Health Care & Insurance

Report: State's life science sector continues to grow

June 23, 2011
Chris O'Malley
A total of 220 life sciences startups have been launched in Indiana since 2004, or an average of 44 per year, according to a new report from BioCrossroads that tracked the industry’s growth over the last eight years.
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Groups call for probe of St. Francis hospital over charity care

June 22, 2011
J.K. Wall
Citizens Action Coalition Education Fund and Indiana Legal Services Inc. claim that “a good number” of Indianapolis south-side residents who should have qualified for reduced or waived bills at St. Francis were instead steered into payments plans.
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Wishard to be renamed after $40M gift from developer

June 22, 2011
J.K. Wall
Wishard Health Services will change its name to Eskenazi Health after receiving a $40 million gift from Indianapolis real estate developer Sidney Eskenazi and his wife Lois, the county-owned hospital announced Wednesday morning.
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EU approves Lilly's weekly diabetes drug Bydureon

June 21, 2011
Associated Press
European Union regulators have approved the first once-per-week diabetes medication, the companies that developed the drug said Tuesday.
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Planned Parenthood stops seeing Medicaid patients

June 20, 2011
Associated Press
Planned Parenthood of Indiana is no longer seeing Medicaid patients because a federal judge hasn't ruled yet on its attempt to block a new Indiana law cutting funding for certain abortion providers, officials said Monday.
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Troubled economy fueling hospital deals

June 20, 2011
J.K. Wall
Battered by stagnant population growth and blue-collar job loss, Howard Regional Health is merging with Indiana University Health—a deal that reflects the challenges faced by hospitals in Indiana’s outlying cities.
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Survey: Hospitals still rewarding docs for volume

June 20, 2011
J.K. Wall
The latest physician recruitment survey from Texas-based Merritt Hawkins shows three-quarters of all physician searches include a performance bonus for the doctor. Fewer than 10 percent of those bonuses are tied to something other than volume of procedures.
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Community Health adopts low-cost mantraRestricted Content

June 18, 2011
J.K. Wall
Community Health Network has embarked on a strategy to become a low-cost, high-output machine in order to survive the coming harsh economic environment that an aging population and expanded health care coverage promises for hospitals.
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State gets week to respond in Planned Parenthood case

June 17, 2011
Associated Press
A federal judge on Friday gave the state of Indiana a week to respond to the Obama administration's decision siding with Planned Parenthood of Indiana in an attempt to block the state's new abortion funding law.
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IU Health strikes deal with Central Indiana Cancer Centers

June 17, 2011
J.K. Wall
Central Indiana Cancer Centers sold its five facilities to IU Health and transferred its 150 employees to the Indianapolis-based hospital system. The 16 physicians in the practice will remain independent, but they have signed a service agreement with IU Health that pulls the two entities into a tight embrace.
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Carmel senior-living project to create 340 jobs

June 14, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard on Tuesday unveiled details of a multimillion-dollar project expected to create more than 200 construction jobs and 140 permanent positions over the next two years.
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WellPoint pays big to tap fast-growing Medicare market

June 13, 2011
J.K. Wall
Analysts raised their eyebrows at the $800 million reportedly paid by WellPoint Inc. to acquire a West Coast Medicare plan, but with the commercial health insurance business stagnating, Medicare is vital to WellPoint’s future growth.
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Medco deal loses its luster

June 13, 2011
J.K. Wall
New Jersey-based Medco has hired just 430 workers in Whitestown—far short of its commitment of 1,400 by 2012—and its business trends suggest the company is shrinking, not growing.
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Q&A

June 13, 2011
J.K. Wall
Vi Shukla is a scientific leader at Indianapolis-based Dow AgroSciences LLC, focused on its Exzact Precision Technology tools for genetic engineering of plants and crops. Dow Agro used the technology in its own crop seed products, and has also been licensing for use in tomatos and trees.
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Anson Group CEO thrives on helping clients work with FDARestricted Content

June 11, 2011
Ann Finch
Colleen Hittle became CEO and sole owner of the Indianapolis-based pharmaceutical and medical device consulting firm in April.
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City to roll out plan for 16th Street tech corridor

