Taking a Stand on Immigrants’ Health and Well-being
On October 10, the US Department of Homeland Security issued a proposed change in federal immigration policy that would have a major impact on the health and well-being of millions of legal residents – hundreds of thousands here in Massachusetts.
No on Question 1: The Consensus of Experience & Evidence
Jeanette Ives Erickson, RN, Chair of the Partners HealthCare Chief Nursing Council and former Senior Vice President for Patient Care Services at Massachusetts General Hospital, has seen it all in her 40-year nursing career.
Lasting Damage and Delays in Care: The Real and Human Impact of Question 1
The trouble with basing hospital staffing on a one-size-fits-all formula, without regard to actual patient needs, is that it could carry unintended consequences when a patient actually needs a nurse. The potential for harmful delays in transporting and transferring patients, as well as longer wait times, are real.
Widespread Harm on the Commonwealth: The Damaging Impacts of Question 1
Previously on this blog, we explained the deleterious impact the government-mandated nursing ratios included in Massachusetts Ballot Question 1 will have on patient care. There are numerous damaging effects that these artificial, one-size-fits-all ratios will have on health care quality.
A Legislative Boost for Remote Stroke Care
For years, advocates promoted the use of telemedicine in stroke care, citing data pointing to its efficacy in fostering better outcomes and cost savings. Now, a new federal law—enacted thanks in large part to advocacy by organizations like Partners HealthCare, the American Heart Association (AHA), and the American Academy ...
Mandated Nursing Ratios: A Threat to Patient Care
This November, Massachusetts voters will face a ballot question that would impose government-mandated nurse staffing levels at all hospitals statewide. If Question 1 passes, every hospital would be required to adopt one-size-fits-all nurse-to-patient ratios, enforced at all times.