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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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Set pricing helps boost diagnostic network's growthRestricted Content

May 5, 2012
J.K. Wall
When the same MRI at one facility costs $600 and at another costs $2,200, Dr. Robert Gregori would call that a business opportunity.
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Once-promising Arcadia Resources closing doors

May 4, 2012
Scott Olson
The health care company that once promised to create 900 jobs in central Indiana has agreed to cease operations after a major lender moved to foreclose on the struggling Indianapolis-based business.
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HealthNet names new president and CEO

April 24, 2012
The Indianapolis-based not-for-profit network of health care centers said J. Cornelius Brown, who arrives from Swope Health Services in Kansas City, Mo., will replace the retiring Booker Thomas.
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IU doc group becomes Eskenazi Medical

April 23, 2012
J.K. Wall
A group of 123 doctors, nurse practitioners and physician assistants have formed the Eskenazi Medical Group in order to focus on maximizing patient care and related bonus payments at Wishard Health Services.
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Integra Specialty Hospital in Muncie closing

April 20, 2012
Seventy-two employees will lose their jobs when the 32-bed long-term-care facility shuts down on June 17. The company that operates the hospital did not provide a reason for the closing.
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Indy is poster child (again) for medical arms race

April 16, 2012
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis was highlighted in a new national study because its hospitals have been particularly aggressive at expanding their geographic reach—raising concerns among health insurers and even hospitals themselves that new medical facilities and market power can only lead to higher prices.
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Is health care bubble about to burst?

April 16, 2012
J.K. Wall
Citigroup economist writes that U.S. health care sector "reminds us somewhat ominously of the bubble in housing finance" because public spending is fueling private profits.
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St. Vincent nears another 'merger'

April 9, 2012
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based hospital system is working with Evansville-based St. Mary's Health System to mesh some of their corporate operations.
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Health care real estate owner takes over management of 29 buildings

April 3, 2012
Tom Harton
Healthcare Trust of America now handles property management and leasing for 29 buildings formerly managed by Hokanson Cos.
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Hospitals to build $14M medical center in Bargersville

March 7, 2012
J.K. Wall
Community Health Network and Johnson Memorial Hospital plan to spend $14 million to build a medical office building and outpatient center in Bargersville. The 70,000-square-foot facility is scheduled to be completed in mid-2013.
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Franciscan pulls back Greenwood plans

March 5, 2012
J.K. Wall
Franciscan St. Francis Health said its plans to build an emergency room and physician office building in Greenwood are on hold due to uncertainty over the effects of health care reform.
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Anthem seeking state rule change allowing doctors to practice onlineRestricted Content

March 3, 2012
J.K. Wall
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield has renewed its push to bring online care to the Indiana market, including video. It has asked the state’s Medical Licensing Board to relax a 2003 rule that stands in its way.
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IU Health names Kitchell chief financial officer

February 28, 2012
J.K. Wall
Ryan Kitchell, 38, replaces Marvin Pember, who left in July to take an executive position with Philadelphia-based hospital system Universal Health Services Inc.
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Economy could lift drug, device firms

February 20, 2012
J.K. Wall
The U.S. economy is showing signs of bouncing back and, if it does, look for drugmakers and medical-device companies to benefit. But if the economy has another summer stall like last year, expect health insurers to benefit.
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Developer plans $15.7M senior-living center on east side

February 17, 2012
Scott Olson
The city of Indianapolis approved the project after accepting Mainstreet Property Group's offer to purchase the property at 16th Street and Arlington Avenue for $912,500.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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