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News Article | May 26, 2017
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The final Health and Human Services Finance bill didn't include a state-run tobacco quitline. Previous versions of the bill had included a provision, introduced by Representative Dario Anselmo (R-Edina), that would have done so. Refusing to fund a quitline could mean those who need help quitting smoking in the future won't get it, especially after existing services for smokers end in 2020. The state budget does continue to fully fund the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP). SHIP funds initiatives to expand opportunities for active living, healthy eating and tobacco-free living. "We are glad that the final budget funds SHIP, but it's irresponsible not to invest in a quitline as well," said Janelle Waldock, Vice President of Community Health and Health Equity at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and Co-Chair of Minnesotans for a Smoke-Free Generation. "Minnesota collected $815 million in tobacco taxes and tobacco settlement payments in 2016 – more than enough to support prevention and cessation. Governor Dayton and legislators should make quitline funding a priority next year." Minnesotans for a Smoke-Free Generation also expressed dismay earlier this week when the House and Senate passed a tax bill containing nearly $50 million in tax benefits for the tobacco industry. Additionally, this year Senator Carla Nelson (R-Rochester) introduced legislation increasing the tobacco sale age to 21. With Edina recently becoming the first city in Minnesota to raise the age, momentum is building for this issue to be considered at the Capitol in 2018. "Almost 95 percent of adult smokers started by 21," said Moilanen. "Increasing the tobacco age will prevent young people from starting and help create a smoke-free generation in Minnesota." Minnesotans for a Smoke-Free Generation is a coalition of Minnesota organizations that share a common goal of saving Minnesota youth from a lifetime of addiction to tobacco. Each year in Minnesota tobacco use is responsible for more than 6,300 deaths and more than $3 billion in preventable health care costs. 95 percent of adult smokers started before the age of 21. The coalition supports policies that prevent initiation and reduce youth smoking, including keeping tobacco prices high, raising the tobacco sale age to 21, limiting access to candy-, fruit- and menthol-flavored tobacco and funding future tobacco prevention programs. Partners include: A Healthier Southwest, African American Leadership Forum, Allina Health, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, American Lung Association in Minnesota, Apple Tree Dental, Association for Nonsmokers – Minnesota, Becker County Energize, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, CentraCare Health, Children's Defense Fund – Minnesota, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, ClearWay MinnesotaSM, Comunidades Latinos Unidas En Servicio – CLUES, Essentia Health, Four Corners Partnership, Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare, HealthEast, HealthPartners, Hennepin County Medical Center, Hope Dental Clinic, Indigenous Peoples Task Force, ISAIAH, LAAMPP Institute, Lake Region Healthcare, Lincoln Park Children and Families Collaborative, Local Public Health Association of Minnesota, March of Dimes, Mayo Clinic, Medica, Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians, Minnesota Association of Community Health Centers, Minnesota Cancer Alliance, Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Minnesota Council of Health Plans, Minnesota Hospital Association, Minnesota Medical Association, Minnesota Oral Health Coalition, Minnesota Public Health Association, Model Cities of St. Paul, Inc., NAMI Minnesota, North Memorial Health Care, NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center, PartnerSHIP 4 Health, Perham Health, Rainbow Health Initiative, SEIU Healthcare Minnesota, St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, Tobacco Free Alliance, Twin Cities Medical Society,UCare and WellShare International. Find out more at: smokefreegenmn.org. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/end-of-session-signals-missed-opportunity-to-help-smokers-and-protect-kids-300464510.html


