Nursing Practice

During these very difficult days, we remind you of this valuable benefit and that it is available to you and your immediate family members. We’re pleased to announce a new benefit available to all members of the New York State Nurses Association — the Union Assistance Program (UAP).

In September 2015, letters will be sent from New York State to all people on Medicaid about a new program called the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program.

NYSNA is announcing two workshops on Emergency Room nursing: one is coming up soon on March 6-7 and the other is in the Fall of 2014 on November 6-7. The workshops will be held in NYSNA's New York Office and will prepare participants to take the ENA examination to achieve certification in ER nursing.

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.