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ND insurers, providers working to be more transparent about prices

FARGO – Confusion and lack of specifics over the cost of health care have long vexed consumers, provoking louder calls for greater transparency and better tools to predict the cost of services.

West River Health Services shows off $3M addition, MRI scanner

West River Health Services shows off $3M addition, MRI scanner

HETTINGER — West River Health Services CEO Jim Long said the idea to construct a $3 million addition and new MRI — magnetic resonance imaging — scanner was brought about while looking out of his office window.

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New owners take over Killdeer clinic next week

KILLDEER, N.D. — The Killdeer Medical Clinic will soon be under new ownership.

ND Medicaid system goes online in October

BISMARCK – A multimillion dollar IT project for the state’s largest agency is on track to be completed this fall after being delayed for years and costs rising from $62.5 million to more than $97.9 million.

Clinics in Cavalier, N.D., to merge

CAVALIER, N.D.—The Altru Health System clinic and Pembina County Memorial Hospital clinic will merge by the end of the year.

North Dakota, Minnesota see large drop in number of uninsured

North Dakota, Minnesota see large drop in number of uninsured

FARGO – Not long ago, Mike Barry was going to a homeless health clinic to take care of his chronic health conditions, which include diabetes, high blood pressure and pulmonary disease.

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Therapeutic 'cryosauna' cools clients in liquid nitrogen

Therapeutic 'cryosauna' cools clients in liquid nitrogen

MINNEAPOLIS – On the second floor of a nondescript Minneapolis office complex, an NFL player, an amateur swimmer and a grandmother do five minute wall sits as trainer Tram Holloway zaps them with electricity and laughs.

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Worthington's Avera Medical Clinic goes through name change

Worthington's Avera Medical Clinic  goes through name change

WORTHINGTON — Patients at Avera Medical Clinic will soon see a change on the sign outside the Worthington building.

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North Dakota Blue Cross Blue Shield to lay off 15 employees

North Dakota Blue Cross Blue Shield to lay off 15 employees

FARGO — Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota is eliminating 73 positions — including 15 filled jobs — as part of austerity measures forced by the loss of a large contract for public employees.

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Jamestown Regional Medical Center bucks merger trend

JAMESTOWN – The Jamestown Regional Medical Center resembles any modern hospital. Built in 2011, it features some of the latest in medical technology and provides a helipad for air ambulances.

Addiction treatment center expands to Cando, N.D.

Addiction treatment center expands to Cando, N.D.

CANDO, N.D.—After remaining empty for years, a Cando addiction treatment center will again provide help to an a region lacking easy access to recovery help.

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Cost of expanding Medicaid in ND balloons

BISMARCK – North Dakota will spend millions more than originally projected for Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, a tab that could top $30 million per year by 2020 based on current projections.

Report: Minnesotans spent nearly $2 billion on preventable health care

Report: Minnesotans spent nearly $2 billion on preventable health care

Minnesota employers, health plans and individuals spent $1.9 billion in 2012 for health care that potentially could have been prevented.

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Willmar rehab center provides cancer rehab program

Willmar rehab center provides cancer rehab program

WILLMAR — Pain, fatigue, muscle wasting — Sherri Grindy experienced all of it while undergoing treatment for lung cancer that has spread to her brain and bones.

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Noridian to pay Maryland $45M for botched exchange

Noridian to pay Maryland $45M for botched exchange

FARGO - Noridian Healthcare Solutions has reached an agreement with the state of Maryland to pay $45 million for its leading role in a problem-plagued online health insurance exchange.

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