Health Care

WellPoint adjusts to executive exodusRestricted Content

October 22, 2007
J.K. Wall
Fifteen senior executives have left WellPoint Inc. since November 2004, when the giant health insurer formed through Indianapolis-based Anthem Inc.'s $16.5 billion acquisition of California-based WellPoint Health Networks Inc. The merger made many of them rich, work at WellPoint was grueling, and personal commitments called. So they moved on.
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Ex-Duke exec, wife tackle senior housing: Horns have nationwide plans for The Stratford Cos.Restricted Content

October 22, 2007
Scott Olson
Richard and Wendy Horn have had their share of separate real estate successes. Now, they've combined their corporate talents as a husband-and-wife team to lead an upstart senior housing developer. Richard joined The Stratford Cos. in May 2006 as chairman and CEO, and has since moved its headquarters from St. Louis to Indianapolis' north side in Parkwood Crossing. He is known within commercial real estate circles as a former veteran of Duke Realty Corp., where he enjoyed a two-year stint...
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Can multilevel marketing cure high drug costs?: Texas firm passing out free drug discount cards in IndianaRestricted Content

October 22, 2007
J.K. Wall
Here's a new strategy to control spiraling drug prices: multilevel marketing. That's right. A new company called NuLegacy International LLC is deploying the tactics of Amway Corp. to give Americans-particularly those without health insurance-a break on prescription drug costs. The Texas-based company's key selling points? Its cards are free. And they're good for potentially large discounts off the full price of prescription drugs. Drugstores, in theory, get a higher volume of customers because of the discounts. "The timing is now,"...
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Firm sees growth for on-site clinics: Novia thinks workplace care can cut costs, help employeesRestricted Content

October 15, 2007
Scott Olson
Doctors who make house calls are about as obsolete as polio. But a fledgling local company is taking a page from the past and reintroducing the practice to the workplace instead of the home. Rising medical costs and the companies desperate to contain them are driving interest in the emerging model of on-site clinics. Large employers such as Toyota Motor Co., Pepsi Bottling Group, Credit Suisse and Sprint Nextel have embraced health clinics in recent years, in hopes of promoting...
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Arcadia Resources HQ lured to city by central location:Restricted Content

October 15, 2007
Peter Schnitzler
Arcadia Resources Inc. CEO Marvin Richardson, an Anderson native and Purdue University pharmacy graduate, said Indianapolis was chosen for the company's new headquarters because the city's central location will create an advantage when it launches a new drug-packaging system. The system, called DailyMed, will help patients manage their prescription pills. The company plans to open a distribution center for DailyMed in the near future that eventually could employ 300 or more. Arcadia will move from the Detroit suburb of Southfield....
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Experts look into the future of health care: Industry panelists disagree on whether current system needs radical changesRestricted Content

October 15, 2007
Five local industry leaders conducted a serious debate over problems and issues facing our health care system during the most recent installment in Indianapolis Business Journal's Power Breakfast series. The event took place at the Downtown Marriott hotel on Sept. 21 The panelists: Robert Brody, president and CEO of St. Francis Hospital & Health Centers, the Indianapolis-area's fourth-largest hospital system. Brody has been chief executive at St. Francis since 1996. Dr. Robert Mouser, a primary care physician at Cornerstone Family...
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Marketing firm broadens offerings, narrows focus: Hetrick projects 20-percent growth on fewer clientsRestricted Content

October 8, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
In the last year, Hetrick Communications has hired 10 employees, added a major new client, and changed its focus. What was once primarily a public relations firm is now also an advertising agency targeting health care and life sciences. On the heels of the changes, Hetrick actually wants fewer clients. "We want fewer, bigger clients," said Amy Ahlersmeyer, the firm's president and chief operating officer. "We want our growth to come absolutely in the health care and life sciences sector."...
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Wellness working for Goodwill workers: Despite high turnover rates, program cuts costsRestricted Content

October 8, 2007
J.K. Wall
Why pay to get employees healthy if they're likely to leave in a few years? That used to be the killer question for wellness and disease management programs. But that attitude is changing. And employers like Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana are a good example of why. The not-for-profit, whose main mission is to help workers make a transition into other jobs, has enjoyed significant savings on health care costs even as it has ditched the employee-paid deductible on its...
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EYE ON THE PIE: Good news about Indiana economyRestricted Content

October 1, 2007
Morton Marcus
What do most people concerned with economic development want to see? More jobs at better pay. How can we tell if we are getting there? Simply by looking at what is happening to earnings. Earnings divided by the number of jobs equals average earnings per job. Hence, with elementary school arithmetic, we can say that earnings equals the number of jobs multiplied by the average earning per job, exactly the two indicators of economic development that most folks want to...
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Health benefits brokers ripe for consolidation: Strategic Health, armed with new owner's technology and deep pockets, is on the prowl to roll up peersRestricted Content

