Health Care & Insurance

IU Health name change means business for tech firmsRestricted Content

July 23, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Clarian Health’s recent rebranding to Indiana University Health has been good business for at least three companies in Indianapolis’ so-called measured-marketing sector. Such firms help a company overhaul its website and make changes to the “tweetosphere” and other social media channels.
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Tech district could boost Indianapolis' convention businessRestricted Content

July 23, 2011
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association plans to attract more life sciences conferences.
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Lilly stock rises after drugmaker reports higher sales

July 21, 2011
Investors responded favorably Thursday to Eli Lilly and Co.’s surprisingly strong second-quarter revenue, even though its profit fell due to rapid spending on marketing and research.
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UPDATE: Medco acquisition could lead to local consolidation

July 21, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
It’s not yet clear how Express Scripts Inc.’s $29.1 billion acquisition of rival Medco Health Solutions will affect the companies’ central Indiana operations—or their 800-plus employees at two facilities here.
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Pfizer won’t break up animal unit for potential Lilly bid

July 21, 2011
Bloomberg News
Pfizer Inc., the world’s biggest drugmaker, said it isn’t interested in breaking up its animal health unit after Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. expressed interest in buying some of its products.
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Lilly profit falls, but forecast rises after second quarter

July 21, 2011
J.K. Wall
Second-quarter profit fell at Eli Lilly and Co., but the Indianapolis drugmaker beat the estimates of Wall Street analysts by a penny per share and raised its full-year profit forecast by as much as 10 cents per share.
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Primary care gets a new approach: prevention

July 20, 2011
Associated Press
A budding model for primary care that encourages the family doctor to act as a health coach who focuses as much on preventing illness as on treating it has shown promising results and saved insurers millions of dollars.
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Birth control coverage required in U.S. health plan

July 19, 2011
Health insurers led by WellPoint Inc. would be required to cover birth control pills and devices at no cost to patients under the recommendation of a top U.S. scientific advisory board. .
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Lilly: Alzheimer's patients on failed drug didn’t improve

July 19, 2011
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly and Co. said patients with Alzheimer’s disease whose conditions worsened upon taking the experimental drug semagacestat didn’t improve after dosing was halted.
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Court gives preliminary OK to WellPoint settlement

July 18, 2011
Associated Press
A California court has granted preliminary approval to a lawsuit settlement over an online security breach of health insurer WellPoint Inc.'s records.
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Not-for-profits vying with WellPoint may get $3.8B in loans

July 18, 2011
Bloomberg News
Not-for-profits that compete with insurers such as WellPoint Inc. are eligible for $3.8 billion in U.S. financing under the health law, and the government expects more than a third of the loans not to be repaid.
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Exchange could snag 1.1M Hoosiers

July 18, 2011
J.K. Wall
An estimated 1.1 million Hoosiers will obtain health insurance through a yet-to-be-created online exchange, according to the latest estimates from the task force guiding Indiana’s response to the 2010 health reform law.
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CBO: No great savings from health reform

July 18, 2011
J.K. Wall
Don’t expect the health reform law to tame health care costs. That’s the conclusion of the director of the Congressional Budget Office, who also suggested some of the simplest ways to moderate costs would be to roll back some of its key provisions.
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FDA says potential diabetes drug may cause cancer

July 18, 2011
Bloomberg News
Dapagliflozin would be the first in a new class of diabetes treatments called SGLT2-inhibitors that work by letting patients excrete excess blood sugar in their urine. Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. is among several companies pursuing similar drugs.
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More employers put faith in health savings accountsRestricted Content

July 16, 2011
J.K. Wall
Sizable Indianapolis companies like the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, consumer-ratings service Angie’s List, Marsh and Wilhelm Construction have switched to consumer-directed health plans. There’s some evidence nationally that the trend is set to accelerate.
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Riverview scoops up doctors from American Health NetworkRestricted Content

July 16, 2011
J.K. Wall
Nine family-practice doctors are set to leave their large physician group and join Noblesville's Riverview Hospital, more than tripling their revenue-generating potential.
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Wishard lands $2.2M in employee fundraising campaign

July 15, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
An employee-giving campaign for the new Wishard medical center brought in about $2.2 million, making the campaign one of the largest of its kind for a public hospital, according to Wishard Health Services officials.
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Lilly's Cialis finally overtakes Viagra

July 11, 2011
J.K. Wall
Why do drugmakers still pursue so many me-too drugs? Because, if marketed well, they can be extremely lucrative. Just ask Eli Lilly and Co. about its drug Cialis.
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Study: Medicaid better than nothing

July 11, 2011
J.K. Wall
Health care reform will add roughly 500,000 Hoosiers to the Medicaid program and, in spite of great criticism of that expansion, a new study suggests Medicaid coverage does help consumers get more care, have fewer unpaid bills and feel better.
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Lechleiter: German drug pricing creates 'uncertainty' for Lilly

July 11, 2011
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly & Co. CEO John C. Lechleiter said Germany’s overhaul of drug pricing lacked transparency and the new policy creates “uncertainty” for the company’s business planning.
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Eli Lilly using big dividend to prevent investor exodusRestricted Content

July 9, 2011
Greg Andrews
Lilly executives are emphatic that they have no plans to reduce the company's 49-cents-a-share quarterly cash dividend, which gives the stock a rich annual yield of 5.2 percent.
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Employers face messy decision to drop health insuranceRestricted Content

July 9, 2011
J.K. Wall
Companies that drop insurance coverage could, without spending any more money than they are now, give workers an 11-percent raise or else help them save as much as $2,000 per year buying health coverage in one of the exchanges, IBJ calculations show.
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STUMPP: Docs' loss of independence driving up health care costsRestricted Content

July 9, 2011
Don Stumpp / Special to IBJ
The fact is that hospitals are paid three to four times for physician ancillary services.
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Ultrasound broker finds stronger market overseasRestricted Content

July 9, 2011
Gabrielle Poshadlo
Used parts are in demand as health care reform changes industry dynamic.
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Hendricks Regional, YMCA debut fitness centerRestricted Content

July 9, 2011
Marc D. Allan
Partnership combines wellness, hospital services.
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