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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Feds scrutinize Indiana for Medicaid backlog

July 24, 2014
More than 80,000 Hoosiers had their applications for the Medicaid health benefits stuck in a backlog in May, prompting the federal government to launch a special review next week.
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Lilly sales, profit drop but beat analysts' expectations

July 24, 2014
Indianapolis-based Lilly and Co. lost 17 percent of its revenue during the second quarter as U.S. patents expired on its bestselling drugs Cymbalta and Evista.
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Online insurance brokerage sets sights on Indiana

July 21, 2014
Obamacare could, according to some health insurance experts, cause most small businesses to end their group health plans. Now a new venture-backed company opening up shop in Indiana is trying to make that prediction a reality.
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Hospitals' occupancy declining over long term

July 19, 2014
Advances in non-invasive surgeries, changes in health care financing and now increasingly price-sensitive patients accelerate what has been a 40-year decline in the number of patients spending the night in hospitals.
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Regenstrief taps Deloitte to pick up more health care industry clients

July 14, 2014
With federal health research funding in decline, Indianapolis-based Regenstrief Institute Inc. wants to make up the difference by serving pharmaceutical companies, medical device makers, health insurers and hospital systems.
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WellPoint stock ascends to a record $110 per share

July 12, 2014
Indianapolis-based WellPoint saw its shares close July 9 at $110.87 per share, compared with less than $85 just five months ago.
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Sallie Mae spinoff Navient tries not to shrink

July 12, 2014
Navient Corp., which employs 2,300 in its Fishers, Indianapolis and Muncie offices, is in the running for a big contract with the U.S. Department of Education even as the student-loan-servicing company faces criticism after admitting it overcharged military service members by millions of dollars.
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New Obamacare rule could boost WellPoint

July 7, 2014
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services proposed a rule that would automatically re-enroll exchange plan customers each year, which would help companies like WellPoint that sold aggressively on the exchanges in their first year.
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Obamacare generates windfall for insurers

July 5, 2014
Obamacare’s tax credits are pumping nearly $400 million into the coffers of health insurers in Indiana this year, according to data released by the federal government and the insurance companies.
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Report: Indiana boasts four nation-leading life sciences clusters

June 30, 2014
The areas around each of Indiana’s research university campuses—Bloomington, Indianapolis, Lafayette and South Bend—all boast outsize concentration of life sciences workers. Yet the state still lags on research, development and investment funding.
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Reimbursement snag trips up local DNA testing firm

June 28, 2014
Strand Diagnostics LLC's Know Error test uses DNA analysis to make sure a tissue sample that has been declared cancerous does, indeed, belong to the patient doctors think it does. But Strand is having trouble convincing Medicare that the test is medically necessary.
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Recent Blog Posts

If courts gut Obamacare, Pence will face tough choice

July 24, 2014
If this week’s D.C. appeals court ruling stands up—declaring the Obamacare tax subsidies illegal in Indiana and most other states—Gov. Mike Pence could face significant pressure, even from traditional Republican supporters, to keep the tax credits flowing.
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Will hospitals' higher facility fees survive health reform?

July 21, 2014
One of the open secrets in health care is that hospitals are paid substantially more than independently owned health care facilities for the same procedures. But those higher fees are facing unprecedented pressure.
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Indy hospitals continue to see fewer patients. Why?

July 17, 2014
All of sudden, Hoosiers are buying less health care. Is that because we’ve kicked the habit, sobered up and found religion? Or is it the Great Recession hangover that will pass, eventually, so we can all get back to the party?
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Indy patients love their doctors

July 14, 2014
Indianapolis ranked fifth highest among the nation’s largest cities for the most positive reviews of physicians. On a five-point Patient Happiness Index, the average review by patients scored Indianapolis physicians at a 4.05. San Francisco physicians topped the list.
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Doctors' drug money

July 10, 2014
Indiana physicians and research organizations reaped more than $25 million in payments from 15 pharmaceutical firms in 2012, according to the most recent data made available by the not-for-profit group ProPublica. Lilly was the biggest spender and the IU medical school was the biggest recipient.
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  1. If what you stated is true, then this article is entirely inaccurate. "State sells bonds" is same as "State borrows money". Supposedly the company will "pay for them". But since we are paying the company, we are still paying for this road with borrowed money, even though the state has $2 billion in the bank.

  2. Andrew hit the nail on the head. AMTRAK provides terrible service and that is why the state has found a contractor to improve the service. More trips, on-time performance, better times, cleanliness and adequate or better restrooms. WI-FI and food service will also be provided. Transit from outlying areas will also be provided. I wouldn't take it the way it is but with the above services and marketing of the service,ridership will improve and more folks will explore Indy and may even want to move here.

  3. They could take the property using eminent domain and save money by not paying the church or building a soccer field and a new driveway. Ctrwd has monthly meetings open to all customers of the district. The meetings are listed and if the customers really cared that much they would show. Ctrwd works hard in every way they can to make sure the customer is put first. Overflows damage the surrounding environment and cost a lot of money every year. There have been many upgrades done through the years to help not send flow to Carmel. Even with the upgrades ctrwd cannot always keep up. I understand how a storage tank could be an eye sore, but has anyone thought to look at other lift stations or storage tanks. Most lift stations are right in the middle of neighborhoods. Some close to schools and soccer fields, and some right in back yards, or at least next to a back yard. We all have to work together to come up with a proper solution. The proposed solution by ctrwd is the best one offered so far.

  4. Fox has comments from several people that seem to have some inside information. I would refer to their website. Changed my whole opionion of this story.

  5. This place is great! I'm piggy backing and saying the Cobb salad is great. But the ribs are awesome. $6.49 for ribs and 2 sides?! They're delicious. If you work downtown, head over there.

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