The Dose

Welcome to The Dose, which tackles the finances behind local health care and life sciences and points to the most interesting national analysis. Your host is J.K. Wall.

The Billion Dollar Decision

When the U.S. Supreme Court hands down its ruling on Obamacare’s tax credits, it could zap nearly $1 billion from Hoosiers’ finances. In fact, Hoosiers buyers on Obamacare's exchanges have more to lose, as a percentage of their incomes, than the residents of all states other than Alaska and Mississippi.
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CEO Roundup: We’re not your father’s health care company anymore

The CEOs of Anthem, Lilly, Zimmer and Hill-Rom tried to woo investors at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare conference by stressing how they're broadening business beyond plain-old insurance, pharmaceuticals, implants and hospital beds.
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We're at tipping point of health care becoming a real marketplace

Nearly half of all Hoosier workers covered by employer health plans are now enrolled in high-deductible, consumer-directed health plans, according to a new survey. That means the state is about to pass the point of no return on transforming health care into a real marketplace.
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Obamacare's effects on Lilly: Modest pain, no gain

Since Obamcare was expected to boost insurance coverage nationally by 32 million people, drugmakers like Eli Lilly and Co. stood to benefit. But it’s not working out that way. At least not for Lilly.
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Hoosier hospitals create new tool to help health care shoppers

Recognizing that more and more Hoosier patients are trying to shop for health care, the Indiana Hospital Association has created a web tool with price and quality information for all hospitals around the state. But bigger changes to the health care system will be needed before consumers have the kind of information they expect in other industries.
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Study: Nursing home building boom is costing state millions

The state Medicaid program will pay $24 million more due to the nursing home building boom that occurred in 2014, according to an analysis by accounting firm Myers & Stauffer. The nursing home industry will use that figure to once again argue for halt to new construction.
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Indy hospitals stung by Medicare penalties for patient injuries

Five Indianapolis-area hospitals stand to lose more than $7 million in Medicare payments as a penalty for having rates of infections and patient injuries that run higher than most hospitals nationwide.
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IU Health's new sense of urgency

Indiana University Health will open a dozen urgent care clinics in the Indianapolis area in the next two years, which will nearly double the number of hospital-affiliated urgent care centers in central Indiana. Here's why we're likely to see even more in the future.
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Hoosiers accuse Anthem of 'unjust enrichment'

The reason competition is so low and prices so high in Indiana’s health insurance market is that Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield has participated in a vast conspiracy to inflate prices, according a federal lawsuit that Anthem called "baseless."
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The moving target bedeviling attempts to cut health care costs

In health care, 5 percent of patients account for 50 percent of costs. Trouble is, those patients aren't the same from year to year. Not even close.
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