NURS 6050 Week 7 Discussion Sabrina Musquiz Heath Policy I have chosen to focus on the “Registered Nurse Safe Staffing Act of 2015”. This act amended title XVIII of the Social Security act to provide patient protection by establishing safe nurse staffing levels(Text - H.R.2083 - 114th Congress (2015-2016): Registered Nurse Safe Staffing Act of 2015. (n.d.). According to the Registered Nurse Safe staffing Act of 2015, research from 2009 to 2012 have sown that patient safety is directly affiliated with the number of registered nurses working in the hospital, also shows that insufficient staffing is liked to greater likelihood of patient deaths and readmissions along with of registered nurse stress and work fatigue and nurse overwork. All these factors lead to poor patient care which leads to low patient satisfaction and low hospital HCAHP scores which are a key measure for payment programs under Medicare and other payers. This health policy is focused on the quality of care a patient receives when the hospital and or unit is adequately staffed, and also focuses on cost. According to the Registered Nurse Safe Staffing Act of 2015, the increase of number of registered nurses can protect patients and also save nearly $3 billion dollars due to more than 4 million avoided extra days at hospital due to adverse patient events and decreasing hospital readmissions. This greatly reduces the burden on the United Healthcare system.
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