News Article | May 24, 2017
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Specifically, the tax bill passed by the Legislature: The bill contained one positive provision, increasing the tax rate on large containers of moist snuff tobacco. In total, these tax breaks will cost the state nearly $50 million over the next four years. These are dollars that could be dedicated to helping smokers quit and preventing youth from starting. Minnesotans for a Smoke-Free Generation is a coalition of Minnesota organizations that share a common goal of saving Minnesota youth from a lifetime of addiction to tobacco. Each year in Minnesota tobacco use is responsible for more than 6,300 deaths and more than $3 billion in preventable health care costs. Nearly 95 percent of adult smokers started before the age of 21. The coalition supports policies that prevent initiation and reduce youth smoking, including keeping tobacco prices high, raising the tobacco sale age to 21, limiting access to candy-, fruit- and menthol-flavored tobacco and funding future tobacco prevention programs. Partners include: A Healthier Southwest, African American Leadership Forum, Allina Health, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, American Lung Association in Minnesota, Apple Tree Dental, Association for Nonsmokers – Minnesota, Becker County Energize, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, CentraCare Health, Children's Defense Fund – Minnesota, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, ClearWay MinnesotaSM, Comunidades Latinos Unidas En Servicio – CLUES, Essentia Health, Four Corners Partnership, Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare, HealthEast, HealthPartners, Hennepin County Medical Center, Hope Dental Clinic, Indigenous Peoples Task Force, ISAIAH, LAAMPP Institute, Lake Region Healthcare, Lincoln Park Children and Families Collaborative, Local Public Health Association of Minnesota, March of Dimes, Mayo Clinic, Medica, Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians, Minnesota Association of Community Health Centers, Minnesota Cancer Alliance, Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Minnesota Council of Health Plans, Minnesota Hospital Association, Minnesota Medical Association, Minnesota Oral Health Coalition, Minnesota Public Health Association, Model Cities of St. Paul, Inc., NAMI Minnesota, North Memorial Health Care, NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center, PartnerSHIP 4 Health, Perham Health, Rainbow Health Initiative, SEIU Healthcare Minnesota, St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, Tobacco Free Alliance, Twin Cities Medical Society, UCare and WellShare International. Find out more at: smokefreegenmn.org. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/tax-bill-tobacco-industry-wins-kids-lose-300463523.html


News Article | May 4, 2017
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According to Molly Moilanen, co-chair of Minnesotans for a Smoke-Free Generation, a coalition of more than 50 health organizations, "Almost 95 percent of adult smokers started by 21. That means to prevent addiction, we must keep people from starting before then. Raising the tobacco age will help do that." A national consensus is growing to prevent addictions and future health problems by raising the sales age for tobacco products to 21. Two states and more than 220 cities and counties throughout the United States have raised the tobacco age. Edina was the first city in Minnesota to raise the smoking age earlier this week. Minnesotans for a Smoke-Free Generation is a coalition of Minnesota organizations that share a common goal of saving Minnesota youth from a lifetime of addiction to tobacco. Each year in Minnesota tobacco use is responsible for more than 6,300 deaths and more than $3 billion in preventable health care costs. 95 percent of adult smokers started before the age of 21. The coalition supports policies that prevent initiation and reduce youth smoking, including keeping tobacco prices high, raising the tobacco sale age to 21, limiting access to candy-, fruit- and menthol-flavored tobacco and funding future tobacco prevention programs. Partners include: A Healthier Southwest, African American Leadership Forum, Allina Health, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, American Lung Association in Minnesota, Apple Tree Dental, Association for Nonsmokers – Minnesota, Becker County Energize, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, CentraCare Health, Children's Defense Fund – Minnesota, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, ClearWay MinnesotaSM, Comunidades Latinos Unidas En Servicio – CLUES, Essentia Health, Four Corners Partnership, Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare, HealthEast, HealthPartners, Hennepin County Medical Center, Hope Dental Clinic, Indigenous Peoples Task Force, ISAIAH, LAAMPP Institute, Lake Region Healthcare, Lincoln Park Children and Families Collaborative, Local Public Health Association of Minnesota, March of Dimes, Mayo Clinic, Medica, Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians, Minnesota Association of Community Health Centers, Minnesota Cancer Alliance, Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Minnesota Council of Health Plans, Minnesota Hospital Association, Minnesota Medical Association, Minnesota Oral Health Coalition, Minnesota Public Health Association, Model Cities of St. Paul, Inc., NAMI Minnesota, North Memorial Health Care, NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center, PartnerSHIP 4 Health, Perham Health, Rainbow Health Initiative, SEIU Healthcare Minnesota, St. Paul Chamber of Commerce, Tobacco Free Alliance, Twin Cities Medical Society, UCare and WellShare International. Find out more at: smokefreegenmn.org. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/legislation-would-raise-minnesotas-smoking-age-to-21-300451619.html


