Indiana Healthcare Digest: December 30 – January 5

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Hancock Health launches low-cost lab test pilot program 1.3.18 Greenfield Reporter
How IU Health Slashed Self-Pay by Adding Financial Advisers 1.5.18 Health Leaders
Liz Dunlap, Senior Vice President and Chief HR Officer, Indiana University Health: Mobile Enabled, Apply For a Job Anytime, Anywhere Using Your Smartphone 1.5.18 Inside IN Bus
Hospitals Nationally Hit Hard by Medicare’s Safety Penalties

  • Deaconess Hospital Inc
  • Eskenazi Health
  • Franciscan Health Hammond
  • Franciscan Health Indianapolis
  • Good Samaritan Hospital
  • Goshen General Hospital
  • Indiana University Health North Hospital
  • IU Health West Hospital
  • Kentuckiana Medical Center LLC
  • Lutheran Hospital Of Indiana
  • Marion General Hospital
  • Pinnacle Hospital
  • Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center – Plymouth
  • St Vincent Evansville
  • Starke Hospital
  • The Orthopaedic Hospital of Lutheran Health Network
1.5.18 WBOI, News Sentinel, Kaiser
Hospital sale investment paying back big time for Porter County 12.31.18 NWI Times
Franciscan Health Crawfordsville opens new $15 million emergency department. 1.3.18 Journal Review
IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Impacted by Damaged Fiber Optic Line 1.3.18 Muncie Journal
Bloomington to Acquire Hospital Property for $6.5M Inside IN Bus, Herald Times, IN Public Media, WISH
IU Health to break ground on academic health center, demolish Bloomington Hospital 1.4.18 Beckers
Lutheran Health deepens lawsuit against ex-CEO 1.4.18 WANE, News Sentinel, Journal Gazette, full amended complaint
Lutheran GI physicians back to work 1.2.18 WANE, Journal Gazette
Regenstrief Study to Evaluate HIE Use and Impact on Patient Outcomes in the ED 1.5.18 HC Informatics
OPTIMISTIC Program Drops Nursing Home Patient Hospitalizations 1.1.18 IN Public Media
Glaucoma experts available to discuss prevention, treatments, local research 1.3.18 IUSM Newsroom
In scientific first, IU researchers grow hairy skin in a dish 1.4.18 IUSM Newsroom
US infant mortality rate, Indiana 7.21 1.4.18 Beckers
Consultant will audit DCS after criticism 1.4.18 Flyer Group, Tribune Star
Hoosier Health Group Launches County Health Data Tool 1.5.18 WBOI
State Health Department releases new Johnson County childhood cancer rates 1.5.18 WTHR
Indiana’s overall health ranks 38th -Smoking, obesity are key culprits, according to alliance 1.5.18 Journal Gazette, Healthier Indiana
Indiana Flu Deaths Reach 25; Doctors Find Functional Solutions As Flu Rates Increase 1.5.18 US News & World Report, WFYI
Influential GOP lawmaker calls for medical marijuana study 1.5.18 IBJ, WFYI
Proposed bill would expand end-of-life options for Hoosiers 1.4.18 NUVO, WFYI, Statehouse Files, Greensburg Daily, WAVE
Health, business coalition seeks to repeal ‘smoker’s bill of rights 1.4.18 IBJ
‘Baby boxes’ bill expanded to include fire stations under Markle’s lawmaker’s bill 1.3.18 Journal Gazette
Sections 1115, 1915 explained: 4 ways states including Indiana are using Medicaid waivers 1.3.18 Beckers
Return of medical-device tax dismays firms across state 1.5.18 IBJ, Journal Gazette Signups Dip Only Slightly Thanks To Auto-Enrollment, Media Coverage 1.5.18 WFYI
Confirmation hearing for Alex Azar, Trump’s HHS pick, scheduled for Jan. 9 1.2.18 Beckers
Crouch: Opioids Are State’s ‘Greatest Challenge’ 1.5.18 Inside IN Bus
Overdose Deaths Drop By 30 Percent in Clark County 1.4.18 WFYI
National chain opens three addiction centers in Indiana 1.3.18 IBJ
Hoosiers Gather for Rural Opioid Addiction Symposium 1.5.18 WFYI
IBRI Taps Lilly Vet For COO Spot 1.2.18 Inside IN Bus
Zimmer Biomet Lands FDA Clearance 1.4.18 Inside IN Bus
Firm that repairs ultrasound probes grows quickly 1.5.18 IBJ
MDwise Acquisition Complete 1.4.18 Inside IN Bus, PR Newswire
Goshen Health appoints Dr. Larry Allen as new chief physician executive: 4 things to know 1.4.18 Beckers
Dr. Aaron Carroll: Why the U.S. Spends So Much More Than Other Nations on Health Care 1.2.18 NY Times
Wagoners face Medicaid fraud complaint for scheme DOJ says garnered $1.1 million in overpayments 12.30.18 Kokomo Tribune
Carmel’s Mainstreet Health grows, plans to rebrand 1.1.18 Current
Indiana still nursing home focused 1.2.18 SB Tribune
Attorney General files for dismissal of suit claiming fraud against Indiana hospitals- Lawsuit alleged that hospitals defrauded taxpayers 1.4.18 SB Tribune
Indiana Health Information Exchange Participates in National Launch of SHIEC’s Patient Centered Data Home™ Initiative 1.4.18 Business Wire
Millennials flock to nursing at twice the rate of baby boomers, staving off shortage 1.5.18 Indy Star
How OurHealth pinpointed $150 million in ER savings by using Indiana Medicaid data 1.2.18 HC IT News
IUPUI SPEA: Leadership Training for Experienced Healthcare Professionals January 10, 2018 Register here
IU Executive Education & Indiana Hospital Association: IHA Management Institute January 16, 2018 Register here
Indiana Rural Health Association: 15th Annual Indiana Public Policy Forum @ Hyatt Regency 3rd floor (Cosmopolitan Ballroom, One South Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46204) January 23, 2018 Register here
Indiana Hospital Association Health Care Environments Webinar Series: Trends in Different Building Types January 23, 2018 @ 10:00am Register here
 Indiana Patient Safety Center and Health Research & Educational Trust Hospital Improvement Innovation: WAKE UP webinars January 23, 2018 Register here
Indiana Healthcare Executive’s Network: Becoming Accountable – Achieve Success in Population Health @ Franciscan Health Education and Support Service Center (421 N. Emerson Ave., Greenwood, IN 46143) February 7, 2018 @ 5:00pm Register here
Indiana Hospital Association Health Care Environments Webinar Series: Design Impacts – Hospital Licensed vs. Non-Licensed Spaces February 14, 2018 @ 2:00pm Register here
Indiana Hospital Association Health Care Environments Webinar Series: Patient Safety Design Bundles March 1, 2018 @ 10:00am Register here


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