While insurers get the blame for rising health-care costs for consumers, surging fees from hospitals and the growing dominance
of such providers may be just as responsible for driving up expenses, according to a new study examining California's
The Indiana Clinic, launched about a year ago, has signed 412 physicians as employees, and is still working
toward a goal of as many as 1,500 by 2011. The clinic, a joint venture of Clarian Health and the Indiana University
School of Medicine, is headed by Dr. John Fitzgerald. He discussed the progress.
St. Vincent Health is near an agreement to take over The Care Group LLC, the city’s largest independent physician practice
and largest cardiology group in the nation.
Observers expect a lull with inpatient facilities for five years or more, but continued proliferation of outpatient
clinics and surgery centers.
Legal complaint alleges new $20 million facility in Greenwood breaches partnership deal struck in 2001.
Judge Sarah Evans Barker declared a Massachusetts woman in contempt of court for failing to remove her negative Internet
postings about an Indianapolis cosmetic surgeon.
An actuarial report prepared by the local office of Milliman Inc., a Seattle-based consulting firm, projects
that the state of Indiana would have to hike its Medicaid payments by one-third in order to entice more
doctors into the program.
The St. Vincent Health hospital system has joined with Indianapolis-based Novia CareClinics LLC to set up clinics on employers’
campuses, offering health care for their workers with no insurance companies involved.
The specter of declining reimbursement, as well as the desire for statewide growth, lie behind St. Vincent Health’s decision
to form a physician management firm with OrthoIndy and buy a minority stake in its Indiana Orthopaedic Hospital.
St. Vincent Health has acquired a minority interest in Indiana Orthopaedic Hospital and is in discussions with OrthoIndy physicians
and other independent doctors to create a management company that would oversee orthopaedic and spine services at St. Vincent
Indianapolis. The health care providers announced the deal early Friday.
The big goal of health care reform is to cut wasteful spending to pay for expanded health insurance coverage. But the way
the Senate Finance Committee bill tries to do that would be, according to some doctors, “disastrous.”