Indiana Department of Health

New Website Helps Hoosiers Compare Medical Costs

Jan 12, 2015
http://mycareinsight.org/

The Indiana Hospital Association has created a new consumer website.

IHA President Douglas Leonard says mycareINsight.org helps Hoosiers compare hospital charges and quality ratings.

He says the goal is to help folks better understand hospital billing and what they might ask before deciding on treatment options.

"There's been a lot of interest, obviously, in hospital prices and the difficulty of understanding process and charges," says Leonard. "So we made a decision over a year ago to pursue a site that will help."

2-1-1 Seeks State Support

Jan 9, 2015
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An Indiana phone program that helps connect Hoosiers with essential services will be asking for state support this legislative session.   

The 2-1-1 program went live in 2004, and since then it has been run primarily with philanthropic dollars.  On Thursday, lawmakers and a nonprofit coalition announced plans to file a proposal to fund the information and referral service with help from the state.  

Vice President of Public Policy for United Way of Central Indiana, Andrew Cullen says that 2-1-1 has become an essential service. 

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are granting Indiana $1.4 million to analyze the factors behind Indiana’s violent death rate.

Indiana’s violent death rate, which includes homicides and suicides, is over 22 percent, and that’s higher than the national average.

Katie Hokanson, the director of the State Department of Health’s Trauma and Injury Prevention division, says this is the first time Indiana has gotten resources to investigate violent deaths.

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A report commissioned by the legislature to investigate whether the state should fund alternative therapies for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries was released last week.

The panel, which consisted of representatives from the state Department of Health and the Department of Veterans Affairs, declined to recommend the three therapies they were investigating- Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Cognitive Rehabilitation, and Resource Facilitation.

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Indiana State Department of Health officials say they're monitoring six people who have traveled to Indiana from West Africa. Those being monitored are considered low risk for Ebola infection and are cooperating with health officials.

The health department says these measures are in accordance with new travel guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC says all travelers to Indiana from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea will be under what it calls "direct active monitoring" by their local health department for 21 days upon entering the country.

Governor Insists Indiana Is Prepared To Handle Ebola

Oct 10, 2014
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Health officials say Indiana is prepared for the possibility of a case of Ebola virus.

Indiana State Department of Health chief medical consultant Joan Duwve says for the most part preparedness for Ebola is the same as for any other disease -- the only difference is that the stakes are higher.

Duwve notes you might get away with a slip in protocol in treating a flu patient, but Ebola is so deadly that there‘s no margin for error.

Tippecanoe County Issues First Gay Marriage License

Jun 26, 2014
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2:40 p.m. UPDATE:

Indiana Public Broadcasting Statehouse Reporter Brandon Smith has received this communication from a Department of Health spokesperson regarding the forms the state uses to grant marriage licenses:

"The state is working to comply with Judge Young's order in regards to new marriage licenses forms that allow more than just one male and one female applicant."

Some clerks had claimed they could not grant the licenses because the forms would not allow for two partners of the same sex.

The entire state of Indiana is now in compliance with federal air quality standards when it comes to ground-level ozone, but child asthma rates in the state are on the rise.

A new report from the state Department of Health details the environmental health status for Hoosier children.  Asthma is now the third-leading cause of hospitalization for children through the age of 17. 

While Indiana’s outdoor air quality has improved, Department of Health spokesperson Amy Reel says that hasn’t helped make a dent in the state’s child asthma rates.

Measles Reported in Boone and Hamilton Counties

Feb 15, 2012

Indiana’s Department of Health is investigating more than a dozen cases of measles in the state.

Outbreaks have been reported in Boone and Hamilton Counties.

Commissioner Greg Larkin expects the number of cases to increase.

He says symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose, and red eyes about ten days after exposure to the virus.

Those who believe they may be infected are encouraged to contact a doctor.

The state has set up a hotline to answer questions about measles.  Call 877-826-011 for more information.

IU Health Arnett clarifies medical error

Nov 30, 2011

The Vice President of Quality and Patient Safety at Lafayette's IU Health Arnett Hospital says a new study does not accurately portray an incident that occurred at the facility.

The state Department of Health cited the hospital for performing an operation on the wrong body part of a patient.

However, Jim Bien says what actually happened is an anesthetic was applied to the wrong leg.

He says the mistake was discovered before surgery and the operation went as planned.

The department of health's report cited 107 errors at hospitals last year.

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