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Each weekday, Minnesota Hospital Association members receive In the News, a compilation of health care-related media stories from state and national media such as Minnesota Public Radio and the New York Times. In the News is a way to keep members informed of what’s being reported related to health care, both positive and negative. Inclusion of an article does not indicate support for or opposition to an issue by MHA. 

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In the News

August 16, 2019

Kaiser Health News
Among Hurdles For Those With Opioid Addictions: Getting The Drug To Treat It
Louis Morano knew what he needed, and he knew where to get it. He made his way to a mobile medical clinic parked on a corner of Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood, in the geographical heart of the city’s overdose
08/16/2019

Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minnesota launches new housing benefit for poor seniors and people with disabilities
Thousands of Minnesotans who are poor, elderly or have disabilities will get more assistance staying in their own homes and avoid becoming homeless under a new program paid for by the state and federal governments.
08/16/2019

Minnesota Public Radio
U’s medical school in Duluth welcomes record number of Native students
When Jennie Murillo was in high school, she remembers going to her local Indian Health Service clinic in southeast Idaho for regular checkups and mostly seeing older, white male physicians.
08/16/2019

Stateline
Rural America Has a Maternal Mortality Problem. Midwives Might Help Solve It.
The sun is setting just as midwife Sheryl Shafer wraps up a long Thursday on the road visiting families in west Tennessee and Kentucky. She knows the patient on her last stop, a 21-year-old Amish woman in a two-story
08/16/2019

The Bulletin
Giving birth in rural Oregon
Itzel Wiewel was determined to control the circumstances of her second child’s delivery. Her first daughter’s birth at an out of state hospital was fraught with complications, evoking fear and helplessness. Her daughter spent a
08/16/2019

Kaiser Health News
Georgia officials, feds take aim at surprise bills for air ambulances
The politics of health care are changing. And one of the most controversial parts of the Affordable Care Act — the so-called Cadillac tax — may be about to change with it.
08/15/2019

Kaiser Health News
What The Trump Home Dialysis Plan Would Really Look Like
Mary Epp awoke from a deep sleep to the “high, shrill” sound of her dialysis machine’s alarm. Something was wrong. It was 1 a.m. and Epp, 89, was alone at home in Marion Junction, Ala. No matter. Epp has been on
08/15/2019

Minneapolis Star Tribune
Get the word out — now — on insulin options for people with diabetes; we cannot wait
Minnesota has been at the forefront of efforts to call attention to high insulin costs and their heavy toll on people with diabetes and their families. We applaud the state’s efforts to find a lasting solution. But with so much
08/15/2019

Minneapolis Star Tribune
US makes new push for graphic warning labels on cigarettes
WASHINGTON — U.S. health officials are making a new attempt at adding graphic images to cigarette packets to discourage Americans from lighting up. If successful, it would be the first change to U.S. cigarette warnings in
08/15/2019

Minnesota Public Radio
Do you need all those meds? How to talk to your doctor about cutting back
It's a common problem for many older adults. You may have more than one doctor and each prescribes a different drug for a different illness. Before you know it, you're taking multiple medications and start feeling tired,
08/15/2019

NPR
Creative Recruiting Helps Rural Hospitals Overcome Doctor Shortages
In the central Idaho community of Arco, where Lost Rivers Medical Center is located, the elk and bear outnumber the human population of a thousand. The view from the hospital is flat grassland surrounded by
08/15/2019

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Georgia officials, feds take aim at surprise bills for air ambulances
The bill to fly Jim Hopkins’ dying son Joey from a hiking accident to a hospital was “ridiculous,” Hopkins recalled, north of $35,000. Also outrageous, he felt, was that Joey’s insurance company, Blue Cross Blue Shield of
08/15/2019

The New York Times
New York Subpoenas Banks and Financial Advisers for Sackler Records
The New York state attorney general has begun issuing subpoenas to 33 financial institutions and investment advisers with ties to the Sackler family, part of an aggressive effort to track billions of dollars that prosecutors
08/15/2019

FierceHealthcare
Rating the raters? Hospital experts turn tables and critique quality comparison sites
It's no secret that many health systems aren't always fans of hospital comparison websites. Some of the top sources of information to earn their ire are U.S. News & World Report, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
08/14/2019

West Central Tribune
Common ground: Garden helps Willmar's Karen community find healthy connections
WILLMAR — In Myanmar, the Karen carved gardens out of the mountainous green landscape. They planted thick patchworks of vegetables, greens and herbs and harvested them to feed their villages.
08/14/2019