Health Care

Alien hirers rarely busted: Law doesn't force employers to verify that workers are legalRestricted Content

April 24, 2006
Chris O\'malley
Despite a high-profile raid against IFCO Systems on April 19, Indianapolis employers have little to fear in hiring undocumented aliens or those who present questionable identification. Rarely do immigration cops bust an Indianapolis-area workplace. Until federal agents led away about 40 allegedly undocumented Mexicans and Guatemalans at the south-side pallet plant this month, the last high-profile raid was more than a decade ago. In 1995, customs officials raided the former Simpson Race Products shoe factory in Speedway, nabbing 66 illegal...
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Real estate experts examine the market: Indianapolis in good shape overall, panelists say, but job growth, incentive issues, among concernsRestricted Content

April 24, 2006
On April 14, as part of its Power Breakfast Series, the Indianapolis Business Journal gathered a panel of commercial real estate and construction experts to discuss industry conditions in the local market. In a discussion moderated by IBJ Editor Tom Harton, panelists took on a wide range of issues, including tax incentives and the status of downtown's residential and retail markets. Power Breakfast guests were Mike Curless, executive vice president and principal with Lauth Property Group; Mike Wells, president of...
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Paid boards spur not-for-profit debate: Critics: If directors won't give time, who will?Restricted Content

April 17, 2006
Andrea Muirragui
Indianapolis-based USA Funds is a large, complex organization, and members of its governing board are busy people. Same goes for the NCAA, another local not-for-profit with a national reach, a nine-figure budget and directors who are anything but professional volunteers. The two organizations have one key difference, though: USA Funds pays its board members. The NCAA does not. "It's simply the nature of the world," said Norm Lefstein, an Indiana University law professor who chairs the compensation committee at student-loan...
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Binford med center making headway

April 10, 2006
Tom Murphy
The building skeleton planted recently at the corner of 65th Street and Binford Boulevard offers only a hint of the $29 million medical complex Ken Schmidt wants to grow there. The Indianapolis developer will add four more buildings and a separate pharmacy to the 17 acres of land he bought several years ago. The end result, he said, will be a medical plaza that offers a unique blend of services encompassing dental work, radiology and ambulatory surgery, among other specialties....
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Shared patient rooms in hospitals soon to be history: Guidelines call for private quarters in all new facilitiesRestricted Content

April 10, 2006
Tracy Donhardt
New guidelines due out in June will call for newly constructed hospitals to come equipped with all private patient rooms, the first time such a minimum requirement has been issued. The guidelines, published every four years by the Facilities Guidelines Institute and the American Institute of Architects' Academy of Health, are used by nearly 40 state governments-including Indiana-to set regulations, approve construction plans and license hospitals to operate. And hospitals nationwide-including those in Indiana-are expected to embrace the guidelines that...
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Clarian chooses small firm for big advertising account: The Heavyweights gets nod over larger agenciesRestricted Content

April 10, 2006
Anthony Schoettle
One of central Indiana's largest advertising accounts has been awarded to a relatively small but growing agency. Clarian Health Partners this month signed what industry sources are calling a multiyear, multimillion-dollar deal with The Heavyweights, a firm headquartered in The Stutz Building downtown and best known for its creative work for clients such as Procter & Gamble and Roche Diagnostics. Officials for Clarian and The Heavyweights would not divulge the deal's terms. The Heavyweights will provide creative direction and strategy...
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BRIAN WILLIAMS Commentary: Legislators should address insurance costsRestricted Content

April 10, 2006
Members of the Indiana General Assembly resolved some contentious issues in 2006, including property tax relief, telecommunications reform and the long-term leasing of public infrastructure. U n f o r t u n a t e l y, they did not have an opportunity to debate Senate Bill 124, which, if measured on the basis of the value per page, would have exceeded the much-heralded "Major Moves" transportation initiative. Introduced by Sen. Beverly Gard, a Greenfield Republican who has been...
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Clarian plans training center: Doctors, nurses to sharpen skills in $44 million buildingRestricted Content

April 3, 2006
Tom Murphy
A team led by Clarian Health Partners will add a $44 million training center to the cluster of life sciences businesses taking root around the Central Canal on the northern edge of downtown. The Indianapolis hospital network recently filed plans with the city to build a six-story, 182,750-square-foot building on the eastern side of the canal. The site sits just south of a pathology laboratory on 11th Street that Clarian plans to dedicate later this month. The Indiana University schools...
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VIEWPOINT: 'Eating our young' as a way of mentoring?Restricted Content

