Readmitting patients too soon after discharge is going to cost two dozen Minnesota hospitals. The hospitals will have to forfeit a small percentage of their Medicare funding -- a result of the new federal health care law, which considers readmissions as a sign the hospital could do a better job at coordinating and following up on patient care.
Hunt for inmate who escaped correctional facility in northeast MN
The 42-year-old might be in the Floodwood area.
Suspect kills himself after shooting woman and baby at Fargo restaurant
The suspect was found dead in a stolen vehicle in Minnesota.
Charges: Guest stabbed three men as they slept in Albert Lea
Investigators believe the suspect is related to all three victims.
2 charged for fentanyl overdose death of 19-year-old
The-19-year-old died from a fentanyl overdose last month.
Severe thunderstorm watch: Hail, 65 mph gusts, tornadoes possible
The watch is just north of the Twin Cities metro area.
The staggering rise of Minnesota's most famous lakes this spring
Imagine dumping Lake Minnetonka into Lake Superior 47 times.
Minnesota Senate shoots down latest marijuana legalization attempt
The bill didn't receive the required votes for further consideration on Wednesday.
Minneapolis wants to use $1M in federal cash to plant 200,000 trees
The goal is to have these trees planted by the year 2040.
MOA theater to debut wrap-around, 270-degree movie screen
The new technology will expand the movie screen onto the side walls of the theater auditorium.
Alcohol, no seatbelt possible factors in deadly southwest MN crash
The crash happened just before 9 p.m. Tuesday.
Target shares plunge on profit drop, as costs grow and customers spend less
First quarter profitability declines 52% year-over-year.
Driver ejected in fatal Roseville crash identified as 30-year-old
The crash temporarily shutdown westbound Highway 36.
Psychiatrists flee state hospital in St. Peter
The hospital that treats Minnesota's most dangerous mental patients is nearly devoid of experienced psychiatric staff. Half a dozen psychiatrists have quit recently -- apparently in response to the combative style of the hospital's new administrator. The state will investigate allegations of a hostile work environment.
Minn. hospitals ranked 9th safest in U.S.
Seventeen of 46 Minnesota hospitals included in a recent national study received an “A” rating for hospital safety. That's according to a report by The Leapfrog Group, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that examined publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors, and infections. Massachusetts, Maine and Vermont had the highest percentage of A-rated hospitals.
A dozen Minnesota counties consider collaborating services
Twelve counties in southeast Minnesota are exploring ways to improve services and save money. The Twin Cities Daily Planet reports one idea would collaborate certain departments such as IT and finance as well as child support enforcement and child care licensing. The regional collaboration could offer a virtual services center accessible from a website or smartphone application. A report, detailing the implementation plans as well as an estimate of cost savings and job losses, is due in April.
OSHA investigates Minnesota Security Hospital
Minnesota Public Radio reports that OSHA inspectors made an unannounced visit to the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter on March 13 after concerns about worker safety. The hospital -- which houses 400 adults deemed mentally ill and dangerous -- has been in turmoil for months.
State making changes in handling of mentally ill patients at St. Peter hospital
A state official tells lawmakers that metal handcuffs and seclusion are being phased out at the state hospital. The hospital was fined last year for maltreatment of patients.
Feds probe theft of patient info from Fairview, North Memorial hospitals
Fines or other penalties are possible at the two Twin Cities hospitals. They're on a growing list of institutions that have have had patient records on laptop computers stolen. Experts say hospitals trying to use patient data to cut costs are sharing the information with more consultants -- raising the chances of theft or loss.
Employee injuries on rise at Minnesota Security Hospital
Employee injuries at the state's largest facility for the mentally ill and dangerous, located in St. Peter, increased sharply this year, MPR reports. The number of permanent psychiatrists dropped from six to one and security practices have put counselors into closer contact with patients.
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