Elizabeth Stawicki Feature Archive

Minnesota's largest health plan will delay the start of controversial payment system for hospitals until Jan. 1. (05/01/2013)
If your medical records aren't in electronic form, they will be soon. Hospitals and clinics are replacing paper files with sophisticated electronic health records. But with a variety of systems in use, they often cannot share information with each other -- and that can be a serious problem in an emergency. Smart phones are starting to bridge that electronic gap. (05/01/2013)
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is accused of slashing payments to hospitals by the Minnesota Hospital Association. (04/24/2013)
For some people, big changes under the federal health care law cannot come soon enough. The law takes full effect in January, and before then many people will enter health insurance limbo as they lose coverage, including some who will age out of their parents' plans. The precise number of those losing their insurance is unclear, but researchers indicate it could be in the hundreds of thousands nationwide. (04/15/2013)
A former manager of prosthetics at the University of Minnesota Medical Center-Fairview pleaded guilty Thursday to stealing artificial limbs from the hospital and then selling them on eBay. (04/11/2013)
University of Minnesota researchers say nearly 240,000 fewer Minnesotans got their health insurance through an employer in 2011 compared to 2000. (04/11/2013)
Minneapolis-based Fairview Health Services says it will focus on finding a permanent CEO now that rural health care giant Sanford has pulled out of merger talks. Sanford announced Wednesday it felt "unwelcome" and was cutting off discussions of a potential partnership with Fairview. At the same time, Fairview moved away from a merger with the University of Minnesota. (04/11/2013)
Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson is raising concerns over the University of Minnesota's plan to acquire Minneapolis-based Fairview Health Services, which is also in merger talks with rural health care giant Sanford Health. (04/08/2013)
Representatives from three health care organizations are expected to testify Sunday afternoon at the state Capitol about potential mergers. Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson is also inviting the public to weigh in at the hearing, which starts at 1:30 p.m. (04/07/2013)
Merger talks are swirling around Minneapolis-based Fairview Health Services and Sanford Health of North and South Dakota. Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson wants the public to weigh in on the situation at a hearing on Sunday at the Capitol. (04/05/2013)
The University of Minnesota is proposing to acquire its partner, Fairview Health Services. Officials from both are slated to meet Monday to discuss the offer. (04/04/2013)
A coalition of advocacy organizations has launched a new website to help Minnesotans understand how the federal health care law may affect them personally. (04/02/2013)
Workers at small businesses that buy health insurance on MNSURE -- Minnesota's new online marketplace -- will have access to features that will be delayed in many other states. (04/02/2013)
Health care spending per person rose 5 percent in Minnesota last year, reports the Minnesota Council of Health Plans, the trade group representing the state's health insurers. (04/01/2013)
The Minnesota Medical Association, the state's largest doctor group, has received a $50,000 grant to educate physicians and patients about overused medical tests and procedures. (03/30/2013)