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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. 

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In the News

December 13, 2019

Minneapolis Star Tribune
Allina opening clinic where Mayo is closing hospital in southwest Minnesota
The southwest Minnesota town where Mayo Clinic plans to close a hospital next year will see a new outpatient clinic launched by Minneapolis-based Allina Health System.
12/13/2019

St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul’s Open Cities Health Center, serving 10,000 low-income patients, says it will run out of money Jan. 1
When he became chief executive officer of a community health center in St. Paul a year ago, Dr. Ritesh Patel said he knew he faced a difficult slog. Patel, a former Chicago-area health care consultant, holds both a medical
12/13/219

The Journal
City of Springfield announces Allina Health partnership
The City of Springfield announced Thursday that Allina Health has been selected as its new health care provider to serve patients when Mayo Clinic Health System vacates its Springfield site in March 2020.
12/13/2019

The New York Times
Federal Watchdog Questions Billions of Dollars Paid to Private Medicare Plans
A government report released Thursday found health insurance companies had combed through patient charts to obtain billions of dollars of additional payments from the federal Medicare program.
12/13/2019

Advocate Tribune
Granite Falls Council approves memorandum of understanding between Granite Health and Avera
The Granite Falls City Council moved one step closer to finalizing the management agreement between Avera Health and Granite Falls Health. The Council unanimously passed a memorandum of understanding between
12/12/2019

Fairmont Sentinel
At Mayo Fairmont: Cardiac rehab unit expands
A new cardiac rehabilitation unit at Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont opened this week, courtesy of a $250,000 grant from the Fairmont Community Hospital Foundation. The new space was the final phase of
12/12/2019

Minneapolis Star Tribune
It's an unusual start to flu season as B strain busts out early
Minnesota’s flu season is off to an unusual start, with a B strain of influenza causing most of the lab-confirmed cases so far rather than the A strain, which usually emerges first and does most of the damage.
12/12/2019

Minneapolis Star Tribune
Regulators to set up 3-digit suicide hotline number like 911
NEW YORK — Federal regulators are setting up a new three-digit number to reach a suicide prevention hotline in order to make it easier to seek help and reduce the stigma associated with mental health.
12/12/2019

MinnPost
The Mayo Clinic prioritizes profits over patients as rural communities are left behind
The Mayo Clinic’s recent announcement regarding its opening of a “mega-hospital” joint venture in Abu Dhabi was made with the usual fanfare associated with the glossy sheen of well-oiled public relations machinery. The
12/12/2019

Modern Healthcare
CMS to repay hospitals for doctor's visits
The CMS Thursday said it will pay hospitals the money it owes them for doctor's visits in 2019. A federal judge ruled in September that the Trump administration had exceeded its authority when it implemented its so-called
12/12/2019

NPR
The House Just Passed Its Prescription Drug Plan — Here's What's In It
Practically everyone is frustrated by high prescription drug prices. Voters have made clear they want Congress to do something about them. On Thursday, the House of Representatives passed a bill that tries to deliver on
12/12/2019

Stat News
My baby needed expensive intensive care, but my insurer was taking a long weekend. How can this be?
On Thanksgiving evening my baby spiked a high fever. By Friday morning her little head started bobbing up and down as it became hard for her to breathe. My daughter had an infection and she was in respiratory distress.
12/12/2019

The Free Press
City of Springfield, Allina agree on health care partnership
Allina Health will step in to provide health care at Springfield’s clinic once Mayo Clinic Health System vacates the site in March. The city of Springfield and Allina unveiled the new partnership Thursday. Mayo Clinic Health
12/12/2019