J.K.Wall

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Healthcare, life sciences, education

Health Care & Life Sciences Weekly
Industry e-newsletter writer

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

Feds: AIT's Evans 'unjustly enriched' himself in sale to employees

September 2, 2014
Just three months before the parent company of AIT Laboratories was sold in 2009 to its employees for $90 million, it was appraised for $17.1 million, according to a U.S. Department of Labor lawsuit.
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Blood Center retrenches after losing major clients to Red Cross

August 30, 2014
The Indiana Blood Center is set to lose more than one-third of its revenue early next year, as three hospital systems bolt for cheaper prices offered by the American Red Cross.
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Franciscan cuts its way to higher profits

August 25, 2014
Franciscan Alliance, which operates three hospitals in the Indianapolis area, is seeing fewer patients this year but is making more money due to expense cuts.
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Mainstreet torques up expansion ambitions

August 23, 2014
Mainstreet Property Group, already the fastest-growing company in the Indianapolis area, now has the fuel it needs to nearly triple its pace of construction of senior care facilities around the country.
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Flanner House charter school to close after cheating allegations

August 21, 2014
The Flanner House Elementary charter school will close on Sept. 11 after the Indiana Department of Education found evidence of widespread cheating on the state standardized ISTEP test. The school has 176 students.
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After strong trials, Lilly to seek approvals for psoriasis drug

August 21, 2014
The drug company said Thursday its drug ixekizumab cleared away skin inflammation in six times as many patients as the blockbuster drug Enbrel. Lilly is in a race to bring the first in a new-class of psoriasis treatments to market.
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Rebates shrink as Anthem gets better at pricing

August 18, 2014
Hoosiers are receiving $11.9 million in rebates this year from health insurers that used less than 80 percent of their 2013 premiums for medical bills last year. That’s down from $22.6 million handed out last year.
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Eli Lilly making renewed push in biotech field, where it once pioneered

August 16, 2014
Lilly expects to soon announce late-stage clinical trial results for two biotech drugs designed to slow the inflammation caused by autoimmune diseases. By the end of the year, it will announce results for a third.
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Mainstreet's Turner to sell REIT in $2.3B deal

August 13, 2014
HealthLease Properties REIT, which is led by Mainstreet Property's Zeke Turner, will be sold to Ohio-based Health Care REIT Inc., along with 17 projects Mainstreet has under construction. The deal includes 45 future projects.
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Recent Blog Posts

Indiana has too many nursing homes

August 28, 2014
Indiana has 58 percent more nursing homes per resident and spends an extra $1 billion per year on care in nursing homes than the average for the rest of the country.
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Patients, providers respond after Anthem promotes lower-cost MRI facilities

August 25, 2014
Anthem patients in five U.S. cities, including Indianapolis, spent $220 less per MRI scan after Anthem told them of lower-cost facilities. In response, hospital-owned MRI facilities cut their prices.
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Indiana's tax breaks for jobs cost at least three times more than Medicaid expansion

August 20, 2014
State and local governments hand out $921 million per year to entice business to add jobs. The Medicaid expansion is estimated to cost no more than $279 million per year.
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Is this the future of rural health care: Walmart, walk-in clinics and an ambulance?

August 18, 2014
In two to three years, primary care clinics could be popping up in Walmart stores in rural Indiana while most rural Indiana hospitals will offer little to no inpatient services. That’s dramatically different from what we’re used to.
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More patients help drug firms pass 'valley of death'

August 11, 2014
In spite of the beaucoup bucks in the pharma sector, patients, along with their families and committed advocates, are turning out to be better sources of funding for early stage companies because they tolerate risk better than drug companies and investors.
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