March 27, 2006
Tim Mulherin
I recently came across an insightful publication by the Center for the Development of Peace and Well-Being at the University of California, Berkley, called Greater Good. One article especially caught my attention: "Inspiring Good Work" (spring-summer 2005 issue) by researchers Wendy Fischman and Howard Garner, of Harvard University's GoodWork Project. As highlighted in the article, the GoodWork Project's research, under way for the past decade, has revealed that young people leaving college and embarking on their professional careers are finding...
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ECONOMIC ANALYSIS: A revolution in health care: Consumers will call shotsRestricted Content

March 27, 2006
Patrick Barkey
I once had a doctor who shared with me a little joke about medicine. It comes to mind every year as I get older and more susceptible to life's ailments. Doctors, he said, don't really cure anything. They just let you trade in one malady for another. I know he was talking about the side effects of medicines and treatments we take for our weak hearts and faltering knees. But I keep thinking it applies equally to the situation of...
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EYE ON THE PIE: Legislature wastes another sessionRestricted Content

March 27, 2006
Morton Marcus
The 150 men and women who make up the Indiana General Assembly have finished their annual freak show, folded their tents, and departed from Indianapolis. In their wake, they left some truly terrible legislation and another record of neglect for the interests of Indiana's too-long-suffering population. What was wrong with this session of the General Assembly? Your local editor will not grant me the space to be either sufficiently complete or detailed. Let's start with the governor's Major Moves program....
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NOTIONS: A kid, a shave, a health care dilemmaRestricted Content

March 27, 2006
Bruce Hetrick
For the second time in his young life, 9-year-old Joey Chamness had his head shaved last week. This time, the skinhead look is voluntary. Last time, it was chemotherapy. On a Thursday afternoon in January 2005, Joey was playing soccer when he felt pain in his left leg. He'd experienced this before, but not this bad. So Joey's parents called the family pediatrician to schedule an appointment. The following Monday, the doctor took a look and said it was probably...
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Health care developers eye their next frontier: Northeast Hamilton County offers a lucrative marketRestricted Content

March 27, 2006
Tom Murphy
Chris Hamm's phone started buzzing with calls from health care developers once plans for an extension of 146th Street east to Interstate 69 crystallized a couple years ago. The Noblesville economic development director said several organizations have shown "significant interest" in planting health care businesses along 146th Street, which will see a big boost in traffic once workers complete the interstate connection in the fall of 2007. At least three health-care-related deals are in the works, he added, declining to...
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States demand One Call answers: Carmel telephone firm 'out of control'Restricted Content

March 27, 2006
Chris O\'malley
A Carmel long-distance and operator service company has a lot to answer for these days. After crossing wires with Indiana regulators and with the Federal Communications Commission last year, One Call Communications now is being accused by Iowa and Missouri regulators of putting bogus charges on phone bills and then harassing people to pay. Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon this month filed a lawsuit alleging the privately held company violated state and federal consumer protection laws. Nixon said the company...
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Turned away, twice: Hot biotech inventor scores coastal cash after local VCs say noRestricted Content

March 27, 2006
Peter Schnitzler
When a proven Indiana life scientist invents a promising medical technology, you'd expect local venture capitalists would snap to attention. So when Lafayette-based Ash Access Technology Inc. announced March 14 it had landed $6 million in venture capital, it was surprising to note the names of the investors in the deal. None were based inside state lines. But Dr. Stephen Ash wasn't shocked. After all, he's been through this before. "I don't know what happened," Ash said. "I was disappointed....
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EYE ON THE PIE: Waiter shines light on educationRestricted Content

March 20, 2006
Morton Marcus
I spent most of a recent weekend in the hospital, but no one seems to want to hear that story. It wasn't much of a story, as it turns out, but the bill, which will fall on you, will be enormous. My part of the bill will be small because I am covered by Medicare and private health insurance. This means you will see my use of the health care system reflected in your future taxes and in your future...
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Mooresville hospital plans next expansion: $33 million project would add emergency department, boost other service areasRestricted Content

March 20, 2006
Tom Murphy
St. Francis Hospital-Mooresville might finally land the emergency department town leaders want, thanks to a proposed $33 million expansion and renovation. Plans for an emergency department surfaced in bond paperwork the hospital filed recently with the Indiana Health and Educational Facility Financing Authority. The filing said the hospital also plans to add private rooms and renovate its surgery, joint and colorectal care facilities. Adding an emergency department also was mentioned in a lawsuit St. Francis officials filed last year against...
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WellPoint freezes pensions: Insurer joins national trend, shifts focus to 401(k) planRestricted Content

