The Indiana University School of Medicine plans to leave its longtime home on the IUPUI campus and move about two miles north as part of a new “academic health campus” near Methodist Hospital.
The database is expected to provide cost information for specific health care procedures by facility name and allow individuals to shop around for the best price.
The Indiana General Assembly moved forward remaining bills aimed at reducing health care costs on Tuesday, but the pieces of legislation still have hurdles to clear before heading to the governor.
Hospital executives said the initial site-of-service regulation would have resulted in significant cuts in staff and services because revenue would drop by millions of dollars.
The Indiana Hospital Association gathered several hundred health care professionals at the Statehouse on Monday morning to urge the Indiana Senate to change language in House Bill 1004, which would require hospitals to determine charges based on where a procedure takes place.
Twenty-four Indiana hospitals will be docked by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services—the highest number since the program began six years ago.
The Indiana House approved legislation that would attempt to end surprise billing, and the Indiana Senate approved a bill that could establish a statewide all-payer claims database.
The measures are largely focused on ending surprise billing for patients, creating an all-payer claims database and requiring health care providers to give patients costs estimates in advance.
OurHealth, a fast-growing, 11-year-old Indianapolis-based company that provides medical clinics for employers in Indiana and five other states, is merging with a Vermont company, creating a combined operation with 200 clinics in 40 states.
A city hearing examiner recused herself from ruling on a variance for a proposed 40,000-square-foot health and family center at Broad Ripple Park. The recusal automatically advances the proposal to the city’s Metropolitan Development Commission.
Researchers on Wednesday reported the largest-ever one-year decline in the U.S. cancer death rate, a drop they credited to advances in lung-tumor treatments.
Deaths in nursing homes also have declined, according to Wednesday’s report in the New England Journal of Medicine.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced Tuesday that it has struck a multi-year naming rights deal for the Grand Prix of Indianapolis.
Three years after Indiana passed a law allowing doctors to prescribe drugs for patients without an in-person visit—using a computer, smartphone, video camera and similar technology—some health systems around the state are reporting higher use of virtual visits. St. Vincent, for example, sees hundreds of patients a month remotely for ailments ranging from minor rashes and sprains to follow-up visits for strokes.
The group adopted the sweeping stance at a policy-making meeting in San Diego. It aims to lobby for state and federal laws, regulations or legal action to achieve a ban, but the industry is sure to fight back.
The Indiana Hospital Association is disputing a Ball State University study of Hoosier hospitals that blames part of the high cost of health care on monopolies.
The merger, announced Wednesday, is designed to give patients a more comprehensive approach to addiction and behavioral health services,” including treatment for serious mental illness and a psychiatric intensive care unit.
Over the past two decades, Hoosiers’ health care costs have gone from below-average to much-higher-than-average, according to a Ball State University study.
Dr. Paul Wallach, an executive associate dean at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, predicts that within the next decade, hand-held ultrasound devices will replace the stethoscope as part of the routine physical exam.