High Deductible Plans Do Little to Trim Use of Low-Value Care

Study suggests patients influenced more by providers than potential out-of-pocket costs.

Optum Set to Acquire Davita Medical Group for $4.9B
Optum Set to Acquire Davita Medical Group for $4.9B

The deal has widely been compared to CVS’s proposed merger with Atena—since both cases involve the increasingly blurred lines in the healthcare industry—as insurance companies become more involved in direct care.

Mayo Clinic, Optum Collaboration Yields New Insights on Risks of Blood-thinners
Mayo Clinic, Optum Collaboration Yields New Insights on Risks of Blood-thinners

Using OptumLab data, researchers found some anticoagulants are easier on kidneys.

Inside the Shift Toward Fitness in Minnesota Workplaces
Inside the Shift Toward Fitness in Minnesota Workplaces

On-site and near-site clinics, along with wellness programs, are producing good results for employees of Minnesota companies.

Minnesota’s Bill to Treat Chronic Illness Will Top $18 Billion by 2023
Minnesota’s Bill to Treat Chronic Illness Will Top $18 Billion by 2023

State study projects a nearly 35 percent increase with employers likely picking up much of the tab.

Plymouth Becomes Fourth MN City to Raise Tobacco Sales Age to 21
Plymouth Becomes Fourth MN City to Raise Tobacco Sales Age to 21

Edina, St. Louis Park and Bloomington passed similar ordinances earlier this year.

High-Deductible Health Plans and Consumer Behaviors Still a Mismatch

Another study found that most employees with high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) aren’t comparison shopping for medical care.

Minnesotans Give Local Health Care System Good Marks
Minnesotans Give Local Health Care System Good Marks

Most residents report having health insurance and say system is on “the right track.”

Minnesota’s Home Care Assistance Costs are Rising Faster than the National Average
Minnesota’s Home Care Assistance Costs are Rising Faster than the National Average

In most cases, costs for at-home care or care at an assisted living facility surpassed and continued to rise faster than what the U.S. as a whole is experiencing, according to a recent report.