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A three-month audit of rates paid by the state of Minnesota for COVID-19 testing found no evidence that it overpaid the two private companies running…
State AG Ellison says states have the right to regulate pharmacy-benefit companies.
A former surgery resident faces criminal charges in the 2020 matter, and three lawsuits contend Mayo is responsible.
Medical device maker to buy California firm in $450 million deal
After a closely watched legal victory for a Texas health system, no hospital or nursing home in Minnesota so far has imposed a COVID-19 vaccine mandate on its workers.
Following reports of greater mortality and stroke risk, Medtronic pulls its HVAD device from worldwide market.
The risk of public encounters with the unmasked and unvaccinated is still a concern, especially for those with children too young to be vaccinated.
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Recent changes in ownership, executive leadership signal moves for near-term expansion.
Minnesota hospitals collectively now have about 2.8 million N95 respirators on hand, a supply that would last five months. A year ago, they had only enough to last two months, state data show.
The benefit was set to end May 1, but Gov. Tim Walz signed an extension through year's end.
Sholom Community Alliance paid $27,100 in fines after David Kolleh, a manager in the facility's memory care unit, died from the coronavirus as it spread in the home.
The Scott County bar continued to serve food and drinks indoors despite state orders prohibiting that.
Outreach focused on groups hit hard by COVID-19 including communities of color.
1,189 new COVID-19 cases, five deaths in Minnesota
Under the emergency agreement struck last year, the state is billed $87 to $120.99 per test, depending on whether the sample came from a free community walk-up site or the statewide mail-order testing program.
Allina patients insured by HealthPartners will be included in five-year effort focused on improving outcomes.
The device maker is not recommending that doctors remove the devices unless they see a sign of problems.
There's no ready pool of doctors with the necessary expertise who can quarterback the complicated issues faced by the silent wave of Long COVID patients. Patients say it feels like they're on their own.
A national hospital group is concerned the deal could distort patient care decisions and claims processing.
Last year the COVID-19 pandemic triggered major disruptions in the state's $112 billion industry. Meatpacking plant closures and declines in sales to restaurants forced some livestock to be euthanized.
Minnesota is one of 10 states getting federal shipments of the Cue Health test, which delivers results in minutes. But it's not free.
Despite public health advice that people should get whatever vaccine is first available to them, some vaccine-seekers are using online tools to locate a specific brand at a retail site. Some public sites also list vaccine availability by brand.
Table-sized device works as life support during transplant.
The med-tech company said the deal is expected to close in the second half of 2021.
When COVID-19 case counts fall, doctors and public health officials say the importance of finding and isolating asymptomatic carriers will re-emerge as a top priority for ending the pandemic.
None of the claims that have been paid so far are from the state's largest meat-processing plants, where some of the Minnesota's biggest workplace outbreaks occurred.
Minnesota has seen 18 cases of the U.K. variant, two cases of the Brazil variant, and no cases of the South Africa variant, according to CDC data.
Minnesota saw 250% increase over prior year.
N95 respirators. Rubber gloves. Rapid test kits and swabs. Special syringes. To boost production, the Biden administration plans to use a wartime law that prioritizes federal contracts.
The number of people working in health care — Minnesota's largest industry by worker head count — has dropped 10,000 since the start of the year.
The manufacturer of a test used at community testing sites across the state says the test may offer an important clue that a more infectious COVID strain is present.
Starting this month, the Minnesota Department of Health is eliminating nasal-swab testing at its 20 "barrier-free" COVID-19 testing sites, and moving to collecting only saliva samples. The state's at-home tests will remain saliva-based.
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Supply Link officials said they were conducting an investigation to determine who was behind the fake masks.
Scientists don't yet know of vaccinated people can spread the virus, how fast immunity might fade or whether booster shots will be needed after the initial two-injection course of the vaccine.
Available to the public for the first time, it adds word to virus vocabulary: titer.
An anxiety-fighting drug that has been on the market for decades could turn out to be a potent weapon in the fight against COVID-19.
Demand is so strong in Minnesota that Health Department officials are modifying their prior advice for asymptomatic people to get tested.
Decision to drop heart valve means 100 jobs lost at Maple Grove plant.
Family get-togethers seen as high risk as deaths in Minnesota exceed 2,900.
Which COVID test works best? Is it free? Where can I get one? We spoke to medical experts to answer these questions and more.
As COVID-19 cases in Minnesota continue to surge, some hospitals and health care providers are asking employees with "higher-risk" exposure to the disease to return to work before their quarantines end.
Bedside caregivers are far less likely to catch COVID-19 after risky exposures to patients, compared with interactions at home or in the community, new data show.
Health system would join with Intermountain, a similar hospital network.
"Mortality for heart attack patients ... should be in single digits. We're seeing mortality here that is 32%," said Dr. Santiago Garcia, of the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation.
The company now expects to return to normal revenue and profit growth by January, three months earlier than earlier projections.
A bill slated to be introduced in the Legislature on Monday would require hospitals and nursing homes to give paid time off to health care workers who need to go on leave for COVID testing and quarantine.
Omar Ishrak, currently executive chairman, will separate from device maker in December.
Social Security numbers, payment card information and bank account numbers weren't accessed.
Medtronic denies any wrongdoing in its marketing or sales of Infuse.
Despite state guidelines to help school districts decide whether or when to switch to hybrid or full-time remote learning models, the recommendations are nonbinding, leaving it to district administrators to make the final call.
The University of Arizona and Utah State University recently quarantined and tested hundreds of students after dorm wastewater samples led to the discovery of undetected COVID-19 cases.
The hack was part of a ransomware attack on a cloud computing company called Blackbaud, which manages databases for a number of nonprofits.
As hospitals and clinics rebuild from the pandemic's financial hit, some doctors and health care officials say there's never been a better time to reach out to historically underserved communities and offer them the same levels of care as whites.
"They are still rationing them, just like they were back in March," said one nurse at a metro hospital, who is leaving her "dream job" until the pandemic recedes because she doesn't feel safe.
He served for decades as head of surgery at the University of Minnesota, in a career marked by achievement and controversy.
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North Memorial and United Hospital were each hit with $2,100 citations after workers complained to the state about an array of allegedly unsafe practices related to breathing devices and other personal protective equipment.
Masks ordered, but getting them is another story.
Companion Medical will help the company expand its diabetes management offerings.
Cliff Willmeng joins a burgeoning group of hospital workers nationally filing lawsuits in response to what they see as pressure from hospitals to unreasonably lower safety standards for workers on the front lines of pandemic care.
Hospital-at-home programs are providing telehealth for some emergency patients
The president of Larrydean Goodridge's union said that after her death, the hospital reversed its policy of not providing non-nursing staff with N95 respirators. Hospital officials say they were following CDC guidelines.
Health officials say the evidence backing test accuracy and protectiveness from antibodies is not yet strong enough. Even the lab companies and hospitals admit they can't offer "immunity certificates" to people who have the antibodies today.
Elected officials say requiring cloth masks while in public is an easy and safe to way prevent spread of the coronavirus.
Seven of the eight people whose deaths were reported Friday lived in long-term care facilities.
Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm urged Minnesotans to celebrate the holiday primarily with the people in their own households and to consider virtual visits with larger groups.
It's only the third report in a month's time to reach the 500s.
State health officials say evidence is mounting that masks make a difference in slowing COVID-19 spread.
Gov. Tim Walz has said the number of new COVID-19 cases confirmed by laboratory testing in Minnesota plateaued in June.
While cases of COVID-19 are growing rapidly in some states, Minnesota has seen fluctuating trends in confirmed case counts of late.