Bloomberg Law

Employer, Hospital Tensions Rise Over Price Transparency

Employers offering health insurance coverage are closely analyzing hospital price data to get better prices for their employees, leading to tension with hospitals.

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Wall Street Journal

High-Priced Hospitals in Indiana Press Their Political Luck

If the state’s big nonprofit health systems can’t find a way to control prices, legislators will.

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Indiana lawmakers target healthcare costs: ‘Fix it, the best solution will come from you’

Indiana lawmakers have inserted themselves into the ongoing conversation over health care prices in the state, which are among the highest in the nation, asking hospital and insurance leaders to work together to develop a plan to lower the cost of medical care.

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Star Press

Michael Hicks: IU Health’s price freeze is a gimmick

Last month the state’s largest healthcare firm, IU Health, announced it would freeze prices through 2025.

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The Goshen News

UNSUSTAINABLE: State lawmakers push health care industry to lower its prices

More than a year after an extensive study on hospital prices in the United States, Indiana House Speaker Todd Huston, R-Fishers, and Senate President Pro Tem Rodric Bray, R-Martinsville, sent a not-so-subtle threat in the form of letters to state insurers and hospitals.

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The Herald-Times

Indiana House speaker: $416M 'gift' from IU Health to IU 'raises eyebrows and speculation'

A recent $416 million gift Indiana University Health made to the IU School of Medicine has left some critics wondering whether the nonprofit health system tried to sidestep uncomfortable questions about how much it is charging Hoosiers for health care.

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U.S. News

IU Health, Facing Profit Questions, Gives Med School $416M

Indiana University Health has quietly donated $416 million to the Indiana University School of Medicine.

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The Journal Gazette

Hospitals' indifference on cost containment apparent

On Jan. 4, Indiana Speaker of the House Todd Huston, R-Fishers, and Senate President Pro Tempore Rodric Bray, R-Martinsville, publicly called on eight Indiana nonprofit hospitals with prices above the national average to present a plan to the legislature by April 1, that would lower Indiana's hospital prices to at least a national average by Jan. 1, 2025.

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The Shelbyville News

Hoosier employers bear burden of high hospital costs

The large Indiana hospitals say they want to do their part to lower the cost of health care for Hoosiers. Then they should do the right thing and lower their prices. Stop raking in record profits year after year in excess of 15 percent, stop shifting funds around to mask the bottom line, and simply negotiate responsible reimbursement rates in line with the national average. That is how they can help Hoosiers.

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Indiana News

Study: Indiana ranks in top 10 for hospital prices in nation

Indiana is one of the most expensive places in the country to receive both inpatient and outpatient hospital care, according to a study. The RAND 4.0 Hospital Transparency Study ranks Indiana’s hospital prices seventh highest in the country. That number rises to fourth for inpatient services only, and sixth for outpatient services.

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CBS4 investigates new ways to shop for medical procedures as groups try to lower Indiana’s healthcare costs

Studies show the average Hoosier spends anywhere between 10 to 20 percent of their income on healthcare, and new rules aim to force a drop in the high cost of that care. CBS4 delved into Indiana’s high medical costs, talking to people on both sides of the issue who agree that current costs are too high.

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Hoosier watchdog group wants lower Parkview prices

In a full-page ad in Sunday’s Journal Gazette, Hoosiers for Affordable Healthcare asked Parkview Health to reduce their prices to the national average. Parkview told WANE 15 they have lowered prices and the group used old data in its claim.

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IU Health announces local health investment; consumer advocate skeptical

An Indianapolis health care consumer advocate on Friday said Indiana University Health’s investment decisions could undercut efforts to lower prices. On Friday, IU Health announced it would invest $1 billion in various community health initiatives.

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The Indianapolis Star

Indiana hospital care 7th highest in nation. Advocates continue to push for more cost transparency

Last week, an Indiana employers group unveiled the latest tools in the fight to decrease hospital costs — a new hospital pricing transparency website and the so-called Rand 4.0 study which found that Indiana hospital costs rank seventh highest in the nation. The two additions to the landscape could provide fodder for the debate about hospital costs in Indiana.

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For Immediate Release

CONTACT: Savannah Kerstiens (812) 309-1212

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Hoosiers for Affordable Healthcare has engaged its team of nationally renowned health and economic policy experts to carefully review a report recently released by the Indiana Hospital Association regarding the cost of insurance in Indiana.

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Op-ed written by Hoosiers for Affordable Healthcare Chair Al Hubbard and Hoosiers for Affordable Healthcare Board Vice Chair and Employers’ Forum of Indiana’s President and CEO Dr. Gloria Sachdev

Friday, April 8, 2022

On January 4, 2022, Indiana Speaker of the House Todd Huston (R-Fishers) and Senate President Pro Tempore Rod Bray (R-Martinsville) publicly called on eight Indiana not-for-profit hospitals with prices above the national average to present a plan to the legislature by April 1, 2022, that would lower Indiana’s hospital prices to at least a national average by January 1, 2025. The letter stated that “absent a viable plan, we (the legislature) will be left with no choice but to pursue legislation to statutorily reduce prices.” Earlier this week, Pro Tempore Bray and Speaker Huston publicly released the plans that were submitted.

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