Health news headlines today, include:
- Minnesota health exchange sees spike in visits
- Nine northern Minnesota health care providers form collaborative
- Cambridge Medical Center and Allina search for answers
Minnesota’s health insurance exchange has seen a spike in consumer visits in its first workweek since open enrollment began last weekend but is handling the load well, officials said Wednesday.
MNsure CEO Scott Leitz told the board of directors there had been no major technical issues and no unplanned downtime since the system went live Saturday morning for its second open enrollment season. Read More…
Fairview Range in Hibbing is among nine northern Minnesota health care providers forming a new collaborative for improving area patient care.
The formation of Wilderness Health was announced Monday in Duluth at a press conference attended by representatives of each of the hospitals, which apart from Fairview includes St. Luke’s in Duluth and smaller hospitals in Bigfork, Cook, Cloquet, International Falls, Moose Lake, Two Harbors and Grand Marais. All of the hospitals will remain independent, but channels will be opened to share information, resources and best practices among each other. Read More…
Cambridge Medical Center, and Allina Health overall, are facing a challenging time economically due to how health care reform is changing the way clinics and hospitals must operate.
The Minnesota Nurses Association-CMC contract expired Sept. 30. The MNA and CMC administration have held three negotiation sessions, with the next meeting scheduled in early December with a mediator. Read More…