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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 executive assistant/visual communications specialist, 651-603-3494.

In the News

Feb. 26, 2021

Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minnesota reports 1,156 new COVID-19 cases, 12 more deaths
More than 800,000 Minnesotans have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, state health officials reported Friday. Officially, the number of first doses administered is 804,716, with half of them having received
02/26/2021

Minneapolis Star Tribune
Hill-Murray shuts down girls' hockey, others affected after three with COVID symptoms kept playing
The Hill-Murray's girls' hockey team has canceled four games and shut down its program until March 8 after three players continued to participate with the team while showing COVID-19 symptoms.
02/26/2021

Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minnesota's projected shortfall flips to $1.6 billion surplus in next budget cycle
Minnesota's financial outlook has dramatically improved one year into the COVID-19 pandemic, with state economists projecting a surplus of $1.6 billion for the next two-year budget.
02/26/2021

Minnesota Public Radio
Front-line food plant workers up next for COVID-19 vaccine
Workers at Minnesota’s food processing plants — hit hard by coronavirus early in the pandemic — will be among those next in line to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Gov. Tim Walz and Health Commissioner Jan
02/26/2021

Fox 9
Minnesota Hy-Vee administers incorrectly diluted COVID-19 vaccine to 62 patients
A Hy-Vee pharmacy in Mankato, Minnesota incorrectly administered the COVID-19 vaccine to 62 patients, according to a statement from Hy-Vee. Pharmacy staff members at the Riverfront Hy-Vee diluted the Pfizer
02/25/2021

Kaiser Health News
College Tuition Sparked a Mental Health Crisis. Then the Hefty Hospital Bill Arrived.
Despite a lifelong struggle with panic attacks, Divya Singh made a brave move across the world last fall from her home in Mumbai, India. She enrolled at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, to study physics and
02/25/2021

Minneapolis Star Tribune
Many Minnesota seniors confused, frustrated in pursuit of COVID-19 vaccine
As a 69-year-old who has had a heart transplant and kidney cancer, Carrie Lampert figured it wouldn't take long to line up a COVID-19 vaccination. Instead, she waited for weeks as she bird-dogged e-mails and state,
02/25/2021

Modern Healthcare
Hospitals' Medicare billing practices suggest upcoding, OIG says
Hospitals are increasingly billing Medicare for the most complex treatment even though data indicate that patients aren't sicker, according to a new government report. The number of inpatient stays billed at the highest
02/25/2021

The Atlantic
The Most Likely Timeline for Life to Return to Normal
The end of the coronavirus pandemic is on the horizon at last, but the timeline for actually getting there feels like it shifts daily, with updates about viral variants, vaccine logistics, and other important variables seeming to push
02/25/2021

The New York Times
The Coronavirus Is Threatening a Comeback. Here’s How to Stop It.
Across the United States, and the world, the coronavirus seems to be loosening its stranglehold. The deadly curve of cases, hospitalizations and deaths has yo-yoed before, but never has it plunged so steeply and so fast.
02/25/2021

Twin Cities Business
‘On the Cusp of Ending This Pandemic:’ State Lays Out Plans to Ramp Up Vaccinations
Most Minnesotans can expect to receive a Covid-19 vaccination by summer, Gov. Tim Walz announced on Thursday afternoon. Noting that the state has already vaccinated 43 percent of residents 65 or older, Walz and
02/25/2021

Bloomberg
What the Post-Pandemic Hospital Might Look Like
When the first crush of Covid-19 patients overran New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital in March 2020, Neel Shah witnessed the harrowing scenes virtually, following clinicians wearing head-mounted GoPro cameras as they
02/23/2021