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Goal will be less hospital care, more outpatients and same-day surgeries.
Will work requirements save money or penalize those most in need?
A troubled computer system could not send bills to some enrollees, officials say.
The NIH grant, one of the two biggest from the feds received by the university, backs work of applying medical research in real life.
As part of its effort to improve the state's response to allegations of elder abuse, the Minnesota Health Department is seeking public comments about a new computer system to handle complaints filed against senior care homes.
The proposal is supposed to increase the state's workforce, but critics say it will take health care away from the sick.
Flu Near You partnership expands the reach of state's disease monitoring.
Some fear administrative costs might erase any savings.
The $225 million facility is across the street from the Hennepin County Medical Center's south entrance.
Medical Assistance recipients who are not working, job hunting or volunteering could lose their benefits under a measure Minnesota legislators proposed Monday.Republicans in the House…
Minnesota's uninsured rate went from 4.3 percent in 2015 to 6.3 percent in 2017, fueled by a drop in the number of employers who offered coverage as well as people exiting the individual market.
In their first assessment of this season's influenza vaccine, federal health officials said last week that the current vaccine is 36 percent effective overall.
$800 million in federal cuts creates a challenge for MinnesotaCare funding.
The flu has also caused a record number of hospitalizations this year.
As a business education teacher at South High School in Minneapolis, Richard Kormanik spent 35 years instructing students on topics like accounting and stock market…
HCMC, where 38 patients were hospitalized during the last cold snap, had to open a new unit because the burn ward, which treats frostbite as well as burns, ran out of beds.
State is concerned about long-term federal funding for MinnesotaCare.
If the downtown hospital becomes overwhelmed, emergency managers will shift patients to other metro hospitals.
First study of its kind shows wide range in prices for Minnesotans.
Nearly 70 of Minnesota's safety net medical clinics, with thousands of patients, face an uncertain future because Congress has failed to reauthorize their federal funding.
This year's outbreak is now 'widespread' in the state, health officials said.
A study says options are more costly compared with other medical treatment.
Fairview will better address training for all hospital staff, clarify policies and report to the state.
Hospitalizations from flu-like symptoms jump 38 percent
Therapists say repaying Blue Cross for its error creates financial burden.
Schools incorporate physical activity in the classroom, plus yoga and other activities, in three-year study.
New state forecast shows the cost for continuing health coverage of 125,000 children.
A report card had good and bad news for the state. Though it cited innovations in care, "even if we are more successful at controlling per-person spending, the increase in prevalence ... is going to ruin us in the long term."
Plan lets patients choose their clinic while raising accountability of care.
She had travelled the world, taught scores of nurses and helped lead a major Twin Cities nonprofit, but Barbara Scherek wanted to learn more. So…
The outbreak has primarily affected elderly residents in the Hmong community, with 10 cases linked to a senior center where the first case was detected in 2016.
Dr. Jakub Tolar is a renowned stem-cell researcher.
The move by Medica Health Plans is also reigniting a debate about the role of Minnesota's nonprofit health plans.
Dr. Brooks Jackson, a prominent researcher from Johns Hopkins, leaves after three years in Minnesota.
The state health insurance program receives much of the "cost-sharing reduction" money marked for elimination by the Trump administration.
For the consumers who rely on MinnesotaCare, it means another stressful time.
The name of the new organization has yet to be determined. The merger will take effect in early 2018.
In a letter to federal regulators, he asks Washington not to cut off funds for the health program.
Congressional debate about Obamacare has delayed action on bills. Programs are set to end Saturday with the end of the fiscal year.
Medicare payment decreases could stifle safety net savings from drug discount program under new regulations proposed by the Trump administration.
The Graham-Cassidy bill could defund MinnesotaCare and shift funding from Minnesota to states like Wisconsin. "This takes us back several steps." a Minnesota health official says.
Health Department calls the extended streak 'alarming.'
State's biggest health insurer says Minnesota has exceeded national averages.
Shirley Lockwood Larson was one of those kids who loved to sing for guests who visited her parents' home.That love began a lifelong dedication to…
Last new case was reported 42 days ago, so epidemiologists don't expect more infections.
State health officials have scheduled an announcement for Friday if no new cases are reported.
Tests rule out petting zoo as site where two Wright County siblings picked up bacteria that killed one.
A new clinic will be built in the Uptown neighborhood and other facilities in the 19-clinic network will be modernized.
As Congress debates health care, $27 million in federal aid for state's rural and needy is in jeopardy. Cutbacks and closures could follow.
They point specifically to stabilizing insurance markets and addressing rising health care costs and premiums.
Repealing Obamacare would cut coverage, undermine medical reforms and raise consumer costs, they argue as U.S. Senate leaders ready a new bill.
State seeks extra $600K to control measles, tuberculosis, syphilis.
The estimate by the Department of Human Services found those funding losses would multiply in subsequent years.
Patients put health in peril as they struggle to pay bills. "I only get so much money a month," said one retiree.
No new cases in weeks after authorities rushed to contain the outbreak.
Centers that ignore rules can act as unwitting incubators for the measles virus.
A pioneer in children's health care, he had received training in Freud's method of psychoanalysis — even working with Freud's daughter, Anna.
Measles' impact on children, even after they recover, can last for years.
Minnesota's measles outbreak has expanded into Le Sueur County with two new cases in unvaccinated children, a development that was expected by health officials as…
For nearly four weeks, the Minnesota Department of Health had been battling a measles outbreak that is now the state's worst since 1990.
The latest three cases — all family members — are in Crow Wing County.
The health care system is asking that children under age 5 not visit its hospitals unless they are seeking care, and children under 11 are asked to wear masks.
All 3 are unvaccinated children in Hennepin County, the center of the outbreak so far.
Quarantine is considered as infections spread beyond Hennepin County area, with first non-Somali and first adult cases.
Feds say only 37 percent of kids on Medical Assistance got preventive care in '15.
The groups' message for a meeting planned for Sunday at the Brian Coyle Community Center in Minneapolis: "The epidemic is autism, not measles."
Five more cases of measles in Minnesota were reported Thursday, bringing the total to 29. Health officials also announced that the outbreak has spread to Stearns County.
All cases are still among Somali-American children in Hennepin County. A meeting Wednesday night tried to spread the word to get more kids vaccinated.
Eight new infections were confirmed Monday. State health officials said that all of the cases have occurred within the Somali-American community.
Misinformation about the measles shot raised fear in many Somali families. Now health officials are reaching out and redoubling their efforts.
Risk to the public from drug-resistant strain is low, health officials say.
Syphilis and gonorrhea see double-digit increases; chlamydia remains prevalent.
U officials urge students to stay in if they feel sick.
Two more measles cases were confirmed by Minnesota health officials Wednesday, bringing the total number of infections in the current outbreak to 11. Of those sickened, nine are known to have been unvaccinated for the highly contagious disease.
State health investigators are still trying to determine the source of the measles outbreak, the largest in Minnesota since 2011, when 26 people were infected.
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