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M State launches new health programs to meet workforce needs

MOORHEAD, Minn-- Eight students will be the first to graduate from a new surgical technology program at Minnesota State Community and Technical College in December.

Minnesota insurance bidding followed rules, but rules need tweaking

ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Department of Human Services’s recent competitive bidding of its public health programs could save the state hundreds of millions of dollars, but prompted lawsuits and accusations of unfairness from health plans that came out on the losing end of the bid process.

ND medical pot backers hope to start collecting signatures next week

BISMARCK – Supporters of a proposed ballot measure to legalize medical marijuana in North Dakota hope to start collecting petition signatures next week, the chairman of the sponsoring committee said.

Dickinson retirement facility will remain open despite financial issues

DICKINSON, N.D. -- A retirement facility on the Dickinson State University campus, and previously owned by an investment arm of the bankrupt university foundation, will likely maintain services for the foreseeable future under its current management, despite multiple outstanding bills.

Detroit Lakes clinic celebrates milestone

Detroit Lakes clinic celebrates milestone

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - Thirty years ago, Laure Zirbel remembers being newly divorced with two children to support. She needed a full-time job.


MNsure’s interim CEO given permanent position

MNsure’s interim CEO given permanent position

ST. PAUL -- Allison O’Toole will remain the chief executive officer of MNsure, the group’s board of directors announced Wednesday.


UnitedHealth may exit Obamacare individual exchanges

UnitedHealth may exit Obamacare individual exchanges

UnitedHealth Group Inc. said it may exit the individual insurance exchanges created under U.S. President Barack Obama's healthcare law, raising new questions about the long-term sustainability of a key Obamacare program.


Sanford employees to get bonuses

FARGO -- Sanford Health employees will receive a double bonus -- its first ever -- as thanks for their efforts in achieving a very healthy bottom line.

Obama nominee to lead FDA defends drug industry ties

President Barack Obama's nominee to head the Food and Drug Administration defended his ties to the pharmaceutical industry on Tuesday during a Senate committee hearing that included questions on soaring drug prices.

Roche breast cancer drug at centre of UK pricing row

LONDON -- A Roche drug that can prolong the lives of some women with advanced breast cancer has been plunged back into the centre of a drug pricing row after Britain's health cost agency declared that it is still too expensive.

U.S. drug benefit managers clamp down on specialty pharmacies

NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES -- In recent days, the largest U.S. managers of private prescription drug benefits have cut off at least eight pharmacies that work closely with drugmakers, intensifying scrutiny of a system that helps inflate drug prices, officials at the benefit managers told Reuters.

WHO warns of widespread misunderstanding of superbug threat

LONDON -- People across the world are confused about the major threat to public health posed by drug-resistant superbugs and do not know how to stop that risk growing, the World Health Organization said on Monday.

Charitable trust donates $14 million for CT scanners in rural hospitals

Thirty-seven critical access hospitals in the country will be getting computer tomography (CT) scanners through $14 million in donated funds. The Rural Healthcare Program of The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust is donating the funds through the next six months for the machines.

Trinity Health partnership talks fold

MINOT, N.D. -- A potential venture that would have united Trinity Health in Minot with Montana's Billings Clinic Regional RegionalCare has unraveled.

Consumer coalition forms to fight U.S. health insurance mergers

WASHINGTON - Two U.S. consumer groups announced the formation of a coalition with New York labor unions on Thursday to press antitrust regulators to oppose big insurance mergers that would cut the number of nationwide for-profit health insurers from five to three.

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