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Most 2012 Minnesota ED visits were unnecessary

More than 1 million emergency department visits in Minnesota during 2012 may have been preventable, according to a report from the state Department of Health.

Minnesota exempts some docs from EHR mandate

Minnesota is softening its stance on electronic health record adoption a bit, exempting solo practitioners and cash-only doctors from its law requiring all providers to adopt interoperable EHRs.

Minnesota health officials, lawmakers debate financial impact of fraud prevention efforts

A state health and human services budget that passed the Minnesota House of Representatives on Wednesday highlights vast disparities regarding how much money the state can recover by cracking down on fraud, waste and abuse--an issue that has polarized state Republicans and Democrats.

Minnesota legislators look to curb insurance fraud scams from staged accidents

Minnesota legislators are looking to overhaul the state's auto insurance laws, which have allowed scammers to profit from bogus medical claims submission.  

Trouble in Stillwater: A Minnesota mayor lends a helping hand to fraud scheme

It hasn't been a great year for ex-Stillwater, Minnesota mayor Ken Harycki, and it doesn't look like 2015 is getting much better. Harycki was brought into a Minneapolis U.S. District Court...

Troubled state insurance exchanges face lawmakers' scrutiny

While the second year of open enrollment on state health insurance exchanges has gone smoothly, three states exchange continue to face questions about their long-term viability.

PreferredOne regroups after bailing on Minnesota HIX

For the Minnesota insurance group PreferredOne, the new year has brought two new challenges: A new CEO and the aftermath of leaving MNsure, the state's health insurance exchange.

Minnesota fails to recoup money from home health fraud

Minnesota remains vulnerable to home health fraud, despite oversight changes from the Department of Human Services. Of the 425 home health agencies notified of wrongful billing practices since 2008, just 25 percent were convicted.

Does Mayo Clinic's reputation justify higher costs?

A  Duluth News-Tribune  report claims that the Minnesota-based Mayo Clinic has used its reputation and market leverage to charge some of the highest prices in the state, prompting some businesses and purchasing groups to consider less expensive options.

States move to expand nurse scope of practice

More states are expanding the scope of practice for non-physician healthcare professionals to make up for the continuing physician shortage.