In a bid to make employer-sponsored health clinics available to companies of all sizes, Indianapolis-based OurHealth will open a network of seven offices around Indianapolis next year.
Starting July 1, pharmacists will be able to offer a much wider variety of immunizations to customers, in an effort from lawmakers to make health care more accessible.
The new not-for-profit organization is expected to be named Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky—or PPINK—and continue to operate the 28 existing health centers between the two states.
Novia CareClinics LLC, which operates 50 clinics statewide, made its latest clinic open to other employers. Harrison College, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP and McFarling Foods Inc. have joined.
Health care firms have opened a flurry of clinics at Hoosier employers the past two years as businesses increasingly embrace the concept as a way to restrain employee health costs.
Raising prices is easier when numbers are limited.
Trinity Free Clinic in Carmel began in 2000 to serve a growing Hispanic immigrant population. Since the latest recession, so many people—including unemployed professionals—have found their way to the clinic that the portion of white patients has grown from one-third in 2008 to 47 percent last year.
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.
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.
Donors from far and wide are sending money to Planned Parenthood of Indiana, but the organization doesn’t expect the giving to last.
The president of the Indiana Primary Health Care Association wants to double the number of federally qualified community health centers in Indiana in the next five years.
Community Health now has about 550 physicians, either on its payroll or committed through integration contracts, who have some of their pay hinge on measures of quality and communication. CEO Bryan Mills says the hospital system is looking to add even more.
Health clinics based in employers’ offices are showing signs of breaking out of their niche among blue collar and government employers—factories, warehouses and school corporations—and could pop up in Class A office buildings filled with white collar workers.
The program currently includes 1,200 physicians—about 10 percent of all doctors in Indiana.