Health Care

NOTIONS: A memo to winning pols from the middling massesRestricted Content

November 6, 2006
Bruce Hetrick
One of my sons will vote for the first time this week. His twin got so busy with schoolwork and extracurriculars that he missed the registration deadline. With only a fraction of eligible American voters casting ballots on the Tuesday after the first Monday this November, "majority rules" once again will be a misnomer. In fact, with only the most partisan and deep-pocketed among us ruling the day and candidates pandering primarily to such activists' priorities, "fringe rules" would more...
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Cable company rolls out on-demand advertising: Comcast already has signed deal with General MotorsRestricted Content

November 6, 2006
Anthony Schoettle
People don't typically pay for on-demand cable so that they can look at advertisements, but Comcast thinks they will. It's trying to turn an old axiom-that people avoid advertising like the plague-on its ear. The Philadelphia-based company that provides cable television in much of Marion County thinks its new on-demand advertising-launched earlier this fall-will be so popular, viewers will seek out the pitches. For Comcast digital cable subscribers, accessing on-demand ads is as easy as going to their video on-demand...
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VOICES FROM THE INDUSTRY: What you should know about Life SettlementsRestricted Content

September 25, 2006
Leo Lagrotte
One fairly new investment that has gained attention in recent years is the Senior Life Settlement. What are Senior Life Settlements? Life Settlements evolved from the Viatical industry in the 1990s, when people diagnosed with terminal illnesses such as AIDS, usually facing life expectancies of three years or less, sold their life insurance policies on the secondary market to cover costs of their health care. These types of investments have gradually increased over the years and have paved the way...
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VOICES FROM THE INDUSTRY: Taxes, school, health costs challenge affluent familiesRestricted Content

September 25, 2006
Ralph Nowak
Affluent families face many threats to their wealth. But three forces eroding the legacies in almost all of them are taxes, education costs and post-retirement health care. Fortunately, with proper planning, there are steps you can take to help ensure your wealth carries you through retirement comfortably with ample left over for your heirs. Make taxes manageable Taxes may be unavoidable but they can be managed in a way that makes them less destructive to your wealth. Specifically, the alternative...
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Developer has big plans for long-vacant drive-in: N.Y. firm has 93-acre Lawrence site under contractRestricted Content

September 25, 2006
Jennifer Whitson
A 93-acre former drive-in south of the former Fort Benjamin Harrison has sat vacant since the theater closed in 1993. But now a Rochester, N.Y., developer has agreed to buy the property and envisions building retail space plus either a light-industrial business park or a medical campus. If it comes to pass, the large development could kick-start Lawrence's efforts to revitalize struggling portions of Pendleton Pike. Norry Management Corp. has had the land under contract since spring and is preparing...
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THIS WEEK:Restricted Content

September 18, 2006
11A Different takes: Local execs Jim Pearson and Jeff Smulyan disagree on the importance of companies' being locally owned. 46A What's revitalizing public schools in Kalamazoo, Mich., and causing people to return to older neighborhoods? Could it happen here? Find out in Bruce Hetrick's column. Section B: Health Care & Benefits Magazine: Is Indiana facing a shortage of physicians? Top 25 Lists: 36A Ad Agencies Corporate Relocation
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Office furniture dealers experience sales rebound: Better economy, more moves give industry a boostRestricted Content

September 18, 2006
Tammy Lieber
Indianapolis-area office furniture dealers are awash with business, following a robust national trend that has lifted the industry beyond its lows of a few years ago. As businesses have begun to move into bigger quarters since 2003, they've naturally ordered desks, chairs and filing cabinets to fill the bigger space, local dealers said. "The industry is closer to where it used to be, but I don't think we'll ever again see the kind of activity we had in the mid-...
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Making the right move: For companies planning a relocation, months of preparation are often in orderRestricted Content

September 18, 2006
Scott Olson
CORPORATE RELOCATION Making the right move For companies planning a relocation, months of preparation are often in order Employees of Aprimo Inc. are settling into their new digs at Parkwood Crossing after the fastgrowing marketing-softwaremaker moved its headquarters early last month. While the building may be different, the surroundings are quite familiar. The company remains in the same office complex, albeit across College Avenue from its previous space. But don't tell Dani Hughes, Aprimo's human resources representative who coordinated the...
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Local gallery's goal is to make Picasso more 'affordable': Prints from Modern Masters can fetch up to $30,000Restricted Content

