Hospitals

Study: Inpatient declines to hit all hospitals

March 11, 2013
J.K. Wall
One explanation for Indiana University Health’s decision to delay its Methodist Hospital expansion is that new “value-based” payment models appear to be pushing down hospitalization rates, according to a study released Friday.
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IU Health puts Methodist expansion plans on hold

March 11, 2013
J.K. Wall
Citing concerns about the economy and federal health reform, Indiana University Health has pressed pause on its plans to build a bed tower at Methodist Hospital that could have cost it as much as $500 million.
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Indy hospitals healthy despite sequester

March 4, 2013
J.K. Wall
While rural hospitals face sharp reductions in their operating incomes, most of the four major hospital systems based in Indianapolis will see only a marginal impact on their finances.
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Hospital systems forcing doctors to choose sidesRestricted Content

March 2, 2013
J.K. Wall
The five-year trend of physician practices marrying up with hospitals has made it harder and harder for independent physician practices to spend time in more than one hospital system.
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Sequester could sap $200M from Indiana health care providers

March 1, 2013
J.K. Wall
The sequestration plan kicking in Friday will chop Medicare payments to hospitals, doctors and nursing homes by 2 percent, beginning April 1. One study estimates that the cuts could result in 10,000-plus job losses in Indiana alone.
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IU docs in middle of Community-Wishard deal

February 18, 2013
J.K. Wall
The new partnership between Community Health Network and Wishard Health Services could put a third health care entity in an awkward position: the Indiana University School of Medicine. Virtually all of the nearly 1,100 physicians who practice at Wishard Memorial Hospital and its community clinics come from the IU medical school.
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Community, Wishard to form joint operating agreement

February 18, 2013
J.K. Wall
The partnership will create a new board to oversee and coordinate the operations of both systems, according to internal messages sent to Community stakeholders. Community Health CEO Bryan Mills will be the CEO of the new joint-operating entity.
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Community, Wishard-Eskenazi plan 'landmark' announcement

February 18, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The health care systems would not provide details, but said the announcement would place "Indianapolis in the best position for health care reform."
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Q&A

February 11, 2013
J.K. Wall

Don Kelso is executive director of the Indiana Rural Health Association. The trade group is trying to help its members navigate the changes coming from health care reform and the financial pressures being created by federal budget cuts. The association recently launched a service for its members called SuiteStats, which is data-management software to help hospital executives identify areas ripe for cost-cutting.

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Hospitals paying big to snag surgeonsRestricted Content

February 9, 2013
J.K. Wall
Across the four largest hospital systems in central Indiana, six physicians received more than $1 million in compensation in 2011 while two others received more than $900,000 and nine others received $700,000 or more, according to the hospitals’ most recent reports to the IRS.
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Community taps Walgreens for health reform help

February 4, 2013
J.K. Wall
In the era of health care reform, hospitals will face two new challenges: They will need to run higher-volume, lower-margin businesses, and they’ll be on the hook financially for what patients do even when they’re not receiving health care. Community Health Network’s new partnership with Walgreens’ Take Care Clinics is designed to help address both issues.
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Indiana hospitals restrict visits to limit flu spread

January 16, 2013
Associated Press
Hospitals across Indiana announced restrictions on visitors Wednesday in hopes of preventing the spread of flu, which has claimed the lives of 27 people in the state this season.
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Franciscan, American Health join new ACOs

January 14, 2013
J.K. Wall
Franciscan St. Francis Health and American Health Network continue to get deeper into the accountable care organization concept being promoted by the federal Medicare program under the 2010 health reform law.
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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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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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Assessment fees benefit Indy hospitals

November 26, 2012
J.K. Wall
IU Health and Community enjoyed net gains of $267 million and $23 million, respectively, from the hospital assessment fee program during the fiscal year ended June 30.
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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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Deal provides peek at Anthem's narrow networks

November 5, 2012
J.K. Wall
A new agreement in Wisconsin provides a glimpse of the kind of “narrow network” arrangements that Indianapolis-based Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield might attempt in Indiana.
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Community to commercialize innovations

November 5, 2012
J.K. Wall
Community Health Network thinks it can help patients, engage doctors and maybe even make some money by trying to turn ideas within its organization into commercial products, service and companies.
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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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St. Vincent, Community team up, forming colossusRestricted Content

October 6, 2012
J.K. Wall
Three area hospital groups—St. Vincent Health, Community Health Network and Suburban Health Organization—have agreed to join forces to manage patients’ health and strike new kinds of contracts with employers and health insurers.
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Hospital loyalty low among patients in central IndianaRestricted Content

September 29, 2012
Scott Olson
Regenstrief study finds many visit two different facilities within year’s time.
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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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$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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Cautious hospitals trouble Hill-Rom

July 30, 2012
J.K. Wall
The investor drubbing sustained by Hill-Rom Holdings Inc. last week stemmed not so much from the new acquisition it announced as from the gloomy outlook in the North American hospital market.
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