Healthcare reform: The more I know, the less I understand

The healthcare reform law is indisputably an emotionally charged, complicated piece of legislation that can thwart even the best intellects and intentions. Just take LifeScience Alley's seminar on how the law will impact Minnesota's healthcare industry. By my last count, I witnessed an unfortunate analogy, two Freudian slips, and an ill conceived attempt at humor...I think.


Minnesota nurses officially ratify new three year contract with hospitals

Minnesota nurses approved a new three year contract with Twin Cities hospitals, averting a costly strike that could haveĀ  indefinitely forced thousands of patients to seek care elsewhere. The Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA), which represents about 12,000 nurses throughout the metro area, said members “overwhelmingly” ratified the contract, which grants nurses a three percent pay […]


Efforts to break hospital/nurses stalemate fail; Strike imminent

Twin Cities hospitals late Tuesday offered a revised contract proposal to the nurses union, which promptly rejected it, setting the stage for a protracted strike set for next week. In an e-mail, spokeswoman Maureen Schriner said the hospitals, which include Allina, Children’s Hospital, Park Nicollet, Fairview, North Memorial and HealthEast, offered to drop cuts to […]


High on ambition, low on cash, Twin Cities hospitals face choices

Second only to nurses claiming they will strike solely to save patients’ lives, the most repeated talking point in the Twin Cities these days is: Hospitals are besieged institutions that are at the mercy of a poor economy and uncertain healthcare reform laws. Well … not exactly. True, hospitals face a great deal of financial […]