September 11, 2006
Scott Olson
Chris Mallon carefully removed a protective cover to unveil an original print of the Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup label famously depicted by artist Andy Warhol. The piece, known as a silk-screen print, is available at Mallon's Editions Limited Gallery of Fine Art in Broad Ripple, unframed, for a mere $23,000. So is Marc Chagall's "Violinist With A Rooster" lithograph that sells for $14,200. While the prices might seem excessive to some, they're quite affordable when compared to actual paintings done...
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St. Vincent makes bigger investment in charity care: Need drives construction of Primary Care Center set to open in mid-2007Restricted Content

August 28, 2006
Tom Murphy
Here's a lesson they don't teach in business school: Take an entity that loses $4 million annually and expand it 50 percent. That's the plan St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital unveiled earlier this month when it broke ground on a new, larger Primary Care Center serving indigent, underinsured and uninsured patients. That population of poor, mostly Spanish-speaking patients has more than doubled its annual visits since 2000. St. Vincent officials say the new $4 million center is 10 years overdue. Their...
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Database to offer new health stats:Restricted Content

August 28, 2006
WellPoint Inc. is helping to launch Blue Health Intelligence, a resource it bills as the largest private database of health care information. The Indianapolis-based insurer is providing data culled from 14 insurance units-including Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Indiana-to a claims database of 79 million people. That database then will provide "the most detailed view available of health care trends, best practices and comparative costs," according to a statement from the company. The data collection, which will contain...
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Long-distance diagnoses are company's specialty: NearMed to provide radiology services to hospitalsRestricted Content

August 21, 2006
Tom Murphy
An Indianapolis health care startup plans to begin diagnosing patients this fall without actually seeing any of them face to face. NearMed will venture into the fastgrowing market for "teleradiology" by offering a network of doctors around the clock and radiology subspecialists who work days and evenings to read X-rays and other images transmitted over a secure computer network. The Intech Park-based company will call on radiologists in Indiana, Texas and Idaho. In addition, it will provide clients with picture...
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State's Medicaid goal: better, cheaper care: FSSA says new approach will boost efficiencyRestricted Content

August 21, 2006
Tom Murphy
Better care through better management. That's the mantra behind the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration's push to limit Medicaid's cost growth to 5 percent annually. The state entity announced this month that it awarded $4.4 billion in contracts to three managed care organizations to provide coverage for pregnant women and children under its Hoosier Healthwise program. Next, Indiana wants to hire care managers to monitor the well-being of every Medicaid recipient in its aged, blind and disabled category. That...
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Mother-daughter team up on medical tracking software: Qtrac takes guesswork out of patient paperwork at long-term-care facilitiesRestricted Content

August 21, 2006
Tracy Donhardt
In charge of quality assurance for a long-term-care facility, Jennifer Summers was responsible for ensuring that the company strictly followed policies and procedures, that it maintained infection-control standards, and that overall patient care standards were upheld. On top of internal controls, she had to make sure the facility met federal requirements for Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, including documentation of a patient's range of motion, bed mobility, eating, hygiene and more. For the most part, handwritten and verbal documentation detailed how...
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Strengthened safety net eases strain on insurers: Companies see more manageable contributions under new format to pay ICHIA's lossesRestricted Content

August 14, 2006
Tom Murphy
Indiana's health insurance safety net has pared enrollment and trimmed the industry support it needs by $18 million a year, thanks to reform efforts that started a few years ago. But M-Plan Inc. CEO Alex Slabosky sees an even greater benefit behind the transformation of the Indiana Comprehensive Health Insurance Association: It allowed his company to remain in business. In 2003, M-Plan had to pay $5.9 million to help support ICHIA, a big chunk of change for a company that...
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Developers eye extension for opportunities: Four-mile link of 146th Street from S.R. 37 to I-69 in Noblesville will turn road into important thoroughfareRestricted Content

August 14, 2006
Scott Olson
A commercial corridor brimming with office buildings, similar to the one along U.S. 31 in Carmel, is what Noblesville city planners envision for the 146th Street extension from State Road 37 to Interstate 69. Ground is expected to be broken this fall on the four-mile extension, which will make the street a major east-west thoroughfare through the south side of Noblesville if finished as planned in October 2007. The street is already a busy route across much of Hamilton County,...
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Gateway shuts the door on benefits enhancement: Indianapolis company will cease operations Aug. 30; CEO hopes to reopenRestricted Content

