Much of routine health care came to a halt in March as hospitals cleared space for an expected wave of COVID-19 patients and authorities ordered a halt to surgeries and other procedures that could be postponed.
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The Department of Health and Human Services said safety-net hospitals in Indiana serving the most vulnerable citizens would receive more than $167 million.
Health care provided the biggest drag on the U.S. economy in the first quarter. Spending on care fell at an annual rate of 18%, the largest drop for that sector among records going back to 1959.
The Indianapolis-based hospital system is feeling the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. It also lost $201.2 million on investments during the quarter as the economy and financial markets tanked.
The number of surgeries and inpatient discharges fell by more than 7% as Gov. Eric Holcomb ordered all hospitals to delay non-essential and elective surgeries and procedures.
Gov. Eric Holcomb said Monday the state would re-evaluate whether to allow hospitals and surgery centers to resume services at 11:59 p.m. Sunday if they have sufficient protective equipment for treating COVID-19 patients.
Health officials examined about 8,000 coronavirus cases in Indiana and found about one-third visited an emergency room and about a quarter were hospitalized.
Luke Bosso, chief of staff for the Indiana Economic Development Corp., said during Monday’s media briefing that the state has purchased 1.9 million pieces of PPE so far.
Some hospitals have reported unusually high death rates for coronavirus patients on ventilators, and some doctors worry that the machines could be harming certain patients.
That plasma can be transfused to critically ill patients who are struggling with the disease.
The lawsuit, brought on behalf of one of the victims of Dr. Jonathon Cavins, says a 2004 sexual battery case against him should have been a red flag.
State officials again refused to say how many ventilators or intensive-care unit beds hospitals have, citing confidentiality agreements with hospitals and vendors. Some hospitals expect their supplies to run short in coming weeks.
Around Indiana, hospital officials say they have stepped up safety precautions in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. But even amid extensive preparation, some acknowledge that if the disease spreads quickly, it could test their facilities.
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.
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.
Indiana University Health’s new Schwarz Cancer Center is the latest addition to a crowded landscape of cancer centers and hospital oncology programs popping up around central Indiana.