Minnesota Hospital Association

Newsroom

Health Care News

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

May 6, 2021

Associated Press
Can COVID-19 vaccines affect my period?
Can COVID-19 vaccines affect my period? It’s not known, but researchers are starting to study the issue.
05/06/2021

KARE
Health care workers reach tentative agreement with Allina ahead of planned strike
Days away from a planned strike, the SEIU Healthcare Minnesota bargaining team said they reached a tentative agreement with Allina Healthcare Wednesday night.
05/06/2021

Minnesota Public Radio
Walz to announce wind-down of Minnesota's COVID restrictions
Around the country, governors have made a big deal out of putting coronavirus restrictions behind them. Several have declared a date-certain for erasing those that remain.
05/06/2021

National Public Radio
If Your Brain Feels Foggy And You're Tired All The Time, You're Not Alone
In recent weeks, Dr. Kali Cyrus has struggled with periods of exhaustion.
05/06/2021

National Public Radio
Some Question Whether Hospital Visitation Bans During Pandemic Were Too Strict
Kenneth Newton never imagined his mom would die alone. He lives in Petaluma, Calif. Last winter his mother developed a tumor while she was living in a nursing home in Tennessee. Her health declined quickly. Newton
05/06/2021

Rochester Post Bulletin
Mayo Clinic, Olmsted Public Health team up with Rochester Public Schools to scan the air for COVID
Several prominent organizations in Rochester are teaming up on a pilot project with the hopes of being able to detect positive cases of COVID-19 a little faster than normal.
05/06/2021

The New York Times
Poll Shows Parents Are Reluctant to Get Their Children Vaccinated for Covid-19
The American public’s willingness to get a Covid vaccine is reaching a saturation point, a new national poll suggests, one more indication that achieving widespread immunity in the United States is becoming increasingly
05/06/2021

Associated Press
Canada authorizes Pfizer vaccine for age 12 and older
Canadian health officials said Wednesday they have become the first to approve Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for ages as young as 12.
05/05/2021

Becker’s Hospital Review
Minnesota nurse reinstated after being fired for wearing hospital-issued scrubs instead of own
Minneapolis-based Allina Health must reinstate former nurse Cliff Willmeng, RN, but doesn't have to issue back pay, an arbitrator determined April 21.
05/05/2021

Duluth News Tribune
Essentia Health offers new COVID-19 rehab program
Essentia Health has launched a new program for people suffering long-term effects of COVID-19, according to a news release from the health care provider.
05/05/2021

Duluth News Tribune
Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer vaccines readily available at St. Luke's
St. Luke's is extending its COVID-19 vaccine clinic's hours Thursday to administer Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer vaccines.
05/05/2021

Minneapolis Star Tribune
Is it time to put money where mouths are on vaccine hesitancy?
What's the best way to persuade the millions of Americans who are still unvaccinated against COVID-19 to get their shots?
05/05/2021

Minneapolis Star Tribune
Variants a concern as Minnesota plans rollback of COVID-19 restrictions, mask mandate
Minnesota has stepped up its genomic sequencing of COVID-19 patient samples to more quickly identify emerging viral variants amid the state's plans to phase out its pandemic restrictions, including the indoor mask
05/05/2021

Modern Healthcare
From 4s to 1s: critical access hospitals grapple with new star methodology
Almost half of critical access hospitals' star ratings went down this year, and about two-thirds of all U.S. CAH's didn't even get a star, raising questions about whether CMS' new methodology is a more accurate picture of
05/05/2021

Modern Healthcare
'Safe staffing' bills for hospitals, nursing homes pass New York Legislature
New York State lawmakers on Tuesday passed a pair of bills that would set minimum nurse-to-patient staffing levels at hospitals and nursing homes, pending the governor's signature.
05/05/2021

National Public Radio
Giving 2 Doses Of Different COVID-19 Vaccines Could Boost Immune Response
Typically, if you get a COVID-19 vaccine that requires two doses, you should get two of the same vaccine. Two Pfizer shots, or two Moderna shots. Not one and then the other.
05/05/2021

STAT
U.S. will back proposal to waive intellectual property rights and boost Covid-19 vaccine production
In a significant move to combat the Covid-19 pandemic, the U.S. government agreed to support a controversial proposal to temporarily waive intellectual property rights for vaccines in a bid to increase global supplies of
05/05/2021

WCCO
Clarifying COVID: Did Staying Home During The Pandemic Impact Our Immune Systems?
Each week we’re asking experts questions about COVID-19. This week, we’re looking into booster shots, side effects, and the long-term impact the virus had on our immune systems.
05/05/2021