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A bad public policy Is how Rice Hospital’s CEO describes legislative efforts that may result in mandated nurse-to-patient ratios. The change may cost the hospital thousands of dollars. Tribune photo/Clipart.com

Rice Hospital in Willmar, Minn., mounts opposition to legislative efforts that could result in mandated nurse-to-patient ratios

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WILLMAR — Look for Minnesota hospitals to mount vigorous opposition to legislative efforts that could result in mandated nurse-to-patient ratios.

“Bad public policy” was the reaction Wednesday of Michael Schramm, chief executive of Rice Memorial Hospital.

“It hasn’t been demonstrated to improve quality. It’s only been demonstrated to drive up costs,” he said. “We believe that those decisions need to be made at the local level.”

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Anne Polta

Anne Polta covers health care, business/economic development and general assignment. Her HealthBeat blog can be found at http://healthbeat.areavoices.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnePolta.

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