Health Care

IU Health gears up to take on insurers

November 30, 2013
J.K. Wall
Indiana University Health, already the state’s largest hospital system, is now ramping up to compete against Anthem, UnitedHealthcare and other health insurers.
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Health law small-business insurance site delayed 1 year

November 27, 2013
Associated Press
The Obama administration is delaying yet another aspect of the health care law, putting off until next November the launch of an online portal to the health insurance marketplace for small businesses.
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IU Health latest to voice opposition to marriage amendment

November 26, 2013
IU Health, the state’s fourth-largest employer, said it was opposing a proposed amendment against same-sex marriage for health-related reasons.
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Survey: One-third of Hoosier workers in high-deductible plans

November 25, 2013
J.K. Wall
An annual survey by the benefits consulting firm Mercer found that, among 75 Hoosier employers, 34 percent of workers are already enrolled in consumer-directed health plans. And that number is only going to go up due to new Obamacare rules.
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Suburban Indy hospitals see health care reform as ally

November 23, 2013
J.K. Wall
For years, the county-owned hospitals ringing Indianapolis have watched warily as the city’s four major hospital systems used their superior size and resources to push ever outward into the suburbs.
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FELDMAN: Affordable Care Act stirs paradoxes for employers

November 23, 2013
Judd Feldman / Special to IBJ
In addition to managing the complexity and challenges of the Affordable Care Act, employers are assessing the law’s impact on their Worker’s Compensation program. The debate ranges from minimal influence to significant, with many experts hedging their bets with a wait-and-see approach.
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TABLER: Market is driving trend toward 'public health'

November 23, 2013
Norman Tabler / Special to IBJ
The movement toward a “public health” model may be the most important current trend in American health care. Because the trend is more a result of market forces than of the Affordable Care Act, repealing Obamacare won’t stop it.
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Experts: Fix for $600M health care site needs more time, money

November 22, 2013
Associated Press
Technology experts say healing what ails the Healthcare.gov website will be a tougher task than the Obama administration acknowledges.
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Pence asks to meet with Sebelius over HIP expansion

November 19, 2013
J.K. Wall
Pence wants to expand Medicaid coverage using some form of the Healthy Indiana Plan, which currently provides insurance to about 40,000 Hoosiers who agree to make monthly contributions to health savings accounts. The Obama administration has questioned that feature of the program.
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New $754M Indy hospital offers sun-filled design

November 17, 2013
Associated Press
From the spiraling wooden sculpture suspended from the ceiling in the main concourse to the vegetable garden on the roof, the brand-new Eskenazi Hospital keeps you wondering what you will see around the next corner.
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Health care cloud firm expanding, adding 62 jobs

November 15, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The Zionsville-based firm said it will spend $1.4 million to lease and equip a 16,626-square-foot headquarters facility at Northwest Technology Park to allow for the expansion.
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Hamilton County health facility with 100 workers closing

November 15, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The state’s Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services ordered an immediate transfer of the residents to other providers Nov. 11. The state recently cited the facility for violations regarding infection control and other problems.
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Indiana insurance department studying Obama proposal

November 14, 2013
Associated Press
Chief Deputy Insurance Commissioner Logan Harrison says the Department of Insurance doesn't yet know whether state regulators have the legal authority to approve reversals.
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Obamacare has many health care insurers worried

November 14, 2013
Bloomberg News
The messy rollout of the insurance exchanges has made it hard for carriers to figure out what business will be like in 2014.
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Obama allows customers to keep canceled policies

November 14, 2013
Associated Press
Bowing to pressure, President Barack Obama on Thursday announced changes to his health care law to give insurance companies the option to keep offering consumers plans that would otherwise be canceled.
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Lilly to spend another $700M in growing market for diabetes products

November 14, 2013
 IBJ Staff, Bloomberg News
The move includes a $45 million investment for Lilly's operations in Indianapolis, on top of $400 million in investments the company announced over the past two years.
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701 Hoosiers choose Obamacare plans at rollout

