Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota

In the Know: Healthcare News for June 29, 2020

preCARDIA, Inc. Receives FDA Breakthrough Device Designation for Novel, Catheter Based Heart Failure Treatment FDA Approves First-Of-Its-Kind Percept™ PC Neurostimulator with BrainSense™ Technology Minnesota business groups oppose visa suspensions for foreign workers Blue Cross first MN health plan with role for expert guidance for gender care Cryosa Raises $8.25M in Fresh Financing Round 20 medical […]

In the Know: Healthcare News for June 22, 2020

U.S. News and World Report Names Mayo Nation’s Top Hospital Medtronic gets $337 million from Blackstone for diabetes devices Abbott FreeStyle Libre 2 iCGM FDA cleared for use in adults and children At the Edge of Possible Cardiovascular Systems’ offering nabs $143.7m Mayo Clinic, NASA team up to test AI algorithm on colorectal cancer Boston […]

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Joins State Efforts to Prevent Further Spread of COVID-19

Via Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (Blue Cross) has become the first health insurer to join the state’s latest public health initiative to slow the spread of COVID-19. More than 140 Blue Cross associates from across Blue Cross will volunteer as contact tracers for the Minnesota Department of […]

Blue Cross waives more fees for Medicare Advantage customers

Via Star Tribune “‘In the midst of this crisis, seniors have been greatly impacted and are at disproportionate risk,’ Dr. Craig Samitt, chief executive of Blue Cross, said in a statement. ‘With our hope to keep our senior members safe and assure that they receive the preventive care they need, Blue Cross is both expanding […]

In the Know: Healthcare News for May 18, 2020

Medtronic receives US FDA approval for Cobalt and Crome implantable ICDs Boston Scientific prices $1.7b offering Minnesota Blues CEO Craig Samitt on COVID-19, 2021 Rates Increases, Telehealth, Medicare for all, and WFH Smiths Medical Acquires the Business of Access Scientific, LLC, Expanding Vascular Access Offering Minnesota Masons give $35 million to the University of Minnesota […]

In the Know: Healthcare News for May 11, 2020

Rebiotix and Ferring announce world’s first with positive preliminary pivotal Phase 3 data for investigational microbiome-based therapy RBX2660 3M completes $650M drug delivery unit sale, but business to remain in Twin Cities Predictive Oncology Initiates $2.2M Direct Stock Offering Study tests revolutionary treatments for depression The Lacek Group Expands Healthcare Practice and Joins Medical Alley […]

Blue Cross MN CEO: Why COVID-19 may be making the case for value-based care

Via Fierce Healthcare “COVID-19 is making the case for accelerating the move to more value-based models of care.” “Hospitals’ financial struggles as they pause elective procedures during the pandemic highlight the weaknesses in a volume-based system, said Craig Samitt, M.D., CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.” “A value-based approach more effectively positions providers […]

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation Contributes $1.1 Million to Support Communities During Covid-19 Pandemic

Via Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota As needs continue to rise amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation remains committed to making a healthy difference in communities by being responsive and supportive in this unprecedented time. To that end, the Blue Cross Foundation has granted more than […]

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and North Memorial Health Introduce a New Solution of Mask Covers Made from Surgical Wrap to Protect Healthcare Workers

Via Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in Minnesota, healthcare organizations have a pressing need to protect their critical supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE), including face masks. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and North Memorial Health have joined forces to create a new solution to […]

The Value of Telemedicine During a Global Pandemic

The CDC is encouraging the liberal use of telehealth tools in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Telehealth technology, originally designed to give patients who live far from a provider reliable access to care, is now being used much more widely as a way to screen and diagnose patients without risking the spread of COVID-19 through […]

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