Hospitals have long argued that they pass on the cost of the uninsured to private insurance customers. But a new study shows that’s less than half-true.
The Indianapolis-based hospital system said its efforts to reduce patients’ need for expensive health care services, known as population health, slashed the use of hospitals, nursing homes and expensive imaging scans among the 140,000 Hoosiers IU Health now serves.
Lower wages, higher hospital prices and unhealthy lives force Indiana employers to charge more and give fewer health benefits to their workers.
A Census Bureau survey suggests that medical device firms created 20,000 fewer jobs from 2011 to 2013 than they should have—and some of those missing jobs probably can be blamed on Obamacare’s medical device tax.
The Indianapolis-based law firm opened two new offices this fall—in Dallas and Seattle—and has now added five new offices in the past 24 months, as it tries to keep up with consolidation among hospitals and doctors.
The safety-net hospital system in Indianapolis will create the Center for Brain Care Innovation and try to use telemedicine and a digital avatar to reach as many as 150,000 Hoosiers and 10 million patients outside Indiana by 2030.
Spending on prescription drugs has soared 451 percent this year at Indianapolis-based MDwise as new drugs for hepatitis C and cancer soar above $100,000 per patient.
Patients’ anger over high deductibles and high drug prices is spurring presidential candidates to respond—even as the actual prices of health care services are growing slower than at any time since 1990.
Bryan Mills, CEO of the Community Health Network hospital system, said a recent pickup in health care construction could slow down if providers can successfully care for patients remotely via the Internet and phones.
A 22-page timeline of events leading up to the $54 billion merger agreement between Anthem and Cigna shows that company executives fell in love early, but the Anthem board made them break up and they chased other lovers. But in the end, they were each other’s only choice.
After Anthem CEO Joe Swedish argued that his $54 billion purchase of Cigna Corp. wouldn’t harm competition, execs at some of Indiana’s most prominent health care and health insurance institutions expressed skepticism last week during the IBJ Health Care Power Breakfast.
Since President Obama’s health law passed in 2010, deductibles on employer health plans have risen nearly seven times faster than wages and nearly three times faster than premiums, leaving consumers exposed more than ever to the sky-high cost of care.
It looks like Eli Lilly and Co. finally has a drug that can replace its former stars Zyprexa and Cymbalta. The most bullish analysts think Jardiance can surpass those $5 billion-a-year blockbusters.
When hospitals employ doctors—which is now the norm in central Indiana—more of those doctors’ patients end up going to hospitals with higher costs and poorer quality, according to a new study.
A flood of money from Obamacare—for the expanded Healthy Indiana Plan and for private health insurance purchased on the federal exchange—is boosting revenue and profit among Indiana health insurers.
Four of the 10 metro areas that will see the biggest decrease in competition from the Anthem-Cigna merger are in Indiana, according to an analysis by the American Medical Association—with Indianapolis facing the second-biggest impact among all of Anthem’s markets nationwide.
CEO Bryan Mills has set a goal to make 75 percent of revenue—or $1.5 billion a year—be covered by value-based contracts—which means Community would be rewarded for keeping patients out of the hospital. A new venture is Mills’ strategy to get there.