News Article | June 28, 2017
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MINNEAPOLIS - (June 28, 2017) - From more than 8,000 proposals from 80 countries, Allina Health was chosen to present LifeCourse at the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics 2017 World Congress in July in San Francisco. The conference is expected to draw 6,000 professionals from around the world who are concerned with aging. LifeCourse targets late life issues, which seriously ill people of all ages face, and are at the heart of aging boomers' experience: reduced quality of life, poor care experience, and soaring care costs. Designed and studied over a four-year time period, LifeCourse has demonstrated a savings of $959 per person per month with and an eight-to-one return on investment compared with usual care. Creating a Whole Person Intervention for Patients with Serious Illness and Their Caregivers describes the LifeCourse intervention and human-centered research approach used to create it. Utilization, Quality of Life, and Care Experience of Patients in LifeCourse covers research results that include improved quality of life and care experience, reduced hospital use, and increased hospice length of stay. LifeCourse Beyond Research: Learning Through Implementation and Evaluation explains how LifeCourse has been put into practice throughout the Allina Health system and at a community health center serving a diverse inner-city population. Four additional LifeCourse papers on patient experience, quality of life, patient goals, and hospital use will also be presented. LifeCourse integrates a trained, lay navigator or community health worker called a care guide into the existing care team, freeing providers to focus more time at what they are trained best to do. Allina Health designed, researched, and implemented LifeCourse with funding from the Robina Foundation. For more information, go to lifecoursemn.org. About Allina Health Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90+ clinics, 12 hospitals, 15 retail pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services, home care, home oxygen and medical equipment and emergency medical transportation services. For more information, visit us at allinahealth.org, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Healthy Set Go.


News Article | August 8, 2017
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MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Abbott Northwestern Hospital retained the first place ranking for Best Hospital in the Twin Cities and second in Minnesota in the U.S. News & World Report 2017-18 rankings released today. Mercy Hospital, Coon Rapids, and United Hospital, St. Paul, were each selected as a Best Regional Hospital. “We focus on quality and aim high for the patients and communities we are so privileged to serve, and I am gratified that the exceptional care our team is dedicated to delivering every day throughout the organization is being recognized. We are especially proud that Abbott Northwestern is so highly regarded,” said Penny Wheeler MD, Allina Health President and CEO. Abbott Northwestern received national rankings in six specialty areas: Cardiology and Heart Surgery (#27); Diabetes & Endocrinology (#11); Geriatrics (#37); Gynecology (#25), Neurology and Neurosurgery (#42); and Orthopedics (#19). Mercy ranked third in the metro and fifth in the state and was selected as a Best Regional Hospital due to its number of high-performing ratings, procedures and conditions. Mercy’s high-performing specialties are gastroenterology and GI surgery and pulmonology. United ranked fifth in the metro and eighth in the state and also earned Best Regional Hospital distinction. United’s high-performing specialties are diabetes and endocrinology. In addition to national specialty rankings, Abbott Northwestern earned high-performing ratings for gastroenterology and GI surgery, nephrology, pulmonology and urology. More information is available at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals. Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90+ clinics, 13 hospitals, 15 retail pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services, home oxygen and medical equipment and emergency medical transportation services. For more information, visit us at allinahealth.org, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Healthy Set Go.


