Health Care & Insurance

Doctors squirm as patients rate health careRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
J.K. Wall
As health care slowly shifts to operate more like retail stores, patients' opinions of doctors have become commonplace on more than 30 physician-rating Web sites, including a subscription service run by Indianapolis-based Angie's List.
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General Assembly pushes statewide trauma systemRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
Scott Olson
Indiana lawmakers are considering legislation to create a network that would coordinate hospital trauma programs and bring the centers to underserved cities and rural areas.
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Study: Smoke-free policies aren't an economic dragRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
A team of Indiana University health researchers has concluded that smoke-free-workplace laws do not have a negative economic impact.
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Let's finally pass no-smoking billRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
Thanks for having the courage to take the flak from the smokers who think it is their right to kill us by allowing smoking in bars and casinos.
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In spite of criticism, Lilly saves livesRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
Steven J.
My wife, Becky, is alive today because of Lilly and its trial drug Enzastaurin, a great surgeon, and a terrific team of local doctors.
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Education, health still key issuesRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
Chris Katterjohn
The people of Indiana need to work to improve education, the overall health of our work force, and productivity and innovation.
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Benefits mergers on the increaseRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
J.K. Wall
Benefits brokers and agents—facing increasing demands from employers and declining commissions—are merging at an accelerating pace.
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Executives make many trips to Washington to argue for 14 years of sales exclusivity for new drugs made from cellsRestricted Content

March 23, 2009
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly & Co. executives are making many trips to Washington to argue for 14 years of sales exclusivity for new drugs made from cells.
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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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Inspired by columnRestricted Content

March 9, 2009
Thank you for sharing Dr. Mercy Obeime's story so that others may feel they too can overcome any obstacles and adversities.
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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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New Indy firm will focus on insurance defense casesRestricted Content

February 16, 2009
Two partners at the Bingham McHale LLP law firm are taking five lawyers with them to form a firm that will concentrate on insurance defense work.
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  1. Really, taking someone managing the regulation of Alcohol and making himthe President of an IVY Tech regional campus. Does he have an education background?

  2. Jan, great rant. Now how about you review the report and offer rebuttal of the memo. This might be more conducive to civil discourse than a wild rant with no supporting facts. Perhaps some links to support your assertions would be helpful

  3. I've lived in Indianapolis my whole and been to the track 3 times. Once for a Brickyard, once last year on a practice day for Indy 500, and once when I was a high school student to pick up trash for community service. In the past 11 years, I would say while the IMS is a great venue, there are some upgrades that would show that it's changing with the times, just like the city is. First, take out the bleachers and put in individual seats. Kentucky Motor Speedway has individual seats and they look cool. Fix up the restrooms. Add wi-fi. Like others have suggested, look at bringing in concerts leading up to events. Don't just stick with the country music genre. Pop music would work well too I believe. This will attract more young celebrities to the Indy 500 like the kind that go to the Kentucky Derby. Work with Indy Go to increase the frequency of the bus route to the track during high end events. That way people have other options than worrying about where to park and paying for parking. Then after all of this, look at getting night lights. I think the aforementioned strategies are more necessary than night racing at this point in time.

  4. Talking about congestion ANYWHERE in Indianapolis is absolutely laughable. Sure you may have to wait in 5 minutes of traffic to travel down BR avenue during *peak* times. But that is absolutely nothing compared to actual big cities. Indy is way too suburban to have actual congestion problems. So please, never bring up "congestion" as an excuse to avoid development in Indianapolis. If anything, we could use a little more.

  5. Oh wait. Never mind.

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