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May 01, 2017
Minnesota's hospitals are working hard to deliver safer care, improve the patient experience and save health care costs. View the fact sheet below to better understand health care spending and the cost of health care, insurance and prescription drugs. 

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April 20, 2017

Minnesota's 142 hospitals and health systems have earned a national reputation for delivering safe, high-quality care and for meeting the needs of our communities. 

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March 28, 2017
Minnesota’s leadership on quality and patient safety is recognized throughout the nation, and other states look to the Minnesota Hospital Association in creating their own patient safety programs. 

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January 01, 2016
Minnesota’s leadership on quality and patient safety is recognized throughout the nation, and other states look to the Minnesota Hospital Association in creating their own patient safety programs.

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March 13, 2015
H.F. 1088 would create “patient care zones” around hospitals, nursing homes and hospice care facilities to help ensure they are places of safety and healing. This “safe zone” legislation would give courts discretion to impose enhanced penalties for individuals convicted of committing certain crimes in a patient care zone. The proposal is modeled after existing laws applicable to schools, parks and public housing zones.

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February 24, 2015
The Minnesota Telemedicine Act will facilitate health care providers’ continued adoption and implementation of technology to deliver high quality patient care in the most accessible and cost-effective ways possible. As many communities across Minnesota struggle to retain access to health care services in the midst of growing caregiver shortages, telemedicine allows residents to receive care locally, makes care more convenient, extends the reach of otherwise scarce specialty services, and helps hold down rising healthcare costs for employers and individuals.

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January 23, 2015
Minnesota’s 143 hospitals and health systems have earned a national reputation for delivering safe, high quality care and for meeting the needs of our communities.

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January 23, 2015
Hospitals and nurses share the same goal – delivering safe patient care. In 2012, the Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA), an affiliate of National Nurses United (NNU), introduced legislation that would have imposed a government mandated nurse-to-patient quota in every Minnesota hospital. The MNA and NNU continue to pursue government-mandated quotas in states throughout the country via legislation and ballot initiatives.

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January 23, 2015
Minnesota’s leadership on patient safety and quality is recognized throughout the nation, and other states look to the Minnesota Hospital Association in creating their own patient safety programs.

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April 17, 2014
MHA is seeking an amendment to protect hospitals covered under the Charitable Hospital Act from being subjected to review under the new Public Employment Relations Board for unfair labor practice and other public employer/employee disputes.

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April 17, 2014
MHA asks for continued protection and maintenance for the current CAH program, and also to work to fix the administrative limitations of the 96-hour and direct supervision requirements that constrain the efficiency and effectiveness of Minnesota’s CAHs. 

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April 17, 2014
The Minnesota Hospital Association requests a renewed commitment to our health care workforce by opposing further across-the-board cuts to medical education and lifting the 17-year freeze on residency slots.

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April 17, 2014
Minnesota is a national leader in patient safety and quality and MHA encourages support of continued funding for Partnership for Patients Hospital Engagement Networks (HENs) and urges the Medicare Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program to be improved through H.R. 4188,  the Establishing Beneficiary Equity in Hospital Readmissions Program Act. 

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February 01, 2014
The Minnesota Hospital Association’s (MHA) overarching goals for 2014 include a continuation of our nation-leading initiatives in patient safety and quality, helping Minnesota and our members implement health care reform, and identifying where hospitals and health systems can play a greater role in advancing community and population health.

Minnesota’s hospitals and health systems are committed to working with legislators and health care stakeholders to advance the Triple Aim: better care, lower cost per capita and a healthier population. MHA has identified priorities that are important for accomplishing these goals.

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April 09, 2013
The Affordable Care Act included a provision requiring hospitals with greater than 50 beds to participate in a “patient safety evaluation system” in order to contract with any health plan offered on an exchange beginning Jan. 1, 2015.

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April 09, 2013

For more than 20 years, MinnesotaCare has been an effective way to provide affordable health coverage for low-income, working Minnesotans. To continue MinnesotaCare, the state will need it to qualify as a Basic Health Plan and receive corresponding federal funding.

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April 09, 2013

The Affordable Care Act included a provision requiring hospitals with greater than 50 beds to participate in a “patient safety evaluation system” in order to contract with any health plan offered on an exchange beginning Jan. 1, 2015.

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April 09, 2013

Because Minnesota hospitals and health systems already deliver more efficient care than the national average, across-the-board cuts have greater negative impacts in Minnesota than other states.

