IU Health

IU Health agrees to sell occupational health clinics

June 7, 2013
J.K. Wall
US HealthWorks Medical Group, which specializes in workers' compensation cases, agreed in May to acquire the eight clinics. The deal is expected to close before the end of June.
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Indianapolis hospitals hit with tough bargaining environment

June 1, 2013
J.K. Wall
Aggressive construction wiped out historical territories, thus opening the door to insurers playing hospitals off each other.
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IU Health to chop $1 billion off costsRestricted Content

April 6, 2013
J.K. Wall
Even though Obamacare likely will expand health insurance coverage to an extra 500,000 Hoosiers over the next few years, IU Health expects per-patient reimbursements to fall as the federal government, employers and patients all push back on sky-high health care costs.
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COLWELL: Indianapolis strategizes for health care reformRestricted Content

April 6, 2013
AnnJeanette Colwell
The recent flurry of big announcements portends well.
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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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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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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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Indiana's top state budget official finds new job

November 9, 2012
Associated Press
The top state budget official under Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has decided to move into an executive position with Indiana University Health when the governor's term ends in January.
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Indianapolis tech firms, hospitals discover mutual needRestricted Content

October 20, 2012
Chris O'Malley
An initiative is matching tech entrepreneurs with hospital officials in the hope of solving health care problems.
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Sledge's exit will keep IU program mostly intact

October 1, 2012
J.K. Wall
The departure of Dr. George Sledge likely will sap the breast cancer research program at the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center of about $500,000 in annual funding. But the program Sledge built over the past three decades mostly will remain intact.
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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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$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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Despite funding dip, IU bets on brains

August 6, 2012
J.K. Wall
The city that brought the world Prozac and other neuroscience drugs is doubling down on brain research with a new $52 million research center near Methodist Hospital.
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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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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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Local providers join Medicare ACO program

July 9, 2012
J.K. Wall
Indiana University Health, as well as a partnership of Franciscan Alliance and American Health Network, have formed accountable care organizations that won the blessing of the federal Medicare Shared Savings program.
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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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IU research leads to new genetic test

June 4, 2012
J.K. Wall

It took the identification of 19 different genes for researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine to develop a test for a rare form of cancer. But their gene-hunting has paid off, as a Texas-based company announced Monday the test is available for doctors to use.

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Justices grill both sides in IU Health case

May 14, 2012
J.K. Wall
Much of the nearly 45 minutes of arguments and questioning on May 10 involved the justices and the lawyers for both parties trying unsuccessfully to apply various scenarios from the retail world of commerce to health care pricing.
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More physicians using social media to find jobsRestricted Content

May 12, 2012
Scott Olson
But major Indianapolis-area hospitals still prefer personal referrals
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State's high court to weigh hospital bills

May 7, 2012
J.K. Wall
The Indiana Supreme Court this week will consider whether hospital billing practices should be put on trial. The state’s highest court will hear oral arguments Thursday in a case in which two uninsured patients have sued Indiana University Health for charging them much higher prices than it would have charged insured patients.
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IU Health to give $75 million to IU medical researchers

April 25, 2012
J.K. Wall
Indiana University Health announced Tuesday that it will give $75 million in additional funding over the next five years to ramp up research at the Indiana University School of Medicine and launch more clinical trials around the state.
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