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Most of those seeking coverage seem to qualify for public health insurance programs.
As the number of Minnesota deaths from COVID-19 grew by two to 24, the pandemic's financial shock became clearer.
See things ranging from ventilator tallies to total unemployment claims on a new online dashboard that state officials say will provide daily updates.
Plans covering 2.4 million in state posted about $220 million in operating income last year.
While preparing for a surge at hospitals, outpatient care centers go dark and workers are told to stay home.
The shutdown of elective procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic is cutting the volume of patients.
UnitedHealth Group said it will provide $50 million to support groups most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.The Minnetonka-based health care company said it would work…
Newly declared patients included a 2-year-old as concern grows about the virus' spread in long-term care facilities.
Minnesota researchers offered a detailed look at the predictive modeling that influenced Gov. Tim Walz's use of the strategy, saying the move could reduce predicted deaths by up to a third.
"I don't think it's likely that one vaccine alone is going to meet all the different needs we have," says Mayo's Dr. Gregory Poland.
A new COVID-19 test method would let patients swab their own noses for specimens at designated testing sites — an approach that could help with swab shortages and conserve dwindling supplies of protective gear for health care workers.
The state insurance exchange and UnitedHealthcare have launched special enrollment periods.
Physicians try coping with shortages in tests and supplies.
The Ramsey County resident who died March 19 was 80 to 89 years old with underlying health issues, according to officials. Nearly a third of the state's counties have been affected.
People lacking coverage can sign up beginning March 23.
Screening begins at the front door of medical centers.
The transition to working remotely sounds easy. In truth, the shift raises all sorts of tricky questions.
In materials issued this past weekend, "employees are expected to come to their assigned work location" unless they have self-identified as being at higher risk for serious COVID-19 illness or are experiencing symptoms of respiratory infection.
State seeks waivers of cost-sharing when patients are treated for the disease.
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota has jumped to 35. St. Paul declared a state of emergency, closing all libraries and Park and Rec facilities.
As supply concerns persist, the clinic's lab is part of growing testing capabilities.
It comes as concerns build over testing capacity that could thwart a robust response to the outbreak.
Health plans offer more detailed guidance on benefits as coronavirus spreads.
Insurers try to reassure consumers, but the system is fragmented.
The project would add a central utilities plant and parking garage.
The earnings figure for 2019 was up 72% from the previous year as the Rochester-based health system saw more admissions and surgery patients.
Shares in nearly all of Minnesota’s publicly traded companies were swept up Monday in a broad sell-off that was shaped by intensifying fears about the…
Process improvement program helped offset income drop from lower demand in first half.
Deutsche Bank says the chance for "sweeping" change seems diminished.
A woman taken to detox from an apartment in the city's Como neighborhood has been arrested on suspicion of murder.
The addiction treatment provider is planning a $30 million construction project.
Gap between Minnesota's urban and rural hospitals narrowed in most recent period.
As costs rise, smaller practices find they need support of partnerships.
He led hundreds of clients toward recovery through decades of work at chemical dependency treatment centers in the Twin Cities.
About 1,800 unionized workers at HealthPartners are set to take a strike vote this week, union officials said Monday, after negotiations on a new contract…
When regional health improvement groups met in Minneapolis for an October summit, Dr. Marty Makary presented a powerful set of slides explaining how 48% of…
Omar Ishrak is scheduled to retire from the medical device manufacturer in April.
Three large Minnesota nonprofits collectively paid more than $1.6 million.
UnitedHealth Group's data division and growth in its insurance business for Medicare beneficiaries drove a better-than-expected jump in fourth-quarter profit at Minnesota's largest company.The company's…
Hospitals, insurer clash on "site of service" rules.
The lower-cost alternatives to hospitals will be part of a partnership with Optum.
The transaction spotlights the company's push for more Medicare business.
Nationwide, fewer turn to public health insurance exchanges in briefer open enrollment.
Renville County Hospital & Clinics in west-central Minnesota is to become part of the Bloomington-based nonprofit in 2020.
Total equity financing for the Minneapolis-based startup health insurer now exceeds $1 billion.
About 70 jobs will be cut in HealthPartners' third set of layoffs in six weeks.
Deal is the latest in series to expand services offered by OptumRx.
Dr. John Halamka and his wife, Kathy, currently run Unity Farm, an animal sanctuary in suburban Boston that includes 30 acres of agricultural production plus a cidery and winery.
Clinic cites difficulties with attracting patients and doctors to Springfield's medical center.
Growth comes as health care giant diversifies beyond its core health insurance business.
Deal with Iowa provider would have created a six-state network.
St. Francis Regional Medical Center cites patient demand and changing payments from health insurers.
A dozen Walgreens stores to offer UnitedHealthcare options, wellness visits.
Planning-tool glitches, pricing mistakes found.
Doctors say the "occlusion" devices exemplify the pioneering role Amplatz played in developing a new approach to treating heart ailments.
A federal mandate eliminating Medicare Cost plans has hurt revenue.
Former GlaxoSmithKline exec Andrew Witty will have both jobs as he ascends closer to top.
HealthPartners says it's due to economic pressures that give an advantage to larger operators in the industry.
Pennsylvania regulators say insurer violated state, federal laws on medical claims.
Despite rules suspension, associations venturing in.
Regulators says racial bias in algorithm leads to poorer care for black patients; UnitedHealth defends product.
A survey puts the average at $12,850 per worker in 2019, with 4.4% higher costs expected in 2020.
University of Minnesota Morris researchers documented savings that helped offset costs of a sleep apnea treatment program
Insurers that sell Medicare Advantage health plans are pushing to extend the coverage into hundreds of new counties across the country next year, a competitive…
Minnetonka-based insurer says one of its health plans fell out of compliance with Medicare.
The company saw its quarterly earnings grow by 11% to $3.5 billion.
The facility is part of a new partnership with Oxford University Clinic.
Regulators approved 2020 average premiums that are flat or down slightly.
Infinite Health Collaborative is trying to preserve older ideals of medicine where physicians and patients are independent of larger groups when making decisions, one of its owners says.
The cost of insurance offered through employers keeps rising faster than wages and inflation.
Premiums will mostly hold steady for Medicare Advantage plans.
The Minnesota Health Action Group will use the award to identify ways to bridge gaps in treatment.
The Minnetonka-based company reportedly paid $3.2 billion for Equian.
The digital giant will open an office in Rochester for research with Mayo on solving complex health care problems..
Wearing his life jacket and a steel helmet, Bill Killian stood on the deck of the USS Roper and watched as a suicide Japanese aircraft…