Quality and Safety – Staffing

About 59% of U.S. hospitals participate in a patient safety organization (PSO) program, according to an analysis from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed H.R. 728, The Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act.
Legislation pending in the State House would quickly increase the supply of well-qualified nurses who would first have to undergo rigorous background checks, and then make the nurses available to fill vacancies in underserved areas.
The American Nurses Credentialing Center has designated Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital as a “Magnet” facility.
In 2005, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute became the first cancer center in New England to receive Magnet status. Last week it received Magnet status for the fourth consecutive time.
Last week New England Baptist Hospital learned that it had fulfilled the tough requirements to earn "Magnet" designation from The American Nurses Credentialing Center.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Massachusetts has the third highest annual mean wage of RNs in U.S. states -- $92,140, trailing only California and Hawaii.
The State Senate begins debate tomorrow on the Senate Ways & Means proposed state budget for FY2020 and the 1,100-plus amendments to it that have been filed.
The MNA tried to insert into the House budget an amendment that would re-open the door on the scientifically unsound ratio scheme and ultimately impose ratios on hospitals.
The Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure is holding a hearing today on SB.103 filed by Senator Joe Boncore (D-Winthrop) that would authorize Massachusetts to join 31 other states that have adopted the national Nurse Licen
The Health Policy Commission in coming months is scheduled to decide on whether the state’s healthcare cost growth benchmark – currently set at 3.1% – should remain at that level.
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.
Last week, The Boston Globe weighed in on Question 1 to urge a NO vote.
The Pioneer Institute’s senior fellow on health care policy says Question 1 will adversely affect community hospitals outside of the Boston area.
Southcoast Health brought together nursing, business, health, and political leaders to show the community’s widespread opposition to Question 1.
Health Care For All and Health Law Advocates on October 24 released a statement regarding Question 1.

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