March 20, 2006
Tom Murphy
WellPoint Inc. quietly froze pension contributions for most of its 42,000 employees earlier this year, a move that draws criticism but falls in step with what many other big employers are doing. The Indianapolis-based health insurance giant noted deep in an annual report filed late last month that on Jan. 1 it stopped adding pay credits to the pension accounts of employees not nearing retirement. The insurer rang up a $2.5 billion profit last year and, unlike some other companies...
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Forum Credit Union buys health-care consultant: Financial institution beefing up commercial servicesRestricted Content

March 13, 2006
Matthew Kish
Forum Credit Union, central Indiana's largest credit union, has acquired Indianapolis-based health-care consulting firm Health Care Economics Inc. And banks are piping mad about it. "It's part of our effort to meet the needs of what our members have been asking us to do," said Andrew Mattingly, senior vice president of strategy and marketing for Fishers-based Forum. "They want to put all of their finances together [at one institution]." Health Care Economics primarily serves as a business consultant to medical...
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How Family Friendly is: Duke Realty Corp.: Locally based, publicly traded, commercial real estate firmRestricted Content

March 13, 2006
Duke Realty Corp. Locally based, publicly traded, commercial real estate firm Flexible work arrangements Duke managers support flexible work arrangements whenever possible. Some associates work flexible hours, compressed workweeks, part-time schedules or take advantage of part-time telecommuting. Child care Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts are offered and allow associates to set aside money on a before-tax basis through payroll deductions to cover daycare expenses. Family leave/military leave Eligible associates may take FMLA leave up to 12 weeks. Employees can also...
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Wishard bounces back, projects $23M surplus: Improved billing, debt collection dry up red inkRestricted Content

March 6, 2006
Tom Murphy
Wishard Health Services made it back into the black in 2005, three years after posting a staggering loss of $77 million. The not-for-profit, public hospital system expects to record a $23 million surplus on $362 million in revenue when budget totals are final in a few months. Its leaders expect to wind up with another surplus in 2006. Such performance is a noteworthy achievement in the public health universe, said Lynne Fagnani, senior vice president for the Washington, D.C.-based National...
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Making the grade: Pay-for-performance system nearing reality for local physiciansRestricted Content

March 6, 2006
Tom Murphy
Central Indiana stands on the leading edge of a national push by health care insurance systems to link doctors' pay with their performance. The Indiana Health Information Exchange-a not-for-profit collaboration among some of the state's largest health care providers-is developing a program that uses data collected from insurers and care providers to produce quality reports. Those reports then will be sent to doctors and used by the insurers to develop incentive programs for reimbursement. The goal: Start a system by...
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Banning 'McLawsuits': State bill outlawing fast-food litigation nears passageRestricted Content

February 27, 2006
Matthew Kish
A bill nearing the governor's desk would make it illegal to sue Indiana restaurants-including the state's ubiquitous fast-food joints-for those extra notches in the belt. Commonly referred to as the "cheeseburger bill," the measure is part of a national effort by restaurants and small-business owners to protect themselves from enormous class-action lawsuits that have been filed against some national chains. House Bill 1113 passed out of the Senate Committee on Corrections, Criminal, and Civil Matters on Feb. 14 by a...
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Clarian sizing up south side: Agreement with Morgan Hospital could lead to development projects in St. Francis' back yardRestricted Content

February 27, 2006
Tom Murphy
The largest hospital network in Indianapolis will start stretching its reach once again next month, this time south of town, where it could challenge the dominance of St. Francis Hospital & Health Centers. Clarian Health Partners is embarking on a five-year development agreement with Martinsville's Morgan Hospital & Medical Center that could place more building projects on Clarian's already crowded construction agenda. The two systems plan to focus their relationship on improving patient care and research, but representatives of both...
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Startup receives first Indiana Seed Fund investment: Purdue-bred SonarMed plans move to IndianapolisRestricted Content

February 27, 2006
Tracy Donhardt
Until recently, SonarMed Inc., a startup developing a new type of breathing tube, was just a mailbox at Purdue University. But having recently been awarded the first investment from the BioCrossroads' Indiana Seed Fund, SonarMed plans to move into office space in Indianapolis, hire 15 to 20 employees before the end of the year and begin seeking U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for its device. The Indiana Seed Fund was formed last summer and now has $6 million to...
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