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Hospitals’ Nurses Plan Picket

Hospitals’ Nurses Plan Picket

Nurses at Cape Cod and Falmouth hospitals have scheduled an informational picket Thursday to protest mandatory overtime and other labor issues currently on the bargaining table during contract negotiations. —Cynthia McCormick, Cape Cod Times, 12/10/14 More »

Nurses Fire Back In the Algorithm Wars

Nurses Fire Back In the Algorithm Wars

For a while now, algorithms have been making their way into medical care: nurses and doctors enter vital signs and symptoms, and a computer churns out a diagnosis, or recommends a treatment. There are plenty of virtues to data-driven medicine, but also some notable downsides. —Kevin Hartnett, The Boston Globe, 07/21/14 More »

MA Nurses Union Pushes for Pay Curbs, Financial Disclosures at Hospitals

MA Nurses Union Pushes for Pay Curbs, Financial Disclosures at Hospitals

An activist nurses union is pushing for legislation in Massachusetts that would create greater transparency regarding hospital prices, executive compensation and investment of assets. The Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA), affiliated with the National Nurses United, supports legislation, HB 3844, that would require disclosure of hospital profit margins, executive pay, and how organizations invest assets overseas. The union is also pushing for a voter ballot initiative as a backup to the legislative route. —Ron Shinkman, 06/13/14 More »

Radio Ad Blasts Excessive Pay of MA Hospital CEOs

Radio Ad Blasts Excessive Pay of MA Hospital CEOs

A radio advertisement was launched on Wednesday blasting hospital CEOs in Massachusetts for their excessive salaries and compensation packages, while also pointing out the millions of dollars stashed in accounts in the Cayman Islands. The advertisement was released while hospital CEOs gather together at the Chatham Bars Inn for the Massachusetts Hospital Association annual meeting in an effort to show the disconnect between hospital CEOs and their desire to provide adequate patient care. —Nicholas Handy, GoLocalWorcester.com, 06/12/14 More »

Nurses Group Targets CEO Pay

Nurses Group Targets CEO Pay

While hospital executives from across Massachusetts meet in Chatham this week, a nurses union is running a radio ad that criticizes Massachusetts hospital chiefs' compensation packages and calls for greater transparency of hospital finances. The ad campaign started Tuesday and will run through Friday, David Schildmeier, spokesman for the Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United, said. —Cynthia McCormick, Cape Cod Times, 06/12/14 More »

Nurses Union Steps Up Advocacy for Two Ballot Questions

Nurses Union Steps Up Advocacy for Two Ballot Questions

The Massachusetts Nurses Association is ramping up its efforts to build support for two ballot questions that would change the way hospitals operate. In one example, the MNA polled 100 doctors who regularly care for patients in Massachusetts hospitals. Of the responses, 58 percent said they have seen executives cut valuable patient care services in order to increase a hospital's operating margin, and 70 percent said they believed greater transparency of hospital finances would help protect those programs. —Jessica Bartlett - Boston Business Journal, 06/11/14 More »

Survey: RN staffing critical

Survey: RN staffing critical

One in four Bay State nurses says that patient deaths are “directly attributable” to having too many people in their care at one time, according to a new survey. The survey, commissioned by the Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United, also found 46 percent of nurses said understaffing has resulted in injury to patients, 51 percent said it has led to longer hospital stays, and 57 percent said it has led to medication errors. Research firm Anderson Robbins did the survey of randomly selected nurses. —Marie Szaniszlo, The Boston Herald, 06/05/14 More »

Nearly 1 in 4 MA Registered Nurses Report Patient Deaths Attributable to Unsafe Patient Assignments.

Nearly 1 in 4 MA Registered Nurses Report Patient Deaths Attributable to Unsafe Patient Assignments.

78% of RNs agree that the quality of patient care in Massachusetts hospitals is suffering due to unsafe patient assignments including 59% of RNs who are aware of patient complications and 46% who are aware of patients who have been injured or harmed because hospitals are forcing nurses to care for too many patients at one time. Outraged Legislators Claim the Results Sound the Alarm for Immediate Action on Pending Legislation to Ensure Safe Patient Limits for Safer Patient Care —David Schildmeier, Massachusetts Nurses Association, 06/04/14 More »

Mass. bill aims to rein in health care costs

Mass. bill aims to rein in health care costs

Members of the Massachusetts Nurses Association and the National Nurses United have been urging state legislators to pass a bill they introduced last year, the Hospital Profit Transparency and Fairness Act. The HPTFA would limit excessive revenues and executive compensation for nonprofit, state-assisted hospitals, and would require hospitals to publicly disclose their financing, including their tax-sheltered offshore accounts. While health care costs are the financial ruin of many families, hospitals are able to boost revenue in part by keeping offshore accounts, which are not subject to the rigors of taxation or regulatory oversight. —The Bay State Banner, 05/23/14 More »

