Health Care & Insurance

Indianapolis hospitals hit with tough bargaining environment

June 1, 2013
J.K. Wall
Aggressive construction wiped out historical territories, thus opening the door to insurers playing hospitals off each other.
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Mobile health apps could cut into state companies' market share

May 18, 2013
J.K. Wall
The future of Indiana’s sprawling health care and life sciences industry might be threatened by an unlikely source: smartphone apps.
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PANEL: Life sciences will see radically different futureRestricted Content

May 17, 2013
IBJ convened a panel of experts at its Life Sciences Power Breakfast on May 10 to talk about the industry issues of venture capital, digital health innovations and research university entrepreneurship.

Panel members included Kristin Eilenberg, CEO, Lodestone Logic, Infuse Accelerator; Philip S. Low, Purdue University professor of chemistry, founder and chief science officer at Endocyte Inc. and On Target Laboratories LLC; R. Matthew Neff, president, CHV Capital Inc.; Brian Stemme, project director; BioCrossroads; Brian S. Williams, director, Global Healthcare Strategy, PricewaterhouseCoopers International Ltd.; and Raul Zaveleta, CEO, Indigo BioSystems Inc.

The following is an unedited transcript of the discussion.

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Medical finance driving major changes in health care marketplace

April 6, 2013
J.K. Wall
Brian and Emily Kahn had virtually identical physical therapy. He paid much more than she did. Why? Because of where the therapy took place.
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COLWELL: Indianapolis strategizes for health care reformRestricted Content

April 6, 2013
AnnJeanette Colwell
The recent flurry of big announcements portends well.
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MCDONALD: Groups making headway attacking health problemsRestricted Content

April 6, 2013
Bob McDonald
The statistics we hear so often are clear. As a community, we are not in an enviable place. We smoke more, exercise less and weigh more than the national average, resulting in more diabetes than average.
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Strong sales of retirement plans boost OneAmerica

March 22, 2013
Chris O'Malley
A big bet on employer-sponsored retirement plans is paying off for locally based OneAmerica Financial Partners, a company best known for its life insurance offerings.
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Studies: Employers could save with Medicaid expansion

March 18, 2013
J.K. Wall
The debate over expanding Medicaid in Indiana so far has hinged on how much it will cost. But two recent studies suggest Hoosier employers should be focused on how much a Medicaid expansion will save them: perhaps as much as $400 million per year.
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Profits at center of biosimilars debate

March 18, 2013
J.K. Wall
House Bill 1315, which is scheduled for a Senate floor hearing on Monday, would require pharmacists to check with a patient’s physician before automatically substituting a generic version of a biotech drug for a brand-name version.
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Health insurance changes daunting for Indiana employersRestricted Content

January 19, 2013
Scott Olson
A portion of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requiring companies in 2014 to begin offering health insurance to more workers is causing a lot of anxiety.
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SHORT: Obsolete laws, regulations stifle advance of 'telehealth'Restricted Content

January 19, 2013
Jeffrey W. Short / Special to IBJ
You might remember seeing Elroy Jetson sitting in front of a television in the Jetson home, with Astro, his trusty dog, and Jane, his mother, at his side, while the doctor appeared on the screen providing medical care to Elroy. This scene is no longer so futuristic.
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Cornerstone content with small medical developmentsRestricted Content

December 8, 2012
Local firm has carved out niche building for hospitals, physician groups.
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Indiana employers desperate to improve workers' personal habitsRestricted Content

November 24, 2012
J.K. Wall
Skyrocketing health care costs prompt search for new ways to improve lifestyle choices.
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THOMPSON: Push is on to regulate health information technologyRestricted Content

November 24, 2012
Bradley Merrill Thompson / Special to IBJ
After decades of slow adoption, health information technology now threatens to completely disrupt health care, in a good way, dramatically improving quality of care. The question is, will federal regulators stand in the way?
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Dialysis software firm finally making inroadsRestricted Content

November 24, 2012
Scott Olson
Vasc-Alert proves its technology, plans to expand into Europe.
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SCHAFIR: Businesses face tough decisions over health careRestricted Content

November 24, 2012
Harlan Schafir / Special to IBJ
Now that the election is over, it seems clearer that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, will likely move forward. The question is whether business owners will be able to steer their employees to state exchanges and wash their hands of health care coverage.
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Life sciences leader juggles faith, science and businessRestricted Content

