Today’s health news headlines:
- MNsure extends deadline for enrollment
- Pathways holds unusual niche in Minn. health
- New law gives nurses more power
- Fight against flu has just begun
MNsure officials say Minnesotans now have until 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 20 to enroll in a health plan through the exchange for coverage starting Jan. 1. The enrollment period was set to close at midnight tonight.
Although calls coming into the contact center are running at a historically high rate of 1,600 per hour, MNsure officials say the system is stable, with average wait times of 20 minutes for service. They say the vast majority of users are not encountering problems. Read More…
Amid the bustle of Uptown Minneapolis lies a quiet sanctuary for people struggling with life-threatening illnesses.
Called Pathways, it fits an unusual health service niche in Minnesota — and the nation.
During any given month, it offers 50 “complementary therapies” in a serene setting to people more accustomed to hospitals and clinics. Swedish massage. Adaptive yoga. Drumming. Writers’ circles. And it’s all free — thanks to the more than 160 care providers who volunteer their services. Read More…
Minnesota has more patients and fewer doctors. With thousands of people getting MnSure and Medicaid, the state faces a physician shortage, one health experts say is especially bad in rural clinics.
“We really believe it’s an all hands on deck moment in Minnesota,” said Mary Chesney, director of the University of Minnesota Doctor of Nursing Practice Program. Read More…
This flu season is likely going to get worse before it gets better.
While it’s too early to tell when the number of infections might peak this season, it’s been an early start to widespread influenza, Kris Ehresmann, director for infectious disease at the Minnesota Department of Health, said Monday. Read More…