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April 09, 2013

The Balanced Budget Act of 1997 froze the number of residency positions available for Medicare funding at the 1996 level, thereby limiting the number of physicians trained each year. However, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) estimates that in 2015 there will be a deficit of 62,900 physicians, which will double by 2025.

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April 09, 2013

Congress recognized the importance of access to health care in rural communities and the vulnerabilities of small and rural hospitals by creating the critical access hospitals (CAH) program. Yet, some have now proposed eliminating the CAH designation for any hospital that is fewer than 15 miles from the next nearest hospital.

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February 21, 2013
Legislation (SF 471/HF 588) has been introduced in the Minnesota Legislature that would transfer critical decisions on staffing from local hospitals to the government. The claims of supporters just don’t stand up to the facts.

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February 21, 2013
SF 471/HF 588 is one national union’s drive toward a government-mandated staffing quota in Minnesota. The MNA claims this is not a “ratio” bill but rather sets minimum standards of care.

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February 21, 2013

SF 471/HF 588 is one national union’s drive toward a government mandated staffing quota in Minnesota. Oppose the bill and keep staffing decisions with your local hospital and local health care professionals. This legislation isn’t about “standards of care” — it’s about government mandated staffing quotas.

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January 14, 2013
Minnesota’s leadership on patient safety and quality is recognized throughout the nation, and other states look to the Minnesota Hospital Association in creating their own patient safety programs.

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December 28, 2012
Important issues face the 2013 Legislature, including the implementation of health care reform and a projected budget deficit that could jeopardize hospital and health care funding. Minnesota’s hospitals and health systems are committed to working with legislators to: improve the delivery of health care to our patients; reward health care providers for patient outcomes not volume; find innovative solutions to make health care more affordable; and ensure access to quality health care throughout our state.

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August 28, 2012
Minnesota’s 144 hospitals and health systems employ more than 113,000 people, provide quality care for patients and meet the needs of our communities.

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August 09, 2012

Every hospital's top priority is the quality and safety of the care it provides to each patient. Minnesota hospitals are proud of their long tradition of nationally high quality ratings.

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August 06, 2012

Minnesota ranks in the top quartile in the Commonwealth Fund's first-ever Scorecard on Local Health System Performance. The scorecard measures access, prevention and treatment (quality), potentially avoidable hospital use and cost (costs), and healthy lives (patient outcomes/quality of life) at the local level by hospital referral region.

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May 01, 2012

Minnesota's small and rural hospitals are the cornerstone of their communities. In addition to providing life-saving access to quality health care services, they are often the largest employer in the community, attract and employ a highly educated workforce, and they serve as a vital community resource for other employers' recruitment and relocation.

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May 01, 2012

The relationship between the patient and health care professional is at the core of health care delivery. The men and women that care for patients every day demonstrate the hard work, compassion and dedication that allow Minnesota hospitals and health systems to provide access to high-quality care 24 hours a day, seven days a weeks.

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May 01, 2012

The Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) convened a work group to explore how state and national policy makers can reduce hospitals’ and health systems’ regulatory burden and administrative costs. A final report was issued in January 2012 enumerating dozens of ideas. The following exemplify the federal regulatory relief suggestions the group identified.

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May 01, 2012

Minnesota’s hospitals and health systems are committed to providing patients with the right care, at the right time, in the right setting. A critical component of this equation is having the right drugs available. However, the number of drug shortages has tripled in the last six years.

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May 01, 2012

Minnesota hospitals make life-saving care available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. At a time when hospitals face the simultaneous challenges and uncertainties of implementing federal health care reform, a shaky economy and the effects of state and federal budget cuts, it is important to ensure that every hospital can continue to fulfill its critical role as the safety net for its community.

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May 01, 2012

Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) members are actively participating in and, in some instances, creating nation-leading health care reform experiments. Each of these initiatives entails risk on the part of the hospital or health system, but the payoffs from the experience will come in the form of higher quality care forpatients and lower rates of cost growth for payers.

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April 01, 2011

Hospitals throughout Minnesota serve as a tremendous asset to communities and regions. With an overarching goal of providing high quality, accessible and affordable care, they provide communities with a broad continuum of essential health care services, from preventive and primary care to surgery, emergency care, mental health services, and hospice care.

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May 01, 2008

The passage of health-care reform legislation was clearly one of the highest legislative  priorities for the 2008 Legislature. After countless hours serving on both the Governor’s  Transformation Task Force and the Legislature’s Health Care Access Commission,  health-care leaders seemed bound and determined to pass some form of health-care  reform legislation, even if it meant compromising much of the proposed MinnesotaCare  eligibility expansion in order to get Governor Pawlenty’s approval.

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