Health Care & Insurance

Reimbursement changes prompt specialists to join hospital payrollsRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
J.K. Wall
Specialist physicians, who have traditionally been fiercely independent, are more and more coming on as employees of hospitals.
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'Epic' investment losses hit hospitalsRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
J.K. Wall
Financial reports trickling in from Indianapolis' major hospitals show why the city's health care building boom ground to a near halt this year. It ran into a wall of investment losses.
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Bioanalytical Systems founder fights to be heardRestricted Content

May 4, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
It took Pete and Candace Kissinger 33 years to build West Lafayette-based Bioanalytical Systems Inc. into one of the largest contract research firms in Indiana's life science sector. It took just a year and a half for them to turn against the company's new management.
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With pharma famine looming, Lilly relying on snack-size dealsRestricted Content

May 4, 2009
J.K. Wall
Compared with some of his pharmaceutical CEO peers these days, John Lechleiter has his company on a diet. Instead of using a mega-merger to bulk up before the famine that patent expirations will bring on the industry next year, Lechleiter has Eli Lilly and Co. burning management fat while looking for smaller companies to munch on.
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Universal health care? Bring it on!Restricted Content

April 20, 2009
With American ingenuity, we can achieve universal health care coverage without the bloated administrative costs found in our system of private insurance companies.
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Obama's reforms could bite LillyRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
When it comes to health care reform, Eli Lilly and Co. has its derriere exposed more than its drugmaker peers.
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Doctors should adapt to ratingsRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
Rating doctors via online services helps consumers make better health care decisions.
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Doc sues Web-savvy ex-patientRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
J.K. Wall
Dr. Barry Eppley, an Indianapolis surgeon, says an online crusade by a disgruntled former patient is taking a toll on his practice, and he's suing her.
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Conseco's Prieur, others suffering steep losses on purchase of sharesRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
J.K. Wall
Conseco CEO Jim Prieur keeps putting his money where his mouth is, purchasing more than a half-million shares of his company's stock over two years.
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What computer problems? Customers still laud AnthemRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
Despite a year when it made doctors around the state boil with frustration, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield still outscored most of its peers in a customer satisfaction rating.
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Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance offers flexible work schedule, lactation room for nursing mothersRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
About 70 percent of Farm Bureau's staff is female, and the company provides benefits and services designed...
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Little Red Door experiences second recent change in leadershipRestricted Content

April 6, 2009

Little Red Door cancer agency is conducting its second search for an executive director in six months, since Mary Beth Tuohy resigned in March.

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New Community CEO weighs in on system's future, universal careRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
J.K. Wall

IBJ reporter J.K. Wall asked Bryan A. Mills about his new job as Community Health Networks next CEO.

 

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Beware universal health careRestricted Content

April 6, 2009

Any administration considering a tax-funded universal health care system that is free at the point of delivery would do well to examine Britain's National Health Service.


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State insurance program containing health costsRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
Scott Olson
Doug Stratton, executive director of the Indiana Comprehensive Health Insurance Association, slashes costs, pushes disease control to keep prices as low as possible.
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Clarian ads win major awardRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
Indianapolis ad firm The Heavyweights and its local client Clarian Health have won one of the ad industry's biggest awards for one component of Clarian's "A Call to Change" campaign.
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Indiana among first states targeted by expanded program to root out coding, billing problemsRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
Erin Lewis
Modern-day bounty hunters are preparing to fan out across Indiana as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services expands a program to ferret out fraud and overpayment in the health care system.
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Doctors squirm as patients rate health careRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
J.K. Wall
As health care slowly shifts to operate more like retail stores, patients' opinions of doctors have become commonplace on more than 30 physician-rating Web sites, including a subscription service run by Indianapolis-based Angie's List.
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General Assembly pushes statewide trauma systemRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
Scott Olson
Indiana lawmakers are considering legislation to create a network that would coordinate hospital trauma programs and bring the centers to underserved cities and rural areas.
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Study: Smoke-free policies aren't an economic dragRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
A team of Indiana University health researchers has concluded that smoke-free-workplace laws do not have a negative economic impact.
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Let's finally pass no-smoking billRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
Thanks for having the courage to take the flak from the smokers who think it is their right to kill us by allowing smoking in bars and casinos.
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In spite of criticism, Lilly saves livesRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
Steven J.
My wife, Becky, is alive today because of Lilly and its trial drug Enzastaurin, a great surgeon, and a terrific team of local doctors.
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Education, health still key issuesRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
Chris Katterjohn
The people of Indiana need to work to improve education, the overall health of our work force, and productivity and innovation.
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Benefits mergers on the increaseRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
J.K. Wall
Benefits brokers and agents—facing increasing demands from employers and declining commissions—are merging at an accelerating pace.
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Executives make many trips to Washington to argue for 14 years of sales exclusivity for new drugs made from cellsRestricted Content

March 23, 2009
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly & Co. executives are making many trips to Washington to argue for 14 years of sales exclusivity for new drugs made from cells.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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