News Article | November 30, 2016
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MINNEAPOLIS - (Nov.30, 2016) - Women who had acupuncture treatments after breast cancer surgery at Abbott Northwestern Hospital had a greater reduction in pain, nausea, and anxiety and were better able to cope on the first post-operative day compared with patients who had traditional care, according to a study published in the Oncology Nursing Forum in November. "We are always looking for non-pharmacologic pain management options. This study showed that acupuncture in the hospital after mastectomy is not only feasible, it also appears to decrease patients' symptoms of pain, nausea, and anxiety," said Sue Sendelbach, RN, PhD, director of Nursing Research at Abbott Northwestern. Researchers chose the study variables -- pain, nausea, anxiety and ability to cope - based on an Oncology Nursing Society survey in which members were asked to report the symptoms that are the most distressing and difficult to manage. Abbott Northwestern study patients entered their levels -- on a zero to ten scale -- of pain, nausea, anxiety, and ability to cope into a tablet computer immediately before and after receiving acupuncture. Acupuncture was delivered as many as two times after surgery at least 12 hours apart. Patients in the usual care group were seen two times after surgery at least 12 hours apart to collect the same variables. "The results of this study demonstrate that acupuncture reduced patients' perception of pain, anxiety and nausea by about 1.5 units, which is both clinically and statistically significant. For comparison, it is known that opioid medications reduce patients' perception of pain by 1.9 units, which is comparable to the decrease for acupuncture in this study," said Jeffery A. Dusek, PhD, director of Research for the Penny George™ Institute for Health and Healing. The study was funded by the Abbott Northwestern Foundation, and study participants were sought from among patients at the Piper Breast Center® at Abbott Northwestern. When patients are hospitalized at the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute® at Abbott Northwestern, they are eligible to receive integrative medicine services from Penny George™ practitioners. Abbott Northwestern, Virginia Piper Cancer Institute® and Penny George™ Institute for Health and Healing are part of Allina Health. Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90+ clinics, 13 hospitals, 14 retail pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services, home care, senior transitions, hospice care, home oxygen and medical equipment and emergency medical transportation services. For more information, visit us at allinahealth.org, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Healthy Set Go.


News Article | March 2, 2017
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LEWISVILLE, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Teladoc, Inc. (NYSE:TDOC), the undisputed leader in telehealth, providing access to care for millions, today announced that it has appointed Kenneth H. Paulus, 57, to its board of directors. Mr. Paulus will serve on the board's Nominating & Corporate Governance committee and its Quality & Safety committee. "Ken is widely recognized as an outstanding leader in the provider market," said Jason Gorevic, president and CEO of Teladoc. "As Ken joins Teladoc on our mission to transform access to care, we look forward to his strategic insights that will enable us to further advance our footprint in hospitals and health systems across the U.S." "Having already achieved significant milestones in telehealth, Teladoc has an attractive value proposition and will clearly continue to positively shape the healthcare landscape," said Paulus. “I’m proud to join Teladoc at this important time, and to support the company as it drives telehealth to be mainstream.” As former president and CEO of Allina Health from 2009 to 2014, Paulus led one of the nation's largest not-for-profit integrated delivery systems consisting of nearly 1,500 employed physicians, 13 acute care hospitals, a freestanding emergency department and more than 100 ambulatory care clinics. Before joining Allina, Paulus was the CEO of Atrius Health System, one of the largest integrated physician organizations in New England and a teaching and research affiliate of Harvard Medical School. He previously served as the Chief Operating Officer of Partners Community HealthCare – the integrated medical network representing Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Paulus is currently an executive advisor at Water Street Healthcare Partners, a private investment firm. He received a Bachelor of Arts in biology at Augustana College and a Masters of Healthcare Administration and Management from the University of Minnesota. Teladoc, Inc. (NYSE:TDOC) is the nation’s leading provider of telehealth services and a pioneering force in bringing the virtual care visit into the mainstream of today’s health care ecosystem. Serving some 7,500 clients — including health plans, health systems, employers and other organizations — more than 17.5 million members can use phone, mobile devices and secure online video to connect within minutes to Teladoc’s network of more than 3,100 board-certified, state-licensed physicians and behavioral health specialists, 24/7. With national coverage, a robust, scalable platform and a Lewisville, TX-based member services center staffed by 400 employees, Teladoc offers the industry’s most comprehensive and complete telehealth solution including primary care, behavioral health care, dermatology, tobacco cessation and more. For additional information, please visit www.teladoc.com.


