Health Care & Insurance

Indiana continues to have high smoking, obesity rates, and is below average in public health fundingRestricted Content

February 2, 2009
J.K. Wall
Obesity and smoking rates are little changed since Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels took office in January 2005.
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Texas developer and New Hampshire not-for-profit promise attention for seniors who prize stable pricesRestricted Content

February 2, 2009
Scott Olson
A Texas developer of retirement communities has targeted Carmel for a style of assisted living new to the Indianapolis area that offers on-site health care for the unusual arrangement of a fi xed monthly fee.
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Stimulus could help medical exchangeRestricted Content

February 2, 2009

 President Barack Obama's economic stimulus bill provides a big opportunity for the Indianapolis-based Indiana Health Information Exchange to spread its expertise around the country.

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Hilbert fears mother-in-law victim of foul play

January 26, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Indianapolis businessman Steve Hilbert fears foul play in the recent death of his mother-in-law—a suspicion fueled by a new federal lawsuit alleging a woman by the same name was caught up in a $15-million life insurance fraud scheme. Though he acknowledges having no hard evidence, Hilbert said he has asked law enforcement authorities to reopen their investigation into the Sept. 28 death of Germaine "Suzy" Tomlinson, 69, mother of his wife, Tomisue.
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UPDATE: Castleton Cosmetic and Family DentistryRestricted Content

January 26, 2009
Amanda Getchel
Bill Tellman is reaching out to other cosmetic professionals, plastic surgeons and salons to work together in expanding a new client base: the 95 percent of his customers who are relatively unaffected by the recession.
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Carmel startup lands $12M in venture capitalRestricted Content

January 19, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Carmel startup Waterstone Pharmaceuticals Inc., which hopes to research drug components here and make them in China, has just raised $12 million in venture capital—despite the recession and a deep freeze in financial markets.
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OBS Medical hopes to capture pharma's heartRestricted Content

January 19, 2009
J.K. Wall
The latest product to come out of Carmel-based OBS Medical may be just what the doctors ordered. The doctors working for major pharmaceutical companies, that is.
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Hoosier doctors fret about medical tourismRestricted Content

January 19, 2009
If globalization comes to health care, could it push doctors and hospitals to the brink of a bailout? That's the fear of Indiana doctors, who saw such a scenario become a whole lot more plausible late last year after Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc. announced a pilot "medical tourism" project in Wisconsin that would pay for a company's workers to receive care in India.
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Targanta receives rescue line for drugRestricted Content

January 19, 2009
A former Eli Lilly and Co. antibiotic being developed in Indianapolis will live to try again. The company developing the drug, Massachusetts-based Targanta Therapeutics Inc., has agreed to be acquired by New Jersey-based The Medicines Co. for $42 million.
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Nursing home group tries bulk purchasing to save cashRestricted Content

January 12, 2009
The Indiana Health Care Association has signed contracts with three corporations to buy supplies, medicines and insurance in bulk.
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Legislation takes aim at AnthemRestricted Content

January 12, 2009
J.K. Wall
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield's growing market dominance in Indiana is sparking a backlash from doctors who plan to push a bill this year in the Indiana General Assembly that would allow physicians to reject patients covered by massive health insurer.
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Local chiropractor bounces into fitness businessRestricted Content

January 12, 2009
Whitney Lee
Fishers chiropractor Steven Roberts had been teaching fitness classes using inflatable exercise balls for about seven years when he had a brainstorm—his adult clients might get even more out of them if the balls had handles.
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Obama's call ignites local health care debatesRestricted Content

January 5, 2009
J.K. Wall
When President-elect Barack Obama called for community discussions of health care reform, about 250 people in Indianapolis answered. Their answer rang loud with individual complaints, a surprising number of calls for national health insurance and some doubt that their comments would actually shape Obama's policymaking.
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Lilly eyes generic biotech drugsRestricted Content