June 10, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The city of Indianapolis plans to announce a major initiative to turn a stretch of 16th Street northwest of downtown into a hub for biotechnology and other high-tech companies.
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Roche to add 50 HR employees in Indianapolis

June 10, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Swiss health care giant Roche Holding AG has selected its diagnostics division in Indianapolis as the site for a new North America human resources center, a move that will add 50 employees to its local operations.
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Lilly enters collaboration deal with Swiss company

June 9, 2011
Associated Press
Drugmaker Eli Lilly and Co. has signed a deal with Swiss company Synthes Inc. to co-promote the bone drug Forteo and develop other potential orthopedic treatments.
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Riley's No. 2 executive follows boss out the door

June 9, 2011
J.K. Wall
Brett D. Lee, the chief operating officer at Riley Hospital for Children, announced plans Wednesday to leave the hospital for a new job in Atlanta, just three weeks after Riley CEO Dan Fink resigned.
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Lilly wins ruling in dispute with Amylin over diabetes drugs

June 8, 2011
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly and Co. won a ruling in a lawsuit brought by Amylin Pharmaceuticals Inc., which wants to prevent Lilly from using the same people to sell Amylin’s diabetes drug and that of a competitor.
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WellPoint paying almost $800M for CareMore

June 8, 2011
Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc. agreed to acquire CareMore Health Group to expand Medicare coverage in California, Arizona and Nevada. The insurer paid almost $800 million, according to people familiar with the deal.
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Drug industry outlook negative through 2012, Moody’s says

June 8, 2011
Bloomberg News
Earnings growth will continue to slow in 2011 for most of the industry’s biggest companies, analyst predicts.
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Medco may seek acquisition with biggest contract imperiled

June 7, 2011
Bloomberg News
Medco Health Solutions Inc., which operates a $140 million automated pharmacy and distribution center in Whitestown, has lost $3.5 billion in contracts since March.
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Roche wins as high court limits university patent rights

June 6, 2011
Bloomberg News
Monday's Supreme Court decision is a victory for companies that collaborate with universities in research. Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. was among the companies that supported Roche.
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Hospitals may be near saturation point on physician hiringRestricted Content

June 4, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Over the last three years, all major hospitals in Indianapolis have been active in hiring physicians. Competition was especially intense for cardiologists.
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  1. In reality, Lilly is maintaining profit by cutting costs such as Indiana/US citizen IT workers by a significant amount with their Tata Indian consulting connection, increasing Indian H1B's at Lillys Indiana locations significantly and offshoring to India high paying Indiana jobs to cut costs and increase profit at the expense of U.S. workers.

  2. I think perhaps there is legal precedence here in that the laws were intended for family farms, not pig processing plants on a huge scale. There has to be a way to squash this judges judgment and overrule her dumb judgement. Perhaps she should be required to live in one of those neighbors houses for a month next to the farm to see how she likes it. She is there to protect the people, not the corporations.

  3. http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/engineer/facts/03-111.htm Corporate farms are not farms, they are indeed factories on a huge scale. The amount of waste and unhealthy smells are environmentally unsafe. If they want to do this, they should be forced to buy a boundary around their farm at a premium price to the homeowners and landowners that have to eat, sleep, and live in a cesspool of pig smells. Imagine living in a house that smells like a restroom all the time. Does the state really believe they should take the side of these corporate farms and not protect Indiana citizens. Perhaps justifiable they should force all the management of the farms to live on the farm itself and not live probably far away from there. Would be interesting to investigate the housing locations of those working at and managing the corporate farms.

  4. downtown in the same area as O'malia's. 350 E New York. Not sure that another one could survive. I agree a Target is needed d'town. Downtown Philly even had a 3 story Kmart for its downtown residents.

  5. Indy-area residents... most of you have no idea how AMAZING Aurelio's is. South of Chicago was a cool pizza place... but it pales in comparison to the heavenly thin crust Aurelio's pizza. Their deep dish is pretty good too. My waistline is expanding just thinking about this!

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