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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. 

If you would like to receive the In the News daily email, contact Sarah Bohnet, MHA visual communications specialist/division assistant, 651-603-3494.

In the News

April 3, 2020

Minneapolis Star Tribune
COVID-19 plans shrink health care work for Minnesota clinics and hospitals
As the COVID-19 pandemic is spotlighting the acute need for health care workers, a shutdown in elective procedures has dried up work at health systems and private medical groups across Minnesota.
04/03/2020

Minneapolis Star Tribune
Disease data modeling, in Minnesota and elsewhere, varies greatly
No one knows for sure how bad COVID-19 will get. Data modeling by Minnesota experts predicted as many as 50,000 deaths in the state, while a University of Washington model estimated fewer than 2,000. Nationally, the
04/03/2020

Fox 9
Minnesota hospitals say they're losing $31 million a day amid coronavirus
Minnesota hospitals say they're hemorrhaging money even before the coronavirus pandemic peaks, and accuse state health officials of working too slowly to deliver needed funding. Mary Krinkie, the Minnesota Hospital
04/03/2020

St. Paul Pioneer Press
Minnesota hospitals say they’re hemorrhaging money, rationing supplies, and concerned about staffing.
Minnesota hospitals are losing $30 million a day, rationing supplies and worried about having enough workers to combat the coronavirus surge that is sure to come, several hospital officials said Thursday. The statements
04/03/2020

Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minnesota deaths up 4, to 22, in COVID-19 pandemic
Four more deaths in Minnesota have been linked to COVID-19, state officials said Friday, as the statewide count is now 22 deaths related to the coronavirus pandemic. The number of known COVID-19 cases increased
04/03/2020

Minneapolis Star Tribune
Editorial: A sensible, family-friendly pivot on COVID-19 disclosure
Minnesotans deserve to know if the nursing homes, assisted-living centers and other care settings that house their loved ones have residents or staff test positive for COVID-19. On Thursday, the state health department
04/03/2020

Minneapolis Star Tribune
In abrupt reversal, Minnesota will release names of senior care facilities with coronavirus
Amid mounting public pressure, the administration of Gov. Tim Walz has reversed course and will release the names of dozens of long-term care facilities where residents and staff have become infected with the novel
04/03/2020

Minneapolis Star Tribune
With COVID-19 hospitalizations rising in state, deal reached on treatment costs
Out-of-pocket treatment costs for some COVID-19 patients will be waived under an agreement announced Thursday with Minnesota’s nonprofit insurers, as the virus sends growing numbers to the hospital.
04/03/2020

Minnesota Public Radio
Latest on COVID-19 in MN: Walz to speak via video address at 1 p.m.
Gov. Tim Walz will deliver a video address Friday to update Minnesotans on the state's fight against COVID-19. The governor's spokesperson said Walz plans to talk about the latest numbers and the challenges ahead.
04/03/20202

Minnesota Public Radio
U of M designers build prototypes to fill the urgent need for masks, ventilators
Few supplies are going to be as important as the protective masks that can prevent the coronavirus from spreading to the doctors and nurses treating the sick. But with shortages of masks widespread, researchers and
04/03/2020

Minnesota Public Radio
Ventilator shortages loom as states ponder rules for rationing
Medical rationing is not something Americans are accustomed to, but COVID-19 may soon change that. The specter of rationing is most imminent in New York City, where the virus is spreading rapidly and overwhelming
04/03/2020

St. Paul Pioneer Press
Six nonprofit insurers drop co-pays for coronavirus hospitalization, care
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, HealthPartners, UCare and Minnesota’s other other nonprofit health insurers have all agreed to drop patient cost-sharing for COVID-19 treatments, including hospitalizations.
04/03/2020

St. Paul Pioneer Press
WATCH: MN coronavirus nurse, union president gives tearful plea to lawmakers: ‘PPE is our armor.’
A Minnesota intensive care nurse treating COVID-19 patients teared up Thursday as she pleaded with state lawmakers for help for frontline medical workers battling the coronavirus pandemic.
04/03/2020

WCCO
Coronavirus In Minnesota: ‘That’s Our Armor’: Nurses Hammer Home Stark Reality Of PPE Shortage
We continuously hear about the shortages of personal protective equipment, or PPE, for Minnesota health care workers, including a lack of masks, face shields and gloves. Minnesota Nurses Association President Mary
04/03/2020