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Neurosis and dying: Now you know

August 19, 2009
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Believe it or not, until Purdue University psychologist Daniel Mroczek tackled the question, no one had delved into why people who freak out easily die earlier than mellow folks. Experts have long known that stressed, neurotic folks kick the bucket earlier....
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Shifting health benefits

July 21, 2009
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The end of sweeping cuts in employee health benefits and the beginning of another trend is in sight, says Mike Miles, vice president and senior benefits consultant at Gregory & Appel Insurance. Employers have slashed benefits so deeply that the cuts...
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Wishard's $754M request

July 13, 2009
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The folks at Wishard Memorial Hospital have tough jobs. They care for the indigent, patch up more than their share of gunshot wounds, and pay for most of it by billing government insurance programs, which arenâ??t known for lucrative reimbursements. Ancient,...
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Health care, Mayo Clinic style

May 18, 2009
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Mention Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic and Clarian Health in the same breath, and you have a front-page story, which is just what reporter J.K. Wall wrote in this weekâ??s IBJ. Clarian is moving ahead with plans to mimic the...
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Report: Life sciences rocks

May 13, 2009
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Indiana University handed the stateâ??s life sciences industry a nice love letter today in the form of a study. Pharmaceuticals, medical equipment and health care supplies were responsible for nearly a fourth of all jobs created in the state...
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Swine flu overblown?

May 12, 2009
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Swine flu dominated the news a couple of weeks ago as the virus spread out of Mexico and ultimately to more than 30 countries. Indiana now has 22 cases. However, once it became apparent the flu wouldnâ??t turn into a full-blown...
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WellPoint brass and rank-and-file

January 16, 2009
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WellPoint unwittingly made an interesting point this morning when it announced it expects to save $24 million by laying off 600 workers. Those 600 workers in affect are being valued at about half the $47.5 million in total compensation...
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Hospital end-game: get big

December 1, 2008
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Hardly a month goes by without more news about hospital consolidations and partnerships. Clarian Health, St. Vincent Health and Community Hospitals â?? all behemoths by Indiana standards, and all with head offices in Indianapolis â?? are scooping up local institutions in...
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Bringing on the generic drugs

October 30, 2008
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Times are tough enough that more people are beginning to switch to generic drugs to save money. Insurers like Indianapolis-based WellPoint are playing a role, too, by pushing policy holders toward generics. People also are splitting pills...
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Concerns of a state health official

October 29, 2008
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One of the people responsible for ensuring we stay healthy is Dr. Judy Monroe, who directs the Indiana Department of Health. So, what keeps someone with a job like hers up at night? A nightmare scenario is a new virus that quickly...
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Are WellPoint execs greedy?

September 19, 2008
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Three activist groups dropped off a wallet and handbag crammed with play money at WellPointâ??s front door this week to protest what the groups say are outrageous salaries pulled down by company executives. The groups â?? Health Care for America Now,...
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Susan Bayh as a political liability

August 19, 2008
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Barack Obama is expected to announce his vice presidential running mate any day now, and Evan Bayhâ??s name is still thought to be on the short list. The Indiana senator is viewed as a moderate who would counter Obamaâ??s liberal voting...
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Impressions of settling lawsuits

July 1, 2008
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Eli Lilly and Co. settled its racial discrimination lawsuit yesterday for $64,000, ending a claim by an employee who alleged the company fired her because she was disfigured through exposure to a blood pathogen. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission...
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Base closings and health care

June 30, 2008
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Weâ??ve reached the season when companies start lining up employee health care coverage for the following year. Like prior years, companies will complain about skyrocketing costs and workers will complain about getting fewer benefits. Study after study suggests both parties will...
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Do ads make you feel better?

June 23, 2008
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Weâ??re increasingly bombarded with ads for health care products ranging from drugs for osteoporosis and restless leg syndrome to knee replacements. Zimmer went over the heads of doctors when it advertised its knee replacements designed specifically for women, and...
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Charging employees to smoke

April 22, 2008
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Whirlpool is struggling with its employees in Evansville as it tries to keep a lid on escalating health care costs. The company says it has caught a few dozen of them smoking. That wouldnâ??t be a problem had the...
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Drugmakers versus consumers

February 25, 2008
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Congress and the courts long have tried to balance regulations to try to protect consumers while giving companies space to operate. Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 8-1 to limit lawsuits against medical device makers if the Food...
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WellPoint yanks controversial letter

February 13, 2008
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Californians are howling over the recent discovery that one of WellPointâ??s units made a practice of asking doctors to report conditions that the insurance company could use to cancel medical coverage for new patients. The letter amounted to asking doctors to...
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Do doctors make too much money?

February 12, 2008
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Health insurance companies including Indianapolis' own WellPoint Inc. have been relentless in trying to suppress spiraling health costs. So relentless, in fact, that doctors are pushing back. Physician groups in Kokomo, Rushville and other cities are refusing to take new patients...
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Adding to the life science corridor

February 1, 2008
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For years, dreamers have envisioned a life sciences crescent stretching from West Lafayette down Interstate 65 to Indianapolis, then along State Road 37 to Bloomington. The thinking was, this corridor would take advantage of Indiana and Purdue universities and IUPUI as...
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Covering the least of these

January 21, 2008
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It isnâ??t often these days that we see deep, serious reporting on poverty that helps explain the problem and makes us think. In a recent interview, Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne argued that the subject has been edged out of news...
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Non news is good news for Lilly

December 18, 2007
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Eli Lilly and Co.â??s announcement this morning that President and Chief Operating Officer John Lechleiter would succeed CEO Sidney Taurel in April was a picture of smooth succession planning. Lechleiterâ??s ascension had been expected for so long that the news was...
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Clarian driven back in Muncie

November 29, 2007
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Clarian Health wasnâ??t able to get its $75 million medical complex near Muncie off the ground partly because doctors balked. So much sentiment poured out in favor of the home team, Ball Memorial Hospital, that Clarian couldnâ??t sign enough doctors to...
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Anthem loses disclosure fight

November 21, 2007
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The Blue Cross and Blue Shield plan that Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc. operates in Connecticut has backed out of managing part of an insurance program rather than disclose the rates it pays doctors and its approach to denying prescription drug payments....
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Does WellPoint's Braly show trend?

November 19, 2007
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Angela Braly, WellPointâ??s CEO, has not only made The Wall Street Journal â??s list of â??50 Women to Watchâ?? but she hit the top spot. Not so long ago Braly was largely unknown right here in WellPointâ??s headquarters city. Does Bralyâ??s rise...
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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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