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Q&A

September 26, 2011
J.K. Wall
Dr. Ed Kowlowitz, owner and medical director of the Center for Pain Management in Indianapolis, recently challenged a regional Medicare reimbursement policy and, surprisingly, won. He spoke with IBJ about the experience, as well how his three-physician practice is growing even while many physician practices are selling to hospitals.
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Wishard to use $8.3M grant to stem substance abuse

September 22, 2011
J.K. Wall
At three community health centers, all patients will be asked about their alcohol and drug usage confidentially, as part of an early-intervention approach designed to cut down addictions and reduce hospitalization.
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Will ACOs really get off the ground?

September 19, 2011
J.K. Wall
The hype over accountable care organizations—something every major hospital in Indianapolis is moving to become—is increasingly being laced with skepticism as the economics behind the idea get more scrutiny.
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IU Cancer Center recruits top researcher

September 15, 2011
Scott Olson
Dr. Murray Korc, an internationally known pancreatic cancer researcher, comes to the cancer center as the first Myles Brand Professor of Cancer Research. The position is funded through a Lilly Endowment grant.
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Study: Hospital-doc hookups raising costs

August 22, 2011
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis doctor tell researchers that hospitals are paying more than $1 million a year to employ some cardiologists.
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Timmy Foundation changes name to reflect global reachRestricted Content

July 30, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The organization that organizes medical teams to serve overseas is now called Timmy Global Health.
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Primary care gets a new approach: prevention

July 20, 2011
Associated Press
A budding model for primary care that encourages the family doctor to act as a health coach who focuses as much on preventing illness as on treating it has shown promising results and saved insurers millions of dollars.
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Riverview scoops up doctors from American Health NetworkRestricted Content

July 16, 2011
J.K. Wall
Nine family-practice doctors are set to leave their large physician group and join Noblesville's Riverview Hospital, more than tripling their revenue-generating potential.
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STUMPP: Docs' loss of independence driving up health care costsRestricted Content

July 9, 2011
Don Stumpp / Special to IBJ
The fact is that hospitals are paid three to four times for physician ancillary services.
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Advanced Physical Therapy acquired by Illinois company

July 6, 2011
Bolingbrook, Ill.-based ATI Physical Therapy has acquired Advanced Physical Therapy, which has 175 employees and ranks among the city's largest operators of physical therapy clinics.
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Community Health eyes expansion as it closes Westview merger

June 28, 2011
J.K. Wall
As part of its agreement to add Westview Hospital to its system, Community Health Network will assume $10 million in debt, spend $7.5 million on upgrades, and help open an outpatient center in Speedway, the two hospitals announced Tuesday morning.
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How to sell Martinsville to MDs

June 27, 2011
J.K. Wall
Help with physician recruitment is a big factor pushing small-city hospitals into the arms of Indianapolis’ four major hospital systems. So how do the big boys entice doctors to the small towns?
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Q&A

June 27, 2011
J.K. Wall

Jim Alender has been CEO of Howard Regional Health System in Kokomo since 1997. He recently negotiated a letter of intent to merge the hospital with Indianapolis-based Indiana University Health. He spoke about the major factors that led to that decision, and the benefits he hopes to come from it. The deal, which still requires approval from Howard County officials, could close before the end of this year.

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WellPoint goes online to educate about ER use

June 24, 2011
Associated Press
Health insurer WellPoint Inc. has enlisted Google Maps for new websites that help patients think twice before they visit an emergency room for care that a less-expensive retail health clinic could handle.
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Groups call for probe of St. Francis hospital over charity care

June 22, 2011
J.K. Wall
Citizens Action Coalition Education Fund and Indiana Legal Services Inc. claim that “a good number” of Indianapolis south-side residents who should have qualified for reduced or waived bills at St. Francis were instead steered into payments plans.
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Planned Parenthood stops seeing Medicaid patients

June 20, 2011
Associated Press
Planned Parenthood of Indiana is no longer seeing Medicaid patients because a federal judge hasn't ruled yet on its attempt to block a new Indiana law cutting funding for certain abortion providers, officials said Monday.
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Survey: Hospitals still rewarding docs for volume

June 20, 2011
J.K. Wall
The latest physician recruitment survey from Texas-based Merritt Hawkins shows three-quarters of all physician searches include a performance bonus for the doctor. Fewer than 10 percent of those bonuses are tied to something other than volume of procedures.
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IU Health strikes deal with Central Indiana Cancer Centers

June 17, 2011
J.K. Wall
Central Indiana Cancer Centers sold its five facilities to IU Health and transferred its 150 employees to the Indianapolis-based hospital system. The 16 physicians in the practice will remain independent, but they have signed a service agreement with IU Health that pulls the two entities into a tight embrace.
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Planned Parenthood says donors alone can't sustain clinics

May 26, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Donors from far and wide are sending money to Planned Parenthood of Indiana, but the organization doesn’t expect the giving to last.
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Franciscan Alliance takes control of VNS home health agency

May 19, 2011
J.K. Wall
Visiting Nurse Service Inc., a 200-employee agency based in Indianapolis, will operate under the umbrella of Franciscan St. Francis Health, the organizations announced Thursday.
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Amylin sues Lilly over drug development deal

May 16, 2011
Associated Press
Amylin Pharmaceuticals Inc. said Monday it filed a lawsuit against Eli Lilly and Co., accusing the larger drugmaker of breaking their commercialization deal for diabetes drugs by teaming with the German company Boehringer Ingelheim to develop and sell a competing product.
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Economist: Expect boom in medical offices

May 2, 2011
J.K. Wall
Demand for medical office buildings is set to grow twice as fast as it was expected to in the next decade, thanks to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
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State Senate OKs bill to cut Planned Parenthood aid

April 19, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate approved a bill Tuesday that would cut off funding to Planned Parenthood and give the state some of the country's tightest abortion restrictions.
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Indiana House passes criminal checks on medical workers

April 19, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana House has approved a bill requiring criminal background checks for anyone seeking a new license to be a doctor, dentist or several other health care jobs.
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Hospital systems adopt Starbucks-style service

March 19, 2011
J.K. Wall
Indiana University Health is the latest system to drill employees ranging from clerks to physicians in how to treat patients.
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