Health Care

Study: Quality, costs better at big practices

May 12, 2010
J.K. Wall
As physician mergers increase in Indianapolis, a new study has determined that quality at large, multispecialty practices is at least 5 percent higher and costs are 3.6 percent lower than at small group practices.
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Masonic Home plans $8M assisted-living center in Franklin

May 6, 2010
Groundbreaking will be held May 16 to mark start of construction on center to be built on 300-acre campus.
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Clarian hospital system to adopt IU name

May 5, 2010
J.K. Wall
Clarian will become Indiana University Health early next year in a bet the IU brand carries more punch statewide and nationally.
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Startup sees big potential for 'ouchless' medical testsRestricted Content

May 1, 2010
J.K. Wall
Companion Diagnostics wants to detect early warning signs of chronic diseases.
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HARTON: Our environment provides another path to better health

April 24, 2010
Tom Harton
One recent study showed that medical costs fall more than $3 for every $1 spent on wellness programs. But something doesn’t add up.
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New helicopters coming for Indiana medical flights

April 23, 2010
Associated Press
Clarian Health officials on Thursday plan to buy four helicopters as it replaces aircraft in its aging patient-transport fleet.
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Democrats want government approval of health premiums

April 20, 2010
Bloomberg News
Insurers like WellPoint Inc. should be required to get U.S. approval to increase premiums, Sens. Diane Feinstein and Tom Harkin say.
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Purdue secures $15M to expand cancer research building

April 12, 2010
J.K. Wall
Stimulus dollars from the National Institutes of Health expected to spark 30 to 40 new research jobs by 2013.
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Nursing home association facing big debtRestricted Content

April 10, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Indiana Health Care Association is looking for a new leader even as it tries to dig out of a pile of debt. Current President Steve Smith, whose contract expires Nov. 30, says he's put the organization on a path to be financially stable by 2012. But his predecessor says Smith has ruined a once-strong organization.
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IU study suggests that money does matter to doctors

April 3, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Patients seen at private facilities reimbursed by Medicare were 5-1/2 times more likely to receive routine cataract surgery than patients at Veterans Affairs facilities, according to a new study.
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Health care bill burns local tanning industry

March 26, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
With one of the nation's largest tanning-bed manufacturers and dozens of salons in central Indiana, a 10-percent tax on tanning could cost the region jobs.
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Obama signs historic $938 billion health care overhaul

March 23, 2010
Associated Press
Attorneys general from 13 states filed suit to stop the overhaul just minutes after the bill signing, contending the law is unconstitutional. Other state attorneys general may join the lawsuit later or sue separately.
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State attorney general looks to challenge health care bill

March 22, 2010
Associated Press
Attorneys general in at least 13 states have signaled they intend to challenge the constitutionality of the legislation in court.
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Bill kicks off years of change for local health care players

March 22, 2010
J.K. Wall
Sweeping changes phase in slowly for most, but insurers, hospitals, drug companies, employers, workers, medical device makers and more will eventually feel impact.
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Indiana food manufacturers ramp up safety precautions

March 20, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The peanut-borne salmonella outbreak of 2009 raised awareness about the risk of illness from unlikely sources. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the last time a seemingly innocuous ingredient made people sick, and prompted recalls.
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FORSELL: Look beyond results for reciprocity in health care

March 13, 2010
David Forsell
I want to matter to the nurse standing next to me. I want to be more than a number, more than just a name on a list of hundreds of patients on a research protocol.
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Doctors fighting insurers with data

March 10, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis Medical Society hopes an online database that compares one doctor's reimbursement rates against market averages helps its members negotiate with health plans.
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Health care software firm raises $1.15 million

March 9, 2010
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-based PolicyStat LLC raised $1.15 million in angel capital from 31 individuals and Halo Capital Group.
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Indiana closer to eliminating anti-smoking agency

March 9, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The plan approved by the Republican-controlled Senate would transfer the duties of the Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation board to the State Department of Health.
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Ex-Lilly medical director named state health commissioner

March 3, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Dr. Gregory N. Larkin, the former global medical director at Eli Lilly and Co., will replace Dr. Judy Monroe, who is leaving to become deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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IU cancer center names new director

March 2, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Dr. Patrick J. Loehrer Sr. replaces Dr. Stephen D. Williams, the center's founding director, who died of cancer in February 2009.
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State health commissioner leaving for CDC

March 1, 2010
J.K. Wall
Dr. Judy Monroe, after five years as Indiana's public health leader, will spearhead communication between federal and state health agencies.
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WellPoint records subpoened in California probe

February 26, 2010
Bloomberg News
The California attorney general has demanded documents from several health insurers, including Indianapolis' WellPoint, believing that their rate-setting and claims practices might be illegal.
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Study: Hospital clout spurs higher Calif. health costs

February 26, 2010
Bloomberg News
While insurers get the blame for rising health-care costs for consumers, surging fees from hospitals and the growing dominance of such providers may be just as responsible for driving up expenses, according to a new study examining California's market.
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House approves smoking ban in public places

February 23, 2010
Associated Press
The House has approved legislation that would ban smoking in public places statewide except casinos and pari-mutuel horse racing venues.
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