Health Care & Insurance

Reinsurance deal helps Conseco raise cash

November 20, 2009
J.K. Wall
Carmel-based Conseco's second deal with Minnesota-based Wilton Reassurance Co. will bring in $45 million.
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Conseco plans new stock offering

November 19, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Conseco Inc. plans to sell about $230 million in stock and use half of the net proceeds to repay debt under its senior credit agreement.
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Indiana No. 3 in premium surge

November 18, 2009
J.K. Wall
Health insurance costs have spiked 136 percent in past decade, more than three times more than wage growth.
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Lilly stock droops after rival claims faster-acting impotence pill

November 18, 2009
 IBJ Staff
California-based Vivus claims its drug acts in 30 minutes, compared with about 2 hours for Lilly's Cialis.
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Arcadia sees bigger quarterly loss on lower revenue

November 16, 2009
J.K. Wall
Health care company Arcadia Resources Inc. saw growth in pharmacy business, offset by slower medical staffing sales.
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New Anthem pay-for-performance program gives docs $3.1M

November 14, 2009
J.K. Wall
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Indiana is doling out $3.1 million to Indianapolis-area doctors—its first payments based on a local quality measuring system.
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Lilly, WellPoint CEOs pin health care reform hopes on Senate

November 14, 2009
 IBJ Staff
After the U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed a sweeping health care overhaul, leaders of Indiana’s two largest health care entities turned their hopes to the U.S. Senate to give them a bill more to their liking.
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Hancock Regional Hospital goes after Geist market

November 14, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The $7.8 million medical office building in McCordsville will allow the hospital to tap patients with private insurance.
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Health reform prods partnership of St. Vincent, OrthoIndy

November 13, 2009
J.K. Wall
The specter of declining reimbursement, as well as the desire for statewide growth, lie behind St. Vincent Health's decision to form a physician management firm with OrthoIndy and buy a minority stake in its Indiana Orthopaedic Hospital.
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Indiana near top in smoking survey; national rate rises

November 13, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
A survey found cigarette smoking rose slightly on a national basis for the first time in almost 15 years and that Indiana had the second highest smoking rate among states.
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Hill-Rom's fourth quarter profit exceeds expectations

November 12, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Batesville-based maker of hospital equipment reported profit of $26.4 million, or 42 cents per share, in the period ended Sept. 30.
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Vera Bradley gives another $10M to IU cancer center

November 12, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Previous gifts from the foundation to the cancer center have been used to hire 10 researchers working on breast cancer.
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Lilly to pay Utah $24 million to settle Zyprexa suit

November 11, 2009
Eli Lilly and Co. has agreed to pay Utah $24 million to settle a lawsuit claiming the company improperly marketed the antipsychotic drug Zyprexa.
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Council resurrects workplace smoking ban proposal

November 10, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Two weeks after reaching a stalemate on a proposal that would broaden the city's workplace smoking ban, City-Council Council members voted Monday night to resurrect the measure.
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Arcadia adds Goldsmith to board, seeks $11M in offering

November 9, 2009
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-based Arcadia Resources Inc. has added former Indianapolis Mayor Steve Goldsmith to its board and plans to raise $11.1 million in a registered direct stock offering.
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Struggling Bioanalytical Systems adds outsider to boardRestricted Content

November 7, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Shareholders are starting to make inroads in their effort to turn struggling West Lafayette-based Bioanalytical Systems Inc. in a new direction.
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Catholic-owned builder edges into IndianapolisRestricted Content

November 7, 2009
Norm Heikens
When Sisters of St. Francis Health Services Inc. bought Tonn and Blank Construction Co. in 1998, more than one employee of the Michigan City firm wondered what it would be like to be run by a Roman Catholic order that not only owned a string of Midwestern hospitals but also traced its spiritual heritage to a 12th century mystic.
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WellPoint, Obama administration battle over cost of health reform to employers

