Health Care Reform

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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Thanks for column on smoking lawRestricted Content

December 22, 2008
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Generic meds cost more than consumers realizeRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
Generic drug makers drive up the cost of name-brand drugs developed by locally based Eli Lilly and Co. and other pharmaceutical firms.
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Health reform network crumbles without RooneyRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
J.K. Wall
The state's Dec. 1 takeover of Medical Savings Insurance Co. marks the formal crumbling of J. Patrick Rooney's network of health care reform efforts.
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Women are top leaders in Hoosier public health postsRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Cynthia Sequin
Dr. Judith Monroe, Dr. Virginia Caine and G. Marie Swanson are three local women who have risen to leadership positions in the health care community.
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Billingsley markets health care mystery shopping businessRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Della Pacheco
As co-founder and head of sales and marketing, Brooke Billingsley has helped build Indianapolis-based Perception Strategies Inc. — a health care mystery shopping business co-founded by her husband, Kevin.
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Technology will change future of health care deliveryRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
Jack Horner
Changes will dramatically materialize over the coming months and years as the delivery of health care services takes on a consumer-driven focus.
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Nurse shortage still a major work force issue in IndianaRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
Linda Wessic
As the bedrock of the United State's health care delivery framework, the nursing profession represents the top need for open health care positions across Indiana and much of the nation.
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New health plans will cost more laterRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Consumer-driven health plans will lead to greater medical expenses later because people avoid going to the doctor now.
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Hoosiers need greater access to quality health careRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Morton Marcus
Indiana's economic woes are long standing and may be having an adverse effect on the health of our people, because Hoosiers can't consistently gain access to excellent health care.
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Executives must stress wellness program benefits consistentlyRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Health care benefits that promote wellness should be an ongoing executive suite focus, not simply an annual budget concern.
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Pacers, Clarian Health offer free health screeningsRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
On Oct. 31, the Indiana Pacers announced a partnership with Clarian Health to improve health awareness for area residents.
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Study says consumerism cuts costsRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
Consumer-directed health plans really work, at least according to WellPoint Inc., which has made a big push to sell them recently.
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Health network leading charge for electronic patient recordsRestricted Content

April 28, 2008
J.K. Wall
Four years after its launch, the Indiana Health Information Exchange is laying the groundwork to take its game outside state borders. The Indianapolis-based not-for-profit offers a service that provides patient records and test results via computer to hospitals and doctors around central Indiana. But now, its leaders think they can take their expertise to other cities and help them develop their own health information exchanges.
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WellPoint broadens push to improve healthRestricted Content

December 3, 2007
J.K. Wall
WellPoint, Indiana's largest health insurer, is making more noise than ever about what it's doing to help improve Hoosiers' and Americans' health.
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St. Francis CEO organizing effort to heal state's health careRestricted Content

July 30, 2007
J.K. Wall
Bob Brody, CEO of St. Francis Hospital and Health Centers, is spearheading an emerging group of central Indiana health reformers who want to start a bottom-up process to develop alternative solutions to the state's--and possibly the nation's--health care crisis.
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Hospital charity cases growing as ranks of uninsured swellRestricted Content

April 30, 2007
J.K. Wall
In the last three years, Indianapolis hospitals have seen a substantial run-up in the amount of charity care they give to patients who can't pay. The cost of care is rising, more people are uninsured, and government officials are scrutinizing not-for-profit hospitals to make sure they give enough charity care to merit their tax-exempt status.
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St. Francis CEO says Beech Grove move inevitableRestricted Content

March 19, 2007
J.K. Wall
Robert J. Brody, president and CEO of St. Francis Hospital & Health Centers, announced March 8 that St. Francis would shutter its inpatient hospital in Beech Grove and expand its south-side hospital by 2010. In an interview with IBJ, Brody laid out the ills that beset hospitals across the country.
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Angie's List explores rating doctorsRestricted Content

January 22, 2007
Tom Murphy
Angie's List is preparing to bring its patented dose of consumer empowerment to your local doctor's office. The Web-based rating service--which started 2007 by expanding into 30 more cities--hopes to launch a pilot program in Indianapolis that rates doctors, insurers and others in the health care business.
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