Indianapolis' four large health systems are increasingly competing for the same patients as they try to expand further into the suburbs and into each other's traditional geographic markets, according to a new report from the Washington-based Center for Studying Health System Change.
Indy hospitals battle for patients
Having survived relatively well through the economic downturn, the Indianapolis region exhibits lower-than-average uninsured and unemployment rates and above-average population growth, and health systems have pursued a battle of "bricks and mortar" for these patients, particularly in suburban markets, according to the study.
The authors note that Indianapolis has embraced consumer-directed health plans more than the rest of the country has and that its safety net remains relatively stable.
The results are based on in-person interviews conducted in the region as part of the HSC's Community Tracking Study site visits.
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