Government Health Care

Medical supplier Hill-Rom makes $42M fraud settlement

September 27, 2011
Associated Press
Hill-Rom Holdings Inc., a medical-equipment company based in Indiana, agreed Tuesday to pay nearly $42 million to settle a government lawsuit. The government had accused the company of knowingly submitting false claims to Medicare from 1999 to 2007.
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Firm tries again with personal health records

September 26, 2011
J.K. Wall
Even though Google Inc. has given up on the business of electronic personal health records, Fort Wayne-based NoMoreClipboard.com is launching a new service it thinks will crack open the market.
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Q&A

September 26, 2011
J.K. Wall
Dr. Ed Kowlowitz, owner and medical director of the Center for Pain Management in Indianapolis, recently challenged a regional Medicare reimbursement policy and, surprisingly, won. He spoke with IBJ about the experience, as well how his three-physician practice is growing even while many physician practices are selling to hospitals.
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Health regulatory leaders ready to flock to city

September 14, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The top event for regulatory professionals in the health care industry is headed to Indianapolis next month. The annual conference of the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society, or RAPS, is expected to draw thousands of members representing 120 companies and organizations.
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Indiana company quits Missouri Medicaid contract

September 1, 2011
Associated Press
Indianapolis-based SynCare has ended its contract to screen Missouri Medicaid recipients after numerous complaints about its job performance.
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Private firm with Medicaid deal gets state help

August 31, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Officials with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services say they had to hire 13 temporary workers and shift as many as 20 state workers from their regular jobs after withering consumer complaints against SynCare LLC of Indiana.
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Missouri health care advocates decry Indiana contractor

August 30, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indianapolis-based SynCare LLC, hired to determine the eligibility of Missouri Medicaid patients for in-home care, has "been a complete disaster from the beginning," statewide health care advocates charge.
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Arcadia Resources to delist stock amid cash crunch

August 16, 2011
J.K. Wall
Arcadia Resources Inc.'s share price dwindled to just 5 cents as of late Tuesday morning, following the company's announcement that it was delisting its stock and had suffered another quarterly loss.
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Indiana asks court to lift Planned Parenthood order

August 1, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana asked a federal appeals court Monday to lift a judge's order blocking parts of a new abortion law that cuts some public Planned Parenthood funding, saying the issue should be decided by Medicaid officials and not the courts.
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Birth control coverage required in U.S. health plan

July 19, 2011
Health insurers led by WellPoint Inc. would be required to cover birth control pills and devices at no cost to patients under the recommendation of a top U.S. scientific advisory board. .
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Not-for-profits vying with WellPoint may get $3.8B in loans

July 18, 2011
Bloomberg News
Not-for-profits that compete with insurers such as WellPoint Inc. are eligible for $3.8 billion in U.S. financing under the health law, and the government expects more than a third of the loans not to be repaid.
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CBO: No great savings from health reform

July 18, 2011
J.K. Wall
Don’t expect the health reform law to tame health care costs. That’s the conclusion of the director of the Congressional Budget Office, who also suggested some of the simplest ways to moderate costs would be to roll back some of its key provisions.
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Study: Medicaid better than nothing

July 11, 2011
J.K. Wall
Health care reform will add roughly 500,000 Hoosiers to the Medicaid program and, in spite of great criticism of that expansion, a new study suggests Medicaid coverage does help consumers get more care, have fewer unpaid bills and feel better.
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Employers face messy decision to drop health insuranceRestricted Content

July 9, 2011
J.K. Wall
Companies that drop insurance coverage could, without spending any more money than they are now, give workers an 11-percent raise or else help them save as much as $2,000 per year buying health coverage in one of the exchanges, IBJ calculations show.
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STUMPP: Docs' loss of independence driving up health care costsRestricted Content

July 9, 2011
Don Stumpp / Special to IBJ
The fact is that hospitals are paid three to four times for physician ancillary services.
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Troubled economy fueling hospital deals

