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.

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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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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Regrets of ending an employer health plan

This spring, Keith Pitzele ended his company’s health plan and sent his workers to the Obamacare exchange. It was a bumpy experience he’s glad he won’t have to repeat next year. Does that mean most employers won't follow suit?
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Are workplace wellness programs worth it?

Believe it or not, wellness is now a minefield for businesses. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has taken up three lawsuits against companies because of their wellness programs. And new research finds that wellness programs probably cost employers money.
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Obamacare's Cadillac tax forcing Indiana employers to tap brakes on health benefits

No Hoosier employers want to pay Obamacare's 40 percent excise tax on health benefits, which hits in 2018. So they are embracing high-deductible plans and putting more responsibility for health care spending on workers.
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Report: Half of hospital systems could disappear in next decade

Deloitte consultants say hospitals are about to go the way of department stores, airlines and banks by clustering into fewer and fewer competitors. There's plenty of evidence from Indiana to support that theory.
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Data show 1 in 5 uninsured Hoosiers gained health coverage this year

Even without Medicaid expansion, Obamacare appears to have substantially reduced the more than 900,000 Hoosiers that go without health insurance during a year.
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Obamacare exchange 2.0: Anthem far from the cheapest plan

There are more choices and better deals in the 2015 Obamacare exchange, but if you want the same coverage as last year, it's going to cost you more.
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Top 4 questions for Hoosier health care after GOP takes control of Congress

On Obamacare, the new Republican-controlled Congress should “leave the façade of the building and then demolish the inside of it,” according to one GOP leader. If Republicans take that approach, here are four things that could change in the next two years.
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Why small Hoosier employers aren’t dropping their health plans—yet

Obamacare's community rating rules would give 25-percent-off coupons to boomers while sticking millennials with a 75-percent surcharge, according to recent data from employer health plans.
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