Medicare

WellPoint shares jump after $4.9B deal for Amerigroup

July 9, 2012
J.K. Wall
Investors and analysts like the fact that WellPoint is playing more aggressively in government-sponsored health plans, such as Medicaid and Medicare, which are projected to be the key sectors for growth for the next several years.
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Local providers join Medicare ACO program

July 9, 2012
J.K. Wall
Indiana University Health, as well as a partnership of Franciscan Alliance and American Health Network, have formed accountable care organizations that won the blessing of the federal Medicare Shared Savings program.
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High court ruling opens Medicaid escape hatch for states

June 28, 2012
J.K. Wall
While upholding President Obama’s health care law, the U.S. Supreme Court may have created a way out for states that do not want to expand their Medicaid programs. Whether Indiana decides to opt out remains to be seen.
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OBEIME: Poor, uninsured won't monopolize resourcesRestricted Content

May 12, 2012
Myth prevents policymakers from attacking real problem of distributing funding.
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WellPoint sees $100 billion 'duals' market as care shifts

April 25, 2012
Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc. sees a $100 billion market in the states it serves to provide managed care for poor, elderly patients in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
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Hospitals push preemptive care with special programsRestricted Content

March 17, 2012
J.K. Wall
Hospitals around Indianapolis and the nation are expanding programs to help people before they become patients. They are trying to teach cooking as well as treat cancer, to do social work as well as do surgery.
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Study: Indy hospitals charge 'excess' prices

February 27, 2012
J.K. Wall
The Big 3 automakers spent 35 percent more in the Indianapolis area to provide health care for workers and non-elderly retirees than they did in other auto-heavy cities—and two-thirds of that difference can be blamed on “excess prices” by Indianapolis hospitals.
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Rating doctors and other health care providersRestricted Content

January 14, 2012
Sam Stall
A new onslaught of Medicare data might shine more light on providers, but tricky questions abound.
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WellPoint, other insurers profit from health law they oppose

January 5, 2012
Insurance companies spent millions of dollars trying to defeat the U.S. health-care overhaul. But profit margins at the companies have widened to levels not seen since before the recession, a Bloomberg Government study shows.
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Franciscan among Medicare's first accountable care groups

December 19, 2011
J.K. Wall
Franciscan Alliance’s Indianapolis-area hospitals, along with more than 700 physicians, have been named one of the nation’s first 32 accountable care organizations.
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UnitedHealth to acquire Medicare insurer XLHealth

November 22, 2011
Bloomberg News
UnitedHealth Group Inc. said it will acquire XLHealth Corp., a provider of managed care for chronically ill Medicare members. Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc. had been considering a possible acquisition of the company.
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WellPoint eyes $1.5 billion deal for XLHealth

November 14, 2011
Bloomberg News
Offers for XLHealth, a provider of managed care for chronically ill Medicare members, may value the company at $1.5 billion to $2 billion.
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Q&A

October 31, 2011
J.K. Wall
As an Eli Lilly and Co. lobbyist in Washington, D.C., Jay Bonitt is hoping the Congressional “super committee” charged with trimming the federal budget doesn’t turn to the Medicare prescription drug program, known as Part D, to do so. Bonitt, Lilly's vice president of federal affairs, said the program is under budget and helps spur drugmakers to further innovation.
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Deficit committee could bite CNO

October 17, 2011
J.K. Wall
Medicare supplement policies are reportedly one of the targets of Congress’ special deficit-reduction committee—and that’s not good news for Carmel-based CNO Financial Group Inc.
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Medical supplier Hill-Rom makes $42M fraud settlement

September 27, 2011
Associated Press
Hill-Rom Holdings Inc., a medical-equipment company based in Indiana, agreed Tuesday to pay nearly $42 million to settle a government lawsuit. The government had accused the company of knowingly submitting false claims to Medicare from 1999 to 2007.
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Missouri health care advocates decry Indiana contractor

August 30, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indianapolis-based SynCare LLC, hired to determine the eligibility of Missouri Medicaid patients for in-home care, has "been a complete disaster from the beginning," statewide health care advocates charge.
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State appeals injunction blocking abortion law

June 28, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana's attorney general has appealed a judge's decision blocking part of new abortion law that took away some of the public funding for Planned Parenthood of Indiana.
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State gets week to respond in Planned Parenthood case

June 17, 2011
Associated Press
A federal judge on Friday gave the state of Indiana a week to respond to the Obama administration's decision siding with Planned Parenthood of Indiana in an attempt to block the state's new abortion funding law.
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WellPoint pays big to tap fast-growing Medicare market

June 13, 2011
J.K. Wall
Analysts raised their eyebrows at the $800 million reportedly paid by WellPoint Inc. to acquire a West Coast Medicare plan, but with the commercial health insurance business stagnating, Medicare is vital to WellPoint’s future growth.
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WellPoint paying almost $800M for CareMore

June 8, 2011
Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc. agreed to acquire CareMore Health Group to expand Medicare coverage in California, Arizona and Nevada. The insurer paid almost $800 million, according to people familiar with the deal.
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Feds review Indiana law targeting Planned Parenthood

May 23, 2011
Associated Press
Federal officials said Monday they're taking a hard look at a new Indiana law that withholds some public funding for Planned Parenthood of Indiana, a development that could cost the state some of its Medicaid funding.
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Reform could create more 'boutique' doctors

May 14, 2011
J.K. Wall
Health reform could accelerate trend toward two tiers of care, with concierge services like Dr. Matt Priddy offers at the top and long waits and minimal attention at the bottom.
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Fee could feed $100M to hospitals

May 2, 2011
J.K. Wall
Indiana hospitals could pull in more than $100 million a year from the federal government under a new assessment fee included in the state’s 2011 budget bill.
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Indiana Medicaid mental health list worries advocates

March 14, 2011
Associated Press
The state budget bill moving through the Indiana General Assembly would save about $7 million each year by creating a list of preferred mental health drugs and trying to win larger rebates from manufacturers.
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WellPoint expects employer biz to stagnate

March 2, 2011
J.K. Wall
Over the next five years, WellPoint Inc. expects the employer-sponsored insurance business to shrink slightly, forcing it to shift its focus to government-sponsored plans.
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