June 20, 2011
J.K. Wall
Battered by stagnant population growth and blue-collar job loss, Howard Regional Health is merging with Indiana University Health—a deal that reflects the challenges faced by hospitals in Indiana’s outlying cities.
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Survey: Hospitals still rewarding docs for volume

June 20, 2011
J.K. Wall
The latest physician recruitment survey from Texas-based Merritt Hawkins shows three-quarters of all physician searches include a performance bonus for the doctor. Fewer than 10 percent of those bonuses are tied to something other than volume of procedures.
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State gets week to respond in Planned Parenthood case

June 17, 2011
Associated Press
A federal judge on Friday gave the state of Indiana a week to respond to the Obama administration's decision siding with Planned Parenthood of Indiana in an attempt to block the state's new abortion funding law.
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WellPoint pays big to tap fast-growing Medicare market

June 13, 2011
J.K. Wall
Analysts raised their eyebrows at the $800 million reportedly paid by WellPoint Inc. to acquire a West Coast Medicare plan, but with the commercial health insurance business stagnating, Medicare is vital to WellPoint’s future growth.
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WellPoint paying almost $800M for CareMore

June 8, 2011
Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc. agreed to acquire CareMore Health Group to expand Medicare coverage in California, Arizona and Nevada. The insurer paid almost $800 million, according to people familiar with the deal.
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Government cutting rates for hard-to-insure patients

May 31, 2011
Associated Press
So far, about 18,000 people have signed up for the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan, well short of government projections that some 375,000 people would gain coverage in 2010. Rates in Indiana will fall 26 percent.
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Planned Parenthood says donors alone can't sustain clinics

May 26, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Donors from far and wide are sending money to Planned Parenthood of Indiana, but the organization doesn’t expect the giving to last.
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Feds review Indiana law targeting Planned Parenthood

May 23, 2011
Associated Press
Federal officials said Monday they're taking a hard look at a new Indiana law that withholds some public funding for Planned Parenthood of Indiana, a development that could cost the state some of its Medicaid funding.
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Growth in drug spending to slow as generics rise

May 18, 2011
Bloomberg News
The annual growth rate in spending on drugs may be cut in half over the next five years as people opt for less expensive generic medicines over brand-name treatments, a health-care research group said Wednesday, highlighting the challenge pharmaceutical firms like Eli Lilly and Co. are facing.
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Reform could create more 'boutique' doctors

May 14, 2011
J.K. Wall
Health reform could accelerate trend toward two tiers of care, with concierge services like Dr. Matt Priddy offers at the top and long waits and minimal attention at the bottom.
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  1. These liberals are out of control. They want to drive our economy into the ground and double and triple our electric bills. Sierra Club, stay out of Indy!

  2. These activist liberal judges have gotten out of control. Thankfully we have a sensible supreme court that overturns their absurd rulings!

  3. Maybe they shouldn't be throwing money at the IRL or whatever they call it now. Probably should save that money for actual operations.

  4. For you central Indiana folks that don't know what a good pizza is, Aurelio's will take care of that. There are some good pizza places in central Indiana but nothing like this!!!

  5. I am troubled with this whole string of comments as I am not sure anyone pointed out that many of the "high paying" positions have been eliminated identified by asterisks as of fiscal year 2012. That indicates to me that the hospitals are making responsible yet difficult decisions and eliminating heavy paying positions. To make this more problematic, we have created a society of "entitlement" where individuals believe they should receive free services at no cost to them. I have yet to get a house repair done at no cost nor have I taken my car that is out of warranty for repair for free repair expecting the government to pay for it even though it is the second largest investment one makes in their life besides purchasing a home. Yet, we continue to hear verbal and aggressive abuse from the consumer who expects free services and have to reward them as a result of HCAHPS surveys which we have no influence over as it is 3rd party required by CMS. Peel the onion and get to the root of the problem...you will find that society has created the problem and our current political landscape and not the people who were fortunate to lead healthcare in the right direction before becoming distorted. As a side note, I had a friend sit in an ED in Canada for nearly two days prior to being evaluated and then finally...3 months later got a CT of the head. You pay for what you get...

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