Health Care & Insurance

Roche Diagnostics to get indirect boon from new test

August 22, 2011
J.K. Wall
New drug for metastatic melanoma packaged with genetic test should help Roche sell more of its cobas 4800 laboratory testing systems.
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Q&A

August 22, 2011
J.K. Wall
Angela Smith, an attorney for hospitals and physicians at Indianapolis-based Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman P.C., spoke about Medicare’s value-based purchasing program, a federal initiative that will attempt to shift health care payments from the fee-for-service model to one based on health outcomes. On July 1, hospitals began being scored on their performance in 13 categories, including processes, patient outcomes and patient satisfaction surveys. How hospitals score could boost or diminish all their Medicare payments by as much as 1 percent, beginning in October 2012.
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Lilly spent $1.9M lobbying feds in first quarter

August 21, 2011
Associated Press
Eli Lilly and Co. spent $1.9 million lobbying the federal government in the first quarter, focusing on the health care overhaul and overseas pricing reform, among many other issues.
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Economy still tough, but a few Hoosier industries on upswingRestricted Content

August 20, 2011
J.K. Wall
Two years into the economic recovery, bright spots in the Indiana job market are still hard to find. The insurance industry is one of the few glimmers of light on Indiana’s horizon. Others include engine makers, nursing homes and temp agencies.
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WellPoint spent $1.3M on federal lobbying in 2nd quarter

August 18, 2011
Associated Press
WellPoint lobbied on issues tied to the overhaul's implementation and regulations for accountable care organizations, which are networks of hospitals, doctors, rehabilitation centers and other providers that coordinate a patient's care.
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Arcadia Resources to delist stock amid cash crunch

August 16, 2011
J.K. Wall
Arcadia Resources Inc.'s share price dwindled to just 5 cents as of late Tuesday morning, following the company's announcement that it was delisting its stock and had suffered another quarterly loss.
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IU Health fights Franciscan over family doc

August 15, 2011
J.K. Wall
IU Health Morgan Hospital sued Dr. Dianna Boyer on Aug. 3 to stop her from moving her practice to a facility Franciscan St. Francis Health is building in Martinsville.
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Anthem not quite so dominant

August 15, 2011
J.K. Wall
Revised Insurance Department data show the Indianapolis-based carrier claims about 60 percent of the individual health insurance market in Indiana, down from a previously reported 65 percent.
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Inventor on quest to bring medical device to marketRestricted Content

August 13, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Licensed practical nurse Nic Davis invented a device to kill and prevent the introduction of microorganisms that collect at catheter ports.
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Five individual insurers leaving Indiana

August 8, 2011
J.K. Wall
Hartford-based Aetna Inc. and Philadelphia-based Cigna Corp., the nation’s third- and fifth-largest health insurers respectively, have announced their departure from Indiana’s individual health insurance market.
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Q&A

August 8, 2011
J.K. Wall
The adult smoking rate in Indiana dropped to 21.2 percent last year, a major reduction from the 27 percent rate logged five years ago. Karla Sneegas, assistant commissioner of the State Health Department’s Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Commission, discussed the progress, as well as her agency’s efforts to help employers help their workers quit smoking.
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Health care VC slows in 2011

August 8, 2011
J.K. Wall
Four Hoosier companies attracted more than $10.5 million, down from 10 companies that attracted $18.5 million during the first half of 2010.
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Zimmer playing hardball with plaintiffs' lawyers

August 8, 2011
Bloomberg News
The Warsaw-based company has sued seven law firms this year and sent warning letters to at least three more, saying their ads and Internet postings distorted the safety record of its $1.8 billion-a-year knee business.
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Orthopedics company plans $27M Indiana project

August 5, 2011
Associated Press
Warsaw-based DePuy Orthopaedics expects to spend $20 million on manufacturing equipment and $7 million on research and development equipment and have it installed before 2014.
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Mother Nature again slams insurer Baldwin & Lyons

August 4, 2011
Cory Schouten
Catastrophic tornadoes in Alabama and Missouri took their toll on second quarter results for Indianapolis-based insurer Baldwin & Lyons Inc.
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Medical implant maker plans move from northern Indiana

August 4, 2011
Associated Press
Rochester Medical Implants plans to move operations from Rochester to Noblesville in October. The company has 28 employees.
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Aetna latest out of Indiana individual health market

August 3, 2011
Associated Press
The nation's third-largest health insurance company is the latest to leave the individual policy market in Indiana in another sign of diminishing competition.
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Endocyte completes secondary public offering

August 3, 2011
The West Lafayette-based biotech firm raised about $66.8 million by selling nearly 6.7 million shares of company stock, priced at $12.26 per share.
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Indiana asks court to lift Planned Parenthood order

August 1, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana asked a federal appeals court Monday to lift a judge's order blocking parts of a new abortion law that cuts some public Planned Parenthood funding, saying the issue should be decided by Medicaid officials and not the courts.
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WellPoint fails to profit on consumer pullback

August 1, 2011
J.K. Wall
With recession-weary Americans going to the doctor less, health insurer WellPoint Inc. should be enjoying higher profits. But it isn’t working out that way.
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Consumers grow allergic to health care costs

August 1, 2011
J.K. Wall
Deloitte found that 20 percent of consumers have cut back on health care spending and 75 percent say the economic slowdown has had some impact on their willingness to spend on health care.
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Indiana life sciences leaders look toward the futureRestricted Content

July 30, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Former Eli Lilly and Co. vice president Richard Dimarchi, BioCrossroads President David Johnson, angel investor Oscar Moralez and Purdue University Senior Vice President Alan Rebar discuss issues ranging from the depth of the life sciences industry in Indiana to venture capital and Purdue's Discovery Park.
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Eli Lilly's Elanco unit blossoming at just the right timeRestricted Content

July 30, 2011
Greg Andrews
An investment firm projects that the Elanco animal-health business will generate sales of nearly $2 billion by 2012 and surpass $3 billion by 2018.
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Timmy Foundation changes name to reflect global reachRestricted Content

July 30, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The organization that organizes medical teams to serve overseas is now called Timmy Global Health.
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Lilly wins appeals court ruling in Strattera patent case

July 29, 2011
Bloomberg News
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., overturned Friday a judge’s decision that Lilly’s patent on attention-deficit treatment Strattera was invalid.
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