Healthcare jobs help Minnesota bounce back from Great Recession; BCBSNC, payers make the business case for mHealth;

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> Patients who experienced opioid-related adverse events had statistically significantly higher hospital costs, longer hospital stays and increased risks of readmission and mortality, according to a retrospective analysis of more than 37,000 patients who underwent common inpatient surgeries at a 26-hospital healthcare system and received opioids for postsurgical pain management. Announcement

> More than one-third of consumers would change primary care physicians to save money on health insurance premium costs, according to a survey by HealthPocket. Survey

> Thanks to healthcare employment growth, Minnesota this year recovered the number of jobs it lost in the Great Recession, MPR News reported. Article

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> Anthem Blue Cross has agreed to pay $3 million as part of a settlement with the California Department of Managed Health Care regarding claims it underpaid between 2007 and 2011. Article

> In one year, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) saw growth of more than 440 percent in website traffic from tablets. There was also a 105 percent increase in smartphone hits. Article

And Finally…  Austerity is bad for your health. Article

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