Archives for November 2010

[Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, November 30, 2010]   Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota , the largest health insurer operating in the state, is trying a new approach to paying for health care. The Eagan-based insurer said Tuesday it has signed “shared incentive” payment agreements with four large hospitals and clinics systems: Minneapolis-based Allina Hospitals & Clinics , Minneapolis-based Fairview Health Services, St. Paul-based HealthEast Care System and Duluth-based Essentia Health.
November 30, 2010
[ESPN Men's Health, November 25, 2010]   When discussing possible health risks related to marathons, men's health writer cites research from the Minneapolis Heart Institute® at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. Study author Jonathan Schwartz, MD, says the physical stress of training and races, including elevated heart rate and blood pressure, can expose tissue to a damaging acidic environment.
November 30, 2010
[Star Tribune, November 30, 2010]   Minnesota's major health insurers are ramping up incentive payments to hospitals and clinics that succeed in cutting waste and keeping patients well. The goal is to slow the growth of overall medical spending and eventually reverse it.
November 30, 2010
[Star Tribune, November 28, 2010]   In this commentary, a member of the steering committee of Physicians for a National Health Program, Minnesota chapter, questions the methodology used by the Minnesota Department of Health to measure the quality of care delivered by the state's clinics and hospitals in the Minnesota Health Care Quality Report. As an example, the writer asks readers to "consider the diabetes scores the department gave to the Allina clinic in Faribault and the Mayo Health System clinic in Cannon Falls." Read the full story on startribune.com .
November 29, 2010
[Lawyers and Settlements, November 27, 2010]   The proton pump inhibitor, or PPI, is a medication that is used to treat acid reflux or heartburn. There is continuing concern that PPIs are being over-prescribed and in so doing, putting patients in harms way of needless side effects.
November 29, 2010
[Savage Pacer, November 13, 2010]   At Night to Unite I had the opportunity to visit neighborhoods with a sworn officer in a squad car, the assistant chief in a fire unit and an EMT with an ambulance. Local ambulance service is provided by Allina Medical Transportation at no cost to the city.
November 29, 2010
[St. Paul Pioneer Press, November 24, 2010]   Bring together five kidney donors and their organ recipients for the first time, and you can expect to hear plenty of people giving thanks. But the banter can be pretty good, too.
November 24, 2010
[St. Paul Pioneer Press, November 24, 2010]   Bring together five kidney donors and their organ recipients for the first time, and you can expect to hear plenty of people giving thanks. But the banter can be pretty good, too.
November 24, 2010
[New Ulm Journal, November 22, 2010]   Toby Freier has been named as the next president of the New Ulm Medical Center. Freier will succeed Lori Wightman who is leaving New Ulm Medical Center (NUMC) to assume the role of president of Unity Hospital on Jan.
November 22, 2010
[KARE11-TV, January 01, 0001]   Walking on it or driving on it, this weekend's ice storm caused problems for people all around the Twin Cities Metro Area. "We're seeing double the amount of patients," says Deb Purfeest, a nurse with United Hospital in Saint Paul.
November 22, 2010