BCBS of Minnesota and Children’s Minnesota Have a New Contact

Published: Jul 7, 17

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and Children’s of Minnesota have reached an agreement.  Children’s hospitals and clinics will remain in network.  If you need more information, contact your benefits manager. (more…)

4th of July can be a Dangerous Holiday

Published: Jul 3, 17

Did you know that the 4th of July is often the most deadly holiday in the U.S.  While this article by the National Safety Council is two years old, it’s still good advice.

There are many perils and pitfalls to avoid on this holiday: alcohol-related accidents, drowning, fireworks, and food poisoning are things of which to steer clear.   For more recommendations, checkout this article at Good Housekeeping.

National HIV Testing Day

Published: Jun 27, 17

June 27th is National HIV Testing Day.   Greater than AIDS and Walgreens have teamed up to provide free testing on June 27th and 28th.


The Importance of Flu Vaccinations

Published: Apr 4, 17

Yesterday, the CDC published a study where they show that data from 2004 shows that the majority of pediatric deaths occur in children who are un-vaccinated. (more…)

ER Visits much costlier than Urgent Care

Published: Apr 1, 17

via Health Leaders Media.

Ho said patients don’t realize the price difference for these two types of facilities until they learn their out-of-pocket expenses. The total price of a freestanding ED visit averaged $2,199 in 2015 versus $168 for an urgent care clinic visit.

“Many patients mistakenly think that freestanding emergency departments and urgent care clinics are similar, because they are often conveniently located in neighborhood shopping centers with modest storefronts,” Ho said.

Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Published: Feb 28, 17

March is Color Cancer Awareness Month.


In February 2000, President Clinton officially dedicated March as National Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Since then, it has grown to be a rallying point for the colon cancer community where thousands of patients, survivors, …

If you are 50 or have a family history, talk with your doctor about screening. People at increased risk, which includes people with a family history of colorectal cancer or polyps, inflammatory bowel diseases, or certain inherited conditions, need more frequent screening starting before age 50.  If you have have any of these risk factors or are unsure, speak with your doctor.