Health Care & Insurance

Show-me state stings SynCare

September 6, 2011
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-based SynCare LLC has been touting its growth in Missouri since it entered the market in 2009. But now SynCare’s excursions in the show-me state have turned into a nightmare.
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Brokers 'devastated' by reform rule

September 6, 2011
J.K. Wall
The decision last year by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services not to exclude health insurance brokers commissions from a provision in the 2010 health reform law has been “devastating to brokers,” broker advocate Janet Trautwein said during an August speech in Fishers, and there are signs that Congress will act to reverse the policy.
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People

August 29, 2011

HealthNet Inc. CEO Booker Thomas has announced plans to retire in July 2012. Thomas, 69, has led HealthNet’s chain of community health centers since 1999. During his tenure, the not-for-profit has grown from five locations and an annual budget of $13 million to nine neighborhood clinics, nine school-based clinics and a budget of $45 million. The number of patients served has more than doubled to 50,000 a year. HealthNet has formed a committee to search for a replacement for Thomas.

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Lawyer: Expect more hospital-doc lawsuits

August 29, 2011
J.K. Wall
With hospitals having scooped up hundreds of physicians in the past three years—putting nearly all of them under non-compete agreements—there are bound to be legal tussles when some of those physicians decide their new matches aren’t exactly made in heaven.
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Savings power of HSAs appears to wane

August 29, 2011
J.K. Wall
As consumer-directed health plans become more prevalent, their power to save money for employers is waning, according to the latest survey by Indianapolis-based United Benefit Advisors.
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Sustainability, more new jobs key to GM siteRestricted Content

August 27, 2011
Kevin Parsons / Special to IBJ
Why not look at the entire neighborhood instead of just this old site?
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Indiana life sciences leaders look toward the futureRestricted Content

July 30, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Former Eli Lilly and Co. vice president Richard Dimarchi, BioCrossroads President David Johnson, angel investor Oscar Moralez and Purdue University Senior Vice President Alan Rebar discuss issues ranging from the depth of the life sciences industry in Indiana to venture capital and Purdue's Discovery Park.
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Tech district could boost Indianapolis' convention businessRestricted Content

July 23, 2011
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association plans to attract more life sciences conferences.
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STUMPP: Docs' loss of independence driving up health care costsRestricted Content

July 9, 2011
Don Stumpp / Special to IBJ
The fact is that hospitals are paid three to four times for physician ancillary services.
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Ultrasound broker finds stronger market overseasRestricted Content

July 9, 2011
Gabrielle Poshadlo
Used parts are in demand as health care reform changes industry dynamic.
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Hendricks Regional, YMCA debut fitness centerRestricted Content

July 9, 2011
Marc D. Allan
Partnership combines wellness, hospital services.
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Zimmer faces new threat to dominance

May 16, 2011
J.K. Wall
Warsaw-based Zimmer Holdings Inc. has enjoyed eight years as the giant in the industry of selling knee- and hip-replacement implants to hospitals. But now it faces a challenge from Johnson & Johnson.
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VCs: Health benefits will be defined contribution

May 16, 2011
J.K. Wall
Increasing government involvement in the health insurance market will have the counter-intuitive effect of making the industry more consumer-driven, concludes a new report from a health care venture-capital firm.
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BISHOP: Warsaw's orthopedics whizzes will master biologicsRestricted Content

May 14, 2011
Industry cluster in northern Indiana has adapted to every other change in health care, and will absorb tissue regeneration, too.
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Health care providers opening to technologyRestricted Content

May 14, 2011
Katie Maurer
Some health care system are finally allowing online scheduling.
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MANTOOTH: Companies bogged down by employees' poor healthRestricted Content

May 14, 2011
The problem is, too many people make unhealthy choices and the consequences of these choices become everyone’s problem.
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Daniels to sign bill defunding Planned Parenthood

April 29, 2011
Associated Press
Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels said Friday he will sign restrictive abortion legislation and make Indiana the first state to cut off all government funding for Planned Parenthood, a move likely to boost his credentials among social conservatives as he considers whether to run for president.
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Doc groups play up economic impact

April 6, 2011
J.K. Wall
Physicians are regarded as smart, successful and helpful when you’re sick—but not usually as a big driver of the economy. Now, however, physician trade groups are arguing that docs are good for business too.
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Medicare rules hammer hospitals, docs

April 6, 2011
J.K. Wall
Being an accountable care organization will be the major leagues of health care after the federal Medicare program set a high bar for the new kind of doctor-hospital organization.
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RATHKE: My saga of staying up to date on health care reform

March 19, 2011
Tracey Rathke
Human resources used to be about payroll and benefits. Now it's also about watching Congress.
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Lilly's master plan for downtown (real estate)

February 19, 2011
Cory Schouten
As Eli Lilly and Co. outsources work and sheds unnecessary properties, it is making moves with surplus real estate that could establish the strongest physical connection between Lilly and downtown since the company was founded at Pearl and Meridian streets 135 years ago.
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Indiana companies prepping for burst of acquisitions

January 22, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Conditions are ripe for a barrage of mergers and acquisitions to take place this year.
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Indiana mergers and acquisition ranged upward of $2.3 billionRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
Simon Property Group's acquisition of Prime Outlets was the largest by an Indiana company in 2010.
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By wide margin, Anthem still city's largest insurerRestricted Content

January 15, 2011
Scott Olson
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield's share of the Indianapolis area has leveled off, even though it still insures more than half the commercial market—or three times as much as its nearest competitor.
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LAMKIN: Health care reform is opportunity to reorganize servicesRestricted Content

January 15, 2011
Ned Lamkin
Indiana should take advantage of the opportunity to build a comprehensive exchange.
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