Mass. nurses push for hospital changes

BOSTON – Nurses in Massachusetts have filed proposed ballot questions calling for redistributing earnings from well-off hospitals to those that may cut services, increasing financial transparency, and banning hospital CEOs from working with medical device or pharmaceutical companies.

Massachusetts Nurses Association Executive Director Julie Pinkham filed three initiative petitions with the Attorney General’s Office before Wednesday’s deadline. The petitions overlap in several areas, proposing varying combinations of the major policy shifts the union hopes to achieve.

In an interview Wednesday, Pinkham said she remains “definitely hopeful” that lawmakers will address the issues before November 2022 but she decided to submit the paperwork to keep the ballot question route available.

All of the proposed changes would apply to acute care hospitals in Massachusetts that receive state funding, both for-profit and not-for-profit, but not to other health care settings such as long-term care or rehabilitation.