Health System is suspending its effort to launch a program to coordinate care
and reduce costs, blaming the difficulty of connecting physicians using
different electronic records systems.
The combined company
would have its executive offices in Dublin, Ireland, where it could benefit from
Ireland's lower corporate tax rates. But the merged company would continue to
operate in Minneapolis, where Medtronic employs more than 8,000, the companies
said in a statement.
A key subcontractor
working on the campaign to promote President Barack Obama's health care law in
Illinois is a Chicago political strategy consulting firm owned by three former
aides to some of the state's most-powerful Democrats.