Health care regulation

Corporations bet on insiders to bend reform

December 30, 2009
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis health care heavyweights are among those spending $635 million, employing 166 former aides to key congressional leaders and committees in health reform process.
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Health care industry braces for reform

December 26, 2009
J.K. Wall
Congress is on the cusp of transforming health insurance—if it can pass a health reform bill that was losing popularity late in the year.
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Hoosier biz groups oppose Senate health bill

December 18, 2009
J.K. Wall
Group presidents tell Indiana senators that the reform bill would expand dysfunctions of current health care systems.
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HICKS: New breast cancer recommendation not supportedRestricted Content

November 28, 2009
Mike Hicks
Under the current proposal, the same type of groups that made the CDC's recommendations will outline guidelines about which treatment will be offered under a government program.
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Council resurrects workplace smoking ban proposal

November 10, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Two weeks after reaching a stalemate on a proposal that would broaden the city's workplace smoking ban, City-Council Council members voted Monday night to resurrect the measure.
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WellPoint, Obama administration battle over cost of health reform to employers

November 7, 2009
 IBJ Staff
At this point in the health reform debate, you have to take numbers from any side with a grain of salt. That said, Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc. has done perhaps the only local analysis of how proposed reforms would affect the cost of health insurance for employers.
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Cook: Tax could kill 1,000 jobs in Bloomington

October 21, 2009
J.K. Wall
Bloomington-based Cook Group Inc. could find itself cutting as many as 1,000 local jobs if Congress enacts a tax on medical devices to pay for health care reform, company founder Bill Cook said in an interview.
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Cook calls for new approach to health reform

October 20, 2009
J.K. Wall
Founder of medical device firm says Congress should fund network of low-cost clinics.
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Power Breakfast panel debates health care reform

October 17, 2009
As health care legislation continues to wend its way through Congress, Indianapolis-area industry leaders still harbor strong opinions about the issue. Five industry insiders discussed how to improve the health care system during IBJ’s Power Breakfast Sept. 25 at the Westin Indianapolis.
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Baucus health reform bill would stick Indiana companies with fees

October 10, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The health reform bill sponsored by U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., would help pay for expanded health insurance coverage by levying fees of $13 billion a year on the health care industry. The fees would deliver a hefty bill to just about all of Indiana’s major health care companies. But how they’re reacting to the fees is all over the map.
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Health reform could swamp doctors

October 3, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Health reform that would cover millions of uninsured Americans would theoretically send a flood of new patients to physicians. Yet in Indiana and nationwide, there’s already a shortage of doctors.
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Westfield makes smoking illegal in most public places

September 15, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Westfield City Council passed a smoking ban 7-0 last night that will prohibit smoking in most public places, including outdoor arenas, stadiums and amphitheaters.
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Study weakens Lilly's fight against price controls

September 12, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Eli Lilly and Co. and its peers might be back in Congress’ sights as lawmakers hunt for more ways to cut health care costs. A new study in the influential Health Affairs journal concludes that European drugmakers operating in markets with pharmaceutical price controls have produced proportionally more innovations than their U.S. counterparts.
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HETRICK: Will we distinguish the faux news from the real?Restricted Content

August 24, 2009
Bruce Hetrick
There was a time, of course, when journalists had the time, space, resources and respect to sort things out for us.

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HICKS: Health care experts make poor economists

August 17, 2009
Mike Hicks
In almost every place that two or more Americans gather, health care is debated. Because the bills before Congress are inaccessible, the debate has shifted instead to principles such as the role of government and individual freedoms. I think this a healthy thing.
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POWER BREAKFAST: Panel applauds progress, identifies challenges

August 10, 2009
 IBJ Staff
A panel of five leaders of the state’s life sciences industry took on a wide range of topics July 24 at IBJ’s Power Breakfast at the Westin Indianapolis.
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EDITORIAL: Health reform's time has comeRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Lawmakers must take action but also ensure that any plan incorporates four basic principles.
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Government-run insurance plan draws mixed reviews from employersRestricted Content

June 22, 2009
J.K. Wall
Businesses all want to see reform of the health care system, but they diverge on how much the U.S. government's entrance into the insurance market would help or hurt them.
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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's new CEO likely to encounter more obstacles than her predecessorRestricted Content

March 5, 2007
J.K. Wall
There are no longer any for-profit Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance plans for WellPoint Inc. to acquire as a means of growth. State governments have effectively stopped those plans from converting to for-profits. That means new CEO Angela F. Braly can't keep WellPoint growing by gobbling up competitors.
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  1. With Pence running the ship good luck with a new government building on the site. He does everything on the cheap except unnecessary roads line a new beltway( like we need that). Things like state of the art office buildings and light rail will never be seen as an asset to these types. They don't get that these are the things that help a city prosper.

  2. Does the $100,000,000,000 include salaries for members of Congress?

  3. "But that doesn't change how the piece plays to most of the people who will see it." If it stands out so little during the day as you seem to suggest maybe most of the people who actually see it will be those present when it is dark enough to experience its full effects.

  4. That's the mentality of most retail marketers. In this case Leo was asked to build the brand. HHG then had a bad sales quarter and rather than stay the course, now want to go back to the schlock that Zimmerman provides (at a considerable cut in price.) And while HHG salesmen are, by far, the pushiest salesmen I have ever experienced, I believe they are NOT paid on commission. But that doesn't mean they aren't trained to be aggressive.

  5. The reason HHG's sales team hits you from the moment you walk through the door is the same reason car salesmen do the same thing: Commission. HHG's folks are paid by commission they and need to hit sales targets or get cut, while BB does not. The sales figures are aggressive, so turnover rate is high. Electronics are the largest commission earners along with non-needed warranties, service plans etc, known in the industry as 'cheese'. The wholesale base price is listed on the cryptic price tag in the string of numbers near the bar code. Know how to decipher it and you get things at cost, with little to no commission to the sales persons. Whether or not this is fair, is more of a moral question than a financial one.

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