In The News – June 18, 2013

In today’s health news, Allina fires people for snooping; Minnesota better than Florida for retiree health; Medica debuts new food program; Baxter behavioral health hospital going strong.

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Allina fires 32 employees for snooping at patient records (

Nearly three dozen hospital workers at Allina Hospitals were fired Thursday after violating privacy rules involving a high-profile overdose case.

Trevor Robinson died in March after he took a drug you can buy over the Internet called 2C-E. Ten others got sick.

Twenty-one-year-old Timothy Lamere is accused of third-degree murder for allegedly handing out the drug at a spring break party in Blaine.  Read More…


Forget Florida; Minnesota tops for retiree health (

Much of the nation is frightfully unprepared for the dramatic demographic shift happening as a result of the aging baby boomer population, according to a United Health Foundation study. In this much-needed wake-up call to the national healthcare system, researchers indicate that between 2015 and 2030 the American population 65 and older will increase by 53 percent, and will comprise one-fifth of the entire American population.

Americans are living longer than ever before, but are facing increased health problems in the form of high rates of diabetes, obesity, and other chronic diseases.   Read More…


Medica debuts health food program for MN members (Twin Cities Business Magazine)

Minnetonka-based health insurer Medica, Inc., said Monday that nearly 200,000 Minnesota households will soon receive discounts on healthy foods through a new membership benefits program that was developed by a local technology firm.

Throughout this week, the company will mail Medica Healthy Savings cards to the eligible Minnesota households. When cards are presented at checkout, cardholders can receive discounts from the following grocery retailers: Eden Prairie-based Supervalu’s Cub Foods stores and Edina-based Lund Food Holdings’ Lunds and Byerly’s stores, as well as Rainbow Foods stores, which are owned by Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based Roundy’s Supermarkets.   Read More…


Behavioral health hospital still going strong (Brainerd Dispatch)

Today, however, the neighbors of the Community Behavioral Health Hospital in Baxter call it their own, says facility administrator Richard Slieter.

“They were frightened by the stigma and resisted having it built here,” he said. “Now our neighbors see a huge value in it. They know people who were patients here and see now they’re doing well.”   Read More…