Health Care & Insurance

Steak n Shake's Biglari adds intrigue by buying stake in insurer

October 31, 2009
Greg Andrews
The Indianapolis-based company's CEO revealed earlier this year that he intends to use Steak n Shake as a holding company that will pursue purchases “either related or unrelated to its ongoing business activities.”
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TechPoint to focus on IT firms specializing in medical, life sciences sectorsRestricted Content

October 31, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Long tracking the emergence of information technology firms involved in the health and life sciences sector, the state’s IT trade group, TechPoint, is undergoing a mitosis of sorts to help fuel the trend. It has created Advancing Life Science & Health Care Information Technology, or ALHIT, which will focus on growing this subset of the IT realm.
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Clarian restarts construction on hospital in Fishers

October 30, 2009
J.K. Wall
Clarian Health has resumed construction on its Saxony Medical Center in Fishers after an 8-month hiatus, the Indianapolis-based hospital system announced Friday.
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Quarterly profit, revenue soar at Baldwin & Lyons

October 29, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Baldwin & Lyons Inc. on Thursday morning reported a record third-quarter profit, thanks to big investment gains and an increase in premiums.
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WellPoint shares flat after profits beat analyst predictions

October 28, 2009
J.K. Wall
WellPoint Inc.'s third-quarter profits soared above analysts' expectations, but the insurer remains cautious in the face of the flu and high unemployment.
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Doctors balk at Senate attempt to cut waste

October 28, 2009
J.K. Wall
Some Indianapolis-area doctors fear a bill in the U.S. Senate would botch the way costs for tests and procedures are calculated, and ultimately lead to a reimbursement system that works worse than the existing system.
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WellPoint's third-quarter profits beat expectations

October 28, 2009
J.K. Wall
WellPoint Inc.'s third-quarter profits fell 11 percent, the company reported this morning, but still soared above analysts' expectations.
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Smoking-ban backers, opponents vow to keep battling

October 27, 2009
Brock Benefiel
Supporters of a stricter ban on smoking in Indianapolis workplaces said the City-County Council's decision Monday night to table the proposal will not kill efforts to get legislation passed.
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Indy Chamber of Commerce endorses smoking ban

October 26, 2009
Cory Schouten
The Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce is throwing its weight behind a tougher workplace smoking ban up for consideration tonight by the City-County Council.
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Goodwill executive to lead national health care boardRestricted Content

October 24, 2009
Scott Olson
Goodwill Industries executive Keith Reissaus has been tapped to run Washington, D.C.-based Leapfrog Group, an industry coalition. Reissaus gained control of health care costs by giving employees incentives to care about their health.
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Indiana insurance industry weathers hard times

October 24, 2009
J.K. Wall
Employment in Indiana's insurance industry has remained stable despite a poor economy.
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Cook Group Inc. owner says health reform's tax on medical devices could kill jobs

October 24, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Bloomington-based Cook Group Inc. might have to cut as many as 1,000 local jobs if Congress enacts a tax on medical devices to pay for health care reform, company founder Bill Cook said in an interview.
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Lilly needs to sell more Effient before Zyprexa loses patent protectionRestricted Content

October 24, 2009
J.K. Wall
Sales of Eli Lilly and Co.’s newest drug were an afterthought during its Oct. 21 report on third-quarter earnings. The blood thinner Effient totaled up $22.6 million in sales—a mere 0.4 percent of Lilly’s total for the quarter.
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Lilly settles Zyprexa case with S. Carolina for $45M

October 23, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster said Friday that the state has reached a $45 million settlement with drug maker Eli Lilly and Co. over the company's marketing of an anti-psychotic drug.
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Eli Lilly CEO banking on new drug pipeline

October 22, 2009
Associated Press
CEO John Lechleiter says Lilly's pipeline has helped it rebound from significant patent losses three times during his 30-year career at the company. He's betting there will be a fourth.
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Zimmer profits fall, but beat expectations

October 22, 2009
J.K. Wall
The Warsaw-based company recorded a third-quarter profit of $150 million, down 30 percent from the same quarter a year ago.
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Lilly, GE announce cancer diagnostic breakthrough

October 21, 2009
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly and Co. and General Electric Co. say they've made a breakthrough in cancer research that could help Lilly cut the size and cost of its clinical trials.
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Cook: Tax could kill 1,000 jobs in Bloomington

October 21, 2009
J.K. Wall
Bloomington-based Cook Group Inc. could find itself cutting as many as 1,000 local jobs if Congress enacts a tax on medical devices to pay for health care reform, company founder Bill Cook said in an interview.
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Lilly reports $942 million profit in third quarter

October 21, 2009
J.K. Wall
Excluding special items, Eli Lilly and Co.'s earnings per share spike 22 percent on the strength of Alimta, Cymbalta and Humalog sales. Lilly's revenue rose 7 percent in the quarter over the same period of 2008, to $5.56 billion.
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Medco plans to compare Plavix, Effient in study

October 20, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Medco Health Solutions Inc. said Tuesday it will compare the blood thinner Plavix, the world's second-best selling drug, with Effient, a potential blockbuster drug sold by Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co.
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Cook calls for new approach to health reform

October 20, 2009
J.K. Wall
Founder of medical device firm says Congress should fund network of low-cost clinics.
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SMITH: Cut health care costs by limiting malpractice lawsuitsRestricted Content

October 17, 2009
Debra A. Smith
A peer-review panel of experts would help minimize unnecessary medical malpractice suits.
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Doctors link together to experiment with 'one-stop shopping'

October 17, 2009
Scott Olson
Specialists are clustering to focus on a single ailment, such as pain, to cut costs and improve quality of treatment.
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Power Breakfast panel debates health care reform

October 17, 2009
As health care legislation continues to wend its way through Congress, Indianapolis-area industry leaders still harbor strong opinions about the issue. Five industry insiders discussed how to improve the health care system during IBJ’s Power Breakfast Sept. 25 at the Westin Indianapolis.
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Baucus health reform bill draws fire in Indiana, too

October 17, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The health insurance industry’s sudden counterpunch to the Senate version of health reform echoed in Indiana and opened a key issue for the rest of the debate: Will covering half of the country’s uninsured mean raising premiums for the 85 percent of Americans who already have insurance?
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