Health Care & Insurance

Mead Johnson plans expansion in Evansville

September 21, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Mead Johnson Nutrition plans to spend nearly $33 million at a southwestern Indiana facility where it plans to start making powdered infant formula products.
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Chamber puts support behind Wishard hospital proposal

September 21, 2009
J.K. Wall
The Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce announced its support for construction of a new Wishard Hospital and promised to take a leadership position to help hospital leaders win voter approval for the project.
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Lilly revises playbook in effort to score more 'touchdowns'

September 19, 2009
J.K. Wall
The drugmaker has successfully moved experimental drugs into position to win approval by regulators. But only once in the last four years has a new drug actually made it to market—the industry’s equivalent of getting across the goal line.
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Weight-loss challenges at local firms raise money for charity

September 19, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Employees at five different companies collectively lost 805 pounds over six weeks this summer. They also raised $805 for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Central Indiana.
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Westfield makes smoking illegal in most public places

September 15, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Westfield City Council passed a smoking ban 7-0 last night that will prohibit smoking in most public places, including outdoor arenas, stadiums and amphitheaters.
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UPDATE: Pipeline challenges force Lilly restructuring moves

September 14, 2009
J.K. Wall
Since John Lechleiter was named CEO 18 months ago, he's bet that Eli Lilly and Co. could face down its looming patent challenges by launching innovative new medicines. Today's announcement of 5,500 job cuts by the end of 2011 and a restructuring of the company's business units ups the ante on that bet, while indicating that it isn't working yet.
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Lilly reorganization to cut 5,500 positions over 2 years

September 14, 2009
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly and Co. will cut 5,500 jobs by the end of 2011 as it tries to cut $1 billion in expenses before it loses revenue from its bestselling drug, Zyprexa. Lilly CEO John Lechleiter said he did not know how many of those cuts would occur in central Indiana. But with 13,600 employees working in the Indianapolis area, he acknowledged the largest chunk of reductions likely would come here.
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Local health care industry tries to capitalize on migraine headaches

September 12, 2009
J.K. Wall
Migraines cost American employers $20 billion a year in decreased worker productivity. Such a frequent and uncured disease stands as a huge business opportunity for the health care industry, including locally based pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly and Co.
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Benefits brokers fear impact of health insurance exchangesRestricted Content

September 12, 2009
J.K. Wall
If Congress implements a new system of health insurance exchanges across the country, Indianapolis benefits broker Joe Guzman is confident he and his peers would take a hit.
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Study weakens Lilly's fight against price controls

September 12, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Eli Lilly and Co. and its peers might be back in Congress’ sights as lawmakers hunt for more ways to cut health care costs. A new study in the influential Health Affairs journal concludes that European drugmakers operating in markets with pharmaceutical price controls have produced proportionally more innovations than their U.S. counterparts.
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WellPoint insiders sell stock at right time

September 12, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Take the money while it’s there. That’s what a handful of insiders at WellPoint Inc. decided in the past month as they sold off nearly 150,000 company shares for gains of more than $3 million.
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Policyholders could pay more under Obama health plan

September 11, 2009
Associated Press
If President Barack Obama gets what he wants in his health care plan — covering all Americans and barring insurers from denying coverage — some analysts say individuals could wind up paying higher premiums.
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Sanctions lifted, WellPoint returns to Medicare biz

September 10, 2009
J.K. Wall
Nine months after being suspended as a contractor for the federal Medicare program, WellPoint Inc. is back in the game.
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Medical device developer receives $1M in federal funding

September 10, 2009
Scott Olson
Indianapolis-based FAST Diagnostics, a developer of a method to quickly measure kidney function, announced today that it has received $1 million in federal funding.
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Lilly paid doctors to prescribe Zyprexa, notes say

September 8, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Eli Lilly and Co. paid doctors in South Carolina for participating in a speakers' program in exchange for prescribing the antipsychotic Zyprexa, according to notes by Lilly sales representatives reviewed by Bloomberg News.
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Oak Street Funding raises $50 million in new capital

September 5, 2009
 IBJ Staff
German group invests in Carmel-based company that specializes in financial services for insurance agencies.
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Health information exchanges begin sharing medical records

September 3, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis-based Indiana Health Information Exchange today began sharing electronic medical records with two similar organizations across a multi-regional network, the group announced this morning.
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St. Francis, Anthem finalize health insurance contract

September 1, 2009
Scott Olson
The St. Francis hospital system has finalized a multiyear agreement with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Indiana, ending a months-long dispute over insurance-reimbursement costs, the parties said yesterday.
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Conseco consolidation to save $2.5M a year

August 31, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Conseco Inc. this morning said it is consolidating three of its insurers into one, a move that will have no impact on employment but will save the company about $2.5 million annually.
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Anthem, St. Francis reach agreement in principle

August 29, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The St. Francis hospital system has reached a tentative contract agreement with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Indiana, ending a disagreement over insurance reimbursement costs, the parties said today.
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Venture firms recapitalize Advanced Physical Therapy LLC

August 29, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Locally based venture capital firms Cardinal Equity Partners and Centerfield Capital Partners have joined with Chicago-based bank Harris NA to recapitalize the state’s largest independent physical therapy provider.
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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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Health reform breaking WellPoint's way so farRestricted Content

August 24, 2009
J.K. Wall
With the Obama administration backing away from a government-run, "public" plan, the insurance industry faces a much smaller threat in the form of privately run insurance co-ops.

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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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