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IndyStar

Indiana lawmakers try to force hospitals to lower prices

Indiana lawmakers are pursuing measures to lower health care costs by empowering competition in a marketplace dominated by huge hospital conglomerates.

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Indiana Lawyer

Doctors ask lawmakers to free them from noncompete agreements

Dr. Larry Stover, a Hamilton County radiologist, worries he might be out of a job by March 1 due to a noncompete agreement and an unusual twist of events.

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CBS4 Indy

Indiana bill would fine hospitals that exceed price cap

Indiana lawmakers say one of their top priorities this session is lowering health care costs, and they’ve proposed a bill that would fine hospitals for exceeding new limits on pricing.

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IPB News

Physician non-compete bill passes Indiana Senate committee, could be softened by amendments

A bill to prohibit new physician non-compete agreements passed the Senate Health and Provider Services Committee Wednesday with nine voting for and three against.

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State Affairs

Hoosiers are paying more for hospital care. Here’s how lawmakers want to solve the problem.

Multiple studies show Indiana has relatively high health care costs — both when it comes to hospital costs and insurance premiums, which can mean that a large chunk of the money Hoosiers earn goes toward health care.

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Evansville Courier & Press

Op-Ed: Indiana health care costs should be lowered to national average

If Indiana’s hospital prices were reduced to the national average, Hoosier families would save, on average, $2,500 every year.

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CBS4 Indy

Second Indiana hospital agrees to rein in costs

A second major hospital system in the state of Indiana has agreed to rein in the prices they charge.

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Indiana Capital Chronicle

Healthcare costs top legislative priorities

Lawmakers and businesses alike have long denounced Indiana’s high healthcare prices but haven’t yet penalized any actors.

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WRTV

Organization calls on Indianapolis hospital systems to lower cost of healthcare

Is the cost of healthcare in Indiana too high?

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Indiana Daily Student

IU School of Medicine Has Plans For The $400 Million IU Health Gift

Last year IU Health donated $400 million to the IU School of Medicine.

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Indy Star

Bedford will soon have only one hospital, further limiting regional healthcare competition

Ascension Health announced it would close its Bedford hospital only days after posting a fiscal year, system-wide loss of $1.8 billion that came largely as a result of investment losses that exceeded $1 billion.

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CBS4

Call to rein in healthcare costs, as Indiana lawmakers consider stepping in

The state’s 20 largest hospital systems, including the big four in central Indiana, have been put on notice to rein in their costs or the Indiana legislature may do it for them.

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Health Affairs

It's Time For Employers To Bring Health Care Decisions In-House

Whether US employers like it or not, they are in the health care business.

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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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IndyStar

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

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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Wane

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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WishTV

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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Updates

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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