September 24, 2007
J.K. Wall
When Dane Hudson sold his health benefits consultancy on Aug. 1, he hoped it was only his first of many mergers. Hudson, the founder of Strategic Health Plans Corp. in Carmel, sold his company to Illinois-based Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. for an undisclosed amount. Gallagher, a quiet company that is one of the nation's largest health benefits firms, wants Hudson to buy up another three or four health benefits brokers in the next five years. Hudson also said he'll...
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Commentary: Get the smoke out of our eyesRestricted Content

September 24, 2007
Mickey Maurer
Andy Jacobs Jr. wrote in an IBJ column that smoking is an expensive and painful way to commit suicide. He's right. But he didn't go far enough. Breathing secondhand smoke at one's place of employment is also an expensive and painful way to go. The world is beginning to read the smoke signals. Many countries have passed laws to protect their work force from secondhand smoke. Today, you cannot smoke even in an Irish pub. In our country, 22 states...
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Health care fix may wait for '08: But other federal bills important to small business are making headwayRestricted Content

September 24, 2007
Jennifer Whitson
That's not what many NFIB members wanted to hear. "I've been a member of [the advocacy group] since 1985, and since 1985 the top issue has been health care that is affordable for businesses and employees," said Barbara Quandt of Indianapolis-based Quality Environmental Professionals Inc. The firm's health insurance costs increased by 33 percent in 2007, and Quandt said company leaders are "quaking" with dread over what will happen in 2008. QEPI covers 75 percent of insurance costs for its...
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Health hot spot rises in BrownsburgRestricted Content

September 17, 2007
J.K. Wall
Plans abound to bring new health care facilities to Brownsburg, one of Hendricks County's fast-growing towns. Some familiar local names, such as OrthoIndy, St. Vincent Health and Clarian Health Partners, all have claims to land in the Brownsburg area.
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Pain of nurse shortages eases for hospitals: They enjoy fewer vacant positions, but still worry about coming boomer retirementsRestricted Content

September 10, 2007
J.K. Wall
Good news. The shortage of hospital nurses isn't quite as bad as it used to be. In the last five years, Indianapolis' hospitals have chipped away quietly at the gap in nurse staffing that seized local and national attention earlier this decade. To achieve these modest declines in what hospitals call their nursing vacancy rates, they have revamped their recruitment and retention efforts at a time when nurses have more options outside hospitals than ever before. Nursing schools are working...
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VOICES FROM THE INDUSTRY: Upon further review ... new reasons for old buildingsRestricted Content

September 3, 2007
Don Altemeyer
Buildings, just like people, have lives. They're born, they do their jobs, they take on new roles and, after about 75 years, most of them reach the end. Sadly, some beautiful ones die too soon, while a few ugly ones live too long. How should we decide when to save a building or when to tear it down? And have the reasons changed? The terms of renovation are well-known (adaptive re-use, mixed-use development and historic preservation). When our actions meet...
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VOICES FROM THE INDUSTRY: Choosing renovation or new construction a tough decisionRestricted Content

September 3, 2007
Fred J.
Sooner or later, in the life of almost every building owner, there comes a time when a structure has outlived its usefulness in its current condition. A choice between two options must be made. Do we renovate or do we demolish and build something totally new? The answer is by no means easy or automatic. Confronted with these options, an owner must grapple with a host of issues. The following sample is not exhaustive but may prove helpful as a...
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EYE ON THE PIE: Should fees replace property taxes?Restricted Content

August 27, 2007
Morton Marcus
So you want to be a boxer in Indiana? There's a $10 fee to be paid every other year for the privilege. That's a lot lower than the twoyear fee of $100 paid by architects. A driver's license is good for five years and costs just $19.50. Whereas your aircraft bears a $10 annual registration fee, your passenger car has a $20.75 annual state fee. If you want to support a special cause, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles charges a...
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ECONOMIC ANALYSIS: How Indiana's industrial economy looks to a newcomerRestricted Content

August 27, 2007
Mike Hicks
This week marks the start of my tenure as director of Ball State University's Bureau of Business Research. I take over from Pat Barkey, whose thoughts on the state's economy have long graced this column. His will be hard shoes to fill. I have read over many of Pat's old columns, and the one thing that stands out is how much we agree on the issues facing the state-and their solutions. Contrary to the old stereotypes, hard-headed economists usually come...
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New high school puts focus on workplace: Cristo Rey gives students taste of real employmentRestricted Content

