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Nurses strike is part of larger labor push

Nurses strike is part of larger labor push

A strike during the past two days by 18,000 nurses at Kaiser Permanente facilities in northern and central California, including three major Sacramento-area hospitals, was the latest salvo by a powerful union that says it is intent on improving the lot of nurses nationwide. —Hudson Sangree and Bill Lindelof, The Sacramento Bee, 11/13/14 More »

Co-President of NNU – Speaks About Ebola on MSNBC

Co-President of NNU – Speaks About Ebola on MSNBC

Watch National Nurses United Co-President Deborah Burger on MSNBC, speaking out on how U.S. nurses are saying they are unprepared for the Ebola virus. —The ED Show, MSNBC, 10/04/14 More »

RN Response Network Director Bonnie Castillo Speaks on CNN

RN Response Network Director Bonnie Castillo Speaks on CNN

RNs and survey results were featured on national media from coast to coast, including an interview with RN Response Network director Bonnie Castillo, RN on CN. —CNN, 10/04/14 More »

U.S. nurses say they are unprepared to handle Ebola patients

U.S. nurses say they are unprepared to handle Ebola patients

Nurses, the frontline care providers in U.S. hospitals, say they are untrained and unprepared to handle patients arriving in their hospital emergency departments infected with Ebola. —Julie Steenhuysen, Reuters, 10/03/14 More »

RNRN is Working to Save Lives in West Africa

RNRN is Working to Save Lives in West Africa

The Ebola outbreak has now killed at least 1,552 people in West Africa and is spiraling out of control, with international healthcare providers saying that they are not able to handle the crisis. —RNRN, 08/29/14 More »

Medicare trust fund will stretch until 2030, new projections say

Medicare trust fund will stretch until 2030, new projections say

Slow health cost growth has improved Medicare's financial outlook, extending the program's trust fund to last until 2030. If absolutely nothing changes, the trust fund that pays for most of seniors' hospital visits will now last an additional four years beyond the 2013 forecast. —Sarah Kliff, Vox.com, 07/28/14 More »

John Nichols: High court ruling not the death knell for public-sector unions — yet

John Nichols: High court ruling not the death knell for public-sector unions — yet

There were undoubtedly justices on the most anti-labor U.S. Supreme Court in modern judicial history who wanted to strip public-sector unions of their ability to collect dues from workers they represent. But they were not quite prepared to strike the devastating blow that labor activists feared would be delivered Monday. —John Nichols, The Capital Times, 07/03/14 More »

Nurses union targets EHRs, other tech in campaign

Nurses union targets EHRs, other tech in campaign

National Nurses United has launched a media campaign criticizing the effects of what it called “digitalized care.” The mutlipronged campaign specifically criticizes electronic health records and bedside computers, saying they “too often fail” and lead to diagnoses and treatments based on “generic population trends” instead of individualized assessments. —Bob Herman, Modern Healthcare, 05/30/14 More »

Computerized Diagnostics in Healthcare Potentially Hazardous to Our Health

Computerized Diagnostics in Healthcare Potentially Hazardous to Our Health

National Nurses United has been running ads on TV and radio lately about the obvious dangers of a troubling trend in our increasingly corporatized, for-profit healthcare system (consisting of the large hospital chains and health insurance cartels), replacing nurses and doctors with computerized diagnostics and protocols, which must be rigidly followed. —necocopiosus, 05/30/14 More »

How Much 6 Major Hospital Operators Have Received in EHR Incentive Payments

How Much 6 Major Hospital Operators Have Received in EHR Incentive Payments

CMS has paid out more than $23 billion in electronic health record incentive payments since 2011. In their first-quarter financial reports, six of the country's largest hospital operators have disclosed how much they have received in EHR incentive payments during the three months ended March 31. —Becker's Hospital CIO, 05/19/14 More »

Medicine’s Top Earners Are Not the M.D.s

Medicine’s Top Earners Are Not the M.D.s

THOUGH the recent release of Medicare’s physician payments cast a spotlight on the millions of dollars paid to some specialists, there is a startling secret behind America’s health care hierarchy: Physicians, the most highly trained members in the industry’s work force, are on average right in the middle of the compensation pack. —New York Times, 05/17/14 More »

