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Citing huge patient load, NY nurses seek rules on staffing
Published in 9-2-2016
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Hospital executives say such a mandate would raise health care costs for patients, and that state lawmakers shouldn't constrain hospitals by dictating unnecessary and inflexible rules. Hospitals and nursing homes estimate the mandate would add about $3 billion a year in costs statewide, said Dennis Whalen, president of the Healthcare Association of New York State, which represents hospitals, nursing homes and other facilities. Whalen said health care facilities already set staffing levels incorporating the input of nurses. Kenneth Raske, president of the Greater New York Hospital Association, said the mandate doesn't take into account new technologies, medications and procedures are transforming hospitals and the demands on staff. A 2010 study led by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania compared data from hospitals in California, Pennsylvania and New Jersey and found that lower staffing ratios are associated with fewer patient deaths.