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Health care spending in Minnesota rose to $35 billion in 2008


Wed, Jun 2nd, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Health care spending in Minnesota rose from $33 billion in 2007 to $35 billion in 2008, according to a new report by the Health Economics Program at the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). The report projects that health care spending in the state would have doubled in the next 10 years without Minnesota's 2008 health reform law.

The report compares projected spending and estimated actual spending to determine the level of savings over time as Minnesota implements its 2008 health reforms, which aim to significantly slow the growth of health care spending.

While health care spending in Minnesota grew by 5.7 percent in 2008, it is lower than the 7.1 percent growth rate in 2007, but higher than the 4.4 percent growth rate in U.S. health care spending for 2008. Health care spending in Minnesota is projected to grow at an average annual rate of 7.1 percent between 2008 and 2018.

Despite the recent faster growth in health care spending, Minnesota continues to spend less on health care per person than the country as a whole. In 2008, per person spending in Minnesota was $6,720, compared to $7,166 nationally.

MDH performed the analysis for the first time in 2010 for health care spending in 2008, and the report establishes a baseline and methodology for the comparisons that measure the future impact of Minnesota's health reform law.

The report is part of Minnesota's health reform law enacted in 2008. The law includes provisions such as provider peer grouping, which offers information to consumers to help them choose high-quality, low-cost providers, and health care homes, which encourage care coordination for Minnesotans with chronic or complex conditions.

"Our approach to health reform in Minnesota includes payment reform, care redesign, market transparency, and public health efforts so that we can work to improve health and increase value by achieving better quality at lower cost," said Minnesota Commissioner of Health Dr. Sanne Magnan. "This part of the 2008 law will allow us to track health care cost savings as we implement health reform."

The comparison of actual to projected spending did not yield savings for 2008, primarily because many of the provisions of Minnesota's health reforms had not taken place.

This report is available online at http://www.health.state.mn.us/healtheconomics.

Co-ed softball in Preston

Fri, May 28th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Sally Gibson has gathered enough interest to form four co-ed softball teams playing at the Preston softball fields every Sunday starting at 6:00 p.m.

The league will begin regular double-headers on Sunday, June 6 at 6:00 p.m. For more inform ..... 
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E. coli illnesses traced to raw milk from Gibbon dairy farm

Wed, May 26th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

State health officials have linked three cases of E. coli O157:H7 illness with raw milk from a dairy farm in Gibbon, Minn. The Minnesota Department of Health urges anyone who may have recently purchased milk from the Hartmann Dairy Farm, also known a ..... 
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IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO RIDE IN THE NANOTEK TREK BIKE EVENT!

Tue, May 25th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Bicyclists from Wisconsin and Minnesotwill set out to tackle the hills and valleys of Rushford, MN

Rushford, MN: JUNE 12, 2010 - www.rintek.org - that's where you'll find all the information you need to get on the Nanotek Trek in beautiful Rus ..... 
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Health Department releases annual report of drinking water in Minnesota

Tue, May 25th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Results of regular monitoring reveal little evidence of contamination problems in Minnesota's 964 community water supply systems, according to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).

Minnesota's public water supply systems are tested on a r ..... 
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Red Cross Survey Finds More than Two-thirds of Americans Experience a Summer Emergency

Tue, May 25th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Rochester, MN, May 25, 2010 - A new Red Cross survey shows that 68 percent of Americans have been involved in some kind of summer emergency, ranging from insect bites, heat stroke and broken bones to more life-threatening situations. One in every fou ..... 
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It's not your mother's nursing home

Fri, May 21st, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Introductory note from Mr. Samuelson: If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a community to care for our seniors. This is the first of three articles that talks about how the Harmony and surrounding communities have built, adapted, and con ..... 
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'Fight the Bite' Repellent Awareness Event spotlights simple steps to help prevent diseases from tick, mosquito bites

Tue, May 18th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

What: As Memorial Day approaches and more Minnesotans head outdoors, this event will highlight the importance of simple steps to help prevent tick and mosquito diseases.

Information on risks, how to recognize symptoms, how people can protect t ..... 
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5K Fun Run/Walk in support of Habitat for Humanity

Fri, May 14th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Whether you are an exercise enthusiast or someone wanting to support Habitat for Humanity, walkers and runners are invited to Harmony, MN, for the Harmony Hustle 5K Fun Run/Walk on July 3rd.

This event is sponsored by local businesses, and t ..... 
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