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Wednesday P.M. Report

HCMC budget slashes positions, programs: Hennepin County Medical Center plans to cut more positions, and close a clinic and a cardiac rehabilitation program, as it seeks to make up for millions of lost state funding. The Minneapolis-based hospital and clinics chain Wednesday approved a proposed annual budget that would save $15 million. Read full story

Medtronic receives FDA warning letter: Medtronic Inc. announced Wednesday that it received a warning letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration following an August inspection of the company’s Cardiac Rhythm Disease Management facility in Mounds View. Fridley-based Medtronic said the FDA’s observations fell into four general categories and that it would reply to the warning letter within 15 days, as required. Read full story

Target to add ‘PFresh’ grocery concept at 350 stores: Target Corp. plans to expand 350 stores in 2010 to accommodate its new “PFresh” grocery concept, the discount retailer announced as part of Tuesday’s third-quarter earnings announcement. The Minnneapolis-based retailer first tested the new format last year at its stores in downtown Minneapolis and Minnetonka. It now has 108 “PFresh” stores. Read full story

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  1. Submitted by Bernice Vetsch on 11/19/2009 - 04:57 pm.

    Massachusetts citizens are victims of the health care plan after which Congress is modeling the one they intend to inflict upon us all. One of the major Boston hospitals is suing the state because its payments to the hospital are so meager it soon will not be able to continue providing free care to the poor, one of its major missions.

    The state is also being sued by persons representing 30,000 legal immigrants it dropped from the insurance program to try to stay within its budget. What are these 30,000 supposed to do, pay cash for surgeries and other expensive treatments?

    The MassPlan does not achieve universality. It runs hundreds of millions of dollars over budget each year — and rising. Poor people who once had access to free care now receive help in paying premiums, but not co-pays and deductibles.

    Perhaps HCMC should be adding its own suit to the two now being waged against Tim Pawlenty.

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