Public Health

EMS service to lay off 361 workers in Indiana

August 21, 2014
Mason King
Rural/Metro Corp. says the changing health care landscape and the challenges of covering rural communities are forcing it to end its area ambulance services. It's also closing a billing operations center in Indianapolis.
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South Bend council rejects smoking ban for bars

July 15, 2014
Associated Press
By a 5-4 vote, South Bend failed to join major Indiana cities such as Indianapolis and Fort Wayne that go further than state law to prohibit smoking inside taverns.
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Lawmakers confused by cut in state’s tobacco funds

January 8, 2014
Allie Nash, The Statehouse File
A hearing about tobacco funding Wednesday in the House Public Health Committee left many legislators still searching for answers.
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VC headwinds continue for life sciences firms

October 21, 2013
J.K. Wall
Indiana life sciences companies trying to raise venture capital continue to do so with a national wind in their faces, according to the third-quarter venture capital data.
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Enrollment opens in Indiana on federal health exchange

October 1, 2013
Associated Press
Opening day for the federal exchange was filled with extensive delays and technical problems. Federal officials attributed the slowdown to the surprisingly high volume of interest in the exchange on its first day of operation.
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OurHealth readies citywide network of employer clinics

September 3, 2013
J.K. Wall
In a bid to make employer-sponsored health clinics available to companies of all sizes, Indianapolis-based OurHealth will open a network of seven offices around Indianapolis next year.
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Dermatologists seek ban on minors using tanning beds

August 21, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Dermatologist Carrie Davis of Bloomington, a member of the Indiana Academy of Dermatology, told the legislative commission Wednesday that skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States.
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State, Anthem ask techies to solve infant mortality

July 15, 2013
J.K. Wall
Dr. Bill VanNess, Indiana’s commissioner of health, asked IT developers to create a smartphone app that the state could offer to pregnant moms to educate them about infant health and help them easily schedule appointments with health care providers.
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New law lets pharmacists provide pneumonia, HPV vaccines

June 13, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Starting July 1, pharmacists will be able to offer a much wider variety of immunizations to customers, in an effort from lawmakers to make health care more accessible.
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Indiana lawmakers advance tighter cold meds limits

March 25, 2013
Associated Press
Consumers would face tighter limits on the quantities they could buy of cold and allergy pills often used to make methamphetamine under a proposal approved by Indiana lawmakers.
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Pressure rises on lawmakers to expand Medicaid

February 11, 2013
J.K. Wall

Up until now, Gov. Mike Pence and his fellow Republicans in the Legislature have been playing a game of poker with the Obama administration over a potential expansion of Indiana’s Medicaid program. But all of a sudden, Indiana’s hand just got quite a bit weaker.

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Indiana hospitals restrict visits to limit flu spread

January 16, 2013
Associated Press
Hospitals across Indiana announced restrictions on visitors Wednesday in hopes of preventing the spread of flu, which has claimed the lives of 27 people in the state this season.
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Report ranks Indiana among unhealthiest states

December 11, 2012
Associated Press
America's Health Rankings lists Indiana 41st in its annual review, which was released Tuesday. Obesity, sedentary habits, high smoking rates, low public health funding and air pollution contributed to Indiana's low rank.
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Small charity to use NBC show to boost visibility, vie for $1M prizeRestricted Content

December 1, 2012
Dan Human
The efforts of Indianapolis-based Timmy Global Health to improve health in Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa while exposing hundreds of students to the realities of the medical industry have earned it an appearance on network TV and a shot at a $1 million unrestricted grant.
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Will Medicaid expansion actually work?

October 1, 2012
J.K. Wall
It would be “absurd” and a “travesty” for Indiana not to expand its Medicaid program, according to two local hospital officials. And yet other health care leaders do not expect expanded Medicaid coverage to provide nearly as much help to uninsured Hoosiers as hoped.
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Indiana smoking ban brings new sign rules

June 22, 2012
Associated Press
To comply with the statewide smoking ban that begins July 1, there's more for businesses to do than stop patrons and employees from smoking indoors. The same law compels businesses to post an array of signs that announce the ban.
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Indiana measles outbreak illustrates disease risk

February 15, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana is battling its second measles outbreak in two years, even though its vaccination rate exceeds the national average. Health officials say the cases, traced to a Super Bowl event, illustrate just how vulnerable the public is to exposure from sources at home and abroad.
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Carmel free clinic drawing jobless professionalsRestricted Content

November 5, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Trinity Free Clinic in Carmel began in 2000 to serve a growing Hispanic immigrant population. Since the latest recession, so many people—including unemployed professionals—have found their way to the clinic that the portion of white patients has grown from one-third in 2008 to 47 percent last year.
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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.
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Will ACOs really get off the ground?

September 19, 2011
J.K. Wall
The hype over accountable care organizations—something every major hospital in Indianapolis is moving to become—is increasingly being laced with skepticism as the economics behind the idea get more scrutiny.
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Study spoils common wisdom on health spending

September 12, 2011
J.K. Wall
The Thomson Reuters study that showed Anderson as the highest-spending health care market in the nation also concluded that treatment and spending vary widely from one locale to another with no clear reason based on demographics or health outcomes.
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Q&A

August 8, 2011
J.K. Wall
The adult smoking rate in Indiana dropped to 21.2 percent last year, a major reduction from the 27 percent rate logged five years ago. Karla Sneegas, assistant commissioner of the State Health Department’s Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Commission, discussed the progress, as well as her agency’s efforts to help employers help their workers quit smoking.
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Study: Medicaid better than nothing

July 11, 2011
J.K. Wall
Health care reform will add roughly 500,000 Hoosiers to the Medicaid program and, in spite of great criticism of that expansion, a new study suggests Medicaid coverage does help consumers get more care, have fewer unpaid bills and feel better.
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Hamilton, Boone counties among Indiana's healthiest

March 30, 2011
Associated Press
A new report says Hamilton and Boone counties are among the healthiest in Indiana, while Marion ranks among the worst.
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Peru immigrant built career on helping local Hispanics

March 12, 2011
Ann Finch
Aida McCammon has spent 20 years helping Hispanics improve their lives and succeed in the United States.
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