In today’s health news:
- Deloitte Consulting reveals technology problems to MNsure board
- Medtronic/Covidien deal may lay groundwork for U.S. tax reform
- Nearly 8,000 avoidable hospital readmissions prevented since 2011
- Lyme disease on the rise in Minnesota
MNsure board gets sobering technology update (CBSLocal.com)
Consultants told the board that governs Minnesota’s health insurance exchange Wednesday that a lot of work is needed to get the troubled system ready for open enrollment in November.
MNsure hired Deloitte Consulting LLP for $5 million in April to be its new general contractor and provide a roadmap for overhauling the state’s online health care marketplace. Brian Keane, a principal with Deloitte, and project manager Sally Fingar gave MNsure’s directors a sobering initial diagnosis. Read More…
Medtronic’s new poster deal for U.S. tax reform (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Under a much-discussed merger agreement, a notable medical-device manufacturer now based in Fridley will move its “executive” headquarters to Ireland, while top executives remain at “operational” headquarters in the Twin Cities. The Minnesota firm’s merger partner started doing business in Bermuda but is now incorporated on the Emerald Isle. Its operational base, though, is in Massachusetts.
A bit confused? Welcome to the wide world of “inversions,” where U.S. companies trying to escape one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world go abroad in search of reduced tax exposure through overseas mergers. Read More…
RARE Campaign exceeds goals, prevents 7,975 avoidable hospital readmissions in Minnesota (News Release)
The RARE (Reducing Avoidable Readmissions Effectively) Campaign, one of the largest coordinated improvement initiatives ever undertaken by the Minnesota health care community, reports that it has prevented 7,975 avoidable hospital readmissions since 2011. By avoiding these readmissions, it is estimated that patients spent 31,900 more nights sleeping comfortably in their own beds instead of at the hospital, and that inpatient medical costs were reduced by about $70 million.
The RARE Campaign involves 86 hospitals and more than 100 community partners across Minnesota and is led by three operating partners: the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI), the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA), and Stratis Health. Read More…
Lyme disease reports increase in Minnesota (Rochester Post-Bulletin)
As summer continues to heat up, southeastern Minnesota can expect to find an increase in ticks looking for a meal and occasionally leaving behind Lyme disease when they find one.
This past winter’s heavy snowfall did nothing to kill the hibernating parasites. If anything, the snow helped insulate them from the cold. Now that the days are growing warmer, blacklegged ticks, commonly known as deer ticks, are coming out to feed. Read More…