November 3, 2012
J.K. Wall
BioCrossroads CEO David Johnson sees little conflict as he balances all three in promoting and investing in Indiana life sciences firms
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Purdue researcher harbors high hopes for new ventureRestricted Content

November 3, 2012
Scott Olson
Pete Kissinger hopes Phlebotics will follow in the footsteps of another of his creations, Bioanalytical Systems Inc.
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New Alzheimer's unit stresses soothing elements

October 6, 2012
Scott Olson
The 36-room wing at Hoosier Village Retirement Center includes antiques and minimizes confusing shadows among other design elements.
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Some hospitals, doctors might be cut from health plansRestricted Content

September 29, 2012
J.K. Wall
With health insurance premiums continuing to outstrip inflation, some health insurers and hospital systems are considering bringing back an old strategy: limiting patient access to a “narrow” network of doctors and hospitals.
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Hospital loyalty low among patients in central IndianaRestricted Content

September 29, 2012
Scott Olson
Regenstrief study finds many visit two different facilities within year’s time.
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HARVEY: Dearth of faculty leading to nurse shortageRestricted Content

September 29, 2012
Margaret Harvey / Special to IBJ
The looming shortage of nurses and the faculty to educate nurses threatens Americans’ access to quality health care. As our population ages and health care becomes more extensive and complex, an increasing demand for highly educated nurses persists. This need directly influences the necessity for nursing faculty.
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BRODY: Accountable care organizations improve health careRestricted Content

September 29, 2012
Robert Brody / Special to IBJ
As we began looking at accountable care organizations, we clearly understood that this new model complemented our existing approach and had potential to significantly affect care, leading to better communication, better coordination of care, and better outcomes for patients.
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MORRISON: Obesity extracting huge cost in competitivenessRestricted Content

September 29, 2012
Ed Morrison / Special to IBJ
A friend recently asked me, “What’s the connection between healthy communities and economic development?” I set out to explain why no community can compete in today’s economy without healthy brainpower.
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STORY: Health care rationing has already arrivedRestricted Content

September 29, 2012
Timothy J. Story / Special to IBJ
There will be health care rationing. The only question is who will do the rationing—the government, health care providers, or you and me. The odds are good there will be some rationing from all those sources
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  1. So much for Eric Holder's conversation about race. If white people have got something to say, they get sued over it. Bottom line: white people have un-freer speech than others as a consequence of the misnamed "Civil rights laws."

  2. I agree, having seen three shows, that I was less than wowed. Disappointing!!

  3. Start drilling, start fracking, and start using our own energy. Other states have enriched their citizens and nearly elminated unemployment by using these resources that are on private land. If you are against the 'low prices' of discount stores, the best way to allow shoppers more choice is to empower them with better earnings. NOT through manipulated gov mandated min wage hikes, but better jobs and higher competitive pay. This would be direct result of using our own energy resources, yet Obama knows that Americans who arent dependent of gov welfare are much less likely to vote Dem, so he looks for ways to ensure America's decline and keep its citizens dependent of gov.

  4. Say It Loud, I'm Black and Ashamed: It's too bad that with certain "black" entertainment events, it seems violence and thuggery follows and the collateral damage that it leaves behinds continues to be a strain on the city in terms of people getting hurt, killed or becoming victims of crimes and/or stretching city resources. I remember shopping in the Meadows area years ago until violence and crime ended make most of the business pack you and leave as did with Lafayette Square and Washington Square. Over the past 10 to 12 years, I remember going to the Indiana Black Expo Soul Picnic in Washington Park. Violence, gang fights and homicides ended that. My great grandmother still bears the scares on her leg from when she was trampled by a group of thugs running from gun fire from a rival gang. With hundreds of police offices downtown still multiple shootings, people getting shot downtown during Black Expo. A number of people getting shots or murdered at black clubs around the city like Club Six on the west side, The Industry downtown, Jamal Tinsley's shot out in front of the Conrad, multiple fights and shootings at the skating rinks, shootings at Circle Center Mall and shooting and robberies and car jackings at Lafayette Mall. Shootings and gang violence and the State Fair. I can go on and on and on. Now Broad Ripple. (Shaking head side to side) Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Ashamed.

  5. Ballard Administration. Too funny. This is the least fiscally responsive administration I have ever seen. One thing this article failed to mention, is that the Hoosier State line delivers rail cars to the Amtrak Beech Grove maintenance facility for refurbishment. That's an economic development issue. And the jobs there are high-paying. That alone is worth the City's investment.

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