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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

June 14, 2019

New Ulm Journal
Medical center hailed as top workplace
NEW ULM — Allina Health’s New Ulm Medical Center was named Best Minnesota Hospital Workplace by the Minnesota Hospital Association. Allina Health has also been named one of the Top Workplaces in Minnesota by
06/14/2019

Echo Press
Overdoses spiking here, across state
As the Twin Cities copes with a sudden cluster of drug overdoses, Alexandria's hospital is also seeing a large increase in opioid-based and heroin-based overdoses, an emergency room doctor says.
06/14/2019

Hometown Focus
Essentia Health- Virginia plans to transition care
VIRGINIA — Beginning Monday, July 1, Essentia Health will be transitioning care for those who have traditionally recuperated in the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit of its Virginia hospital to its Virginia Care Unit.
06/14/2019

Kaiser Health News
A Proposal To Make It Harder For Kids To Skip Vaccines Gives Powerful Voices Pause
As California lawmakers attempt to tighten the rules on childhood vaccinations, they’re getting pushback from unexpected quarters: high-profile officials who support vaccines.
06/14/2019

Kaiser Health News
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In Combating Surprise Bills, Lawmakers Miss Sky-High Air Ambulance Costs
In April 2018, 9-year-old Christian Bolling was hiking with his parents and sister in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, near their home in Roanoke. While climbing some boulders, he lost his footing and fell down a rocky
06/14/2019

KSTP
Fairview Southdale to pay over $3 million to patient who lost an eye during surgery
Fairview Southdale in Edina will pay more than $3 million to a patient who lost an eye during surgery eight years ago. That comes after a jury, and now an appellate court, found the hospital caused an infection by using
06/14/2019

KSTP
Nurses 'overwhelmingly' authorize strike amidst negotiations with Children's Hospital
After months of negotiations have failed to lead to a new contract between Children's Minnesota and its nurses, a strike may be on the horizon. On Thursday evening, the nurses voted down the latest offer from Children's.
06/14/2019

Minneapolis Star Tribune
FDA says HCMC doctors kept ketamine study going after pledging to stop
Medical staff at HCMC continued to sedate people with ketamine and collect data for a study for months after the hospital’s leadership told elected officials they had voluntarily halted the research in response to questions
06/14/2019

Minneapolis Star Tribune
Local governments seek negotiating power in opioid lawsuit
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Lawyers suing over the toll of opioids asked a judge Friday to allow a structure for all 25,000 municipal and county governments in the U.S. to be paid — if a settlement can be reached with
06/14/2019

Minneapolis Star Tribune
New York ends religious exemption to vaccine mandates
ALBANY, N.Y. — New York eliminated the religious exemption to vaccine requirements for schoolchildren Thursday, as the nation's worst measles outbreak in decades prompts states to reconsider giving parents ways
06/14/2019

Minnesota Public Radio
Nurses authorize strike at Twin Cities Children's hospitals
Nurses at Children's Minnesota in St. Paul and Minneapolis have rejected a contract offer from the health system and authorized their union leaders to call a strike.
06/14/2019

Minneapolis Star Tribune
Administrative costs hit $1.82 billion at health plans in Minnesota
A new state report finds administrative spending by health insurers in Minnesota increased slightly in 2017 to $1.82 billion, a seventh consecutive annual rise that underscores concerns that complexity in the health care
06/13/2019

Minneapolis Star Tribune
Nurses authorize strike at Children's hospitals in Twin Cities
Nurses voted Thursday to authorize a strike against Children’s Minnesota and its Minneapolis and St. Paul hospitals, but no walkouts are scheduled and both sides will return to negotiations Friday.
06/13/2019

Minneapolis Star Tribune
With advisory panel's vote, Minnesota takes a step toward broader hepatitis treatment
A highly effective treatment for hepatitis C would become more widely available to Minnesotans covered by Medicaid under a proposal adopted by a key state advisory committee Wednesday night.
06/13/2019

Minnesota Public Radio
Federal grants restricted to fighting opioids miss the mark, states say
In his 40 years of working with people who struggle with addiction, David Crowe has seen various drugs fade in and out of popularity in Pennsylvania's Crawford County.
06/13/2019

Minnesota Public Radio
Older Minnesotans use plenty of meds, but medical marijuana? Not so much
Rosemary Johnson has three pill bottles in her refrigerator, each with different mixtures of THC and CBD — marijuana chemicals used in medicine.
06/13/2019

St. Paul Pioneer Press
Nurses at Children’s Hospitals reject contract offer, authorize strike
Nurses at Children’s Hospitals of Minnesota have voted to reject a contract offer and authorize a strike, their union announced Thursday night.
06/13/2019

The New York Times
Fecal Transplant Is Linked to a Patient’s Death, the F.D.A. Warns
Two patients contracted severe infections, and one of them died, from fecal transplants that contained drug-resistant bacteria, the Food and Drug Administration reported on Thursday.
06/13/2019

WCCO
Minnesota Nurses Reject Children’s Contract Offer, Authorize Strike
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Nurses represented by the Minnesota Nurses Association voted Thursday night to authorize the negotiating team to call a strike, rejecting the latest offer from Children’s hospitals.
06/13/2019