Health Care Reform

Indiana Health Information Exchange lands big insurer

October 13, 2009
J.K. Wall
UnitedHealthcare has become the second health insurer to join Quality Health First, a pay-for-performance program operated by the Indiana Health Information Exchange, the exchange announced Tuesday.
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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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Baucus health reform bill would stick Indiana companies with fees

October 10, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The health reform bill sponsored by U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., would help pay for expanded health insurance coverage by levying fees of $13 billion a year on the health care industry. The fees would deliver a hefty bill to just about all of Indiana’s major health care companies. But how they’re reacting to the fees is all over the map.
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WellPoint shares partially recover after Thursday plunge

October 9, 2009
J.K. Wall
Shares of WellPoint Inc. partially recovered Friday morning after a plunge was touched off Thursday by gathering momentum behind health care reform and talk of a windfall-profit tax by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
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Health reform could swamp doctors

October 3, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Health reform that would cover millions of uninsured Americans would theoretically send a flood of new patients to physicians. Yet in Indiana and nationwide, there’s already a shortage of doctors.
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Hospitals, doctors finally integrating patient care

September 26, 2009
J.K. Wall
The stitching together of doctors and hospitals—two groups that historically have kept each other at arm’s length—is a trend picking up speed locally and nationally and could accelerate even further if Congress passes health care reform.
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Region below average on Obama's health care cost measureRestricted Content

September 26, 2009
J.K. Wall
The tool the administration is using to measure waste shows that expenses in Indianapolis might be low enough not to get whacked. But the region isn’t performing so well that it’s likely to get much praise, either.
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Health care reform: Prepare for change

September 26, 2009
With the uncertainty surrounding health care reform, only one thing seems definite: Some level of change is coming. In that light, employers have two options: Fret over the impact these changes might have on their businesses, or act now, meeting the needs of today while forging a plan for addressing a changed landscape.
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UPDATE: Pipeline challenges force Lilly restructuring moves

September 14, 2009
J.K. Wall
Since John Lechleiter was named CEO 18 months ago, he's bet that Eli Lilly and Co. could face down its looming patent challenges by launching innovative new medicines. Today's announcement of 5,500 job cuts by the end of 2011 and a restructuring of the company's business units ups the ante on that bet, while indicating that it isn't working yet.
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Lilly reorganization to cut 5,500 positions over 2 years

September 14, 2009
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly and Co. will cut 5,500 jobs by the end of 2011 as it tries to cut $1 billion in expenses before it loses revenue from its bestselling drug, Zyprexa. Lilly CEO John Lechleiter said he did not know how many of those cuts would occur in central Indiana. But with 13,600 employees working in the Indianapolis area, he acknowledged the largest chunk of reductions likely would come here.
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Study weakens Lilly's fight against price controls

September 12, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Eli Lilly and Co. and its peers might be back in Congress’ sights as lawmakers hunt for more ways to cut health care costs. A new study in the influential Health Affairs journal concludes that European drugmakers operating in markets with pharmaceutical price controls have produced proportionally more innovations than their U.S. counterparts.
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Policyholders could pay more under Obama health plan

September 11, 2009
Associated Press
If President Barack Obama gets what he wants in his health care plan — covering all Americans and barring insurers from denying coverage — some analysts say individuals could wind up paying higher premiums.
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Reduce government role in health care

September 5, 2009
Bruce Hetrick’s patronizing and dismissive reference [in his Aug. 24 column] to the idea of death panels (“There is, of course, no such clause or intent in any health-reform legislation”) is insulting to any reader who has followed the debate over health care reform.
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Health information exchanges begin sharing medical records

September 3, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis-based Indiana Health Information Exchange today began sharing electronic medical records with two similar organizations across a multi-regional network, the group announced this morning.
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HETRICK: Will we distinguish the faux news from the real?Restricted Content

August 24, 2009
Bruce Hetrick
There was a time, of course, when journalists had the time, space, resources and respect to sort things out for us.

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Health reform breaking WellPoint's way so farRestricted Content

August 24, 2009
J.K. Wall
With the Obama administration backing away from a government-run, "public" plan, the insurance industry faces a much smaller threat in the form of privately run insurance co-ops.

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Docs offer varied cures for ailing health care systemRestricted Content

August 24, 2009
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis physicians are mixed on the merits of a government-run, "public" health insurance plan. How reforms might affect their pay is another major concern.
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POWER BREAKFAST: Panel applauds progress, identifies challenges

August 10, 2009
 IBJ Staff
A panel of five leaders of the state’s life sciences industry took on a wide range of topics July 24 at IBJ’s Power Breakfast at the Westin Indianapolis.
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HETRICK: A health insurance beneficiary pleads for reformRestricted Content

August 10, 2009
Bruce Hetrick
As a hearing-impaired, migraine-suffering, diabetic cancer survivor who's also the father of a cancer survivor and the widower of a cancer victim, I've experienced more than my fair share of American health care.
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For Zotec CEO, health care reform cuts both waysRestricted Content

August 10, 2009
J.K. Wall
In the eyes of Scott Law, Congress is heading in exactly the wrong direction on health care reform.

But the CEO of Zotec Partners predicts a big bump in sales for his physician-billing management company if current reform proposals become law.
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Study: Health reform would be drag on Indiana economy

August 10, 2009
 IBJ Staff
If one of the more liberal health care reform proposals becomes law, Hoosier taxpayers would have to spend $425 more per person every year for the next decade, according to a study released Aug. 4 by Florida-based conservative policy group Arduin Laffer & Moore Econometrics.
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KOVACS: Time is now for health care reform

August 10, 2009
One of the biggest challenges facing our nation is health care reform. Despite development of the most innovative and significant advances in medical treatment, our ability as health care professionals to provide high-quality, cost-effective and continual patient care too often falls by the wayside as a result of misalignments in our health care system.
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Arcadia hopes health care reform means more revenueRestricted Content

August 3, 2009
J.K. Wall
The CEO of Indianapolis-based Arcadia Resources said the environment is perfect for his company's fast-growing DailyMed service.
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BATTEN: FTC could resolve antitrust concerns on health care reformRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
Linda M. Batten
President Obama recently announced a cooperative initiative where health care industry leaders plan to work together to reform the ailing health care system. Shortly after that announcement, the national media machine spawned considerable concern among several health care groups that the cooperative effort might violate federal antitrust laws for collusion and price fixing among competitors.
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Drug industry funds Democrat-led panel on health care reformRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
J.K. Wall
The pharmaceutical industry—which for two decades has given twice as much in campaign donations to Republicans as Democrats—organized a panel composed mostly of Democrats this month in Indianapolis to argue its position on health care reform.
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