Health Care & Insurance

Cost-control plan for health care could cost more patients

May 16, 2014
Associated Press
The Obama administration has given the go-ahead for a new cost-control strategy called "reference pricing." It lets insurers and employers put a dollar limit on what health plans pay for some expensive procedures.
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UPDATE: Pence unveils Healthy Indiana Plan expansion

May 15, 2014
Associated Press
Gov. Mike Pence said Medicaid is a "fiscal monstrosity" and hopes a proposed expansion of the state-run Healthy Indiana Plan will pass muster with federal officials as an alternative way to insure low-income residents.
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Lilly loses patent dispute over Alimta in London court

May 15, 2014
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly and Co. lost a United Kingdom lawsuit over its Alimta cancer treatment when a judge ruled Thursday that a generic version planned by Actavis Plc doesn't breach European patents.
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UPDATE: Pence to propose 2-tier insurance plan for poor

May 14, 2014
Associated Press
Officials with direct knowledge of the plan said participants in the first tier would receive limited coverage at no charge. A second tier would include dental and vision coverage and require participant contributions.
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WellPoint foe leads plan to reveal health prices to consumers

May 14, 2014
Bloomberg News
WellPoint Inc. competitor UnitedHealth Group Inc., the largest U.S. health insurer, will lead an industry effort to throw a spotlight on the prices paid for health-care services, making their costs available to consumers on the Internet.
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Consumers losing doctors with Obamacare plans

May 13, 2014
Associated Press
Before the law took effect, experts warned that narrow networks could impact patient's access to care, especially in cheaper plans. But with insurance cards now in hand, consumers are finding their access limited across all price ranges.
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Pence to unveil multipronged plan to expand health insurance

May 13, 2014
J.K. Wall
The governor's plan, to be announced Thursday, involves a combination of the Healthy Indiana Plan, employer-sponsored health plans and health savings accounts, according to an invitation sent Tuesday to Indiana health care officials.
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Community posts healthy results, but short of expectations

May 12, 2014
J.K. Wall
Community brought in more revenue and profit from operations last year. But a spike in charity care caused margins to fall significantly short of expectations of Community executives.
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Lilly to appeal $450M ruling over poisoned workers in Brazil

May 12, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Brazilian federal prosecutors had accused a Lilly subsidiary of incinerating toxic waste at the plant that it operated until 2003.
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Algaeon to take big step after landing $2.75M

May 12, 2014
Dan Human
An Indianapolis-based biotech company plans to use $2.75 million in new funding to begin commercial production of its algae-based nutritional supplements, the firm announced Monday.
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Lilly says its once-daily insulin tops competitor's drug

May 12, 2014
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly & Co. said its experimental insulin helped diabetic patients more than Sanofi’s biggest product in studies that also raised some safety risks.
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Life sciences critical mass elusive in Indiana after years of effortRestricted Content

May 10, 2014
J.K. Wall
Attempts to build the sector are making headway, but Indiana still lags leading states.
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UPDATE: Doctors nationwide victimized in ID theft fraud

May 9, 2014
Associated Press
The American Medical Association says the exact number of doctors affected by tax fraud isn't known, but hundreds of cases have been confirmed, including dozens in Indiana.
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U.S. House votes to revive expired research tax credit

May 9, 2014
Bloomberg News
The 274-131 vote follows calls to restore the credit by a coalition of companies including Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. and Texas Instruments Inc.
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Health insurers: Payment rates meeting expectations

May 7, 2014
Associated Press
Top health insurance companies told members of Congress Wednesday that more than 80 percent of people who've signed up under the president's new health care law have gone on to pay their premiums.
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Bayer’s $14.2 billion Merck buy shows pharma strategy split

May 7, 2014
Bloomberg News
Bayer AG's $14.2 billion acquisition of Merck & Co. is the latest in a series of big pharma deals and it exposes a deepening split in the way drugmakers approach their portfolios.
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Insurers say most Obamacare enrollees paying premiums

May 6, 2014
Bloomberg News
Three large health insurers including Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc. and Aetna Inc. say that a high percentage of their new Obamacare customers are paying their first premiums, partly undermining a Republican criticism of enrollment in the program.
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Veterans Affairs department rejects call for leader to quit

May 6, 2014
Associated Press
The Indianapolis-based American Legion, the nation's largest veterans service group, called Monday for the resignations of U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki and two of his top aides amid an investigation into allegations of corruption and unnecessary deaths.
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Zimmer-Biomet deal could stanch their bleeding at hospitals

May 5, 2014
J.K. Wall
Hospitals, which have forced orthopedic implant makers to lower their prices in recent years, may have a harder time doing so when the combined Zimmer-Biomet controls nearly 40 percent of the market.
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St. Vincent and Community to dissolve partnership

May 3, 2014
J.K. Wall
The Accountable Care Consortium was envisioned as a vehicle through which the hospitals would eventually funnel all of their roughly $2.5 billion in annual contracts with health insurers and employers.
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Endocyte shares plunge 60 percent after drug trial is stopped

May 2, 2014
 Bloomberg News and IBJ Staff
Endocyte Inc.'s stock fell more than 60 percent in early trading Friday after the drug it’s developing with Merck & Co.’s backing failed to help patients in a trial for ovarian cancer.
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Indiana signups lag for federal health care law

May 1, 2014
Associated Press
Data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services show that a total of nearly 230,000 Indiana residents were eligible to enroll in a marketplace plan, but only about 132,000 had done so by the March 31 deadline.
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Drug prices surge as generics, niche treatments eat profit

May 1, 2014
Bloomberg News
Since 2007, the cost of brand-name medicines has jumped, with prices doubling for dozens of established drugs that target everything from multiple sclerosis to cancer, blood pressure and even erections, according to an analysis conducted for Bloomberg News.
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CEOs launch childhood obesity initiative

April 30, 2014
J.K. Wall
Jump IN for Healthy Kids has a budget of $1.5 million and hopes to identify and extend successful efforts to improve diet, activity and healthy choices among children and their families.
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WellPoint shares rise after better-than-expected quarter

April 30, 2014
Bloomberg News, J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based health insurer increased its profit forecast after Obamacare enrollments boosted quarterly results.
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