Health Care & Insurance

Conseco profit edges analyst expectations

May 4, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Carmel-based life and health insurer earned $33.9 million in the quarter, more than 38 percent higher than during the same quarter a year earlier. Nearly all of that increase, however, was due to lower losses on investments and debt modifications.
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Indy anti-diabetes experiment takes off

April 21, 2010
J.K. Wall
UnitedHealthcare believes a program tested in the Indianapolis area will help it save money on claims.
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Study: Ditch reform, add public option

April 14, 2010
J.K. Wall
In poll after poll, calls for repealing the new health insurance law get strong support. But if the law were repealed, an Indiana University survey released this week shows that Americans want a surprising thing in its place: a public option.
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Employers want cake, and to eat it, too

April 13, 2010
J.K. Wall
Employers are still trying to get their arms around what the new health insurance law will mean for them. But on the eve of the law's passage last month, a survey by Indianapolis-based United Benefit Advisors LLC showed employers as a group had no hope the law would reduce their costs but also no coherent plan for reforming the current system.
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Hospitals stand to gain big by hiring docs

April 7, 2010
To understand why hospitals are so eager to employ physicians—and prevent them from owning their own facilities—look no further than the latest data on how much doctors are paid compared with how much revenue they generate for hospitals.
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Members: Anthem health plans subpar

April 7, 2010
J.K. Wall
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Indiana fell slightly below average for customer satisfaction among scores of health plans, according to a new survey by California-based J.D. Power & Associates.
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Spine center offering quick care for painRestricted Content

April 3, 2010
Scott Olson
An Indianapolis doctors' office has started an offshoot practice that specializes in quickly seeing patients with severe back pain.
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Chances of health reform passage soar

March 10, 2010
J.K. Wall
By pounding health insurers such as WellPoint Inc., President Obama has greatly boosted his chances of success in the eyes of Wall Street. But to make his health reform bill reality, he might need to answer the less-than-reassuring news coming from Massachusetts.
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Wishard construction project enjoying cheap debt

February 10, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Health & Hospital Corp. of Marion County got good news in its first round of borrowing to finance a new Wishard hospital: The cost is less than expected.
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United Hospital Services laundry co-op considers statewide expansion

January 16, 2010
Scott Olson
The massive far-east-side facility already launders linen for 30 hospitals and 400 clinics in Indiana, handling more than 36 million pounds of soiled linen each year.
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Area hospital construction taking break after expensive binge

January 16, 2010
J.K. Wall
Observers expect a lull with inpatient facilities for five years or more, but continued proliferation of outpatient clinics and surgery centers.
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Corporations bet on insiders to bend reform

December 30, 2009
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis health care heavyweights are among those spending $635 million, employing 166 former aides to key congressional leaders and committees in health reform process.
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Ramping up neuroscience R&D

December 9, 2009
J.K. Wall
NICO Corp., Clarian Health Ventures organize event to get neurosurgeons, inventors, investors talking about commercializing new products
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Health reform provision called 'death sentence' for doctor-owned hospitals

December 5, 2009
J.K. Wall
House and Senate versions of health care reform could halt the trend toward physician-owned hospitals.
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Builder looks to cold storage for steady work in a weak economyRestricted Content

December 5, 2009
Brock Benefiel
Cold storage might become a hot business for a building contractor.
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Shepherd Insurance buys rival DeTrude & Co.

December 2, 2009
J.K. Wall
The acquisition of DeTrude & Co. by Shepherd Insurance marks the 13th purchase of an Indianapolis-area benefits brokerage since mid-2007.
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Part of Mississippi's Zyprexa case against Lilly dismissed

December 2, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. has won a bid to dismiss part of a negligence lawsuit brought by Mississippi that alleges improper marketing of antipsychotic drug Zyprexa for unapproved uses.
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Grain Dealers finalizes affiliation with Florida firm

December 1, 2009
Scott Olson
Indianapolis-based Grain Dealers Mutual Insurance Co., one of the largest property-casualty insurers in the state, has closed on a deal to became part of The Main Street America Group, the Jacksonville, Fla.-based company said Tuesday morning.
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Lilly extends research pact with India firm

December 1, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Jubilant Organosys Ltd. and Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. extended their collaboration, which began in 2005, by five years.
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Express Scripts closes $4.7B deal to buy WellPoint pharmacy unit

December 1, 2009
 IBJ Staff
St. Louis-based Express Scripts Inc. has completed its $4.7 billion acquisition of WellPoint Inc.’s pharmacy benefits management business, the company said Tuesday.
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Sponsor: 'No way' smoking ban would pass in current form

November 30, 2009
Brock Benefiel
A proposal to strengthen Indianapolis’ workplace smoking ban is set to come before the City-County Council on Monday night, but one of the bill’s sponsors wants to send it back to committee for more work before a final vote.
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Lilly's Cymbalta wins new approval for anxiety disorder

November 30, 2009
J.K. Wall
FDA action should boost sales of the Eli Lilly and Co. drug, which were already on pace to top $3 billion this year.
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HICKS: New breast cancer recommendation not supportedRestricted Content

November 28, 2009
Mike Hicks
Under the current proposal, the same type of groups that made the CDC's recommendations will outline guidelines about which treatment will be offered under a government program.
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St. Vincent-Novia clinic partnership cuts out insurance middleman

November 28, 2009
J.K. Wall
The St. Vincent Health hospital system has joined with Indianapolis-based Novia CareClinics LLC to set up clinics on employers’ campuses, offering health care for their workers with no insurance companies involved.
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Hillenbrand profits rise despite revenue declines

November 24, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Improved investment returns and lower costs on diesel fuel and raw materials used in Hillenbrand's products helped improve company earnings
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