News Article | November 8, 2016
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Allina Health LifeCourse researchers will present new insights to the Gerontological Society of America An analysis of patients' physical, functional, emotional and social quality of life trajectories over the last 18 months of life as they live with serious illness shows that late life isn't all bad. "Our research shows that despite significant physical and functional challenges, emotional quality of life is maintained and social quality of life improves in the last three months of life," says Monica Frazer, senior research scientist for Allina Health. Frazer's study is one of several that Allina Health LifeCourse researchers will present at the Gerontological Society of America's 69th Annual Scientific Meeting that begins on November 16 in New Orleans, La. Eric Anderson, MD, hospice and palliative care physician and LifeCourse principal investigator, will present "Understanding the Lives of Caregivers: Opening the Door to Important Conversations." He says building meaningful partnerships in serious illness care begins with understanding the whole-person concerns of the caregivers. Sandra Schellinger, MSN, NP-C, hospice and palliative care nurse practitioner and LifeCourse co-investigator, will discuss the dynamic nature of patient self-defined goals over the serious illness experience. She says changing goals affect care, advance care planning, decision making, normalizing difficult conversations, and accessing end of life resources. Soo Borson, MD, who created the widely-used Mini-Cog, will present data from LifeCourse on a caregiver self-appraisal tool called Managing Your Loved One's Health. Even though family and friends are essential partners in health care, Borson says many have little training or support for this role. MYLOH identifies caregivers' skills and specific coaching and support they need. Borson is a LifeCourse National Advisory Committee member. LifeCourse is a late life supportive care approach that aims to maintain or improve quality of life and care experience, improve service utilization, and lower total cost of care. LifeCourse is a study funded by the Robina Foundation that has enrolled more than 900 participants and is being conducted by the Division of Applied Research at AllinaHealth. Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90+ clinics, 13 hospitals, 13 retail pharmacies, services, home, senior transitions, hospice care, home oxygen and medical equipment and emergency medical transportation services. For more information, visit us at allinahealth.org, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Healthy Set Go.


News Article | November 29, 2016
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Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute researchers recently presented results from two studies at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. The annual conference is an expansive educational program covering brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, neurodegenerative diseases, pain, cancer, pediatric rehabilitation and neuroplasticity. Nancy Flinn, PhD, OTR/L, senior scientific adviser, showed how new gait guidelines have improved the walking speed of stroke patients. Courage Kenny developed more aggressive guidelines based on best practices and began using them during physical therapy sessions in 2015. On average, patients doubled their improvement in speed during therapy after the implementation of the guidelines. "Gait speed has a big impact of how people do in the community. The gains patients made in gait speed meant that, on average, patients were now walking at community walking speeds. If they went to the mall or the grocery store, they would be able to move at the speed of others, so they are safer, because they are less likely to get bumped by others who are passing them," said Flinn. Mary Vining Radomski, PhD, OTR/L, senior scientific adviser, presented the results of study on cancer-related cognitive dysfunction, also known as chemobrain that involved 28 patients treated for breast cancer. "Patients describe feeling as if in a cognitive fog - difficulty concentrating, forgetfulness, inability to multitask - all of which interferes with performing the tasks and roles that they value. For some, these are short term problems; for others, the problem lingers for months, even years," said Radomski. The study, which was funded by the Courage Kenny Foundation, concluded that occupational therapy can improve everyday functioning and a patient's ability to manage issues with mood, stress, and fatigue, even though brain-related factors do not change. "While the cause of cancer-related cognitive dysfunction is unclear, it seems that multiple factors associated with the cancer experience - stress, fatigue, disruption of daily routines - are at least in part to blame," Radomski said. Radomski reported that cancer survivors may be able to lift the cognitive fog by learning strategies to manage some of these factors. Robin Newman, OTD, OTR of Boston University, co-presented with Radomski. Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, part of Allina Health, was created in 2013 by the merger of Courage Center and Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute. The Institute provides a continuum of rehabilitation services for people with short- and long-term conditions, injuries and disabilities in communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute has multiple locations, and numerous programs and services. For more information visit allinahealth.org/couragekenny. Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90+ clinics, 13 hospitals, 14 retail pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services, home care, senior transitions, hospice care, home oxygen and medical equipment and emergency medical transportation services. For more information, visit us at allinahealth.org, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Healthy Set Go.

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