Health Care Costs

State lawmakers to probe WellPoint premium hikes

February 17, 2010
J.K. Wall
Three WellPoint executives will be on hand Wednesday morning to answer questions about premium increases on its individual policies, which have risen as high as 39 percent this year.
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WellPoint: More employers involved in provider talksRestricted Content

February 6, 2010
J.K. Wall
Employer activism is on the rise when it comes to keeping hospitals honest in their negotiations with health insurers. Executives at Indianapolis-based WellPoint say more employers are airing their displeasure when hospital systems ask for double-digit reimbursement increases.
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Health care reform will go on regardless of federal government

January 30, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Massachusetts’ election of a Republican senator has put health reform legislation on life support. But for the health care industry, reform is a reality that isn’t going to die.
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Health care reform dead; long live reform

January 27, 2010
J.K. Wall
Massachusetts’ election of a Republican senator has put health reform legislation on life support. But for the health care industry, reform is a reality that isn’t going to die.
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State Republicans try to block health reform mandates

January 20, 2010
J.K. Wall
Joint resolutions in the state Legislature seek to amend the state constitution to block enforcement of provisions in the federal bills that would require individuals to buy insurance and all but the smallest employers to help pay for it.
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Health care spending slows in most sectors, but government spending increases

January 9, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Health spending is growing slower than it has in 48 years, but whether health care reform will continue the trend is the subject of debate here and around the country.
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Grass-roots groups prepare to fill gaps in health care reform

January 2, 2010
J.K. Wall
Legislation set to come out of Washington will not change the most fundamental problems of the health care system, leaving it up to states, cities and companies to figure out what to do about it.
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Investors cheer Senate bill while WellPoint cries foul

December 23, 2009
J.K. Wall
Exemption for not-for-profit health plans could saddle WellPoint with nearly $2 billion a year in new taxes.
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Hoosier biz groups oppose Senate health bill

December 18, 2009
J.K. Wall
Group presidents tell Indiana senators that the reform bill would expand dysfunctions of current health care systems.
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Health care reform could drive more people to buy their own insurance

December 5, 2009
 IBJ Staff
If Congress passes health care reform, more people will become like Juli Erhart-Graves, whose family spends nearly 18 percent of its income on health insurance and out-of-pocket medical costs.
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Hoosiers 'waste' $2.5B a year on health care, group says

December 3, 2009
J.K. Wall
Analysis of Medicare data finds that Indiana hospitals and doctors rack up higher costs to treat the same conditions as the nation's model markets.
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St. Vincent-Novia clinic partnership cuts out insurance middleman

November 28, 2009
J.K. Wall
The St. Vincent Health hospital system has joined with Indianapolis-based Novia CareClinics LLC to set up clinics on employers’ campuses, offering health care for their workers with no insurance companies involved.
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Indiana near top in smoking survey; national rate rises

November 13, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
A survey found cigarette smoking rose slightly on a national basis for the first time in almost 15 years and that Indiana had the second highest smoking rate among states.
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WellPoint, Obama administration battle over cost of health reform to employers

November 7, 2009
 IBJ Staff
At this point in the health reform debate, you have to take numbers from any side with a grain of salt. That said, Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc. has done perhaps the only local analysis of how proposed reforms would affect the cost of health insurance for employers.
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Doctors balk at Senate attempt to cut out wasteful health care spending

October 31, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The big goal of health care reform is to cut wasteful spending to pay for expanded health insurance coverage. But the way the Senate Finance Committee bill tries to do that would be, according to some doctors, “disastrous.”
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Doctors balk at Senate attempt to cut waste

October 28, 2009
J.K. Wall
Some Indianapolis-area doctors fear a bill in the U.S. Senate would botch the way costs for tests and procedures are calculated, and ultimately lead to a reimbursement system that works worse than the existing system.
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Goodwill executive to lead national health care boardRestricted Content

October 24, 2009
Scott Olson
Goodwill Industries executive Keith Reissaus has been tapped to run Washington, D.C.-based Leapfrog Group, an industry coalition. Reissaus gained control of health care costs by giving employees incentives to care about their health.
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Eli Lilly CEO banking on new drug pipeline

October 22, 2009
Associated Press
CEO John Lechleiter says Lilly's pipeline has helped it rebound from significant patent losses three times during his 30-year career at the company. He's betting there will be a fourth.
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Cook calls for new approach to health reform

October 20, 2009
J.K. Wall
Founder of medical device firm says Congress should fund network of low-cost clinics.
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Doctors link together to experiment with 'one-stop shopping'

