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[Minnesota Public Radio, November 26, 2012]   The re-election of President Obama guaranteed that the country will be moving forward with the Affordable Care Act. For hospitals that means big changes in the way they get paid.
November 26, 2012
[Star Tribune, October 12, 2012]   Until now, hospitals have had little incentive to keep patients away. But last week, the federal Medicare program started imposing financial penalties on hospitals that, in its view, have too many repeat customers.
October 12, 2012
[Healthcare Informatics, August 20, 2012]   The Healthcare Informatics Innovator Awards Program reaped a cornucopia of outstanding submissions in 2012. One of the semi-finalist teams this year was the Patient Census Dashboard Team at the Minneapolis-based Allina Health.
August 27, 2012
[Minnesota Public Radio, October 27, 2011]   A partnership between two rivals offers a glimpse of the future under a cornerstone of the federal health care overhaul. Allina Hospitals & Clinics and HealthPartners together tested strategies to improve care and reduce health costs for some 27,000 patients in the northwest metro area.
October 28, 2011
[Pioneer Press, August 18, 2011]   Chris Evans wants to qualify for a health plan with a lower deductible next year. So the St. Paul man spent five minutes this week with a toothbrush-shaped swab tucked between his cheek and gums as part of a tobacco-use screening test at United Hospital.
August 19, 2011
[Minnesota Public Radio, March 31, 2011]   The Obama administration has filled in some of the blanks in a key part of the health care overhaul. The administration proposed rules Thursday to define Accountable Care Organizations, which are meant to save hundreds of millions of dollars in the Medicare program while improving quality for patients.
March 31, 2011
[Finance & Commerce, April 19, 2010]   More than three weeks ago, on March 26, Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed a compromise bill that kept alive the general assistance medical care (GAMC) program.
April 20, 2010
[Star Tribune, January 29, 2010]   If a final health bill passes—and that's a big if—it's likely to include a payment formula that would reward efficient, high-quality providers. Leading a coalition of hospitals from the Midwest and Pacific Northwest, Mayo Clinic proposed a radical new payment formula, called a "value index.'' Instead of paying the same amount every time a hospital or physician does a procedure—which encourages more procedures—Medicare should pay for value.
January 29, 2010
[Minnesota Public Radio-Midday, January 18, 2010]   On Minnesota Public Radio's Midday program, U.S. Senator Al Franken fielded questions on a wide range topics including several on health care. During the program he cited Allina's Heart of New Ulm program as an example of preventive health care that will improve health and save money.
January 19, 2010
[Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, November 30, 2009]   Allina was among health care providers to whom UCare paid out nearly $2.5 million in its 2008 “pay for performance” campaign, the health plan announced Monday. The payments were up 58 percent from 2007, according to Minneapolis-based UCare, meaning that participating clinics have improved their performance in the quality-of-health measurements UCare takes.
December 02, 2009