J.K.Wall

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Healthcare, life sciences, education

Health Care & Life Sciences Weekly
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Wall’s career as a journalist was set in fifth grade, when he took on an afternoon paper route for The Indianapolis News. He admits to being a terrible paperboy because instead of delivering the newspaper right away, he would sit and read it for hours. He may have lost some customers, but he never lost the bug for news. A lifelong resident central Indiana, Wall grew up in Sheridan—the one spot in Hamilton County untouched by suburbia. After graduating from DePauw University in Greencastle, he joined The Indianapolis Star as a business reporting intern and refused to leave until he had a full-time job. Wall stayed there five years before joining IBJ in February 2007. Wall and his wife now live in Indianapolis with their miniature schnauzer and first baby. When not at the office, the Walls spend time with their extended family and worship at Christ Covenant Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Sheridan. Wall also takes history courses at IUPUI and does some writing projects on the side.

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Recent Articles

Endocyte faces big decisions with new cancer drug

September 29, 2014
Endocyte's lead drug showed big impact on lung cancer patients, but some analysts think the company should scrap it for a newer drug that is more powerful.
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The Interview Issue: Lewis Ferebee

September 27, 2014
In stark contrast to his predecessor, Indianapolis Public Schools Superintendent Lewis Ferebee started playing nice with the 30 or so charter schools in Indianapolis, which are publicly funded but privately run competitors to IPS.
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The Interview Issue: Ron Ellis

September 27, 2014
Ron Ellis has been CEO of the drug discovery firm Endocyte Inc. since 1996. When he moved to West Lafayette to take the job, he wouldn’t let his wife paint the interior of their new house—for fear he’d be looking for a new job soon. Endocyte has yet to generate any revenue.
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The Interview Issue: Mitch Daniels

September 27, 2014
Mitch Daniels wants to grow Purdue University's enrollment, a reversal of the mindset he had when he stepped into the presidency in 2013.
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The Interview Issue: Tony Bennett

September 27, 2014
Former Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett helped push through monumental changes in Indiana education policies. But teachers revolted against Bennett, leading to his stunning re-election loss in 2012.
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IU Health CFO: 3 years to go in difficult transition

September 26, 2014
Kitchell Watch videoIn the past two years, IU Health has laid off 935 people, halted construction of a major bed tower, sold off health clinics and decided to close its proton-therapy center. But there are three more years of changes to come, said CFO Ryan Kitchell.
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Major Health to put new $89 million hospital along I-74

September 24, 2014
Major Health Partners will construct the new hospital on the north edge of Shelbyville, after nearly a decade of shifting services to that location. Construction could begin next month.
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IU Health to bypass Indy next year on Obamacare exchange

September 22, 2014
IU Health Plans, the insurance arm of the Indianapolis-based hospital system, is limiting itself to three middle-size markets next year—Bloomington, Lafayette and Muncie—even though the bulk of its facilities is in the metro area.
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Hilbert-Menard legal brawl showing no sign of let-up

September 20, 2014
A year and a half after John Menard ousted Steve and Tomisue Hilbert as the managers of the private equity firm they all started, attorneys for the two sides continue to fight bitterly for every tactical advantage in a dozen lawsuits between them.
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ITT shares plunge 35 percent after SEC threatens action

September 19, 2014
ITT Educational Services Inc. dodged a bullet from the U.S. Department of Education, according to a securities filing issued Friday morning, but now faces a new threat: a potential enforcement action from the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission.
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Community Health plans $175M expansion of East facilities

September 17, 2014
Community executives said the investment and projects, which will begin this fall and extend over several years, prove their long-term commitment to the east side of the city.
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Recent wins worth $4B to Lilly market value

September 15, 2014
Lilly is finally putting meat on the bones of its predictions about its experimental diabetes and cancer drugs. That gives investors the certainty they crave that Lilly’s future revenue won’t remain in its 2014 doldrums.
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Data deluge prompts teacher colleges to extend training after graduation

September 13, 2014
Rattled by new state teacher ratings, the colleges hope to avoid black eyes, themselves.
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Recent Blog Posts

