BOSTON (AP) — A November ballot question that would mandate strict nurse-to-patient ratios in hospitals is front and center before an independent state agency that monitors health care costs.
The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission is scheduled to release on Wednesday an analysis of how Question 1 — if approved by voters — might impact the cost and delivery of hospital services.
Sponsors of the proposal have criticized the commission for getting involved in the process. They say it’s unusual for any state agency to weigh in on a ballot question, let alone the agency that would be responsible for overseeing its implementation if passed.
A group representing hospitals opposes the ballot question saying the proposed mandated staffing levels would create an overly rigid and unworkable system, adding to costs and compromising patient care.
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