DES MOINES, Iowa-A new family practice residency program will be launched in Iowa by the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, 538-bed Mercy Hospital Medical Center of Des Moines and Mercy Clinics, executives said. It's the second such venture by Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo to seek primary-care training sites in the last three months. "This collaboration between Mercy and Mayo is designed to train new physicians and increase the number of family practice doctors in Iowa," said Tom Reitinger, Mercy's president and chief executive officer. The Mercy/Mayo Family Practice Residency Program will bring six medical school graduates each year to central Iowa for a three-year residency, beginning in July 1997. In June, the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine announced a similar program that will allow their residents to practice rural healthcare at 369-bed St. Cloud (Minn.) Hospital (June 6, p. 24). Terms of the latest deal were not disclosed. Mayo has made several efforts to tap the Iowa market (Dec. 6, 1993, p. 18).
ST. PAUL, Minn.-Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota has formed a new subsidiary that will combine its electronic data interchange and managed-care functions into one company. Financial details weren't disclosed. Citing healthcare reform and cost containment as motivators, the Blues announced the creation of Care Delivery Management. "This initiative directly relates with the core principles of reform-cost savings and streamlining of the healthcare delivery system," said Norman Storbakken, the Minnesota Blues' group vice president and chief financial officer. The new subsidiary will mean less paperwork because it will electronically process claims, X-ray transmissions, laboratory tests and medical policy guidelines. Nurses, physicians and other professionals will be able to spend more time on healthcare delivery than administrative tasks, executives said.
MADISON, Wis.-The growth of hospital expenses statewide slowed last year, the Wisconsin Hospital Association reported. Expenses grew 6.9% in 1993 and 11.3% in 1992. Expenses rose 4% from the first quarter of 1993 to the first quarter of 1994, the association said. Nationally, hospital expenses grew 7.1% in 1993 and 9.1% in 1992, according to American Hospital Association figures.