November 13, 2013
Associated Press
The administration says fewer than 27,000 people managed to enroll for health insurance last month in the 36 states relying on the problem-filled federal website for President Barack Obama's overhaul.
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Pence's Obamacare angst may cost stateRestricted Content

November 9, 2013
J.K. Wall
Even though Obamacare will raise various taxes to subsidize the cost of expanding health insurance coverage, Indiana might say no to all its new funding, to the tune of $1.2 billion per year. That also means the state would say no to a reduction by more than half of the 810,000 Hoosiers that go without health insurance for a time each year.
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Testosterone drugs raise heart risk, study finds

November 6, 2013
Bloomberg News
Testosterone replacement drugs, a $1.6 billion market for Eli Lilly and Co. and others, boosted the odds of having a heart attack, stroke or dying by 29 percent in one of the first studies weighing the therapy's cardiovascular risks.
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Lilly a possible suitor for Novartis AG's animal-health unit

November 5, 2013
Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co., Bayer AG and Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH are among companies that may consider an offer if the Swiss drugmaker proceeds with the animal-health sale.
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Lawmakers considering more changes to patent laws

November 5, 2013
Bloomberg News
U.S. lawmakers, influenced by companies including Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co., Cisco Systems Inc. and Qualcomm Inc., are considering the second set of patent-law changes in three years as the courts try to race ahead of Congress.
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State extends high-risk pool because of Obamacare woes

October 31, 2013
 The Statehouse File
State officials announced Thursday that they will extend Indiana’s high-risk insurance pool through the end of January to accommodate Hoosiers who have been unable to enroll in coverage through the federal marketplace.
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How Obamacare is affecting employersRestricted Content

October 26, 2013
J.K. Wall
Indiana companies are planning different methods to adapt to the health care landscape next year.
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Insurers brainstorm with Obama staff on health exchange fix

October 23, 2013
Bloomberg News
The heads of WellPoint Inc., Aetna Inc. and at least 10 other insurers met with the Obama administration Wednesday to discuss correcting flaws in how data from the U.S. health-care marketplaces is transferred to the companies.
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Franciscan hospitals to eliminate 925 full-time positions

October 23, 2013
J.K. Wall
The Indiana-based system that operates three hospitals in the Indianapolis area said it is trying to cut its expenses by as much as $500 million, or 20 percent.
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  1. I took Bruce's comments to highlight a glaring issue when it comes to a state's image, and therefore its overall branding. An example is Michigan vs. Indiana. Michigan has done an excellent job of following through on its branding strategy around "Pure Michigan", even down to the detail of the rest stops. Since a state's branding is often targeted to visitors, it makes sense that rest stops, being that point of first impression, should be significant. It is clear that Indiana doesn't care as much about the impression it gives visitors even though our branding as the Crossroads of America does place importance on travel. Bruce's point is quite logical and accurate.

  2. I appreciated the article. I guess I have become so accustomed to making my "pit stops" at places where I can ALSO get gasoline and something hot to eat, that I hardly even notice public rest stops anymore. That said, I do concur with the rationale that our rest stops (if we are to have them at all) can and should be both fiscally-responsible AND designed to make a positive impression about our state.

  3. I don't know about the rest of you but I only stop at these places for one reason, and it's not to picnic. I move trucks for dealers and have been to rest areas in most all 48 lower states. Some of ours need upgrading no doubt. Many states rest areas are much worse than ours. In the rest area on I-70 just past Richmond truckers have to hike about a quarter of a mile. When I stop I;m generally in a bit of a hurry. Convenience,not beauty, is a primary concern.

  4. Community Hospital is the only system to not have layoffs? That is not true. Because I was one of the people who was laid off from East. And all of the LPN's have been laid off. Just because their layoffs were not announced or done all together does not mean people did not lose their jobs. They cherry-picked people from departments one by one. But you add them all up and it's several hundred. And East has had a dramatic drop I in patient beds from 800 to around 125. I know because I worked there for 30 years.

  5. I have obtained my 6 gallon badge for my donation of A Positive blood. I'm sorry to hear that my donation was nothing but a profit center for the Indiana Blood Center.

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