Doctors

SMITH: Cut health care costs by limiting malpractice lawsuitsRestricted Content

October 17, 2009
Debra A. Smith
A peer-review panel of experts would help minimize unnecessary medical malpractice suits.
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Doctors link together to experiment with 'one-stop shopping'

October 17, 2009
Scott Olson
Specialists are clustering to focus on a single ailment, such as pain, to cut costs and improve quality of treatment.
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Power Breakfast panel debates health care reform

October 17, 2009
As health care legislation continues to wend its way through Congress, Indianapolis-area industry leaders still harbor strong opinions about the issue. Five industry insiders discussed how to improve the health care system during IBJ’s Power Breakfast Sept. 25 at the Westin Indianapolis.
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KALSCHEUR: Doctors eye precautions as reform gains steamRestricted Content

October 17, 2009
Michael Kalscheur
Doctors are considering their options as health care reform gains momentum.
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Indiana Health Information Exchange lands big insurer

October 13, 2009
J.K. Wall
UnitedHealthcare has become the second health insurer to join Quality Health First, a pay-for-performance program operated by the Indiana Health Information Exchange, the exchange announced Tuesday.
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VIDEOS: IBJ panelists examine needs, options for health-care reform

October 13, 2009
J.K. Wall
Presenting five video excerpts from a free-wheeling panel discussion about health-care reform featuring five of the city's top decision-makers. J.K. Wall moderates the IBJ's Power Breakfast, covering tort reform,illegal immigrants, pay models and insurance companies.
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Health reform could swamp doctors

October 3, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Health reform that would cover millions of uninsured Americans would theoretically send a flood of new patients to physicians. Yet in Indiana and nationwide, there’s already a shortage of doctors.
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Hospitals, doctors finally integrating patient care

September 26, 2009
J.K. Wall
The stitching together of doctors and hospitals—two groups that historically have kept each other at arm’s length—is a trend picking up speed locally and nationally and could accelerate even further if Congress passes health care reform.
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Lilly pays $224,000 to area doctors

August 17, 2009
 IBJ Staff
It’s no secret that Eli Lilly and Co. is the biggest private employer in the Indianapolis area. But Lilly also supplemented the incomes of a few dozen local doctors — to the tune of more than $224,000 in just the first quarter.
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St. Francis buys big cardiology practiceRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
J.K. Wall
As concern grows among medical providers that health care reform augurs lower payments, St. Francis Hospital & Health Centers has agreed to absorb a large group of cardiologists that bring lucrative heart patients to its facilities.
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State law aims to attract doctors to areas in need of careRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
Scott Olson
A state law that went into effect July 1 attempts to attract young physicians and mental health practitioners to underserved areas by forgiving part of their student loans. But Indiana’s budget woes prevented lawmakers from allocating funds to support the program.
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Report says Indiana health care is over-specializedRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Hoosiers see too many specialty physicians and are driving up health care costs as they do, according to a recent study by the Indiana University Center for Health Policy.
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Simple invention targets blanket problem for surgical patientsRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
Chris O'Malley
In a state steeped in advanced research that spawns biomedical companies by the dozen, Apricity LLC is preposterously low-tech, given that its latest product is nothing more than a warm blanket.
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Clarian and IU Med School hiring 1,500 docs for massive Indiana Clinic; strategy may cut out insurersRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
J.K. Wall
Clarian Health and the Indiana University School of Medicine want to turn 1,500 or more doctors into employees under a new nonprofit group called the Indiana Clinic.
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Reimbursement changes prompt specialists to join hospital payrollsRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
J.K. Wall
Specialist physicians, who have traditionally been fiercely independent, are more and more coming on as employees of hospitals.
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Doctors should adapt to ratingsRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
Rating doctors via online services helps consumers make better health care decisions.
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Doc sues Web-savvy ex-patientRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
J.K. Wall
Dr. Barry Eppley, an Indianapolis surgeon, says an online crusade by a disgruntled former patient is taking a toll on his practice, and he's suing her.
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Doctors squirm as patients rate health careRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
J.K. Wall
As health care slowly shifts to operate more like retail stores, patients' opinions of doctors have become commonplace on more than 30 physician-rating Web sites, including a subscription service run by Indianapolis-based Angie's List.
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Stimulus bill could prompt physician mergersRestricted Content

March 16, 2009
Now that Medicare is calling for all doctors it deals with to use electronic medical records by 2015, the trend of physicians' merging with hospitals or larger groups could hasten.
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Celebrate contemporary heroes, tooRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
Mickey Maurer
When it comes time to celebrate African-American History month, wouldn't we be better served with profiles of young, living role models we can talk to—heroes who can talk to us? Let me submit for your consideration Mercy Obeime.
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Legislation takes aim at AnthemRestricted Content

January 12, 2009
J.K. Wall
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield's growing market dominance in Indiana is sparking a backlash from doctors who plan to push a bill this year in the Indiana General Assembly that would allow physicians to reject patients covered by massive health insurer.
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Clarian buys piece of Indiana Heart HospitalRestricted Content

February 25, 2008
J.K. Wall
Clarian Health has acquired a controlling stake in a cardiology practice based at the Indiana Heart Hospital, which is owned by Clarian competitor Community Health Network.
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Angie's List CEO wanted shot at WellPoint's Zagat dealRestricted Content

October 29, 2007
J.K. Wall
WellPoint Inc. and Angie's List are both racing to launch doctor-rating services early next year. But Angie's List is already sour over Well-Point's decision to partner with New York-based Zagat Survey LLC for its doctor-rating service, apparently without talking to Angie's List.
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