Mental Health

Insurance changes put state's autism industry on edge

June 14, 2014
J.K. Wall
Indiana's autism therapists say their prospects are cloudy after the state’s largest health insurer, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, cut payments 40 percent and took a harder line on paying for therapy for school-age children.

Lilly study: 1 in 5 Alzheimer's patients misdiagnosed

May 20, 2013
J.K. Wall
The study results, which will be released Monday afternoon, are part of Indianapolis-based Lilly’s campaign to get Medicare to pay for use of its brain imaging agent Amyvid.

Despite funding dip, IU bets on brains

August 6, 2012
J.K. Wall
The city that brought the world Prozac and other neuroscience drugs is doubling down on brain research with a new $52 million research center near Methodist Hospital.

Cancer tools help Roche with Alzheimer's drug

May 13, 2012
Bloomberg News
Treatments for central nervous system diseases have a huge potential payoff, analysts say. A hint of whether the gamble may pay off is due in the second half of this year, as Eli Lilly and Co. and Pfizer Inc. announce results for Alzheimer’s drugs that attack the same protein as Roche’s experimental drug.

Wishard to use $8.3M grant to stem substance abuse

September 22, 2011
J.K. Wall
At three community health centers, all patients will be asked about their alcohol and drug usage confidentially, as part of an early-intervention approach designed to cut down addictions and reduce hospitalization.

IU shrink explores mental health blood tests

October 13, 2010
J.K. Wall
Dr. Alexander B. Niculescu, a psychiatrist at the IU School of Medicine, has won a five-year, $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to hunt for the presence of certain proteins in the blood that would indicate that a patient suffers from a mood disorder, which afflicts one in five Americans.

Widowed car dealer Christine Burd becomes mental health advocate

July 3, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Burd, who is president of Burd Ford, a mother of four, and a fixture on television commercials for the dealership, has become an advocate for mental health following her husband's suicide.

State law aims to attract doctors to areas in need of careRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
Scott Olson
A state law that went into effect July 1 attempts to attract young physicians and mental health practitioners to underserved areas by forgiving part of their student loans. But Indiana’s budget woes prevented lawmakers from allocating funds to support the program.

Wishard squeezes in more patientsRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
Occupancy at Wishard Hospital was 98 percent before the recession and is still that high, and more people have been coming as inpatients and as mental health patients, forcing the hospital to come up with creative ways to handle the load.

State to privatize mental-health hospitalRestricted Content

January 15, 2007
Jennifer Whitson
State officials are advancing plans to privatize a state-run hospital for the mentally ill and now are looking for a not-for-profit to build and manage a new facility in Indianapolis.
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