Health Care Reform

Lilly kicks lobbying into high gearRestricted Content

July 6, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Once again, Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. is running in the lead pack in dollars spent to bend ears on Capitol Hill. And that was even before the health care reform debate got rolling.
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Peterson has passion for health care and new Lilly positionRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
J.K. Wall
A new communications post at Eli Lilly gives former mayor Bart Peterson an opportunity to meld his experiences in the public and private sectors.
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EDITORIAL: Health reform's time has comeRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Lawmakers must take action but also ensure that any plan incorporates four basic principles.
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Government-run insurance plan draws mixed reviews from employersRestricted Content

June 22, 2009
J.K. Wall
Businesses all want to see reform of the health care system, but they diverge on how much the U.S. government's entrance into the insurance market would help or hurt them.
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Report says Indiana health care is over-specializedRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Hoosiers see too many specialty physicians and are driving up health care costs as they do, according to a recent study by the Indiana University Center for Health Policy.
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Wishard squeezes in more patientsRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
Occupancy at Wishard Hospital was 98 percent before the recession and is still that high, and more people have been coming as inpatients and as mental health patients, forcing the hospital to come up with creative ways to handle the load.
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Clarian and IU Med School hiring 1,500 docs for massive Indiana Clinic; strategy may cut out insurersRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
J.K. Wall
Clarian Health and the Indiana University School of Medicine want to turn 1,500 or more doctors into employees under a new nonprofit group called the Indiana Clinic.
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Universal health care? Bring it on!Restricted Content

April 20, 2009
With American ingenuity, we can achieve universal health care coverage without the bloated administrative costs found in our system of private insurance companies.
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Obama's reforms could bite LillyRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
When it comes to health care reform, Eli Lilly and Co. has its derriere exposed more than its drugmaker peers.
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Beware universal health careRestricted Content

April 6, 2009

Any administration considering a tax-funded universal health care system that is free at the point of delivery would do well to examine Britain's National Health Service.


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State insurance program containing health costsRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
Scott Olson
Doug Stratton, executive director of the Indiana Comprehensive Health Insurance Association, slashes costs, pushes disease control to keep prices as low as possible.
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Indiana among first states targeted by expanded program to root out coding, billing problemsRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
Erin Lewis
Modern-day bounty hunters are preparing to fan out across Indiana as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services expands a program to ferret out fraud and overpayment in the health care system.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Workplace smoking policies move backwardRestricted Content

February 9, 2009
Bruce Hetrick
The bill in question seems like a long shot. It would abdicate government's responsibility for protecting citizens' health and safety, and place it in the hands of individual business owners.
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Entrepreneurs pursuing patient advocacy trendRestricted Content

February 2, 2009
Christopher Lloyd
Patients are seeking help with their doctors, records and referrals as the health care system grows increasingly complex.
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Docs, health insurers battle at StatehouseRestricted Content

February 2, 2009
Katie Maurer
Physicians and insurance companies have entered their fourth year of haggling over insurance payments, and each side is claiming to best represent patients.
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Indiana continues to have high smoking, obesity rates, and is below average in public health fundingRestricted Content

February 2, 2009
J.K. Wall
Obesity and smoking rates are little changed since Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels took office in January 2005.
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Obama's call ignites local health care debatesRestricted Content

January 5, 2009
J.K. Wall
When President-elect Barack Obama called for community discussions of health care reform, about 250 people in Indianapolis answered. Their answer rang loud with individual complaints, a surprising number of calls for national health insurance and some doubt that their comments would actually shape Obama's policymaking.
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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