Premier Partners

High-performance Partners

Premier Partners in the Indiana Rural Health Business Partners Network represent qualified businesses and consultants who are at the top of their profession. These are savvy and seasoned professionals who can help you and your medical organization navigate uncharted healthcare waters and resolve complex challenges.

Barnes and Thornburg

The Barnes & Thornburg Healthcare Department regularly represents physicians, medical groups, managed care organizations, hospitals, nursing homes, and national healthcare-related associations located around the country. Given our healthcare practice, we understand the unique commercial and regulatory environment in which healthcare organizations operate. Our attorneys bring their problem-solving and consensus-building skills to listen carefully to the goals of their clients and recommend practical solutions.

Our attorneys in Atlanta, Chicago, Delaware, Indiana, Los Angeles, Michigan, Minneapolis, Ohio, and Washington, D.C. deliver guidance on complex and often confusing healthcare legal issues, including:

• Compliance Planning
• Credentialing and Peer Review
• Dispute Resolution/Litigation
• Governance Issues
• Government Audits and Investigations
• Healthcare Antitrust
• Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities
• Joint Ventures
• Long-Term-Care Facilities

• Managed Care
• Medical Staff Issues
• Medicare and Medicaid Billing Issues
• Mergers and Acquisitions
• Physician Employment Issues
• Physician Practice Groups
• Physician-Hospital Contracting
• Professional Licensing Issues
• Tax Exempt Organizations

We advise clients about compliance with the Stark law, analyze antitrust issues, conduct fraud and abuse audits, form physician groups, resolve reimbursement issues, negotiate exclusive contracts for physician services, facilitate mergers and acquisitions, develop strategies to maximize income and minimize taxes, counsel medical staffs, structure transactions in compliance with tax exempt laws, and litigate routine as well as esoteric and cutting-edge healthcare issues up to and including the United States Supreme Court.

We have helped form and counsel healthcare joint ventures across the country. When physicians and others want to collaborate, we not only guide them through the legal maze of healthcare laws, but also advise them about strategies to help avoid political and financial pitfalls. We use creativity and a sophisticated understanding of the law to achieve the goals of collaboration for physicians and hospitals. We offer a second opinion when our clients are told by others that the law prohibits certain types of business relationships.

Our healthcare attorneys often draw on the firm’s intellectual property, labor, employee benefits, and business attorneys, as well as the governmental resources of our Washington office, to provide thorough and well-rounded representation for our healthcare clients.

Indiana Fiber Network (IFN)

Founded in 2002, Indiana Fiber Network (IFN) utilizes DWDM and SONET technologies deployed over 3,500 route miles of fiber optic cable across Indiana. IFN’s ownership is comprised of twenty local exchange telephone companies throughout the state of Indiana. IFN offers data center, Internet backbone, and data transport services over a state-of-the-art fiber optic network, with service available in the State of Indiana and throughout the US via a network of national carrier partners. For more information, please visit IFN’s website at www.ifncom.net or call 317-280-4636.

MEK Marketing

Marketing. Engagement. Knowledge. Big hospitals know the power of brand. Given the intimate and highly individualized nature of healthcare decision making, big hospital marketing departments know that brand plays a key role in capturing market share from other hospitals, particularly smaller hospitals. That’s why they spend millions of dollars annually in advertising directly to prospective patients, re-positioning their brand as safer, better, faster, and more high quality.

The result? This belief emerges: “Larger means better.” In recent years, conventional wisdom has stated that prospective patients in search of quality healthcare will drive right past their local, smaller hospital to endure the maze of admissions, testing and treatments available at much larger hospitals in major urban areas. At MEK, we provide strategic healthcare marketing that changes this. We break through the clutter for hospitals and medical practices. We change behavior. We change minds. We change perceptions. We defend and expand market share.

In a society that receives more than 2,900 messages a day and only likes and remembers 45, that’s worth a lot, particularly in the highly cluttered and complex healthcare arena. Based on many years of healthcare marketing experience, MEK leverages communication platforms in the traditional and digital realms to create patient and physician buy-in that attracts and retains. That’s not easy to do, but we do it every day. We invite you to contact us to see how and why it would work for your hospital or medical practice. Call us today at 317-805-4870 or e-mail msnyder@themekgroup.com

OPYS

OPYS provides hospital-based physician outsourcing to emergency departments, inpatient hospitalists, anesthesiology services, radiology, pediatrics, and urgent care centers. Our outsourcing includes a focused array of physician services. OPYS is a physician-owned and operated group practice that provides experienced and professional hospital-based outsourced physician services. The OPYS philosophy is centered upon developing long-lasting Hospital relationships, through sound and attainable company beliefs, in the provision of excellent patient care and physician services.

Our mission, vision and values come from our founding hospital physicians. Together, our core principals share more than 70 years of experience in some of the nation’s top hospitals. We provide only the very best physician services. Our carefully selected physicians have worked as staff and attending physicians, and medical directors at some of the finest Tertiary Care, Trauma and Medical Centers.