Health Care & Insurance

Analyst: WellPoint will lose money on Obamacare in 2014

December 23, 2013
J.K. Wall
Small business dumping, the uncertainty of Obamacare's exchanges, and the certainty of Obamacare's taxes will take a bite out of WellPoint's earnings next year. But company executives remain bullish on Obamacare's long-term impact.
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Lilly, other drugmakers to keep paying doctors

December 19, 2013
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly and Co., Pfizer Inc., Sanofi and other large drugmakers will keep paying doctors to give talks about their products, leaving GlaxoSmithKline Plc alone for now in its decision to halt such compensation.
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Insurers give Obamacare enrollees more time for payments

December 18, 2013
Bloomberg News
Consumers who enroll in health plans through the new U.S. exchanges will get 10 extra days to pay their first premiums and still gain coverage effective Jan. 1, an insurance company trade group said Wednesday.
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Pfizer, Teva reach deal to allow generic Viagra

December 18, 2013
Bloomberg News
Fifteen years after Pfizer Inc.’s Viagra changed the sexual equation for older men, the blockbuster impotence drug is set to become available in a less expensive generic form as early as 2017.
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Ascension hospitals pledge 549 more service center jobs

December 18, 2013
J.K. Wall
Even though St. Louis-based Ascension Health cut nearly 900 jobs this year from its Indianapolis-based hospital subsidiary, St. Vincent Health, it wants to add 549 more to its service center here by 2016.
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Two new studies debunk benefits of multivitamins

December 18, 2013
Associated Press
There's more disappointing news about multivitamins: Two major studies found popping the pills didn't protect aging men's brains or help heart attack survivors.
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Hospitals slow to embrace future, survey finds

December 16, 2013
J.K. Wall
Hospital executives, in spite of mounting financial pressures under their older business models, are stepping cautiously into the future, with nearly half opting against new accountable care business models touted by Obamacare.
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Cummins plans wellness center for employees

December 13, 2013
Associated Press
The facility in Columbus would be the first of its kind for the company. Should the concept prove successful, Cummins will consider similar arrangements in other areas with Cummins plants, said Dr. Dexter Shurney, chief medical officer for Cummins.
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Lilly foe still testing Alzheimer's theory where others failed

December 12, 2013
Bloomberg News
Since 1998, there have been more than 100 attempts to develop an Alzheimer’s treatment, and all have failed. Such a product may generate as much as $5 billion annually for Merck, according to analysts
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FDA approves first generic versions of Lilly's Cymbalta

December 11, 2013
Associated Press
Cymbalta is Eli Lilly and Co. Inc.'s best-selling drug and posted 2012 sales of $4.7 billion, making it the fifth-highest selling medication in the world. The drug's patent expired Wednesday.
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Pence, Sebelius to meet on health care expansion proposals

December 11, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is scheduling a meeting with U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius about the state’s request to use its own health care plan in place of a traditional Medicaid expansion.
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Obamacare exchange enrollment reaches 3,500 in Indiana

December 11, 2013
J.K. Wall
Enrollment in November was about four times faster than in October, but it will need to be about 12 times faster through the end of March to meet federal projections.
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Indiana extends Healthy Indiana Plan through April

December 10, 2013
Associated Press
The Family and Social Services Administration announced Tuesday it is extending its Healthy Indiana Plan to participants who earn between 100 percent and 200 percent of the federal poverty level.
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IU seeks proposals for Evansville medical facility

December 10, 2013
Associated Press
The university's existing Evansville campus serves students for two years. The new site would allow students to finish their medical education in Evansville.
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Lilly set to fall off second patent cliff

December 9, 2013
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly and Co. on Wednesday will fall off its second “patent cliff” in as many years as its best-selling drug Cymbalta sees its U.S. patents expire.
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Costs of rare November storms, tornadoes top $1 billion

December 9, 2013
Bloomberg News
Tornadoes and thunderstorms that swept across the U.S. Midwest last month will probably cost more than $1 billion in economic losses, led by damage in Illinois and Indiana, according to insurance broker Aon Plc.
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Hospital cuts create uncertain future for nurses

December 9, 2013
Associated Press
The new climate is a seismic change for many who got into nursing because for generations it had been a recession-proof career.
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Nearly 150 patients moved in hospital transition

December 7, 2013
Associated Press
Eskenazi admitted its first patients and the hospital it's replacing, Wishard Memorial, discharged its last Saturday as part of the transition between the two hospitals.
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Insurance bargain-hunters might miss out on subsidiesRestricted Content

December 7, 2013
J.K. Wall
Hoosiers who sign up for “zero premium” health insurance in the new Obamacare exchanges might end up leaving thousands of dollars on the table. An estimated 250,000 uninsured Hoosiers could qualify for health insurance in the Obamacare exchanges that would cost them nothing—at least upfront.
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IU Health could fall out of network for UnitedHealthcare

December 6, 2013
J.K. Wall
IU Health, the state's largest hospital system, and UnitedHealthcare, the state's second-largest health insurer, have been unable to come to terms on a new set of reimbursement contracts.
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Eskenazi Health hospital set to open Saturday

December 6, 2013
Associated Press
The new $754 million hospital is scheduled to begin accepting patients at 7 a.m. Saturday, which is one minute after Wishard Hospital will stop accepting patients.
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Skjodt donates $2M to Herron's art-therapy program

December 5, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The gift will endow a chair in the program, which is based at IUPUI and was developed with cooperation from the Indiana University School of Medicine. The two-year, full-time residential program is the only one of its kind in Indiana.
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Lilly depression drug fails to meet goals in studies

December 5, 2013
Bloomberg News
Edivoxetine, a derivative of Lilly's Strattera drug for attention deficit disorder, was in the final of three stages of testing usually required for marketing approval by U.S. regulators.
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Lilly invests in NY life sciences venture capital initiative

December 4, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. has joined two other companies to contribute $40 million to an early-stage life sciences venture capital initiative in New York City.
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Lilly called likely suitor for Novartis veterinary unit

December 3, 2013
Bloomberg News
Novartis AG’s animal-health business is drawing interest from drugmakers including Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. and Merck & Co. as the Swiss pharmaceutical giant prepares to sell the unit, people with knowledge of the matter said.
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