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Has the recession led to a decline in out-of-pocket spending for children with special health care needs?

Monday, June 3, 2013

father and sonA new University of Minnesota study shows that the recession of 2007 to 2009 led to a decline in out-of-pocket spending for privately insured children with special health care needs. Using data from the nationally representative Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, researchers also found that children without such needs were not affected by the recession. However, all adults in those children’s families had significantly lower out-of-pocket spending during the recession. This finding suggests that parents may reduce their personal medical care during difficult economic times to meet their children’s health care needs.

U of M School of Nursing hosts public education event this Saturday for those who care for people with memory loss

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

This Saturday, June 1, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the University of Minnesota School of Nursing will host the Caring for a Person with Memory Loss Conference at Mayo Memorial Auditorium, 420 Delaware St. SE, Minneapolis. 

The event will provide tips and strategies for family members, friends, community care providers and other individuals who are caring for someone with memory loss. More than 300 people have registered for the event. 

U of M researcher: Supplemental Medicare coverage leads to significantly higher rates of overall spending growth over time

Monday, May 6, 2013

In the first empirical study of the role supplemental insurance coverage might play in Medicare spending growth, researchers at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School found that employer-sponsored and self-purchased supplemental coverage were associated with annual spending growth rates of 7.17 percent and 7.18 percent, respectively, compared to 6.08 percent for beneficiaries without supplemental coverage.

U of M researchers conduct world’s first cord blood transplant aimed at curing Leukemia and HIV/AIDS

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Today, University of Minnesota physicians will perform the world’s first cord blood transplant designed specifically to cure a pediatric patient of HIV/AIDS and acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).

The procedure will take place at the University of Minnesota Medical Center and will be completed by a clinical team composed of transplant physicians Michael Verneris, M.D., and John Wagner, M.D., of the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota, and HIV/AIDS infectious disease specialist Timothy Schacker, M.D.