August 27, 2007
Tracy Donhardt
Terry Majors wants to make a name for himself in the business community, and he's confident he's well on his way to being successful. Making eye contact, he shakes hands firmly and confidently. He's dressed neatly and professionally in a white, buttondown shirt and tie. His shoes are well-polished. He speaks in a friendly, yet authoritative, voice about a new job he will soon start. "It's all about choices," he says philosophically of life, as if he's been making choices...
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Busy Lauth develops into national power: Hoosier entrepreneurs fuel growth at real estate firmRestricted Content

August 13, 2007
Cory Schouten
Before they had fancy suits or fast cars, the four owners of Lauth Property Group were resourceful teen-agers, busy finding ways to make money. Chairman Bob Lauth, President Michael Curless and CEO Greg Gurnik each started neighborhood lawn-care businesses. The company's treasurer and chief accounting officer, Larry Palmer, hawked programs at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. At the time, their hard work and entrepreneurial instincts helped scrounge up date money. In the last few years, it's helped them turn Indianapolis-based Lauth...
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NOTIONS: Health: another troubled bridge over U.S. watersRestricted Content

August 13, 2007
Bruce Hetrick
On a bookshelf in my office, I display a box of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, three packs of Benson & Hedges cigarettes and the program from my late wife's memorial service. I display the pasta because, until the company was spun off earlier this year, Kraft Foods was part of Altria Group. I display the Benson & Hedges because that brand is part of Phillip Morris USA, which is also part of Altria Group. I display the memorial-service program because...
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Prescription drug abuse on the riseRestricted Content

August 13, 2007
J.K. Wall
When the Department of Justice slapped St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital with a $1.2 million fine last month, it stunned local medical professionals. But the issue behind St. Vincent's troubles is no surprise. The diversion of prescriptions drugs from the medical field into recreational use is a widespread problem in Indiana and the nation.
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ECONOMIC ANALYSIS: How tax reform could fix ailing health care systemRestricted Content

August 6, 2007
Patrick Barkey
Will a new president and the next Congress finally take meaningful action to address the financial storm looming for health care? Perhaps. In the meantime, the pressures created by rising health care costs have been too strong for everyone else to wait. Businesses have been adapting to rising premiums for employer-provided coverage in predictable ways. And beginning with Massachusetts, states are responding to rising Medicaid costs by crafting solutions of their own. But much of the solution, whatever shape that...
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Local elder care service courts working care givers: My Health Care Manager partners with local firms to reach children of aging parents on the jobRestricted Content

August 6, 2007
J.K. Wall
Local startup My Health Care Manager has found a faster way to get its elder-care message out. It has persuaded five local employers to direct their workers to My Health Care Manager if they need help finding and coordinating care for one of their aging parents. As of Aug. 1, law firms Barnes & Thornburg, Ice Miller and Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman, accounting firm Katz Sapper & Miller and the Indianapolis office of the Publicis advertising firm all...
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STARTUP GAZELLE WEB & CONSULTING LLC: Entrepreneur offers to help entrepreneursRestricted Content

July 30, 2007
-Amanda Getchel
STARTUP GAZELLE WEB & CONSULTING LLC Entrepreneur offers to help entrepreneurs Type of business: Consults with startup and growing companies Location: 885 Waveland Lane, Greenwood Phone: 450-7746 E-mail: lott.brandon@gmail.comWeb site: www.gazellewebandconsulting.comFounded: December 2006 Owner: Brandon Lott Owner's background: Lott, 33, grew up in the south side of Indianapolis and graduated from Indiana University in 1998 with a health care degree. He went to New York in 2005 to work as an operations manager for retailer Alan Flusser Custom Shop, but...
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  4. As a resident of one of these new Carmel Apartments the issue the local governments need to discuss is build quality & price. First none of these places is worth $1100 for a one bedroom. Downtown Carmel or Keystone at the Crossing in Indy. It doesn't matter. All require you to get in your car to get just about anywhere you need to go. I'm in one of the Carmel apartments now where after just 2.5 short years one of the kitchen cabinet doors is crooked and lawn and property maintenance seems to be lacking my old Indianapolis apartment which cost $300 less. This is one of the new star apartments. As they keep building throughout the area "deals" will start popping up creating shoppers. If your property is falling apart after year 3 what will it look like after year 5 or 10??? Why would one stay here if they could move to a new Broad Ripple in 2 to 3 years or another part of the Far Northside?? The complexes aren't going to let the "poor" move in without local permission so that's not that problem, but it the occupancy rate drops suddenly because the "Young" people moved back to Indy then look out.

  5. Why are you so concerned about Ace hardware? I don't understand why anyone goes there! Every time ive gone in the past, they don't have what I need and I end up going to the big box stores. I understand the service aspect and that they try to be helpful but if they are going to survive I think they might need to carry more specialty parts.

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