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Parties near deal for hospital tax

April 11, 2011
J.K. Wall
Officials from Indiana Medicaid and a hospital trade group are trying to craft a deal that would create a tax on hospitals that would help attract more federal funds for hospitals—thereby offsetting looming cuts in state payments.
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RATHKE: My saga of staying up to date on health care reform

March 19, 2011
Tracey Rathke
Human resources used to be about payroll and benefits. Now it's also about watching Congress.
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Hospital systems adopt Starbucks-style service

March 19, 2011
J.K. Wall
Indiana University Health is the latest system to drill employees ranging from clerks to physicians in how to treat patients.
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Indiana Medicaid mental health list worries advocates

March 14, 2011
Associated Press
The state budget bill moving through the Indiana General Assembly would save about $7 million each year by creating a list of preferred mental health drugs and trying to win larger rebates from manufacturers.
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Reform, revenue behind Franciscan expansion

February 16, 2011
J.K. Wall
Changes unleashed by health reform are pushing Franciscan St. Francis Health’s expansion into Hamilton County—in addition to the obvious pull of the area’s well-heeled population.
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Medicaid expansion could tax community health centersRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
J.K. Wall
The president of the Indiana Primary Health Care Association wants to double the number of federally qualified community health centers in Indiana in the next five years.
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Judge's ruling raises uncertainty for health care execs

February 2, 2011
J.K. Wall
After a federal judge in Florida struck down the entire health reform law, investors shrugged. But the uncertainty for executives in health care companies increased.
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Florida judge strikes down health care overhaul

January 31, 2011
Associated Press
A federal judge ruled Monday that the Obama administration's health care overhaul is unconstitutional, siding with 26 states, including Indiana, that sued to block it.
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Daniels' budget proposal wouldn't cut hearing aids

January 19, 2011
Associated Press
State budget director Adam Horst said he misspoke when he told the State Budget Committee last week that Daniels&' proposal would eliminate Medicaid coverage for hearing aids.
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Q&A: Derek Bang

January 12, 2011
J.K. Wall
Derek Bang, practice leader of health care advisory services at the Crowe Horwath accounting firm in Indianapolis, spent a week in March studying health care in the United Kingdom, especially its universal health care program. He was surprised by the “daily barrage of criticism” he heard about the National Health Service, but also found that the United Kingdom and United States face very similar issues when it comes to constraining growth in health care costs.
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Lilly bumped up federal lobbying in third quarter

January 4, 2011
Associated Press
The Indianapolis-based drugmaker spent $2.1 million in the three months that ended Sept. 30, a 5-percent increase from the same quarter last year and a jump of more than 30 percent from the $1.6 million it spent in this year's second quarter.
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Indiana Medicaid cuts likely to be followed by more

December 30, 2010
Associated Press
The Office of Medicaid Policy and Planning has approved a series of emergency rules that it expects to save a total of $4.1 million over the next six months, but that will make up for only a small portion of the $31.4 million shortfall the agency anticipates for the fiscal year.
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Nursing home firm to pay $376K in Medicaid case

December 6, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says a nursing home company will pay $376,000 to the state and federal governments over accusations that it submitted ineligible bills to Medicaid.
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Health reform tripping up Indiana wellness incentiveRestricted Content

November 27, 2010
J.K. Wall
Federal health reform will trump an Indiana law that allows health insurers to offer steep discounts to employers with healthy workers and which institute aggressive wellness programs, but experts say other provisions will motivate small firms.
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AHLRICHS: Turn health reform into pragmatic answersRestricted Content

November 27, 2010
Health reform entrepreneurship could brand Indiana as productive, healthy place for employers to operate.
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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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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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