Health Care Costs

Businesses help older workers confront Medicare dilemmaRestricted Content

August 24, 2009
Scott Olson
Companies are helping workers age 65 and above decide whether to forgo their company health insurance and shift to Medicare. Medicare is becoming more attractive as costs of company policies rise.
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Monarch program persuades young, male workers to care about their healthRestricted Content

August 24, 2009
Marc D. Allan
Indianapolis-based Monarch Beverage is among hundreds of central Indiana companies that have introduced wellness programs to counteract the rising costs of health insurance and Worker’s Compensation.
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HETRICK: Will we distinguish the faux news from the real?Restricted Content

August 24, 2009
Bruce Hetrick
There was a time, of course, when journalists had the time, space, resources and respect to sort things out for us.

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My Health Care Manager looks to grow fastRestricted Content

August 24, 2009
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-based startup My Health Care Manager has signed an agreement with Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc. that will eventually put My Health Care Manager’s elder care service in front of the health insurer’s thousands of employer clients and their workers around the country.
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For Zotec CEO, health care reform cuts both waysRestricted Content

August 10, 2009
J.K. Wall
In the eyes of Scott Law, Congress is heading in exactly the wrong direction on health care reform.

But the CEO of Zotec Partners predicts a big bump in sales for his physician-billing management company if current reform proposals become law.
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PEASE: Archaic physical therapy laws drive up health costsRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
Brian Pease
If you want to see a physical therapist in Indiana, you must first see a physician for a consultation and referral. It’s the law. Indiana is one of only six states where patients are denied direct access to physical therapy treatment, and one of only two states where evaluation without referral is prohibited.
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EDITORIAL: Health reform's time has comeRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Lawmakers must take action but also ensure that any plan incorporates four basic principles.
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Government-run insurance plan draws mixed reviews from employersRestricted Content

June 22, 2009
J.K. Wall
Businesses all want to see reform of the health care system, but they diverge on how much the U.S. government's entrance into the insurance market would help or hurt them.
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Report says Indiana health care is over-specializedRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Hoosiers see too many specialty physicians and are driving up health care costs as they do, according to a recent study by the Indiana University Center for Health Policy.
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Clarian and IU Med School hiring 1,500 docs for massive Indiana Clinic; strategy may cut out insurersRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
J.K. Wall
Clarian Health and the Indiana University School of Medicine want to turn 1,500 or more doctors into employees under a new nonprofit group called the Indiana Clinic.
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Prices salty and getting saltier at Indiana nursing homesRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
The cost of nursing home care in Indianapolis is rising faster than in the rest of the country, according to an annual survey of long-term-care costs by Virginia-based Genworth Financial.
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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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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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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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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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Wells leaves as Medicaid chief with cost-cutting plan in limboRestricted Content

March 9, 2009
Dr. Jeff Wells is moving on from the Indiana Medicaid program even as a $40 million cost-savings plan he spearheaded faces a threat in the Legislature.
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Community Health touts integrated computer systemRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
Community Health Network has spent three years developing a computer interface that allows doctors and nurses to view all information and records on a patient in one viewing program.
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Workplace smoking policies move backwardRestricted Content

February 9, 2009
Bruce Hetrick
The bill in question seems like a long shot. It would abdicate government's responsibility for protecting citizens' health and safety, and place it in the hands of individual business owners.
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Docs, health insurers battle at StatehouseRestricted Content

February 2, 2009
Katie Maurer
Physicians and insurance companies have entered their fourth year of haggling over insurance payments, and each side is claiming to best represent patients.
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Time to snuff out public smokingRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
The Indiana General Assembly should pass a bill into law that bans smoking in public places.
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Hospitals seek mergers to save costsRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
J.K. Wall
Marion County hospital systems anticipate more mergers, possibly with each other.
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New health plans will cost more laterRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Consumer-driven health plans will lead to greater medical expenses later because people avoid going to the doctor now.
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As workers lose jobs, Shelbyville hospital loses moneyRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Because major employers in Shelby County have laid off workers, Major Hospital isn't getting as much income from employer-based medical insurance plans.
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Hoosiers need greater access to quality health careRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Morton Marcus
Indiana's economic woes are long standing and may be having an adverse effect on the health of our people, because Hoosiers can't consistently gain access to excellent health care.
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Executives must stress wellness program benefits consistentlyRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Health care benefits that promote wellness should be an ongoing executive suite focus, not simply an annual budget concern.
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