Health Care & Insurance

Our newest smoke-filled workplace: Sadly, it stinksRestricted Content

March 23, 2009
Bruce Hetrick
Hoosiers workers—including those who work at casinos—deserve a healthy, smoke-free workplace.
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Investment losses leave Conseco searching for $400M in horrible environment to raise capitalRestricted Content

March 16, 2009
J.K. Wall
Without fresh capital â?? or loosened debt obligations â?? Carmel-based Conseco could find itself in bankruptcy or looking for a buyer or both.
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Stimulus bill could prompt physician mergersRestricted Content

March 16, 2009
Now that Medicare is calling for all doctors it deals with to use electronic medical records by 2015, the trend of physicians' merging with hospitals or larger groups could hasten.
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Purdue student venture fund invests in Kylin TherapeuticsRestricted Content

March 16, 2009
Purdue University's Student-Managed Venture Fund is betting its bank on West Lafayette-based biotech startup Kylin Therapeutics Inc.
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Health care IT firms rushing to grab share of stimulusRestricted Content

March 9, 2009
J.K. Wall
The stimulus bill has prompted Indiana businesses and not-for-profits that deal in medical records to look for partners to help them meet the challenge of making those records electronic in five years.
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Wells leaves as Medicaid chief with cost-cutting plan in limboRestricted Content

March 9, 2009
Dr. Jeff Wells is moving on from the Indiana Medicaid program even as a $40 million cost-savings plan he spearheaded faces a threat in the Legislature.
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Let's set record straight on benefitsRestricted Content

March 2, 2009
The insurance industry and [Indiana] Chamber of Commerce are providing misleading and untruthful statements to employers and their insured members about assignment of benefits.
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Nursing home column was on targetRestricted Content

March 2, 2009
I want to commend [Tawn Parent's Feb. 16 column] about overseeing a loved one's care while in a nursing home or rehab facility.
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AIT Laboratories named 'Small Business of the Year'Restricted Content

March 2, 2009
The Indiana Chamber of Commerce has named Indianapolis-based health care research and testing firm AIT Laboratories its 2009 Small Business of the Year.
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Lilly relying on technology to spot management talentRestricted Content

March 2, 2009
Scott Olson
An electronic succession-planning system created by Eli Lilly & Co. about seven years ago is sniffing out top talent.
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Pulliam Trust sponsors support for addictsRestricted Content

March 2, 2009
The recovery experts at Fairbanks Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center last year launched a recovery management program, thanks to a $200,000 grant from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust.
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Celebrate contemporary heroes, tooRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
Mickey Maurer
When it comes time to celebrate African-American History month, wouldn't we be better served with profiles of young, living role models we can talk to—heroes who can talk to us? Let me submit for your consideration Mercy Obeime.
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After two decades, future bright for Catheter Research Inc.Restricted Content

February 23, 2009
J.K. Wall
Catheter Research Inc. now is flying high—even in the midst of a bad economy.
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Community Health touts integrated computer systemRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
Community Health Network has spent three years developing a computer interface that allows doctors and nurses to view all information and records on a patient in one viewing program.
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Need long-term care? Buyer, bewareRestricted Content

February 16, 2009
Tawn Parent

It can be tempting to trust in "experts," when it comes to loved ones' health and nursing home care. But the consequences can be dire.

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Are we victims of 'group think'?Restricted Content

February 16, 2009
John Guy
"Group think," a powerful and controlling force, was present as the Capital Improvement Board built Lucas Oil Stadium and Eli Lilly and Co. developed and marketed Zyprexa.
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Judge upholds sanctions in Conseco loan caseRestricted Content

February 16, 2009
U.S. District Court Judge Larry J. McKinney upheld sanctions against Dennis E. Murray Sr. in his legal battle with Carmel-based insurer Conseco Inc.
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Startup NICO raises another $1.73MRestricted Content

February 16, 2009
Indianapolis-based medical-device startup NICO Corp. has raised $1.73 million from investors.
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Health care interests wary of state's cost-cutting idea for MedicaidRestricted Content

February 9, 2009
J.K. Wall
Indiana Medicaid officials want to take over management of all its patients' prescription drugs because they say it could save the state as much as $40 million a year.
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Workplace smoking policies move backwardRestricted Content

February 9, 2009
Bruce Hetrick
The bill in question seems like a long shot. It would abdicate government's responsibility for protecting citizens' health and safety, and place it in the hands of individual business owners.
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NFP of NOTE: Fairbanks

February 9, 2009
Fairbanks is focused on recovery from alcohol and other drug problems, serving as a resource to improve the well-being of individuals, families and communities by offering hope and support through its programs and services.
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Cook splits device unit to focus on cancer productsRestricted Content

February 9, 2009
Cook Medical has split its interventional devices business into two units, pulling its lesser known cancer products out from under the shadow of its heart products.
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Entrepreneurs pursuing patient advocacy trendRestricted Content

February 2, 2009
Christopher Lloyd
Patients are seeking help with their doctors, records and referrals as the health care system grows increasingly complex.
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Docs, health insurers battle at StatehouseRestricted Content

February 2, 2009
Katie Maurer
Physicians and insurance companies have entered their fourth year of haggling over insurance payments, and each side is claiming to best represent patients.
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Indiana continues to have high smoking, obesity rates, and is below average in public health fundingRestricted Content

February 2, 2009
J.K. Wall
Obesity and smoking rates are little changed since Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels took office in January 2005.
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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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