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Last January, we opened the morning newspaper and found out that SUNY planned to close LICH, the hospital where I’ve helped save lives for 30 years. I immediately knew the effort that would have to be put forth to fight for LICH’s life. Slumping into a chair, I said “I can’t do this again,” but I knew that it had to be done and I, we, would do it. LICH nurses never walk away from a fight.
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Reducing hospital re-admissions is one of the chief cost-cutting tactics of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Hospitals that have excessive 30-day readmissions for Medicare patients admitted for heart-related illness or pneumonia will face reduced payments from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

A new study conducted by Matthew D. McHugh, PhD, JD, MPH, RN, FAAN at University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, concludes that facilities with lower staffing ratios have lower odds of being penalized for excessive readmissions under the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP), the group responsible under the ACA to reduce readmission rates. Hospitals with higher nurse staffing had 25% lower penalization rates than similar hospitals with less nurse staffing. They also have 41% lower odds of receiving the maximum penalty for readmissions.

Notably, the research also finds that each additional nurse hour per patient day is associated with 10% lower odds of HRRP penalties.

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Hundreds of NYSNA RNs and supporters rallied yesterday for safe staffing and respect at Montefiore – including Monte's newly-acquired facilities in Westchester.

At Monte Moses, NYSNA Executive Director Jill Furillo & NYSNA President Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez led about 300 RNs in street theater, lively singing and a speak out.

At Monte Weiler, more than 80 RNs rallied, led by Karine Raymond, RN, Weiler LBU president.

A photo album of the rally is on our facebook page. Like & Share if you stand with us for safe staffing and respect.

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Execs at Westchester Medical Center have laid off and privatized more than 140 skilled registered nurses and hundreds of other caregivers.

Watch the following video of NYSNA nurses talking about what we are doing to save patient care at our county’s flagship public hospital. Read more >>

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