Lots of health news today, so let’s get right to the headlines:
- How can online healthcare delivery like Virtuwell.com impact health?
- Full implementation of the Affordable Care Act could reduce the amount of uncompensated care in Minnesota
- The state’s medical device companies announced plans to lay off more than 800 people in 2012
- The tour bus rolls on for Mayo Clinic’s Destination Medical Center plans
- A new chief nursing exec is hired at the U of M Medical Center/Fairview Health
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Health Partners of Minnesota: Online clinics can reduce costs, improve outcomes and experience (FierceHealthIT.com)
Online healthcare delivery is yielding financial and clinical benefits–signaling a need for regulatory reform that allows for expansion and innovation in the field, according to a study in Health Affairs.
HealthPartners of Minnesota’s online clinic, Virtuwell, has reduced costs by an average of $88 per episode compared with traditional care, has improved clinical effectiveness and has a 98 percent “would recommend” rating from customers, according to the authors. Read More…
Minnesota says health law could cut unpaid care (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Full implementation of the federal health law could reduce the amount of uncompensated care at Minnesota’s hospitals by $134 million to $168 million, according to a new analysis by the state Department of Health.
The estimates look out to 2016, when elements of the Affordable Care Act are fully operational, including health insurance exchanges that could help more than 1 million individuals, families and small businesses shop for coverage. Read More…
Medical device companies disclosed layoff plans (Minnesota Public Radio)
Big medical device companies disclosed plans to cut about 800 jobs in Minnesota last year.
Boston Scientific planned 500 job cuts, the biggest medical technology industry layoff last year. Most cuts were tied to a restructuring launched in 2011. The company has yet to disclose how many Minnesotans may be affected by additional layoffs announced last month. Read More…
Rochester on Tour pushes Destination Medical Center (Rochester Post-Bulletin)
More than 400 people from Rochester flooded the Minnesota Capitol on Tuesday at a time when Mayo Clinic is trying to win legislative support for its $6 billion Destination Medical Center initiative.
Last week, clinic officials announced a plan to turn the city into a global destination medical center. At a Capitol news conference, they asked lawmakers to support more than $500 million in public assistance to pay for infrastructure. Read More…
University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview hires new CNE (News Release)
After conducting a nationwide executive search led by healthcare leadership solutions firm B. E. Smith, University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview in Minneapolis, Minn., has hired Laura Reed as chief nursing executive. A seasoned healthcare executive with extensive nursing leadership experience, Reed will assume her new duties at University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview on March 11th.
“Laura brings a proven track record in the areas of clinical program development, patient satisfaction and nursing engagement,” said Mark Madden, senior vice president of executive search for B. E. Smith. Read More…