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Hospital Competition Continues to Transform Indianapolis Health Care Market
Continued Hospital Expansions Raise Cost Concerns
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Much of the building boom is taking place in growing suburban areas of Indianapolis, where hospitals are intensifying competition for profitable, privately insured patients who are moving to the suburbs.
"This recent wave of hospital expansions threatens to erode the geographic segmentation that has kept the four major hospital systems on relatively friendly terms," said Paul B. Ginsburg, Ph.D., president of HSC, a nonpartisan policy research organization funded principally by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Despite the increased competitive environment, Indianapolis providers are working together on community-wide clinical data-sharing initiatives designed to improve the quality and efficiency of care delivery. These initiatives place Indianapolis far ahead of most other communities in the use of information technology.
Other key findings of the report, Continued Hospital Expansions Raise Cost Concerns in Indianapolis, which is available online at http://www.hschange.org/CONTENT/749/, include:
Indianapolis is one of 12 communities across the country tracked intensively by HSC researchers through site visits. The new report is based on a January 2005 site visit and interviews with more than 95 Indianapolis health care leaders, representing health plans, employers, hospitals, physicians and policy makers.
The Center for Studying Health System Change is a nonpartisan policy research organization committed to providing objective and timely research on the nations changing health system to help inform policy makers and contribute to better health care policy. HSC, based in Washington, D.C., is funded principally by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and is affiliated with Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.