If past is prologue, HMOs will make a comeback in Indiana

September 29, 2014
WellPoint created an HMO joint venture with seven big hospitals in Los Angeles. Could it do something similar here? Quite possibly.
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The pain (and pleasure) that comes from paying more of our health care bills

September 25, 2014
Paying off medical debts over time is now a common experience for families with health insurance and becoming more so. And that is inducing big changes in the health care marketplace.
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Why small firms have been irate about health insurance

September 22, 2014
For Indiana employers with fewer than 10 workers, health insurance premiums have risen 11.5 percent, on average, from 2001 to 2013. That ranked second-highest among all states.
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What if hospitals 'upcharged' you for being fat?

September 19, 2014
As local hospitals try to offer package deals with upfront prices on joint replacement surgeries, they're struggling with the reality that patients' other health conditions can significantly increase their cost of care.
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Obamacare exchanges boosted coverage, premiums and spending in Indiana

September 15, 2014
A new study finds that Obamacare boosted enrollment in Indiana's individual insurance market significantly over what it would have been without the law, but also caused premiums to spike.
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  1. Cramer agrees...says don't buy it and sell it if you own it! Their "pay to play" cost is this issue. As long as they charge customers, they never will attain the critical mass needed to be a successful on company...Jim Cramer quote.

  2. My responses to some of the comments would include the following: 1. Our offer which included the forgiveness of debt (this is an immediate forgiveness and is not "spread over many years")represents debt that due to a reduction of interest rates in the economy arguably represents consideration together with the cash component of our offer that exceeds the $2.1 million apparently offered by another party. 2. The previous $2.1 million cash offer that was turned down by the CRC would have netted the CRC substantially less than $2.1 million. As a result even in hindsight the CRC was wise in turning down that offer. 3. With regard to "concerned Carmelite's" discussion of the previous financing Pedcor gave up $16.5 million in City debt in addition to the conveyance of the garage (appraised at $13 million)in exchange for the $22.5 million cash and debt obligations. The local media never discussed the $16.5 million in debt that we gave up which would show that we gave $29.5 million in value for the $23.5 million. 4.Pedcor would have been much happier if Brian was still operating his Deli and only made this offer as we believe that we can redevelop the building into something that will be better for the City and City Center where both Pedcor the citizens of Carmel have a large investment. Bruce Cordingley, President, Pedcor

  3. I've been looking for news on Corner Bakery, too, but there doesn't seem to be any info out there. I prefer them over Panera and Paradise so can't wait to see where they'll be!

  4. WGN actually is two channels: 1. WGN Chicago, seen only in Chicago (and parts of Canada) - this station is one of the flagship CW affiliates. 2. WGN America - a nationwide cable channel that doesn't carry any CW programming, and doesn't have local affiliates. (In addition, as WGN is owned by Tribune, just like WTTV, WTTK, and WXIN, I can't imagine they would do anything to help WISH.) In Indianapolis, CW programming is already seen on WTTV 4 and WTTK 29, and when CBS takes over those stations' main channels, the CW will move to a sub channel, such as 4.2 or 4.3 and 29.2 or 29.3. TBS is only a cable channel these days and does not affiliate with local stations. WISH could move the MyNetwork affiliation from WNDY 23 to WISH 8, but I am beginning to think they may prefer to put together their own lineup of syndicated programming instead. While much of it would be "reruns" from broadcast or cable, that's pretty much what the MyNetwork does these days anyway. So since WISH has the choice, they may want to customize their lineup by choosing programs that they feel will garner better ratings in this market.

  5. The Pedcor debt is from the CRC paying ~$23M for the Pedcor's parking garage at City Center that is apprased at $13M. Why did we pay over the top money for a private businesses parking? What did we get out of it? Pedcor got free parking for their apartment and business tenants. Pedcor now gets another building for free that taxpayers have ~$3M tied up in. This is NOT a win win for taxpayers. It is just a win for Pedcor who contributes heavily to the Friends of Jim Brainard. The campaign reports are on the Hamilton County website. http://www2.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/publicdocs/Campaign%20Finance%20Images/defaultfiles.asp?ARG1=Campaign Finance Images&ARG2=/Brainard, Jim

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