IBJNews

Franciscan Alliance takes control of VNS home health agency

Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share

Franciscan St. Francis Health is bringing the area's largest local home health care provider under its umbrella.

Visiting Nurse Service Inc., based in Indianapolis, will have its entire board of directors appointed by Franciscan St. Francis, the organizations announced Thursday. And over time, VNS will take responsibility for all of Franciscan St. Francis' home health and hospice care.

The partnership, expected to take effect June 1, is the latest example of Indiana hospitals embracing primary health care providers as the 2010 health care reform law pushes them toward managing all stages of health for specific groups of patients.

VNS' 200 employees will remain in place. The only financial component of the deal is that Franciscan St. Francis will pay the roughly $400,000 annual expense of running VNS' Abbie Hunt Bryce Home for terminally ill homeless patients.

VNS, founded in 1913, sends nurses, therapists, dieticians and medical social workers to patients’ homes in 30 different counties, and also does remote monitoring of patients.

In addition to Indianapolis, VNS has offices in Avon, Lebanon, Noblesville, Greenwood, Martinsville and Kokomo. It has partnerships to provide in-home and hospice care for several hospitals, including Wishard Health Services and Howard Regional Health System.
 
“There is a great advantage to this partnership,” VNS CEO John Pipas said in a statement. “Both organizations will be enhanced by creating a stronger continuum of care to current and future patients.”

Home health and hospice care are getting more attention from hospitals recently as an aging population augurs rapid growth.

Franciscan Alliance, a 13-hospital system based in Mishawaka, has in the past two years acquired physician practices in Carmel, Hammond and Indianapolis. Franciscan Alliance hopes that by having physicians integrated into the hospital system, patients can be passed from one provider to another with better communication and fewer duplicative tests, hopefully improving care and reducing costs at the same time.

Other hospitals also have been acquiring physician practices and bringing on more physicians as employees. St. Vincent Health purchased The Care Group in 2010, Community Health Network made several acquisitions, including Pulmonary Medical Associates, in 2009, and Indiana University Health made controlling investment in Heart Partners of Indiana in 2008.
 

ADVERTISEMENT

Post a comment to this story

COMMENTS POLICY
We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
 
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
 
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
 
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
 
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.
 

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by
ADVERTISEMENT

facebook - twitter on Facebook & Twitter

Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ on Facebook:
Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ's Tweets on these topics:
 
Subscribe to IBJ
  1. With Pence running the ship good luck with a new government building on the site. He does everything on the cheap except unnecessary roads line a new beltway( like we need that). Things like state of the art office buildings and light rail will never be seen as an asset to these types. They don't get that these are the things that help a city prosper.

  2. Does the $100,000,000,000 include salaries for members of Congress?

  3. "But that doesn't change how the piece plays to most of the people who will see it." If it stands out so little during the day as you seem to suggest maybe most of the people who actually see it will be those present when it is dark enough to experience its full effects.

  4. That's the mentality of most retail marketers. In this case Leo was asked to build the brand. HHG then had a bad sales quarter and rather than stay the course, now want to go back to the schlock that Zimmerman provides (at a considerable cut in price.) And while HHG salesmen are, by far, the pushiest salesmen I have ever experienced, I believe they are NOT paid on commission. But that doesn't mean they aren't trained to be aggressive.

  5. The reason HHG's sales team hits you from the moment you walk through the door is the same reason car salesmen do the same thing: Commission. HHG's folks are paid by commission they and need to hit sales targets or get cut, while BB does not. The sales figures are aggressive, so turnover rate is high. Electronics are the largest commission earners along with non-needed warranties, service plans etc, known in the industry as 'cheese'. The wholesale base price is listed on the cryptic price tag in the string of numbers near the bar code. Know how to decipher it and you get things at cost, with little to no commission to the sales persons. Whether or not this is fair, is more of a moral question than a financial one.

ADVERTISEMENT