Government Health Care

Med school students share their stories

November 27, 2010
Scott Olson
Five students at Indiana University School of Medicine contemplate whether to opt for family practice or a specialty.
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St. Francis-WellPoint deal is a sign of the timesRestricted Content

November 27, 2010
J.K. Wall
St. Francis, which operates three Indianapolis-area hospitals, and WellPoint, the giant health insurer, announced this month that they have agreed to jointly form an accountable care organization.
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Drugmakers seek Republican allies to defeat cost-cutting panel

November 15, 2010
Bloomberg News
Pharmaceutical firms led by Eli Lilly are trying to eliminate a government panel aimed at controlling Medicare spending seven months after they supported the health-care overhaul that created it.
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New estimate drops health plan's cost to Indiana

October 26, 2010
Associated Press
A new estimate has lowered the expected cost of the federal health care overhaul to Indiana's state government to perhaps $2.6 billion over the next decade.
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'Payer mix' playing role in hospital merger

October 20, 2010
J.K. Wall
Morgan Hospital & Medical Center is on the brink of merging with Clarian Health for a variety of reasons, but one of the biggest is one that all hospitals are facing in one way or another: a declining payer mix.
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Health reform forces providers, insurers to lay aside rivalriesRestricted Content

October 2, 2010
Scott Olson
In this new age of health care, ushered in by President Obama’s signing in March of a sweeping health care reform law, health care players are encouraged to remove the gloves if they want to reap the benefits of reform.
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Reform will boost health care costs, Indianapolis panel predicts

October 2, 2010
Health care
                           watch videoRising costs aren't the only impact of reform, say panelists taking part in a Power Breakfast sponsored by Indianapolis Business Journal.
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Drugmakers’ ‘doughnut hole’ deal to shave sales

October 1, 2010
Bloomberg News
Drugmakers including Pfizer Inc., AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. and Eli Lilly and Co. may provide more than $2 billion in drug discounts to senior citizens next year under a deal pharmaceutical companies made with the White House.
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Health overhaul's $264M question weighs down WellPoint

September 22, 2010
Bloomberg News
The failure by state regulators to decide how much insurers must spend on patient care is scaring investors from health-plan stocks and complicating insurance company decisions.
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Community moves to integrate doctors

September 15, 2010
J.K. Wall
Health Care watch videoCommunity Health now has about 550 physicians, either on its payroll or committed through integration contracts, who have some of their pay hinge on measures of quality and communication. CEO Bryan Mills says the hospital system is looking to add even more.
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Some states suing feds also claim health subsidies

August 31, 2010
Associated Press
An administration official said Tuesday that seven states, including Indiana, suing the federal government are among 16 already approved for subsidies to help with the health care costs of early retirees.
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iSalus sees business boom as docs chase stimulus cash

August 28, 2010
J.K. Wall
The company is seeing a rush of new sales for its Web-based electronic medical record system from doctors, who all stand to receive bonus payments from the federal stimulus act for computerizing their patient records.
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Estimate puts Indiana health overhaul costs at $3.1B

August 25, 2010
Associated Press
Family and Social Services Administration Secretary Anne Murphy and acting Insurance Commissioner Stephen Robertson have sent Gov. Mitch Daniels a letter that now estimates the overhaul will cost Indiana $235 million more than the previous estimate in May.
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VA hospital, health-info exchange enter pilot project

August 25, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Roudebush Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the Indiana Health Information Exchange are going to work to make their medical record systems talk to each other in a pilot project spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
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Indiana Medicaid chief: Feds leave states in dark

July 15, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana and other states face a struggle as they grapple with putting the health care changes into place in a relatively short span of time while they also contend with the economic downtown and strained state budgets.
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Doctors breathe a sigh of relief

June 30, 2010
J.K. Wall
As doctors threaten to drop Medicare patients, Congress delays cuts for another six months.
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WellPoint exec sees health insurer 'oligopoly' coming

June 24, 2010
Bloomberg News
U.S. health insurers are “moving towards an oligopoly,” a process that this year’s health-care overhaul will accelerate, the investor-relations chief at WellPoint Inc. said Thursday.
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Hospital jobs keep growing in recession

June 23, 2010
J.K. Wall
Hospitals continued to be a stable and slightly growing source of jobs and wages in Indiana—for better and for worse. The sector paid $7.3 billion to 127,000 Hoosiers in 2008, according to the latest data from the American Hospital Association.
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Medicare cuts hit doctors as Congress feuds

June 23, 2010
J.K. Wall
Physician offices will begin receiving payments from the Medicare that are 21.3-percent below what they’ve been getting so far this year. Doctors still expect Congress to reverse the payment cuts, but physicians and the Medicare program will have to reprocess claims, costing both extra money.
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Obama gives states $250 million to review insurance premiums

June 7, 2010
WellPoint may face the most threat from more aggressive reviews. The Indianapolis insurer is the leader in small-business and individual policies, areas that have seen the biggest increases in recent years.
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Q&A: Don Stumpp

May 26, 2010
J.K. Wall
Don Stumpp, manager of payer contracting at Indianapolis-based physician group American Health Network and president of the Indiana Medical Group Management Association, discussed the impact of the health care reform law on primary care physicians as well as the near-constant threat of a sharp cut in Medicare reimbursement.
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Drug-spending increase highest in four years

May 20, 2010
Bloomberg News
The price increase was fueled by the debate over the health-care overhaul in Washington, D.C., Medco Health Solutions Inc. CEO David Snow said.
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ER doc is affable WellPoint activist

May 19, 2010
J.K. Wall
Dr. Rob Stone wants the giant health insurer to convert to not-for-profit status and put him, an advocate of national health insurance, on the company's board.
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WellPoint, others may need relief from law's spending mandate

May 10, 2010
Bloomberg News
The health law passed by Congress in March will force insurers like WellPoint to give rebates to customers next year if the companies don't meet the medical-spending minimums.
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TAYLOR: Reform will drive demand for health care facilities

May 8, 2010
Deeni Taylor
There has been a noticeable uptick in the level of health care real estate development activity this year.
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