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Report Finds More Flaws in Digitizing Patient Files

Although the federal government is spending more than $22 billion to encourage hospitals and doctors to adopt electronic health records, it has failed to put safeguards in place to prevent the technology from being used for inflating costs and overbilling, according to a new report by a federal oversight agency. —New York Times, 01/08/14 More »

Treatment of medically uninsured Americans shameful

Treatment of medically uninsured Americans shameful

They are one American in six. They range in age from newborn to 65. They might be anyone – even your neighbor. They are America’s problem and America’s shame. They are America’s 47 million medically uninsured. Contrary to public perception, the uninsured are, for the most part, not the lowest on the economic ladder. —Physicians For a National Health Program, 01/07/14 More »

Hospital charge-to-cost ratio on the rise, says nursing group

Hospital charge-to-cost ratio on the rise, says nursing group

Hospital charges continue to rise, with some procedures billed at more than 10 times their cost, according to a statement from National Nurses United (NNU). The Institute for Health and Socio-Economic Policy, NNU's research arm. conducted the research. —Fierce Health Finace, 01/07/14 More »

Hospitals Overcharging Patients, Nurses’ Union Says

Hospitals Overcharging Patients, Nurses’ Union Says

New data released by National Nurses United revealed that not only do a handful of hospitals charge patients more than 10 times the actual cost of treatment but that prices have been steadily increasing for nearly two decades. Skimping on care, patients often pay for it with their health, said Joan Ross, co-president of National Nurses United. —ABC National News, 01/07/14 More »

Report: N.J. hospitals most expensive in the U.S. and Meadowlands hospital is at the top

Report: N.J. hospitals most expensive in the U.S. and Meadowlands hospital is at the top

TRENTON — New Jersey has the most expensive hospitals in the nation, with Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center in Secaucus charging the highest rates in the country, according to an analysis of federal data by the largest union and professional association of registered nurses in the nation. —NJ.com True Jersey, 01/06/14 More »

NNU’s RoseAnn DeMoro Again Voted 1 of 50 Most Powerful People in Healthcare

NNU’s RoseAnn DeMoro Again Voted 1 of 50 Most Powerful People in Healthcare

Many sectors in the healthcare industry have played major roles in shaping the system we have today: hospitals, health systems, physicians, nurses, health insurance companies, scientists, researchers, politicians, advocacy groups, lobbyists, journalists, Wall Streeters and more. As we head into 2014, here are 50 of the most powerful people who have shaped policy, thoughts, operations and management in healthcare. —Becker's Hospital Review, 01/06/14 More »

The Obamacare We Deserve

The Obamacare We Deserve

TODAY marks the beginning of health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act’s new insurance exchanges, for which two million Americans have signed up. Now that the individual mandate is officially here, let me begin with an admission: Obamacare is awful. —The New York Times, 01/03/14 More »

Roseville nurse aids Typhoon Haiyan victims

Roseville nurse aids Typhoon Haiyan victims

Lyn Tirona of Roseville is a registered nurse for Kaiser Permanente in Sacramento who recently returned home after caring for survivors of the Nov. 8 Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines archipelago, an extreme weather event that killed over 5,000 people. “I gave anti-rabies and tetanus vaccines to children at the Roxas City Health Office, Panay Island,” said Tirona, 37. —Roseville Press Tribune, 12/27/13 More »

Northland nurse volunteers time, resources to typhoon-ravaged Philippines

Northland nurse volunteers time, resources to typhoon-ravaged Philippines

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - As the call for aid in the Philippines grew in the days following Typhoon Haiyan, over 3,000 Registered Nurses applied through the RN Response Network to volunteer their time and resources to the island cities. About 30 nurses have made the two–week trip through the program, treating thousands of impacted families. —Northlands News Center, 12/27/13 More »

International Nurse News Round-Up

International Nurse News Round-Up

See a collection of links to news stories about nurses in other nations, and how they are advocating for their patients. —Global Nurses United, 12/20/13 More »

Regina nurses unite for better contract deal, will hold vigil Monday

Regina nurses unite for better contract deal, will hold vigil Monday

Nurses at Regina Medical Center are fighting for a better contract from the facility’s new owner. Since April, negotiators from the nurses’ union have been trying to work out a contract deal with Allina, which finalized its purchase of the Regina hospital in September. So far, the two sides haven’t been able to resolve all the issues. —Hastings Star Gazette, 12/20/13 More »