October 17, 2009
Scott Olson
Specialists are clustering to focus on a single ailment, such as pain, to cut costs and improve quality of treatment.
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Power Breakfast panel debates health care reform

October 17, 2009
As health care legislation continues to wend its way through Congress, Indianapolis-area industry leaders still harbor strong opinions about the issue. Five industry insiders discussed how to improve the health care system during IBJ’s Power Breakfast Sept. 25 at the Westin Indianapolis.
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Baucus health reform bill draws fire in Indiana, too

October 17, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The health insurance industry’s sudden counterpunch to the Senate version of health reform echoed in Indiana and opened a key issue for the rest of the debate: Will covering half of the country’s uninsured mean raising premiums for the 85 percent of Americans who already have insurance?
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KALSCHEUR: Doctors eye precautions as reform gains steamRestricted Content

October 17, 2009
Michael Kalscheur
Doctors are considering their options as health care reform gains momentum.
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HICKS: Flu season offers prelude to health care reformRestricted Content

October 17, 2009
Mike Hicks
This flu season looks to provide us an inkling of the real dangers inherent in large-scale health care reform, most especially a full-blown national health care option.
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VIDEOS: IBJ panelists examine needs, options for health-care reform

October 13, 2009
J.K. Wall
Presenting five video excerpts from a free-wheeling panel discussion about health-care reform featuring five of the city's top decision-makers. J.K. Wall moderates the IBJ's Power Breakfast, covering tort reform,illegal immigrants, pay models and insurance companies.
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  1. Cramer agrees...says don't buy it and sell it if you own it! Their "pay to play" cost is this issue. As long as they charge customers, they never will attain the critical mass needed to be a successful on company...Jim Cramer quote.

  2. My responses to some of the comments would include the following: 1. Our offer which included the forgiveness of debt (this is an immediate forgiveness and is not "spread over many years")represents debt that due to a reduction of interest rates in the economy arguably represents consideration together with the cash component of our offer that exceeds the $2.1 million apparently offered by another party. 2. The previous $2.1 million cash offer that was turned down by the CRC would have netted the CRC substantially less than $2.1 million. As a result even in hindsight the CRC was wise in turning down that offer. 3. With regard to "concerned Carmelite's" discussion of the previous financing Pedcor gave up $16.5 million in City debt in addition to the conveyance of the garage (appraised at $13 million)in exchange for the $22.5 million cash and debt obligations. The local media never discussed the $16.5 million in debt that we gave up which would show that we gave $29.5 million in value for the $23.5 million. 4.Pedcor would have been much happier if Brian was still operating his Deli and only made this offer as we believe that we can redevelop the building into something that will be better for the City and City Center where both Pedcor the citizens of Carmel have a large investment. Bruce Cordingley, President, Pedcor

  3. I've been looking for news on Corner Bakery, too, but there doesn't seem to be any info out there. I prefer them over Panera and Paradise so can't wait to see where they'll be!

  4. WGN actually is two channels: 1. WGN Chicago, seen only in Chicago (and parts of Canada) - this station is one of the flagship CW affiliates. 2. WGN America - a nationwide cable channel that doesn't carry any CW programming, and doesn't have local affiliates. (In addition, as WGN is owned by Tribune, just like WTTV, WTTK, and WXIN, I can't imagine they would do anything to help WISH.) In Indianapolis, CW programming is already seen on WTTV 4 and WTTK 29, and when CBS takes over those stations' main channels, the CW will move to a sub channel, such as 4.2 or 4.3 and 29.2 or 29.3. TBS is only a cable channel these days and does not affiliate with local stations. WISH could move the MyNetwork affiliation from WNDY 23 to WISH 8, but I am beginning to think they may prefer to put together their own lineup of syndicated programming instead. While much of it would be "reruns" from broadcast or cable, that's pretty much what the MyNetwork does these days anyway. So since WISH has the choice, they may want to customize their lineup by choosing programs that they feel will garner better ratings in this market.

  5. The Pedcor debt is from the CRC paying ~$23M for the Pedcor's parking garage at City Center that is apprased at $13M. Why did we pay over the top money for a private businesses parking? What did we get out of it? Pedcor got free parking for their apartment and business tenants. Pedcor now gets another building for free that taxpayers have ~$3M tied up in. This is NOT a win win for taxpayers. It is just a win for Pedcor who contributes heavily to the Friends of Jim Brainard. The campaign reports are on the Hamilton County website. http://www2.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/publicdocs/Campaign%20Finance%20Images/defaultfiles.asp?ARG1=Campaign Finance Images&ARG2=/Brainard, Jim

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