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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

Sept. 25, 2020

Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minnesota downgraded to 'uncontrolled' COVID-19 spread
Minnesota has dropped into the “uncontrolled spread” category of the COVID-19 Exit Strategy website, joining neighbors Wisconsin, Iowa and the Dakotas that had been at that lowest rating of pandemic progress for weeks
09/25/2020

Minneapolis Star Tribune
Children's Minnesota to cut jobs and restructure services as pandemic, other pressures build
Children’s Minnesota will make “significant” layoffs over the next two years, move some services in St. Paul to Minneapolis and take other steps because of mounting financial pressure from COVID-19, demographic trends
09/25/2020

Minneapolis Star Tribune
COVID-19 surveys halted in Minnesota amid racism, intimidation
A door-to-door COVID-19 testing survey has been halted due to multiple incidents in outstate Minnesota of residents intimidating and shouting racial and ethnic slurs at state and federal public health survey teams.
09/25/2020

ABC News
Iowa fines beef plant $957 after huge coronavirus outbreak
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Iowa regulators have issued their first citation to a meatpacking plant with a large coronavirus outbreak that sickened its workforce — a $957 fine for a minor record-keeping violation.
09/24/2020

HealthLeaders Media
ALLINA HEALTH CFO DETAILS HOW THE PANDEMIC WILL AFFECT VALUE-BASED CARE
CFO Ric Magnuson discusses the value-based contract signed with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota prior to the coronavirus outbreak. Despite the current healthcare industry headwinds created by the COVID-19
09/24/2020

Kaiser Health News
Heartbreaking Bills, Lawsuit and Bankruptcy — Even With Insurance
Matthew Fentress was just 25 when he passed out while stuffing cannolis as a cook for a senior living community six years ago. Doctors diagnosed him with viral cardiomyopathy, heart disease that developed after a
09/24/2020

Minneapolis Star Tribune
COVID-19 cases spike at two federal prisons in Minnesota
COVID-19 infections at two federal prisons in Minnesota are rising, with nearly half the inmates at one facility testing positive for the disease, raising concerns the virus could spread beyond prison walls.
09/24/2020

Minneapolis Star Tribune
Returning college students spur spike in new COVID-19 cases in St. Louis County as deaths also rise
DULUTH – More than 400 new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in St. Louis County over the past two weeks, an increase the county’s public health director attributes mostly to the return of Duluth’s college students.
09/24/2020

Minnesota Public Radio
A neuroscience project pushes to include more African Americans in brain research
Mental illness can run in families. And Dr. Kafui Dzirasa grew up in one of these families. His close relatives include people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression. As a medical student, he learned about the
09/24/2020

The Bemidji Pioneer
Community health coalition reviews status of drug abuse, foster care
BEMIDJI -- A group of organizations, government agencies and officials gathered virtually on Thursday to review positive progress related to foster care and substance abuse. The group, Northern Access, consists of several
09/24/2020

The New York Times
Blue Cross Insurers Reach Tentative Settlement in Antitrust Lawsuit
The nation’s Blue Cross plans have reached a tentative $2.7 billion settlement in a federal lawsuit filed by their customers that accuses the group of engaging in a conspiracy to thwart competition among the individual
09/24/2020

WCCO
‘Unprecedented Demand’ For Flu Shots Causing Shortage
Some people trying to get a flu shot this week are being turned away. With COVID-19 concerns and regular flu season warnings, health care providers say they’re seeing an unprecedented demand for flu vaccines.
09/24/2020

WCCO
University Of Minnesota Officials To Discuss Delaying Spring Break Due To COVID Concerns
University of Minnesota officials are considering pushing back 2021’s spring break due to COVID-19 concerns. Rachel T.A. Croson, the university’s executive vice president and provost, informed faculty and staff Thursday
09/24/2020