Why CHS is converting two hospitals from inpatient to outpatient

Why CHS is converting two hospitals from inpatient to outpatient

Community Health Systems is converting a Pennsylvania hospital to a walk-in clinic, the second such announcement in a week for the Franklin-based company. Mid-Valley Hospital, in Peckville, Penn., will stop offering inpatient and emergency department services in July, according to a report from the Scranton Times-Tribune. Earlier this week, The Tennessean reported that Haywood Park Community Hospital in Brownsville would also end inpatient emergency services effective July 31. —Nashville Buisiness Journal, 05/02/14 More »

Nurses Seek Health & Safety Evidence for Keystone XL Pipeline

Nurses Seek Health & Safety Evidence for Keystone XL Pipeline

Katy Roemer, RN, remembers the fire that took place in 2012 at the Chevron oil refinery in Richmond, Calif., a 12-mile drive from the Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center, where she works as a maternity nurse. The fire burned out of control for more than five hours, spewing a huge black cloud of toxic chemicals, including sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide, into the air. Bay Area residents were advised to stay inside, close windows and doors, turn off air conditioners and heating units, and have duck tape on hand in case it was needed to further seal the windows and doors. Pets and children were to be kept inside. —The ONC, 03/31/14 More »

Could This Tax on Wall Street Turn Back America’s Tide of Inequality?

Could This Tax on Wall Street Turn Back America’s Tide of Inequality?

How will you honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. this April 4, the anniversary of his assassination? How about by demanding that Congress get out of Wall Street’s pocket? How about by letting your representative know that you support economic equality and a just distribution of wealth in America? As Dr. King himself said, “This is America’s opportunity to help bridge the gulf between the haves and the have-nots. The question is whether America will do it. There is nothing new about poverty. What is new is that we now have the techniques and the resources to get rid of poverty. —The Nation, 03/31/14 More »

The Truth About Tar Sands

The Truth About Tar Sands

I recently had the pleasure of attending one of the most important press briefings that has happened in a long time: Senator Barbara Boxer-Keystone Pipeline and the Threat to Human Health. The briefing took place at the Dirksen Senate Building and featured Senator Boxer (D-CA), Senator Whitehouse (D-RI), health experts, and community leaders dealing with this issue firsthand from around the country and Canada. The main message of this briefing was that people need to know the truth about tar sands and its effects on people’s health. —Denée Reaves’s Blog, 02/28/14 More »

Profits Over Patients

Profits Over Patients

Much is wrong with the process of pricing and providing health care in America. The National Nurses United, the largest nurses organization, recently released a study that shows the top 100 most expensive U.S. Hospitals have a charge-to-cost ratio of 765 percent and higher. The worst offender in Ohio is right here in Summit County – Summa Barberton at a mind-numbing 654 percent. It is followed in fourth place by Summa Western Reserve at a whopping 577 percent. What has become obvious is the health-care establishment here and across the country is more concerned with profits than patients. —OpEd in the Akron Beacon Journal Online, 02/21/14 More »

AFL-CIO’s Trumka: Keep VW Union Vote In Perspective

AFL-CIO’s Trumka: Keep VW Union Vote In Perspective

Workers at the Volkswagen factory in Chattanooga, Tenn., last week narrowly rejected joining the United Auto Workers. That was a setback for labor which was looking for an organizing victory in a southern state. The AFL-CIO is holding its winter meetings this week in Houston. The movement says its efforts to organize across the South continue despite the high profile defeat at the VW plant. RoseAnn DeMoro, executive director of National Nurses United, tells of sizable organizing gains her union has made in the South over the last few years. —NPR, 02/19/14 More »

Joel Hay: What’s wrong with American hospitals?

Joel Hay: What’s wrong with American hospitals?

In 2010, the Medicare program inspector general reported that the death toll from hospital errors had risen to 180,000 annually just in the Medicare program alone. A more recent study found that as many as 440,000 deaths each year result from hospital errors – equivalent to two daily jumbo jet crashes. —Orange County Register, 02/10/14 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 »

New study links fracking to birth defects in heavily drilled Colorado

New study links fracking to birth defects in heavily drilled Colorado

Living near hydraulic fracturing — or fracking — sites may increase the risk of some birth defects by as much as 30 percent, a new study suggests. In the U.S., more than 15 million people now live within a mile of a well. The use of fracking, a gas-extraction process through which sand, water and chemicals are pumped into the ground to release trapped fuel deposits, has increased significantly in the U.S. over the past decade. —Aljazeera America, 01/31/14 More »

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