State Single-Payer: The Next Frontier of American Healthcare

State Single-Payer: The Next Frontier of American Healthcare

If all the states were a giant family, Vermont would be the stereotypical Birkenstock-wearing, hippie cousin—just a little bit different and unafraid to reject the typical way of doing things. So perhaps it should not have been all that surprising when the Green Mountain State enacted a single-payer health care system, called “Green Mountain Care,” one year after the country kicked and screamed its way to an individual mandate. —Harvard Political Review, 12/17/13 More »

U.S. ranks near bottom on efficiency of health care spending

U.S. ranks near bottom on efficiency of health care spending

A new study by researchers at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and McGill University in Montreal reveals that the United States health care system ranks 22nd out of 27 high-income nations when analyzed for its efficiency of turning dollars spent into extending lives. —PNHP, 12/16/13 More »

Congress Chooses Austerity Over Job Creation and Economic Growth

Congress Chooses Austerity Over Job Creation and Economic Growth

"At the end of the day, the bill abandons 1.3 million Americans who desperately need unemployment insurance, and does nothing to promote economic growth or job creation," Congressman Mark Pocan, D-Wisconsin, explained Thursday. "Furthermore, the legislation is paid for on the backs of the middle class and military families, while not touching the wealthiest amongst us and allowing corporations to continue to benefit from tax loopholes." —The Nation OpedNews.com, 12/13/13 More »

Gen. Colin Powell calls for universal health care in the U.S.

Gen. Colin Powell calls for universal health care in the U.S.

“We are a wealthy enough country with the capacity to make sure that every one of our fellow citizens has access to quality health care,” he said Thursday at a Seattle fundraiser for prostate cancer. “(Let’s show) the rest of the world what our democratic system is all about and how we take care of all of our citizens." —Puget Sound Business Journal, 12/13/13 More »

Nurses picket outside Sutter Tracy

Nurses picket outside Sutter Tracy

About two-dozen nurses who work at Sutter Tracy Community Hospital held what they called an “informational picket” outside the medical center, Thursday, Dec. 12. The employees say they were protesting hospital management’s unwillingness to bargain in their contract negotiations with the California Nurses Association, which represents the nurses. —Tracy Press, 12/13/13 More »

Texas’ Other Death Penalty

Texas’ Other Death Penalty

The first patient who called me “doctor” died a few winters ago. I met him at the St. Vincent’s Student-Run Free Clinic on Galveston Island. I was a first-year medical student then, and the disease in his body baffled me. His belly was swollen, his eyes were yellow and his blood tests were all awry. It hurt when he swallowed and his urine stank. —Texas Observer, 12/12/13 More »

Registered nurses vote to unionize at Providence Hospital in D.C.

Registered nurses vote to unionize at Providence Hospital in D.C.

Providence becomes the seventh D.C. hospital with nurses organized under the banner of National Nurses United, a federation of nurses unions. Organizers hope that bringing Providence’s roughly 400 RNs into the fold will help D.C. Council legislation that would mandate certain nurse staffing levels in city hospitals. That legislation is languishing amid fierce lobbying by hospital officials, who contend that “staffing ratios” increase costs without improving patient care. —The Washington Post, 12/12/13 More »

Critics Like Kaiser but not Manteca Cutbacks

Critics Like Kaiser but not Manteca Cutbacks

Gary Lemesh shudders to think if Kaiser-Manteca Medical Center were to make more cuts. His aging mother is one of 10 long-term patients in sub-acute care, which, according to register nurse Clarice Spann-Reeve, was inherited by Kaiser Permanente after taking over St. Dominic’s Hospital in 2004. “Gary’s mom has a mind that’s fully functional. Only her body has given out on her,” she said at the ‘Town Hall on Cuts & Closures at Kaiser-Manteca Medical Center’ session hosted by the California Alliance for Retired Americans on Wednesday at the Manteca Transit station. —Manteca Bulletin, 12/12/13 More »

Community Hospital RNs cite patient safety concerns at protest

Community Hospital RNs cite patient safety concerns at protest

Ellen Mockridge, a registered nurse at Community Hospital Long Beach for 30 years, said her life was put at risk because there are not enough nurses on staff. Once, Mockridge said she went to check on a patient with AIDS who was in an isolation room. Because there wasn’t another nurse to assist her, Mockridge said she was stuck with a needle and had to take off work for three months. She also had to take medication that she said compromised her immune system and prevented her from taking her arthritis medicine. —Orange County Register, 12/11/13 More »

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