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Budget cuts in North Dakota might affect nursing home industry

Budget cuts in North Dakota might affect nursing home industry

JAMESTOWN, N.D. -- The long-term care industry is waiting and worrying about a cut to the state budget and how it will impact nursing home reimbursements in North Dakota, according to Craig Christianson, administrator at the Sheyenne Care Center in Valley City and chairman of the board of directors for the North Dakota Long Term Care Association. The association is a trade group of nursing homes and basic care facilities in the state.

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Sitters help provide constant care for hospital patients

Sitters help provide constant care for hospital patients

FARGO -- Ardis Brandl is paid to hold people's hands. "Sometimes I go home feeling pretty lucky with my life," she said. Brandl works as a patient sitter for Essentia Health in Fargo. She sits with patients who are dying, combative, suicidal, a fall risk or might otherwise need supervision, such as young children whose parents can't stay with them. Sometimes she talks with people, cuddles children and holds patients' hands.

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Some North Dakota counties lack dentists

Some North Dakota counties lack dentists

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Facing a three-month wait to get fillings at another dental practice, Carolyn Reigstad found herself at Aspen Dental in Grand Forks Friday morning.

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Altru microbiologists discover bacteria, name it 'altruii'

Altru microbiologists discover bacteria, name it 'altruii'

Altru Health System microbiologists are celebrating their big discovery of a very small thing.

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MNsure rolls past 85,000; almost half are new to state exchange

ST. PAUL -- MNsure enrolled 85,390 people in private insurance through the end of its annual open enrollment period Sunday night.

Health care hiring crunch 'keeps getting worse'

Health care hiring crunch 'keeps getting worse'

FARGO -- Joe Kortes is working as a registered nurse while getting help from his employer to earn a higher degree that would help him take his career to a higher level.

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Audit: MNsure errors may top $200 million

ST. PAUL -- More than 80,000 Minnesotans enrolled in public health programs for which they weren’t eligible last year, an estimated cost to taxpayers of hundreds of millions of dollars.

After dropping 22 spots, ND moves up in 2015 national well-being rankings

BISMARCK -- After taking a tumble in 2014, the well-being of North Dakotans is on the mend, according to new state rankings released Thursday.

HEALTH CARE: How Does the ACA Affect Your Business?

HEALTH CARE: How Does the ACA Affect Your Business?

The Affordable Care Act has a profound impact on society. This law not only affects businesses of all sizes, but also employees and their families.

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Deadline for Obamacare enrollment looms

FARGO -- Officials on Wednesday urged North Dakotans who haven't yet enrolled for coverage this year under the Affordable Care Act not to wait until the Sunday deadline to sign up.

Essentia Health employee sues claiming sex discrimination

ST. PAUL -- A Halstad woman is suing her employer in federal court here after she claimed Essentia Health and its employee insurance program refused to pay for her teenage son's health care during his transition from female to male.

Chronic diseases cost Minnesotans big

Chronic diseases cost Minnesotans big

ST. PAUL -- Health care for Minnesotans with chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer, kidney failure and heart disease costs eight times more than for people without them.

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Nermoe to lead Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota has named Bryan Nermoe its new president. Nermoe has served as interim president since November when former president Dan Olson took on a new role as vice president of the Sanford Health Network.

MNsure health insurance signup deadline is Sunday

ST. PAUL -- Minnesotans have only a few days left to sign up through the state’s MnSure -- its health insurance service.

Executive: Swanson sale won't affect employees, location

Executive: Swanson sale won't affect employees, location

FARGO—The recently announced sale of Swanson Health Products to a private equity firm will mean few changes for the Fargo-based company, a Swanson official said Monday.

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