Some Minnesota doctors and hospitals are worried they could be targeted for Medicare cuts.
Minnesota health insurance are busy preparing for health care overhaul, but many are welcoming a proposal to soften deadlines for a cornerstone piece of the program.
The Medicare Shared Savings program is intended to help control costs and improve the quality of health care, but many of these medical centers are complaining about red tape and micro-managing in the government's proposed requirements.
As the federal health care overhaul spurs experimentation in the insurance market, some employers are turning to a 401(k)-style plan that gives employees a set amount of money and more decisions to make.
The federal stimulus and health care laws are pushing medical providers to go electronic as a way to improve patient safety and track health care quality. As the profession is increasingly going online, it's finding both promise and problems.
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius visits a Twin Cities hospital Thursday to highlight an effort to reduce medical errors and related costs.
Starting next year, the new federal health care law will require insurers to include so-called "coverage facts labels" on policies to help consumers better understand and compare health plans.
The age of the traditional doctor's office is ending. Powerful forces are pushing independent doctors to merge with major medical systems.
Some health care business experts say we could see a new wave of consolidation in the next several years, as costs rise and government and private health plans cut payments.
The federal health care law requires most Medicare patients seeking home health care to meet with a physician or a nurse practitioner face to face, to prove they need those services. It's an attempt to cut down on Medicare fraud. Some doctors, however, may not be ready to comply with the change.
Fairview-Southdale hospital can't find medical records and insurance information for 1,200 patients are missing. The records were in a box that may have been lost when a corporate office was moved. No social security numbers were among the records, the hospital says.
The Obama administration is calling on hospitals to dramatically cut the number of errors and preventable hospital readmissions by the end of 2013.
The Obama administration has filled in some of the blanks in a key part of the health care overhaul, proposing rules to define Accountable Care Organizations, which are meant to save hundreds of millions of dollars while improving patient care. The concept is still new, but is getting a tryout in Minnesota.
President Barack Obama signed health care reform into law one year ago today. But the partisan divide over the issue may be more heated now than it was then. When it comes to carrying out the law's policies in Minnesota, that party divide has also had an obvious impact.
The idea that a federal law will eliminate jobs is particularly troublesome at a time when the nation struggles to climb out of a recession and millions are out of work.
The grants would allow states to set up health courts -- courts where medically-trained judges, not juries -- would decide malpractice cases.