In advance of Gov. Deval Patrick’s much-anticipated speech Thursday on controlling health care costs, the state’s biggest health care workers union sent out a letter to legislators detailing its priorities. We asked the union to explain its position:
By Veronica Turner, Executive Vice President, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East
Every single legislator on Beacon Hill received a letter from me today on behalf of the 40,000 healthcare workers in Massachusetts represented by 1199SEIU.
When upcoming payment reform legislation changes how hospitals and other providers get paid by insurers and the state, it is going to have a profound impact on the floors of the medical facilities where the work of healing and caring for patients actually gets done:
— Procedures will be improved and protocols will be revised.
–Healthcare workers will be adapting to new roles intended to heighten coordination of patient services, strengthen patient communication, and bolster preventative care efforts, among others.
–Hospital management and labor will be challenged to come together and engineer new solutions to healthcare delivery challenges and work to usher in the next level of care quality and cost savings. Continue reading