January 5, 2009
Generic drugmakers have been the nemesis of companies like Eli Lilly and Co., but now the Indianapolis-based company and its peers want to get in the generic game themselves.
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Lilly makes $6.5B acquisitionRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly and Co. CEO John Lechleiter played a game of pharmaceutical poker with former Lilly Chief Financial Officer Jim Cornelius—and won.
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WellPoint shares sufferRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
J.K. Wall
It was a bad year to be a shareholder of most companies. But the value of the Indianapolis-based health insurer's stock lost more than 55 percent of its value during the year.
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3M prepares launch of Hoosier startup's toothpasteRestricted Content

December 22, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
In January, St. Paul, Minn.-based 3M will release "Clinpro 5000," a specialty toothpaste Indiana Nanotech developed.
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Have you checked your PSA lately?Restricted Content

December 22, 2008
Chris Katterjohn
I'm here to plead with all men and the people who love them: Don't be lazy like I was about getting annual PSA checks and physical exams.
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Thanks for column on smoking lawRestricted Content

December 22, 2008
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'Smoke free' needs to be the law in all Hoosier public placesRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
If Indianapolis is going to be a first-class city, it needs to have a comprehensive smoke-free workplace law.
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Generic meds cost more than consumers realizeRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
Generic drug makers drive up the cost of name-brand drugs developed by locally based Eli Lilly and Co. and other pharmaceutical firms.
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My Health Care Manager goes nationalRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
Less than three years into its life, Indianapolis-based My Health Care Manager is going national.
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A health plan for job hoppersRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
Indianapolis-based Golden Rule Insurance Co. has launched a plan aimed at people who move in and out of jobs that don't offer health insurance.
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New ER in Mooresville likely to intensify competition with Martinsville's Morgan HospitalRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
Chris O'Malley
St. Francis Hospital-Mooresville is seeing higher-than-projected use of a newly added emergency department that has firmed up its status as a full-service hospital.
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Lilly fighting with generic drug firms over Cymbalta, Alimta, 5 other medicationsRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly & Co. has filed lawsuits against seven generic drug companies in federal court in Indianapolis, asking a judge to declare its Cymbalta patent valid and to tell the generic companies to back off.
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  1. So much for Eric Holder's conversation about race. If white people have got something to say, they get sued over it. Bottom line: white people have un-freer speech than others as a consequence of the misnamed "Civil rights laws."

  2. I agree, having seen three shows, that I was less than wowed. Disappointing!!

  3. Start drilling, start fracking, and start using our own energy. Other states have enriched their citizens and nearly elminated unemployment by using these resources that are on private land. If you are against the 'low prices' of discount stores, the best way to allow shoppers more choice is to empower them with better earnings. NOT through manipulated gov mandated min wage hikes, but better jobs and higher competitive pay. This would be direct result of using our own energy resources, yet Obama knows that Americans who arent dependent of gov welfare are much less likely to vote Dem, so he looks for ways to ensure America's decline and keep its citizens dependent of gov.

  4. Say It Loud, I'm Black and Ashamed: It's too bad that with certain "black" entertainment events, it seems violence and thuggery follows and the collateral damage that it leaves behinds continues to be a strain on the city in terms of people getting hurt, killed or becoming victims of crimes and/or stretching city resources. I remember shopping in the Meadows area years ago until violence and crime ended make most of the business pack you and leave as did with Lafayette Square and Washington Square. Over the past 10 to 12 years, I remember going to the Indiana Black Expo Soul Picnic in Washington Park. Violence, gang fights and homicides ended that. My great grandmother still bears the scares on her leg from when she was trampled by a group of thugs running from gun fire from a rival gang. With hundreds of police offices downtown still multiple shootings, people getting shot downtown during Black Expo. A number of people getting shots or murdered at black clubs around the city like Club Six on the west side, The Industry downtown, Jamal Tinsley's shot out in front of the Conrad, multiple fights and shootings at the skating rinks, shootings at Circle Center Mall and shooting and robberies and car jackings at Lafayette Mall. Shootings and gang violence and the State Fair. I can go on and on and on. Now Broad Ripple. (Shaking head side to side) Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Ashamed.

  5. Ballard Administration. Too funny. This is the least fiscally responsive administration I have ever seen. One thing this article failed to mention, is that the Hoosier State line delivers rail cars to the Amtrak Beech Grove maintenance facility for refurbishment. That's an economic development issue. And the jobs there are high-paying. That alone is worth the City's investment.

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