Around Indiana, hospitals are doubling down on the lofty goal of patient satisfaction. Some, like IU Health, are hiring managers to oversee various aspects of the patient experience, from registration to discharge.
The Indiana House voted 93-0 on Monday in favor of a bill allowing felony charges in cases of deception involving a medical procedure, device, drug or human reproductive material, such as sperm, eggs or embryos.
A Senate committee went along Wednesday with the request from Republican Sen. Mike Young of Indianapolis to remove from a bill the section creating a felony charge of fertility fraud for doctors using their own sperm or eggs without the patient's consent.
At issue in the five-year legal dispute was whether Dr. Rick Sasso was properly compensated for various inventions, and whether Minnesota-based Medtronic paid him sufficient royalties as spelled out in their agreements.
Dr. Donald Cline, a retired Indianapolis fertility specialist, secretly inseminated dozens of unwitting patients with his own sperm decades ago. Now, many of his offspring are trying to make the most of the long-hidden family ties.