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Hospitals' occupancy declining over long termRestricted Content

July 19, 2014
J.K. Wall
Advances in non-invasive surgeries, changes in health care financing and now increasingly price-sensitive patients accelerate what has been a 40-year decline in the number of patients spending the night in hospitals.
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Legal snags kill Community-Eskenazi hospital merger

June 12, 2014
J.K. Wall
Community Health Network and Eskenazi Health quietly called off their engagement months ago, when they found out federal laws effectively prohibited their marriage. Now they’re trying to figure out how to just be friends.
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Hospitals might limit executives' pay hikes after run of big increases

May 3, 2014
J.K. Wall
Before local hospitals slashed staff and expenses last year, they had been boosting the pay packages of their top executives faster than hospitals around the country. Seven of every 10 senior executives at the major hospital systems in Indianapolis saw their total compensation rise more than 10 percent from 2010 to 2012.
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St. Vincent and Community to dissolve partnership

May 3, 2014
J.K. Wall
The Accountable Care Consortium was envisioned as a vehicle through which the hospitals would eventually funnel all of their roughly $2.5 billion in annual contracts with health insurers and employers.
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Community Health CFO makes sudden exit

December 14, 2013
J.K. Wall
Tom Fischer, the chief financial and chief operating officer of Community Health Network, departed suddenly this month. Sources with knowledge of the situation described Fischer’s exit as a firing. But a Community spokeswoman said Fischer resigned in a private meeting with Community CEO Bryan Mills.
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Suburban Indy hospitals see health care reform as ally

November 23, 2013
J.K. Wall
For years, the county-owned hospitals ringing Indianapolis have watched warily as the city’s four major hospital systems used their superior size and resources to push ever outward into the suburbs.
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Anthem prez: Expect 'crickets chirping' on Oct. 1

September 30, 2013
J.K. Wall
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield President Rob Hillman expects a slow start to the Obamacare exchanges, with fewer than one-third of uninsured people buying coverage there.
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Kokomo hospital plans on cutting 50 jobs

September 17, 2013
Associated Press
Community Howard Regional Health said it will reduce its current workforce by 50 positions over the next few weeks.
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Indianapolis hospitals hit with tough bargaining environment

June 1, 2013
J.K. Wall
Aggressive construction wiped out historical territories, thus opening the door to insurers playing hospitals off each other.
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COLWELL: Indianapolis strategizes for health care reformRestricted Content

April 6, 2013
AnnJeanette Colwell
The recent flurry of big announcements portends well.
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Sequester could sap $200M from Indiana health care providers

March 1, 2013
J.K. Wall
The sequestration plan kicking in Friday will chop Medicare payments to hospitals, doctors and nursing homes by 2 percent, beginning April 1. One study estimates that the cuts could result in 10,000-plus job losses in Indiana alone.
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IU docs in middle of Community-Wishard deal

February 18, 2013
J.K. Wall
The new partnership between Community Health Network and Wishard Health Services could put a third health care entity in an awkward position: the Indiana University School of Medicine. Virtually all of the nearly 1,100 physicians who practice at Wishard Memorial Hospital and its community clinics come from the IU medical school.
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UPDATE: Primary care at heart of hospitals' deal

February 18, 2013
J.K. Wall
Community Health Network’s new partnership with Wishard Health Services will create a primary-care behemoth that the systems argue will put them in the best position possible to handle the changes coming from federal health reform.
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Community, Wishard to form joint operating agreement

February 18, 2013
J.K. Wall
The partnership will create a new board to oversee and coordinate the operations of both systems, according to internal messages sent to Community stakeholders. Community Health CEO Bryan Mills will be the CEO of the new joint-operating entity.
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Community, Wishard-Eskenazi plan 'landmark' announcement

February 18, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The health care systems would not provide details, but said the announcement would place "Indianapolis in the best position for health care reform."
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Anthem tries new 'narrow network' strategyRestricted Content

February 16, 2013
J.K. Wall
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield has selected Community Health Network to be the “exclusive provider” for a new kind of health insurance plan—a sharp departure from Anthem’s typical strategy of offering the broadest network of hospitals and doctors.
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Community taps Walgreens for health reform help

February 4, 2013
J.K. Wall
In the era of health care reform, hospitals will face two new challenges: They will need to run higher-volume, lower-margin businesses, and they’ll be on the hook financially for what patients do even when they’re not receiving health care. Community Health Network’s new partnership with Walgreens’ Take Care Clinics is designed to help address both issues.
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Community to commercialize innovations

November 5, 2012
J.K. Wall
Community Health Network thinks it can help patients, engage doctors and maybe even make some money by trying to turn ideas within its organization into commercial products, service and companies.
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St. Vincent, Community team up, forming colossusRestricted Content

October 6, 2012
J.K. Wall
Three area hospital groups—St. Vincent Health, Community Health Network and Suburban Health Organization—have agreed to join forces to manage patients’ health and strike new kinds of contracts with employers and health insurers.
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Suburban hospitals charm patients

July 23, 2012
J.K. Wall
A little extra Medicare money will flow to suburban hospitals in the Indianapolis area, based on recent patient satisfaction scores. But hospitals in the core of Indianapolis—and hospitals that do significant amounts of teaching medical students—may take a hit.
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Physician buyouts bruising hospitalsRestricted Content

May 26, 2012
J.K. Wall
As St. Vincent Health has nearly doubled the number of physicians it employs over the past two years, the losses on those practices have mounted. And the same thing is happening at all the major Indianapolis hospital systems, as all have spent the past four years aggressively acquiring physician practices.
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Howard officials OK hospital merger with Community

May 23, 2012
J.K. Wall
The merger of Kokomo’s Howard Regional Health System into Indianapolis-based Community Health Network received final approval Tuesday night.
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More physicians using social media to find jobsRestricted Content

May 12, 2012
Scott Olson
But major Indianapolis-area hospitals still prefer personal referrals
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Community to expand Heart Hospital

March 26, 2012
J.K. Wall
Community Health Network will break ground this month on a $6.9 million, 4,600-square-foot expansion of its Indiana Heart Hospital, adding two operating rooms.
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Patient referrals can be lucrative for hospitalsRestricted Content

March 17, 2012
Scott Olson
Physician liaisons are becoming key in recruiting efforts.
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