Health Care Costs

Executives must stress wellness program benefits consistentlyRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Health care benefits that promote wellness should be an ongoing executive suite focus, not simply an annual budget concern.
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St. Francis Hospitals, Anthem disagree over health insurance reimbursementsRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
The St. Francis hospital system and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Indiana are haggling over insurance reimbursement costs. The original demand of Sisters of St. Francis Health Services Inc. would have increased reimbursement amounts $80 million over three years, Rick Rhodes, an Anthem regional vice president, wrote in an Oct. 30 letter to employers covered by Anthem. The increase would mean $12 million more in out-of-pocket costs to Anthem customers. But St. Francis claims its request for an increase only brings it in line with what other hospitals are getting.
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Study says consumerism cuts costsRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
Consumer-directed health plans really work, at least according to WellPoint Inc., which has made a big push to sell them recently.
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Health network leading charge for electronic patient recordsRestricted Content

April 28, 2008
J.K. Wall
Four years after its launch, the Indiana Health Information Exchange is laying the groundwork to take its game outside state borders. The Indianapolis-based not-for-profit offers a service that provides patient records and test results via computer to hospitals and doctors around central Indiana. But now, its leaders think they can take their expertise to other cities and help them develop their own health information exchanges.
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State feels pain from health care costsRestricted Content

October 15, 2007
J.K. Wall
Spending on health care is rising faster in Indiana than it is across the country. Yet the state's job and income growth continue to lag national norms.
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St. Francis CEO organizing effort to heal state's health careRestricted Content

July 30, 2007
J.K. Wall
Bob Brody, CEO of St. Francis Hospital and Health Centers, is spearheading an emerging group of central Indiana health reformers who want to start a bottom-up process to develop alternative solutions to the state's--and possibly the nation's--health care crisis.
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Hospital charity cases growing as ranks of uninsured swellRestricted Content

April 30, 2007
J.K. Wall
In the last three years, Indianapolis hospitals have seen a substantial run-up in the amount of charity care they give to patients who can't pay. The cost of care is rising, more people are uninsured, and government officials are scrutinizing not-for-profit hospitals to make sure they give enough charity care to merit their tax-exempt status.
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Clarian to put prices on its Web siteRestricted Content

November 20, 2006
Tom Murphy
Clarian Health Partners will start posting prices for care on its Web site early next year, a move aimed at advancing the national movement toward greater transparency in health care costs.
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