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Let’s Talk About Healthcare and Medicare

11/21/2013 | CommunityAnnouncements

We’ve been talking about open enrollment for a Medicare Advantage plan, which runs through Dec. 7, 2013. If you’re already in a Medicare Advantage plan and don’t need to make changes, then you don’t need to do a thing. If you are considering changes, you can find valuable tips about things to consider when renewing your policy here. Almost every American over age 65 depends on Medicare for health insurance, but talking about healthcare can seem confusing and at times overwhelming.…

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Learning to Cope with Trauma

05/21/2013 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicineAnnouncements

One of the pillars of being a Level I Trauma Center is providing education and awareness programs for health care providers in the area you serve. For Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital, that comes in the form of regular seminars like the one offered to area first responders at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this week. The goal is to improve patient care through education, but health care workers may benefit as much as the patients they serve. Infection is the leading cause of death in…

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Beth’s Legacy of Hope

05/20/2013 | CommunityAnnouncements

When Beth Stayer, 34, a registered nurse working at IU Health North Hospital was beaten to death by her ex-husband in 2009, her co-workers were shocked and grief stricken. IU Health Methodist Emergency Medicine and Trauma Center, where Beth was treated, turned the tragedy into a legacy of hope. A collaborate effort between IU Health Methodist Trauma Services and the Forensics unit aimed their goals at spreading awareness about the warning signs of domestic violence. “The need for some sort…

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AT YOUR BEST

05/06/2013 | CommunityAnnouncementsWellness

When you are at your best, you can best live the Indiana University Health promise of assurance. Inspire others with your story or tips on how to improve well-being at the updated Pulse page: pulse.iuhealth.org/atyourbest. Two IU Health team members who submit a comment will be randomly selected to win a pair of suite tickets to upcoming events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act

07/05/2012 | CommunityAnnouncements

So, you’ve heard the news coverage of the Supreme Court’s decision on the Accountable Care Act  and you may be left wondering what impact the decision will have on you and your family. Recently, in a 5 to 4 decision, the United States Supreme Court upheld the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Specifically, the individual mandate requiring all Americans to buy health insurance was found to be constitutional, while the Medicaid expansion was essentially made optional…

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A Time of Unprecedented Change in Healthcare

05/22/2012 | CommunityAnnouncementsLatest from our LeadersJohn Fitzgerald, MD

By now it’s no secret that we are living and working in a time of unprecedented change in healthcare. These changes, often referred to collectively as “accountable care,” will radically alter the way Americans receive healthcare in the future. Accountable care focuses on the value of care, not the volume. Healthcare value is determined by the quality of care and the associated costs of delivering that care. “High value” means high quality and good patient outcomes at…

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Patient-Centered Medical Home

04/30/2012 | CommunityAnnouncementsLatest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

Becoming a successful accountable care organization depends on many factors. One of the most important is the concept of the “patient-centered medical home.” A patient-centered medical home (or simply, “medical home”) is a medical office in which a team of healthcare professionals, typically led by a primary care physician, works together to improve the health of patients and eliminate unnecessary use of the emergency room and hospital. Efforts are 24/7, proactive, and extend…

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What Makes Us Strong?  2012

04/10/2012 | CommunityAnnouncements

We are excited to announce the winnners for the Red Bull Indianapolis MotoGP experience this weekend: D'Andria Majors—Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health Tim Conn—IU Health La Porte Hospital Cain Ramirez—IU Health Tipton Hospital Sarahrina Gallagher—IU Health UniversityHospital   Thank you for all you do! And thanks to everyone who made a nomination!   Updated 08/14/12   It’s that time again—time to thank the IU Health people that go above…

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What Accountable Care Means for Patients and Doctors

02/10/2012 | CommunityAnnouncementsLatest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

When I first heard about the Accountable Care Act, I thought to myself, “I have been a physician for over 30 years and I think we’re doing a good job. We’re doing our best to provide the highest level of care.” However, if you look closely at what the Act tries to promote, it’s hard to argue with its goals. The aim of the Act is to improve the health of our population while decreasing the cost of care. Evidence shows that our population, relative to others in the world,…

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Our Responsibility to do the Right Thing

11/17/2011 | CommunityAnnouncementsLatest from our LeadersDan Evans

The furor surrounding the events unfolding at Penn State is sobering and should cause each and every one of us to pause. Do we individually and collectively do the right thing each and every day? At IU Health our values include working in a community of colleagues who share mutual trust and respect. Yet we know that many of our colleagues have personally witnessed an event or behavior inconsistent with that value and do nothing about it. Why? Are we afraid? Do we believe nothing will happen? Do we…

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