In today’s health news headlines:
- Veterans receive pain relief through local program
- Minnesota Business Partnership “scorecard” assesses state of health care
- Mayo Clinic Health Connection makes health care more accessible
- Bill may require doctor consult before kids can skip vaccines
Minnesota vets receive pain relief through local program (KSTP.com)
Of nearly 400,000 veterans currently living in Minnesota, the Ultimate Wellness Center estimates that one in five may be experiencing service-connected disabilities that cause pain.
The center has a unique way of helping those men and women. Read More…
Minnesota big businesses assess the state of health care (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
The Minnesota Business Partnership, made up of the chief executives of the state’s largest employers, has long been a clear, respected voice in education policy debates. The release of its new “Minnesota Health Care Performance Scorecard” indicates that the partnership now intends to lend its expertise to health care policy. That’s a welcome development for the state.
After the toxic politics over the federal Affordable Care Act, the scorecard offers the opportunity to move beyond ideology and hit the reset button. It’s a pragmatic, nonpartisan assessment of what works in Minnesota health care and what areas need improvement. Read More…
Telemedicine: Making health care more accessible (Austin Daily Herald)
Telemedicine has been used by doctors’ offices and hospitals in Minnesota at varying levels for several years. The technology allows rural patients the ability to get the attention and care they need from experts, without traveling long distances. I had the opportunity to meet with Mayo Clinic’s CEO, chief administrative officer and chief nursing officer in Austin to talk about how Mayo is using advancing technology to better treat its patients in our local area.
The Rochester-based health care provider started a new pilot program called the Mayo Clinic Health Connection, which is a private, walk-in kiosk that gives you a convenient new way to receive basic health care. Read More…
MN bill would require parents talk with doctor before kids skip vaccines (Wadena Pioneer Journal)
Parents could soon be required to talk to a doctor about the risks and benefits of vaccines before they can opt their children out of mandatory vaccination.
That’s the proposal out this week from Rep. Eric Freiberg, DFL-Golden Valley. It comes out — by coincidence — a day after a University of Minnesota student came down with measles, a disease once largely eradicated in the United States due to vaccination. Read More…