Category: Health Care

The Affordable Care Act: From Volume to Value


The Affordable Care Act’s effects continue to accelerate.

by Phil Britt

The Affordable Care Act was designed to make affordable, accessible, high-quality health care available to all Americans while also focusing on patient outcomes rather than fee-for-service. While it is driving people to less expensive urgent care rather than more expensive emergency room visits, it also has continued the trend of employers adopting high deductible …

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Biomedical Breakthroughs

“IT’S 150 TIMES MORE EFFECTIVE” Frank Szczepanski is cofounder, CEO
and president of IVDiagnostics Inc., which is developing a diagnostic test
for circulating tumor cells—the major cause of death in cancer patients.

Indiana researchers are making progress on everything from tracking cancer to healing diabetic wounds.

by Laurie Wink

Innovative research at area universities is producing promising results for advancing health and medical care. Breakthroughs could lead to new ways of tracking cancer cells, treating colitis and healing diabetic wounds, to name a few possibilities. But the process of taking discoveries from bench to bedside requires years …

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Technology to the Rescue

EMERGENCY ROOM INNOVATIONS The region’s ERs are implementing advances to achieve faster and better crisis care.

Eight emergency medicine innovations that could save your life.

by Cassie Richardson

If you’re feeling stressed out by your job, listen up! Having a highly demanding job, combined with a heavy workload and the belief that you have little control over how or at what pace the work must be done, can put your heart at risk.

A 2012 study of 200,000 men and women …

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Health Care Honors

NEW ANSWER FOR ASTHMA Pictured with bronchial thermoplasty equipment
at Franciscan St. Margaret Health-Hammond are Dr. Leonard Buccellato,
Dr. Bassel Ericsoussi, nurse-practitioner Jason Tackett and Dr. Tapan Desai.

Our readers suggest some of the region’s standouts in medical care.

Thousands of people work in health care across the region, all helping patients get healthy and stay that way. Who is exceptionally good at doing so? We asked our readers for nominations in our third annual compilation of Northwest Indiana Business Quarterly Health Care Honors.

Franciscan St. Margaret Health-Hammond

Federal …

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The Personal Touch

GOOD CALL Daniel Hayes’ HealthCall LLC uses technology
to help keep patients from returning to the hospital.

Call pioneers an automated way to keep patients from returning to the hospital.

by Shari Held

Launched in 2003, HealthCall LLC has successfully transitioned from a fledgling startup, operating on unchartered waters, to an industry leader in automated health care communications. For the past three years it has grown at a rate of 20 percent year-over-year. Located in the Purdue Technology Center of Northwest Indiana, …

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Posted in Business, Cover Story, Health Care, Summer 2012 | Leave a comment

Health and Well-Being

Community Foundation of Northwest Indiana has a broad impact.

by Lauren Caggiano

Everyone benefits when our communities are healthier and stronger. That’s what drives the Community Foundation of Northwest Indiana (CFNI) in its everyday work.

CFNI is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides leadership and resources for the enhancement of health and the quality of life in Lake and Porter counties.

“At the heart of …

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Posted in Business, Health Care, Spring 2014 | Leave a comment

The Evolution of Wellness

ON THE ROAD TO HEALTH Today’s wellness
programs cut costs and save lives. Organized
in 1988, The Wellness Council of Indiana is
one of the largest state wellness councils in
the United States. It brings together Indiana
employers interested in combating the everincreasing
costs of health by helping employees,
their families and their communities cultivate
a culture of health and wellness.

Programs expand their focus and work on employee engagement.

by Jacqueline von Ogden

Whether you’re the owner of a large or a small business, the thought of your employees staying well has undoubtedly crept into your mind. Not a business owner? Concerned about your health or a coworker’s? Then read on as we discuss employee wellness and its future.


The thought of keeping employees …

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The Big Picture of Health

MAKING HEALTH CARE ACCESSIBLE HealthLinc operates a mobile school-based health center.

Health centers improve access and offer a holistic approach.

by Steven Davidson

Few topics have been in the headlines more than health care during the past year, as the implementation of the Affordable Care Act has picked up steam. The political controversy continues even after the conclusion of the first open enrollment period–meanwhile, health-care providers are quietly working to achieve the ultimate aims of reform: …

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Healing Hearts

director of cardiology at Methodist
Hospitals, used Infraredx technology to
find that a patient really didn’t need openheart
surgery after all.

Advances in cardiac care give new hope to patients.

by Shari Held

The bad news: Heart disease is still the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S. And Northwest Indiana’s population is at an even higher risk for cardiovascular disease and heart-related conditions than the overall U.S. population.

That’s because there’s a high incidence of diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension, smoking and …

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Posted in Health Care, Winter 2014 | Leave a comment

Better Outcomes, Greater Satisfaction

IMAGING FROM THE INSIDE Gastroenterologist Rajeev Tummuru, M.D., uses
endoscopic ultrasound as primarily a diagnostic tool for more detailed imaging.

Health care technologies improve diagnosis, treatment and patient comfort.

by Bob Kronemyer

If you haven’t been a patient at one of the area’s health care facilities recently, you might be surprised just how technology-centered they have become for the diagnosis and treatment of many serious health conditions. Robot-assisted surgery allows for a more precise and minimally invasive bariatric surgery for morbid obesity, while nuclear medicine …

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