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New York Hospitals Set to Move Dialysis Care to Private Chain, Despite Track Record

New York Hospitals Set to Move Dialysis Care to Private Chain, Despite Track Record

Now New York State’s Public Health and Health Planning Council is set to vote Thursday on a deal to turn over dialysis at four of the city’s public hospitals to a for-profit franchise called Big Apple Dialysis despite government data showing the company’s centers did not perform as well as the hospitals themselves. —The New York Times, 02/12/14 More »

Nurses union’s conflict with Community Health Systems heats up

Nurses union’s conflict with Community Health Systems heats up

The 185,000-member National Nurses United labor union last month claimed that management at two California hospitals owned by Franklin-based Community Health Systems wrongfully terminated nurses who also were union members and had been outspoken on labor issues. —Tennessean, 02/10/14 More »

New Report Confirms “Right to Work” Would Harm Missouri’s Middle Class

New Report Confirms “Right to Work” Would Harm Missouri’s Middle Class

Recently, Dr. Michael Kelsay, an economics professor from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, conducted a study in which he examined the economic impact that proposed “Right to Work” laws would have on the state of Missouri. His conclusions confirm that “Right to Work” would have a devastating impact on Missouri’s economy and hurt Missouri’s middle class families. —Protect MO Families, 02/10/14 More »

Nurse Says He Was Fired After Speaking Out Against Hospital Merger

Nurse Says He Was Fired After Speaking Out Against Hospital Merger

The California Nurses Association has filed an unfair labor practice complaint against Watsonville Hospital for firing 36-year veteran nurse Tim Thomas. It alleges Thomas was terminated after criticizing the merger of Watsonville's Hospital's parent company, Community Health Systems, with Health Management Associates at HMA's Florida shareholder meeting in early January. HMA shareholders approved the $7.6 billion acquisition. —The Real News Network, 02/10/14 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 »

Nurses get advice on patient ratios

Nurses get advice on patient ratios

With contract talks for 2,600 nurses in the Capital district health authority breaking down last week, their union has brought in someone with experience in one of the key issues in dispute. —Herald News, 02/07/14 More »

Orlando Health under investigation by national labor board

Orlando Health under investigation by national labor board

ORLANDO, FL—Nurses who have been telling Channel 9 for months that Orlando Health officials have been pulling them away from their patients in an attempt to stop their efforts to form a union said they have also been threatened by their bosses. —wftv.com 9, 02/05/14 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 »

Nurse: I Was Fired for Speaking Out

Nurse: I Was Fired for Speaking Out

Nearly a dozen nurses attended a vigil in front of Fallbrook Hospital to support Veronica Poss. Fallbrook Hospital nurse says she was fired as retaliation for participating in union activities. According to the California Nurses Association, Veronica Poss is one of two nurses fired this week by the hospital's owner, Community Health Systems (CHS.) This comes two weeks after she says she spoke out against a merger between CHS and Health Management Associates at a shareholder meeting in Florida. —NBC San Diego, 01/31/14 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 »

Beating the burnout: Nurses struggle with physical, mental and emotional exhaustion at work

Beating the burnout: Nurses struggle with physical, mental and emotional exhaustion at work

As educators, caretakers and lifelines, nurses take on several roles as they routinely care for patients day in and day out. And for some, the strains of the job can eventually lead to physical, mental and emotional exhaustion, otherwise known as burnout. “It's really stressful," Dawn Kettinger, spokeswoman for the Michigan Nurses Association, said. "You’re taking care of six people when you should take care of four." —Holland Sentinel, 01/27/14 More »

Injunction issued against Ohio CHS hospital in labor negotiations

Injunction issued against Ohio CHS hospital in labor negotiations

A U.S. District Court judge has issued a cease and desist injunction requiring an Ohio hospital owned by Community Health Systems to to negotiate with its registered nurses, according to a release from nurses' union National Nurses United. Last June, National Labor Relations Board Administrative Law judge Arthur Lachman issued a similar ruling, the release says. According to the release, this is the third such ruling against CHS affiliates related to federal labor law violations. —Nashville Business Journal, 01/24/14 More »

Chandler mom, nurse jumps at chance to help after disasters

Chandler mom, nurse jumps at chance to help after disasters

In her everyday life, Lori Barmore is a trauma-room nurse at Banner Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix. When she isn’t working her 12-hour shifts helping shooting, stabbing and accident victims, she is a Chandler wife and mom. She also helps Third World countries after disasters. Since 2010, she also has volunteered in Haiti and Guatemala. When RN Response Network, a unit of National Nurses United, contacted her after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines on Nov. 20, she did not hesitate to go. —AZCentral.com, 01/24/14 More »

Nurses picket for new contract: Next negotiation session is Friday

Nurses picket for new contract: Next negotiation session is Friday

Nurses with the Minnesota Nurses Association, Regina Hospital and metro area hospitals held an informational picket outside the hospital Tuesday afternoon. The nurses’ union has been attempting to negotiate a new employment contract with Regina’s new owner, Allina Health, for several months. Eight bargaining sessions have already taken place; a ninth is scheduled for Jan. 24. The most recent contract expired Dec. 31. —Hastings Star Gazette, 01/23/14 More »

Study puts Hernando hospitals among worst for inflating prices

Study puts Hernando hospitals among worst for inflating prices

TAMPA BAY--Those of you who don't think Hernando County has much of a national profile should know about a new report on hospital pricing from the country's largest nursing organization. Based on information hospitals submit to the federal government, the study shows that two of the 10 most overpriced hospitals in the United States are right here in Hernando — Bayfront Health Brooksville, formerly Brooksville Regional Hospital, at No. 7, and Oak Hill Hospital, which ranked 10th. —Tampa Bay Times, 01/17/14 More »

The Trouble with EHRs

Although electronic health records are known to reduce healthcare costs, concerns about accuracy and usability—and the risk of EHR-caused medical errors—are growing. The move away from paper medical records to EHRs has many benefits, but the flip side is that providers need to carefully manage the usability, accuracy, and audit trails of EHRs across the entire care team. —Health Leaders Media, 01/14/14 More »

Family of flu victim, 23, devastated

Family of flu victim, 23, devastated

Relatives wonder if steps were missed in treatment of SR man’s H1N1 virus. The family of a 23-year-old Santa Rosa man who died last week after he contracted the H1N1 flu virus expressed concern Saturday that his illness was not recognized in time to possibly save his life. Matthew “Matty” Walker was admitted to Kaiser Permanente’s hospital in Santa Rosa on Dec. 27 after he called 911 to report he was having trouble breathing. He had been sent home from the hospital the day before after being seen in the emergency room and diagnosed with pneumonia. —Santa Rosa Press Democrat, 01/13/14 More »

New Data Show How Hospitals Rip You Off

New Data Show How Hospitals Rip You Off

According to the study published Monday by National Nurses United, the largest nurses' organization in the United States, the price of many services has skyrocketed since the mid-'90s. Many hospitals have set charges at 10 times their cost. The 100 most expensive hospitals in the country, for example, in 2011 charged 765 percent of their costs, or $765 for every $100 of total costs. —Mother Jones, 01/08/14 More »

HMA shareholders overwhelmingly approve merger with Tenn.-based hospital system

HMA shareholders overwhelmingly approve merger with Tenn.-based hospital system

A small but widely representative group of registered nurses gathered Wednesday morning outside the Tiburon Golf Club in North Naples to protest a multibillion dollar hospital merger. —Naples Daily News, 01/08/14 More »

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