Health Care Providers

Spotlight falls on IU Health for flu shot firings

January 7, 2013
J.K. Wall
Indiana University Health got national attention last week for its decision to dismiss eight employees for refusing to get a flu vaccination. The Indianapolis-based hospital system fired three nurses and five other employees from its IU Health Goshen Hospital.
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Health care pricing service comes to Indy

December 17, 2012
J.K. Wall

Chicago-based OkCopay Inc. posts prices offered by Indianapolis health care providers, many of which have agreed to give cash-paying patients a price roughly equivalent to those charged to insured customers. The site also includes pricing information from health care providers that do not give cash-paying patients an additional break.

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Home health agency closes after losing reimbursement

December 3, 2012
J.K. Wall
Carmel-based ABC Homecare LLC closed last week after state and federal authorities cut off its access to Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement due to deficiencies cited by the Indiana State Department of Health.
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Novia opens first multi-employer clinic in downtown Indy

December 3, 2012
Novia CareClinics LLC, which operates 50 clinics statewide, made its latest clinic open to other employers. Harrison College, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP and McFarling Foods Inc. have joined.
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Small charity to use NBC show to boost visibility, vie for $1M prizeRestricted Content

December 1, 2012
Dan Human
The efforts of Indianapolis-based Timmy Global Health to improve health in Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa while exposing hundreds of students to the realities of the medical industry have earned it an appearance on network TV and a shot at a $1 million unrestricted grant.
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Fairbanks gets $1M from United Way for hospital expansion

November 30, 2012
J.K. Wall
The $2.5 million expansion will add 7,000 square feet of meeting and office space to Fairbanks' 86-bed hospital for patients trying to recover from drug and alcohol addictions.
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Health officials: Indiana needs more trauma centers

November 12, 2012
Associated Press
Health officials developing a statewide trauma system say Indiana needs more trauma centers.
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Colts QB Luck, Riley Hospital reach multiyear promotional deal

October 30, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis Colts rookie quarterback Andrew Luck on Tuesday will announce his first local sponsorship deal, a four-year pact with Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health.
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Will Medicaid expansion actually work?

October 1, 2012
J.K. Wall
It would be “absurd” and a “travesty” for Indiana not to expand its Medicaid program, according to two local hospital officials. And yet other health care leaders do not expect expanded Medicaid coverage to provide nearly as much help to uninsured Hoosiers as hoped.
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Bloomington docs still feuding with Anthem

September 10, 2012
J.K. Wall
A large physician practice in Bloomington remains at an impasse with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Indiana less than two months before their contract is set to expire.
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St. Vincent adds Bloomington hospital to its fold

September 4, 2012
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-based St. Vincent Health will manage operations at Monroe Hospital in Bloomington under an agreement announced on Tuesday. Monroe gives St. Vincent a line of hospitals stretching from Indianapolis to Bedford and even farther south to Salem and Evansville.
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Records for 55,000 patients stolen from oncology group

August 28, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The Cancer Care Group in Indianapolis said a laptop computer bag containing private information on as many as 55,000 patients has been stolen.
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$100M IU neuroscience center set to open

August 24, 2012
Associated Press
A $100 million neuroscience center Indiana University officials say will offer a "one stop shop" for patients recovering from head and spinal injuries, strokes and other medical conditions is days away from opening its doors in Indianapolis.
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Brater to retire as dean of IU medical school

August 8, 2012
J.K. Wall
Dr. Craig Brater, 66, has worked at the Indianapolis-based school for 26 years, including the past 12 as dean. The school is the second largest medical school in the nation and the only one in Indiana.
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Multi-employer health clinic to open downtownRestricted Content

July 28, 2012
J.K. Wall
NoviaCare Clinics LLC will open a multi-employer health clinic in downtown Indianapolis this fall, opening the door for smaller employers to add the service to their health benefits.
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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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Survey: Solo practices nearly gone

July 23, 2012
J.K. Wall
Only 1 percent of the jobs given to Texas-based Merritt Hawkins over the past year were for solo practitioners, the physician recruiting firm reported this month. That’s down from 22 percent of all searches in 2004.
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Insurance company key to Franciscan-American Health partnershipRestricted Content

July 21, 2012
J.K. Wall
Hospital system's health insurance unit has IT infrastructure that will allow physicians to participate in Medicare's shared savings program.
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IU Health makes prestigious Honor Roll list

July 17, 2012
For the first time, Indiana University Health has been named to U.S. News & World Report's "Best Hospitals Honor Roll," a distinction that goes to the top medical centers in the country.
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Zoeller goes after closed Allcare Dental chain

July 10, 2012
Indiana Lawyer Staff
A chain of dental offices that abruptly closed multiple Indiana locations in December 2010 left patients without care, refunds or records, according to a complaint filed by the Office of the Indiana Attorney General.
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Electronic health records bring $135M to Indiana

June 25, 2012
J.K. Wall
The federal stimulus program to speed “meaningful use” of electronic medical records is starting to generate significant cash for Indiana health care providers: More than $135 million has flowed to more than 2,000 Hoosier hospitals and doctors since January 2011.
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Veteran hospital exec Odle to retire from IU Health

June 15, 2012
J.K. Wall
Sam Odle, one of Indianapolis' most prominent black business leaders, will be replaced on an interim basis by Jim Terwilliger while the hospital system conducts a national search for his successor.
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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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Purdue looks to new clinic to cut health costs

May 11, 2012
Associated Press
Purdue University's trustees approved plans Friday for a new campus medical clinic that administrators expect eventually will cut the school's health care costs for employees and their families.
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Q&A

May 7, 2012
J.K. Wall
Dr. Malaz Boustani, the medical director of Wishard Health Services’ Healthy Aging Brain Center, thinks pop-up alerts for physicians that are part of many electronic medical record and e-prescribing systems are ineffective and need to be re-engineered.
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