Health Care & Insurance

How to sell Martinsville to MDs

June 27, 2011
J.K. Wall
Help with physician recruitment is a big factor pushing small-city hospitals into the arms of Indianapolis’ four major hospital systems. So how do the big boys entice doctors to the small towns?
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Q&A

June 27, 2011
J.K. Wall

Jim Alender has been CEO of Howard Regional Health System in Kokomo since 1997. He recently negotiated a letter of intent to merge the hospital with Indianapolis-based Indiana University Health. He spoke about the major factors that led to that decision, and the benefits he hopes to come from it. The deal, which still requires approval from Howard County officials, could close before the end of this year.

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Zyprexa appeal rejected by Supreme Court

June 27, 2011
Bloomberg News
The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to revive a bid to press a $6.8 billion class-action suit against Eli Lilly and Co. over the marketing of Zyprexa, the company’s schizophrenia treatment.
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Lilly, partner find no Bydureon effect on heart rhythm

June 27, 2011
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly and Co., Amylin Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Alkermes Inc. said an analysis of a 148-patient trial found no evidence that their experimental Bydureon diabetes drug causes prolonged heart rhythms.
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Tomisue Hilbert settles suit over $15M policyRestricted Content

June 25, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Tomisue Hilbert quietly settled a 3-year-old lawsuit last month over whether a controversial life insurance policy issued in 2006 on her mother, Suzy Tomlinson, was valid, and whether the beneficiary of the policy, J.B. Carlson, committed fraud.
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Lilly diabetes pill recommended for EU approval

June 24, 2011
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly and Co. and Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH’s Trajenta medicine for Type 2 diabetes has been recommended for approval in Europe, putting the drug on track to enter the region’s market this year.
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WellPoint goes online to educate about ER use

June 24, 2011
Associated Press
Health insurer WellPoint Inc. has enlisted Google Maps for new websites that help patients think twice before they visit an emergency room for care that a less-expensive retail health clinic could handle.
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Lilly CEO: Immigration, tax laws slow innovation

June 23, 2011
Bloomberg News
The U.S. government needs to open its borders to attract and retain talented scientists for drugmakers to employ, Eli Lilly & Co. CEO John Lechleiter plans to tell a technology conference Thursday.
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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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  1. Of what value is selling alcoholic beverages to State Fair patrons when there are many families with children attending. Is this the message we want to give children attending and participating in the Fair, another venue with alooholic consumption onsite. Is this to promote beer and wine production in the state which are great for the breweries and wineries, but where does this end up 10-15 years from now, lots more drinkers for the alcoholic contents. If these drinks are so important, why not remove the alcohol content and the flavor and drink itself similar to soft drinks would be the novelty, not the alcoholic content and its affects on the drinker. There is no social or material benefit from drinking alcoholic beverages, mostly people want to get slightly or highly drunk.

  2. I did;nt know anyone in Indiana could count- WHY did they NOT SAY just HOW this would be enforced? Because it WON;T! NOW- with that said- BIG BROTHER is ALIVE in this Article-why take any comment if it won't appease YOU PEOPLE- that's NOT American- with EVERYTHING you indicated is NOT said-I can see WHY it say's o Comments- YOU are COMMIES- BIG BROTHER and most likely- voted for Obama!

  3. In Europe there are schools for hairdressing but you don't get a license afterwards but you are required to assist in turkey and Italy its 7 years in japan it's 10 years England 2 so these people who assist know how to do hair their not just anybody and if your an owner and you hire someone with no experience then ur an idiot I've known stylist from different countries with no license but they are professional clean and safe they have no license but they have experience a license doesn't mean anything look at all the bad hairdressers in the world that have fried peoples hair okay but they have a license doesn't make them a professional at their job I think they should get rid of it because stateboard robs stylist and owners and they fine you for the dumbest f***ing things oh ur license isn't displayed 100$ oh ur wearing open toe shoes fine, oh there's ONE HAIR IN UR BRUSH that's a fine it's like really? So I think they need to go or ease up on their regulations because their too strict

  4. Exciting times in Carmel.

  5. Twenty years ago when we moved to Indy I was a stay at home mom and knew not very many people.WIBC was my family and friends for the most part. It was informative, civil, and humerous with Dave the KING. Terri, Jeff, Stever, Big Joe, Matt, Pat and Crumie. I loved them all, and they seemed to love each other. I didn't mind Greg Garrison, but I was not a Rush fan. NOW I can't stand Chicks and all their giggly opinions. Tony Katz is to abrasive that early in the morning(or really any time). I will tune in on Saturday morning for the usual fun and priceless information from Pat and Crumie, mornings it will be 90.1

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