August 7, 2006
Tom Murphy
Gateway Medical Resource Alliance, a niche health care benefits company, will shut down Aug. 30, more than a month after losing the lone Indianapolis hospital in its network. The company, which has shrunk to six workers, provides employers discounts for certain cardiology, orthopedics and oncology care. In return for fees from the employers, Gateway offers flat, all-inclusive prices for procedures. It also offers prescription and wellness services. CEO Terry Kopp said he still hopes to find another hospital to resuscitate...
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WellPoint putting members' medical records online: Access to electronic medical information could reduce health care errrors and avoid unneccesary proceduresRestricted Content

August 7, 2006
Scott Olson
A benefits package WellPoint Inc. unveiled in July includes an ambitious effort that enables its 34 million members to access their medical records online. WellPoint's initiative to make the records available electronically is but one example of a national movement, backed by President Bush, to make all medical records available online within the next 10 years. Advocates say online systems can reduce medical errors and avoid unnecessary procedures by making patients' medical needs and histories available to doctors instantaneously. Indianapolis-based...
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Workers can help lower health costs:Restricted Content

July 31, 2006
Philip T.
Health care costs keep small-business owners up at night. According to Forbes magazine, the cost of health care is rising at three times the rate of inflation. Because demand for medical treatment will continue to grow as Americans age, insurance premiums will continue to increase. Some small-business owners' first reaction is to shift rising costs to employees. Others simply eliminate health insurance benefits altogether. While this reduces expenses and raises profit in the short term, it ruins a company's ability...
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BIZ BASICS: Use new savings accounts to cover medical expensesRestricted Content

July 31, 2006
Daniel Kehrer
And with no end in sight to the cost crunch, the prognosis is poor. Panicked business owners now cite the rising cost of health insurance as their top concern. They know that workers value their medical coverage, but as owners they feel trapped-they must either pass along rate hikes or cut benefits entirely. A relatively new health plan option offers hope. Health savings accounts work in IRA-like fashion to cover out-ofpocket medical costs with tax-sheltered money. An HSA is an...
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Australian-born luxury 'healing' spa opens in Conrad: Spa Chakra touts healthy benefits of its treatmentsRestricted Content

July 17, 2006
Tracy Donhardt
A world-renowned, high-end luxury spa that originated in Australia and partners with a Parisian skin-care and fragrance company has chosen Indianapolis for its second U.S. facility. Spa Chakra, which uses Guerlain SA products exclusively, opened in the new Conrad Indianapolis Hotel in May. There are 16 Spa Chakra locations worldwide, but only one other in the United States-in Portland, Ore. Locations are expected to open in Bal Harbour, Fla., later this year and in Washington, D.C., in 2007. The spa,...
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Indiana midwife debate headed for another round: Committee to study issue; bill set to be reintroducedRestricted Content

July 17, 2006
Tracy Donhardt
A bill that would give women what some say is their right to choose where and how they can give birth has been incubating in the state's General Assembly for eight years. But hopes are running high for the proposed law that would regulate and expand midwifery in Indiana because it will be studied by a special committee this summer for a possible reintroduction in the 2007 legislative session. Under current Indiana law, only doctors and registered nurses are able...
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Moratorium nearing its expiration date: Experts don't expect flurry of new specialty hospitalsRestricted Content

July 17, 2006
Scott Olson
Health care experts don't predict a surge in specialty hospital construction after a federal moratorium expires next month. Even so, the rift between competing industry interests is expected to intensify. Moratoriums on new physician-owned heart, orthopedic and surgical specialty hospitals dating back to the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 temporarily stalled the rapid growth of the facilities. In Indianapolis, three such hospitals-the Heart Center of Indiana, the Indiana Heart Hospital and the Indiana Orthopaedic Hospital-opened between December 2002 and March...
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VIEWPOINT: Consumers should take charge of healthRestricted Content

July 17, 2006
David Lee
In an environment where we're all being asked to pay a larger share of our own health care costs, it's interesting to see how little time we spend thinking about major decisions that have an impact on our health. Like selecting a primary care physician or any medical specialist, for example. According to a recent Managed Care Weekly Digest survey, 67 percent of U.S. adults ages 18-64 said they spent eight hours or more researching an automobile purchase, yet only...
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Firm may hold key to earlier detection: Startup lands grants for breast cancer biomarkerRestricted Content

July 17, 2006
Scott Olson
Linda Malkas' arrival at the Indiana University School of Medicine four years ago is beginning to look like a coup for the city's life sciences initiative. Armed with promising cancer research, Malkas helped found CS-Keys Inc., which last month received a $285,000 infusion from BioCrossroads' Indiana Seed Fund and is poised to net a similar investment July 17 from Triathlon Medical Ventures in Cincinnati. The additional capital is critical to the startup's continuing development of a biomarker that detects breast...
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