State nurses association battles managed careThe Washington State Nurses Association is taking the managed care industry head on in an attempt to limit the use of lesser skilled or unlicensed caregivers.
The nursing group drafted the Health Care Quality Protection Act. The bill is currently being reviewed by the Washington Senate Health and Long-term Care Committee. "Nurses are increasingly afraid that the quality of health care is being compromised for the sake of increased profit," says Jan Bussert, RN, first vice president of the Seattle-based association.
• require hospitals and health plans to provide the public basic information about the quality of care including the qualification of the hospital staff and objective measurements of the success of hospitals in treating patients;
• protects health care quality and the rights of consumers by empowering health care providers to advocate on behalf of patients without fear of reprisal.