Health Care & Insurance

Health reform network crumbles without RooneyRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
J.K. Wall
The state's Dec. 1 takeover of Medical Savings Insurance Co. marks the formal crumbling of J. Patrick Rooney's network of health care reform efforts.
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Smoke Free Indy advocates mount new campaignRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Anti-smoking advocates are organizing a new attempt to strengthen Indianapolis' ban against smoking in the workplace.
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Gallagher buys two more brokers to increase sizeRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Dane Hudson continues an acquisition binge aimed at making Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. a stronger health benefits broker in the Indianapolis market.
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Women are top leaders in Hoosier public health postsRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Cynthia Sequin
Dr. Judith Monroe, Dr. Virginia Caine and G. Marie Swanson are three local women who have risen to leadership positions in the health care community.
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Billingsley markets health care mystery shopping businessRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Della Pacheco
As co-founder and head of sales and marketing, Brooke Billingsley has helped build Indianapolis-based Perception Strategies Inc. — a health care mystery shopping business co-founded by her husband, Kevin.
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Eli Lilly investing $100M in China, hoping to attract research partners

December 1, 2008
Brian Spegele
Hoping to increase sales in China's rapidly growing pharmaceutical market, Eli Lilly and Co. is charging ahead with plans to invest $100 million in venture capital in the region over the next several years.
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Despite sour economy, retail developers press onRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
Greg AndrewsMore

Companies shifting more health costs to employeesRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
Employers, now doubly pinched by steadily rising health insurance premiums and a steadily deteriorating economy, are searching for new and larger cost-shifting tools, according to survey and anecdotal evidence from Mercer, a global benefits brokerage and consulting firm.
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Technology will change future of health care deliveryRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
Jack Horner
Changes will dramatically materialize over the coming months and years as the delivery of health care services takes on a consumer-driven focus.
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WellPoint could grow during tough time for health insurersRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
The health insurance industry — hurt by falling profits and threatened by Democratic reform bills — could see another wave of consolidation, and that may well involve Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc.
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Nurse shortage still a major work force issue in IndianaRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
Linda Wessic
As the bedrock of the United State's health care delivery framework, the nursing profession represents the top need for open health care positions across Indiana and much of the nation.
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Hospitals seek mergers to save costsRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
J.K. Wall
Marion County hospital systems anticipate more mergers, possibly with each other.
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New health plans will cost more laterRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Consumer-driven health plans will lead to greater medical expenses later because people avoid going to the doctor now.
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Anthem: tops in Indiana, but middle of the road nationallyRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Indiana ranked highest among health care plans that primarily serve Indiana, but didn't even crack the top 100 nationally in a new study.
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As workers lose jobs, Shelbyville hospital loses moneyRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Because major employers in Shelby County have laid off workers, Major Hospital isn't getting as much income from employer-based medical insurance plans.
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Indianapolis eye surgeon popularizes new transplant techniqueRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
J.K. Wall
Dr. Francis Price Jr. has brought hundreds of eye surgeons to Indianapolis to train them in how to use a new cornea transplant technique that has swept the ophthalmology field—DSEK, which stands for Descemet's stripping endothelial keratoplasty.
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Hoosiers need greater access to quality health careRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Morton Marcus
Indiana's economic woes are long standing and may be having an adverse effect on the health of our people, because Hoosiers can't consistently gain access to excellent health care.
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Executives must stress wellness program benefits consistentlyRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Health care benefits that promote wellness should be an ongoing executive suite focus, not simply an annual budget concern.
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St. Francis Hospitals, Anthem disagree over health insurance reimbursementsRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
The St. Francis hospital system and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Indiana are haggling over insurance reimbursement costs. The original demand of Sisters of St. Francis Health Services Inc. would have increased reimbursement amounts $80 million over three years, Rick Rhodes, an Anthem regional vice president, wrote in an Oct. 30 letter to employers covered by Anthem. The increase would mean $12 million more in out-of-pocket costs to Anthem customers. But St. Francis claims its request for an increase only brings it in line with what other hospitals are getting.
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Pacers, Clarian Health offer free health screeningsRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
On Oct. 31, the Indiana Pacers announced a partnership with Clarian Health to improve health awareness for area residents.
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OneAmerica well positioned to acquire other insurance companiesRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
J.K. Wall
OneAmerica Financial Partners Inc. has made no secret of its desire to acquire other companies. Well, if it wants to buy, it could hardly find a better time.
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Hospitals suffer from spiking bond interest rates, investment lossesRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-area hospitals have suffered a double whammy of spiking interest rates on their bonds and heavy losses in their investment portfolios and are trying to save cash any way they can.
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Winona lacks evidence to prove fraudulent money transferRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
The trustee for Winona Memorial Hospital lost in court against the hospital's former owner earlier this month — but not without receiving a bit of vindication from the judge in the case.
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Study says consumerism cuts costsRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
Consumer-directed health plans really work, at least according to WellPoint Inc., which has made a big push to sell them recently.
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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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