Nurses Deploy “Fat Cat” to Plug Hospital Transparency Plan

Nurses Deploy “Fat Cat” to Plug Hospital Transparency Plan

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, APRIL 29, 2014--With beach towels as props and a brown “fat cat” mascot wearing a top hat and monocle on hand for effect, nurses and other advocates in favor of a ballot initiative requiring greater hospital financial transparency said they won’t be deterred if the Legislature declines to act first on their petition. “We’re always hopeful, but if we can’t settle this here we’ll let the people of the Commonwealth settle it,” said Karen Higgins, a staff nurse at Boston Medical Center and past president of the Massachusetts Nurses Association. —Massachusetts Nurses Association News, 04/30/14 More »

Obamacare’s Founding CEO Wants To Bring Single Payer To Massachusetts

Obamacare’s Founding CEO Wants To Bring Single Payer To Massachusetts

On his first day as governor of Massachusetts, Donald Berwick promises to set up a commission tasked with finding a way to bring single payer to the Bay State. It'll have report back to him within a year -- ideally sooner. Having run Medicare and Obamacare in Washington for 17 months, he has concluded that the existing hybrid system is too cumbersome and expensive, and that single payer is the right fix. —Talking Points Memo, 02/07/14 More »

The Great Pay Debate: 5 Hospital Executive Compensation Trends for 2014

The Great Pay Debate: 5 Hospital Executive Compensation Trends for 2014

In October, Harvard University researchers published a study in JAMA Internal Medicine, which looked at the compensation data of 1,877 CEOs at 2,681 private, nonprofit U.S. hospitals. Data came from the hospitals' 2009 Form 990s. The researchers found nonprofit hospital CEOs had a mean compensation of $595,781 and a median compensation of $404,938. —Becker's Hospital Review, 01/29/14 More »

Nurses union seeks greater hospital financial disclosure

Nurses union seeks greater hospital financial disclosure

The state’s largest nurses union is pressing forward with a bid to require greater financial disclosure by Massachusetts hospitals and limit the pay of top hospital executives, moves fiercely opposed by the hospital industry. —The Boston Globe, 12/11/13 More »

Coming To Mass. Ballots? Nurse Staffing And Hospital ‘Claw Back’

Coming To Mass. Ballots? Nurse Staffing And Hospital ‘Claw Back’

Massachusetts--Two measures that the nurses’ union supports look like they’ve gathered enough signatures to move forward toward appearing on state ballots next year. One, titled The Patient Safety Act, would set a limit on how many patients a registered nurse can be assigned. That’s been a hotly debated issue for years, including in this discussion on Radio Boston this summer. —Massachusetts Nurses Association, 12/03/13 More »

Ballot Question Would Set Nursing Levels

Ballot Question Would Set Nursing Levels

The Massachusetts Nurses Association has filed a ballot initiative that would require one nurse for every four patients in medical or surgical units, one nurse for up to three patients in emergency departments and one nurse for every two patients in critical care units. —WGGB.com, 08/09/13 More »

Union backs Mass. vote on nurse staffing levels

Union backs Mass. vote on nurse staffing levels

BOSTON — A union representing Massachusetts nurses is pushing a ballot initiative designed to set limits on the number of patients that can be assigned to a nurse at any one time. —NewsObserver.com, 08/06/13 More »

Quincy Medical Center nurses reach deal with hospital owner Steward

Quincy Medical Center nurses reach deal with hospital owner Steward

Nurses at Quincy Medical Center have reached a one-year agreement on wages and staffing with Steward Health Care. In a joint press release, Steward officials and the leadership of the Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United said the agreement affirms their mutual commitment to the hospital’s viability and staffing levels that assure quality patient care. —PatriotLedger.com, 06/13/13 More »

Massachusetts Department of Public Health says Morton Hospital’s Pediatric unit is essential

Massachusetts Department of Public Health says Morton Hospital’s Pediatric unit is essential

After hearing, the state Department of Public Health has weighed in on Morton Hospital’s plan to close its pediatric unit, calling the pediatric services “essential” for the community. —Taunton Gazette, 06/11/13 More »

Unit at Morton Hospital essential, state says

Hospital’s pediatric unit, slated to close next month, provides critical access to health care for children in the Taunton region, according to a strongly worded state finding that, though not binding, is meant to pressure the hospital to reconsider. More »

DPH Issues Finding Declaring Child Psych Unit at Cambridge Health Alliance an Essential Service

DPH Issues Finding Declaring Child Psych Unit at Cambridge Health Alliance an Essential Service

The Department of Public Health has just issued its findings regarding the proposed plan by Cambridge Health Alliance to close its nationally recognized child psychiatric unit for the care of young children with acute mental illness (see the letter attached) The DPH finds that this unit provides an essential service that is “necessary for preserving access and health status in the Cambridge Hospital’s service area, which for the children and adolescents it serves extends throughout Eastern Massachusetts.” —Massachusetts Nurses Association/NNU, 05/24/13 More »

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