Health Care Reform

IU Health gears up to take on insurers

November 30, 2013
J.K. Wall
Indiana University Health, already the state’s largest hospital system, is now ramping up to compete against Anthem, UnitedHealthcare and other health insurers.
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Survey: One-third of Hoosier workers in high-deductible plans

November 25, 2013
J.K. Wall
An annual survey by the benefits consulting firm Mercer found that, among 75 Hoosier employers, 34 percent of workers are already enrolled in consumer-directed health plans. And that number is only going to go up due to new Obamacare rules.
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UnitedHealthcare pulls back from niche

November 23, 2013
J.K. Wall
Come January, UnitedHealthcare, the second-largest health insurer in Indiana, will have no major-medical policies to sell to individual Hoosier customers.
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Suburban Indy hospitals see health care reform as ally

November 23, 2013
J.K. Wall
For years, the county-owned hospitals ringing Indianapolis have watched warily as the city’s four major hospital systems used their superior size and resources to push ever outward into the suburbs.
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FELDMAN: Affordable Care Act stirs paradoxes for employers

November 23, 2013
Judd Feldman / Special to IBJ
In addition to managing the complexity and challenges of the Affordable Care Act, employers are assessing the law’s impact on their Worker’s Compensation program. The debate ranges from minimal influence to significant, with many experts hedging their bets with a wait-and-see approach.
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TABLER: Market is driving trend toward 'public health'

November 23, 2013
Norman Tabler / Special to IBJ
The movement toward a “public health” model may be the most important current trend in American health care. Because the trend is more a result of market forces than of the Affordable Care Act, repealing Obamacare won’t stop it.
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Pence asks to meet with Sebelius over HIP expansion

November 19, 2013
J.K. Wall
Pence wants to expand Medicaid coverage using some form of the Healthy Indiana Plan, which currently provides insurance to about 40,000 Hoosiers who agree to make monthly contributions to health savings accounts. The Obama administration has questioned that feature of the program.
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House GOP gets its say on insurance cancellations

November 15, 2013
Associated Press
Republicans renewed an assault on President Barack Obama's health care overhaul and his credibility on Friday as they pushed toward House passage of a measure to let insurers keep selling health coverage that falls short of the law's strict standards.
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Obama allows customers to keep canceled policies

November 14, 2013
Associated Press
Bowing to pressure, President Barack Obama on Thursday announced changes to his health care law to give insurance companies the option to keep offering consumers plans that would otherwise be canceled.
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Health law fuels modest rise in costs

October 26, 2013
J.K. Wall
It’s long been known that Obamacare would make health benefits more expensive for most employers. Now, it’s finally becoming clearer by how much: about 9 percent, on average, according to a series of actuarial studies.
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How Obamacare is affecting employersRestricted Content

October 26, 2013
J.K. Wall
Indiana companies are planning different methods to adapt to the health care landscape next year.
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Franciscan hospitals to eliminate 925 full-time positions

October 23, 2013
J.K. Wall
The Indiana-based system that operates three hospitals in the Indianapolis area said it is trying to cut its expenses by as much as $500 million, or 20 percent.
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VC headwinds continue for life sciences firms

October 21, 2013
J.K. Wall
Indiana life sciences companies trying to raise venture capital continue to do so with a national wind in their faces, according to the third-quarter venture capital data.
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Indiana's insurance exchanges are priceyRestricted Content

October 19, 2013
J.K. Wall
The premiums offered by health insurers participating in the Obamacare exchanges put Indiana among the 10 most-expensive states in the country, according to data released last month by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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Technology on track to dramatically change health care

October 5, 2013
J.K. Wall
Cost pressures are forcing health care providers to extend the reach of limited resources.
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Health Care & Benefits Power Breakfast TranscriptRestricted Content

October 5, 2013
Read the discussion of experts gathered by Indianapolis Business Journal.
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Anthem prez: Expect 'crickets chirping' on Oct. 1

September 30, 2013
J.K. Wall
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield President Rob Hillman expects a slow start to the Obamacare exchanges, with fewer than one-third of uninsured people buying coverage there.
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Government edges closer to shutdown over Obamacare

September 30, 2013
Associated Press
About 800,000 federal workers could be forced off the job after midnight if Congress can't cut an eleventh hour deal on the budget, complicated by the GOP's attempt to delay Obamacare.
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Insurance rates set for Indiana, other states under exchanges

September 25, 2013
Associated Press
With new health insurance markets launching next week, the Obama administration is unveiling premiums for 36 states, including Indiana, where the federal government is taking the lead to cover uninsured residents.
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Anthem to omit some big hospitals from exchange networkRestricted Content

September 14, 2013
J.K. Wall
Most of Indianapolis’ major hospitals and physician practices will not be available through Anthem’s exchange plan, but instead will be working with a health plan run by Indianapolis-based MDwise Inc.
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Analysis: Obamacare exchanges will push Anthem's premiums lower

September 9, 2013
J.K. Wall
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Indiana expects the average premiums it charges on the health insurance exchanges being created by Obamacare to be about $60 per year less for each of its health plan members than they would have been without the law.
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Franciscan doubles down on accountable care

July 22, 2013
J.K. Wall
Franciscan St. Francis Health earned a $6.6 million bonus from the Medicare program for its success at keeping central Indiana patients out of the hospital and the emergency room. So the hospital system will expand its participation in so-called accountable care programs to all its Indiana territories.
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Health tech startup aiming for fences

July 13, 2013
J.K. Wall
Flying under the radar for much of its existence, local health tech startup hc1.com Inc. now thinks it’s ready to soar. The company, spun out last year from Zionsville-based Bostech Corp., is on pace to generate annual revenue of $10 million by year's end. And it thinks business could triple next year.
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Doctors caught in cost-cutting crossfireRestricted Content

June 29, 2013
J.K. Wall
Physicians employed by Indianapolis-area hospitals are likely to see their pay cut in the next few years unless the hospitals find new ways to be significantly more efficient.
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Obamacare rebates total $22.6M in Indiana

June 24, 2013
J.K. Wall
Indiana consumers are set to receive rebates that are 59 percent larger this year as Obamacare continues to force health insurers to refund premiums that exceed actual medical claims by more than 20 percent.
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