Minnesota executives push ahead of health care reform

  • Article by: JIM SPENCER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 14, 2011 - 9:35 AM

The CEOs of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Minnesota and Fairview Health Services are moving ahead with a new approach to health care.

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comsenMar. 14, 1112:37 AM

"The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) expects national health expenditures to grow by an average of 6.1 percent per year from 2009 to 2019."...That would double the cost of health care in 12 years. Scary thought when health care consumed over $2.3 trillion in 2008. That means it will be nearly 5 trillion in 2019. It now consumes 15% of our GDP. Interesting article suggesting some cost savings solutions.

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paperpennMar. 14, 11 5:17 AM

Payment for good clinical outcomes vs reimbursement for each procedure performed sounds good in theory---but the patient bears some of the responsibility here also--if they don't listen to the physicians advice on their health care issues, how does one have a "good clinical outcome."

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furguson11Mar. 14, 11 5:59 AM

"because it brings the healthier risks into the pool" Translation, healthier people paying the premiums for less healthy people.

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ToeserMar. 14, 11 7:16 AM

There is no hope for an affordable health care system as long as Americans pursue their horrible diets and couch potato habits. At least one-half of all illness in this country is self inflicted. Wise up people. Start taking care of yourself.

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suewroMar. 14, 11 7:20 AM

mandate in the current health reform bill because it forces Americans to buy coverage or pay a penalty If people can't pay for a roof over their heads and food for their children how can they pay for health care - and they can't get Minneosta care - try it its hard to get on

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mannyheadMar. 14, 11 7:51 AM

Spouse is a doc at a Fairview clinic. Rejects this kind of medical idea for the most part. Why??? Because most of the people he treats are severly obese with multiple problems like diabetes, Hepatitis, alcoholism, Lupus, smoke cigs, you name it. How can he treat the healthy when he rarely sees anyone like that? And then they want to pay him based on how many he can 'get well'? Fairview is whacked.

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wunderdudeMar. 14, 11 8:00 AM

Why has the Obama administration granted 1,100 waivers to Obamacare? Because there's an election in 2012. Get with the program, people.

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sunshine59Mar. 14, 11 8:00 AM

We treat the population that has an emergency heath crisis very well. To the chronically ill, our health system is a major fail. Many working families struggle with copays, out of pocket costs etc. The uninsured is not the only one suffering. We (as in our family) totter on the brink of disaster due to two different diseases that ARE NOT a product of poor lifestyle choices. I'm glad to see an insurer- BCBS taking part of the discussion. I also know that the Fairview System is taking lead from the front running hospitals down at the University of Minnesota. Fairview is listening to the U. World class care in specialized medicine. Creative solutions to healthcare. A community of innovation.

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dewysmackMar. 14, 11 8:20 AM

This only solidifies that Her Oprama has put government control of our lives into high gear. You're just not in touch with reality if you think government can a) run something efficiently b) run it under budget and c) adapt to the market when new technologies and techniques come along. This is a mess, and an enormous burden to our future tax payers. Simply unsustainable. Oh, and please don't give me the arguement of "well, we had to do something", for there were MANY alternatives to Opramacare to try with the free market before something as drastic and foolish as this Hindenburg being released.

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swimraftMar. 14, 11 8:39 AM

I like the look on the nurse's faces. It appears that some think the twice a day meetings are a waste of time. Professionals probably don't need a meeting to tell them how to do their jobs. Let's get it down to once a day - maybe once a week.

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