
The Wall Street Journal last Thursday penned an editorial entitled: “Bad Bedside Manner in Massachusetts.”
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.

Resources

Click on the links below for easy access to important information related to state healthcare issues and advocacy.
Visit the Commonwealth of Massachusetts websites below to find information on legislative hearings and other meetings of interest to the healthcare community.
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