The Affordable Care Act requires not-for-profit hospitals to tell patients about financial help, but it leaves the details for how that gets done or the extent of the assistance largely up to them. Patient counselors see little consistency.
Hospitals spend millions in race to hire traveling nurses
Indiana University Health, the state’s largest hospital system, recently hired 700 traveling nurses to work in its 16 hospitals under 13-week contracts.Read More
OrthoIndy planning $12.5M outpatient clinic expansion in Westfield
OrthoIndy is planning to expand its presence in Westfield by moving out of its current leased space and building a new $12.5 million facility all its own near State Road 32 and Austrian Pine Way. If approved, it could open to the public next summer.Read More
IU Health to suspend half of elective surgeries, procedures in response to COVID-19 surge
The state’s largest hospital system said the move was “needed to alleviate some of the enormous pressure our care teams are under and to reserve inpatient space for those who need it most.”Read More
IBJ Podcast: Why are emergency rooms sending ambulances to other hospitals?
On July 26, at least 10 hospitals across the Indianapolis area issued messages to ambulance drivers that their emergency rooms needed to limit incoming patients. Please try to find another destination, hospitals said. This is an extreme example of a phenomenon that has become much more common in recent months—ambulance diversions.Read More
Riley Hospital for Children’s $142 million maternity tower is getting ready to make a big splash this fall in central Indiana’s highly competitive maternity-hospital market.
Dr. Kris Box, the state health commissioner, said the National Guard teams are going to hospitals that have “exhausted all other options to staff their beds.”
The state ranks far lower—33rd—for “work environment,” according to the study, conducted by Wallet Hub, a financial consumer website.
Portia Bailey-Bernard of the Indy Chamber says projects like the $60 million redevelopment of the Stutz business campus and the expansion of IU Health’s downtown campus will help reshape the northern portion of downtown.
The problem, health leaders say, is twofold: Nurses are quitting or retiring, exhausted or demoralized by the crisis. And many are leaving for lucrative temporary jobs with traveling-nurse agencies that can pay $5,000 or more a week.
The order cites the recent strain on hospitals from the pandemic, and states they must report the number of hours each day they close their doors to ambulances bringing in new patients.
The Indiana Hospital Association on Tuesday said the recent surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations is putting a strain on the health care system. It said the situation could be avoided if Hoosiers would just get vaccinated.
At emergency rooms across central Indiana, “No Vacancy” signs are flashing on at unprecedented rates.
Indiana University Health saw its earnings more than double in the first half of the year, to $414 million, compared to a year ago, as patients flocked back to hospitals and clinics, many for procedures they had postponed during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ascension’s decision to require vaccinations follows similar mandates by all three other major health systems here.
Franciscan joins two other large hospital systems in central Indiana—Indiana University Health and Community Health Network—in laying down the new health requirement.
A new report submitted to the Indiana Legislative Council calls for the regulation of “white bagging,” a practice that requires hospitals to buy drugs from an outside pharmacy, which delivers them premixed ahead of time of the patient’s visit. It is a growing practice, aimed at lowering the cost of care, but many providers say it can compromise care.
The federal government issued rules Thursday to shield Americans from large, unexpected medical bills after patients wind up in emergency rooms or receive other care they did not realize lay outside their insurance networks.
Gil Peri begins his new job just as the system is about to undertake one of its biggest projects in a decade—relocating its maternity services from Methodist Hospital to new, centralized maternity and newborn health unit at Riley Hospital, as part of a $142 million expansion.
Indiana University Health has created a lab to testing the vulnerability of hundreds or even thousands of devices, to protect both patients and the hospital system’s records.
Legal experts say such vaccine requirements, particularly in a public health crisis, will probably continue to be upheld in court as long as employers provide reasonable exemptions, including for medical conditions or religious objections.
In a scathing ruling Saturday, U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes of Houston deemed lead plaintiff Jennifer Bridges’ contention that the vaccines are “experimental and dangerous” to be false and otherwise irrelevant.
IU Health puts staffers on administrative leave for diversity training following Black doctor’s death
The hospital system’s CEO said Wednesday that no staff members have been terminated in relation to the patient’s care, which was a recommendation of an outside board that reviewed the case.