November 7, 2009
 IBJ Staff
At this point in the health reform debate, you have to take numbers from any side with a grain of salt. That said, Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc. has done perhaps the only local analysis of how proposed reforms would affect the cost of health insurance for employers.
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IUPUI mulling options for old Wishard Hospital siteRestricted Content

November 7, 2009
J.K. Wall
The most obvious use for the old Wishard site is an expansion of the Indiana University School of Medicine, particularly for medical research space, university administrators said.
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Daniels blasts House health bill

November 5, 2009
J.K. Wall
In letter to Indiana congressmen, the governor says the reform bill would kill jobs with 'enormous' new taxes.
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Senate probing WellPoint, others over small-biz rates

November 4, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The Senate health care committee is investigating how health insurers, including Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc., price the coverage they sell to small businesses.
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Work on new Wishard Hospital set to start next week

November 4, 2009
J.K. Wall
After winning 83-percent support for $754 million hospital, Wishard officials hope to sell bonds, pick construction firm by year's end.
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New Wishard gets overwhelming approval in referendum

November 3, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Unofficial results from Tuesday night's special election show more than eight out of 10 Marion County voters supporting a new $754 million hospital for Wishard Health Services.
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Wishard receives $6 million gift from Fairbanks

November 3, 2009
The Wishard Foundation said it has received a $6 million grant from the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation that will be used to help fund construction of a new Wishard Hospital, if Marion County voters approve the project.
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Health insurer Anthem's market share swells

October 31, 2009
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc.'s Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield subsidiary claimed 42.5 percent of central Indiana residents covered by private health insurance this year, up from 35-percent last year, according to a market research firm.
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  1. Why not take some time to do some research before traveling to that Indiana town or city, and find the ones that are no smoking either inside, or have a patio? People like yourself are just being selfish, and unnecessarily trying to take away all indoor venues that smokers can enjoy themselves at. Last time I checked, it is still a free country, and businesses do respond to market pressure and will ban smoking, if there's enough demand by customers for it(i.e. Linebacker Lounge in South Bend, and Rack and Helen's in New Haven, IN, outside of Fort Wayne). Indiana law already unnecessarily forced restaurants with a bar area to be no smoking, so why not support those restaurants that were forced to ban smoking against their will? Also, I'm always surprised at the number of bars that chose to ban smoking on their own, in non-ban parts of Indiana I'll sometimes travel into. Whiting, IN(just southeast of Chicago) has at least a few bars that went no smoking on their own accord, and despite no selfish government ban forcing those bars to make that move against their will! I'd much rather have a balance of both smoking and non-smoking bars, rather than a complete bar smoking ban that'll only force more bars to close their doors. And besides IMO, there are much worser things to worry about, than cigarette smoke inside a bar. If you feel a bar is too smoky, then simply walk out and take your business to a different bar!

  2. As other states are realizing the harm in jailing offenders of marijuana...Indiana steps backwards into the script of Reefer Madness. Well...you guys voted for your Gov...up to you to vote him out. Signed, Citizen of Florida...the next state to have medical marijuana.

  3. It's empowering for this niche community to know that they have an advocate on their side in case things go awry. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lrst9VXVKfE

  4. Apparently the settlement over Angie's List "bundling" charges hasn't stopped the practice! My membership is up for renewal, and I'm on my third email trying to get a "basic" membership rather than the "bundled" version they're trying to charge me for. Frustrating!!

  5. Well....as a vendor to both of these builders I guess I have the right to comment. Davis closed his doors with integrity.He paid me every penny he owed me. Estridge,STILL owes me thousands and thousands of dollars. The last few years of my life have been spent working 2 jobs, paying off the suppliers I used to work on Estridge jobs and just struggling to survive. Shame on you Paul...and shame on you IBJ! Maybe you should have contacted the hundreds of vendors that Paul stiffed. I'm sure your "rises from the ashes" spin on reporting would have contained true stories of real people who have struggled to find work and pay of their debts (something that Paul didn't even attempt to do).

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