Health Care & Insurance

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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Roche lands $11M contract at D.C. army medical centers

June 1, 2011
J.K. Wall
Roche Diagnostics Corp. landed an $11.4 million contract to provide laboratory testing services at military hospitals in the Washington, D.C., area.
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Government cutting rates for hard-to-insure patients

May 31, 2011
Associated Press
So far, about 18,000 people have signed up for the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan, well short of government projections that some 375,000 people would gain coverage in 2010. Rates in Indiana will fall 26 percent.
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Hoosiers in line for $30M in rebates

May 31, 2011
J.K. Wall
Only 19 of the 63 companies writing individual health insurance policies in Indiana have been meeting the new 80-percent medical-loss threshold of the health care reform law, potentially triggering a refund for customers.
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Hospitals nearing 'saturation' on doc hiring

May 31, 2011
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis may be reaching a saturation point for hospitals employing physicians, according to the latest report from the Center for Studying Health System Change.
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Farm Bureau suit says Walmart TV set Hoosier's house on fire

May 27, 2011
J.K. Wall
A southern Indiana man got more than he bargained for when he bought a low-price TV from Walmart. He says the television set his house on fire.
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WellPoint replaces chief accounting officer Miller

May 27, 2011
Associated Press
Health insurer WellPoint Inc. said its chief accounting officer has been removed immediately "without cause" and replaced with a veteran company executive.
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Life sciences logistics firm opens new tissue storage facility

May 27, 2011
J.K. Wall
BioStorage Technologies' $4.6 million facility, located near the Indianapolis International Airport, will be used to prepare, store and transport tissue and blood samples.
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Planned Parenthood says donors alone can't sustain clinics

May 26, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Donors from far and wide are sending money to Planned Parenthood of Indiana, but the organization doesn’t expect the giving to last.
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Brain barrier breached in push to deliver Alzheimer's drug

May 25, 2011
Scientists with Roche Holding AG, the parent company of Indianapolis-based Roche Diagnostics Corp., may have found a way to overcome a blood barrier that keeps drugs from directly entering the brain, potentially opening new pathways to attack Alzheimer’s disease.
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Feds review Indiana law targeting Planned Parenthood

May 23, 2011
Associated Press
Federal officials said Monday they're taking a hard look at a new Indiana law that withholds some public funding for Planned Parenthood of Indiana, a development that could cost the state some of its Medicaid funding.
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IU Health buying docs in hospital ventures

May 23, 2011
J.K. Wall
Indiana University Health is now quietly unwinding the physician ownership of its hospitals in Carmel and Avon—which sparked loud controversy when they opened in 2004 and 2005.
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OrthoIndy looks to loopholes for growth

May 23, 2011
J.K. Wall
OrthoIndy, the physician practice that owns the Indiana Orthopaedic Hospital, was able to open a new outpatient facility this spring by working around growth restrictions in the 2010 health care reform law. But its choices for further growth are much starker—which is why it's lobbying to repeal that provision of the law.
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Q&A

May 23, 2011
J.K. Wall
Bob Brody, CEO of Franciscan St. Francis Health, which operates three hospitals in central Indiana as part of the 13-hospital Franciscan Alliance system, discussed the rationale for its decision to take control of Visiting Nurse Service Inc.
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  1. PJ - Mall operators like Simon, and most developers/ land owners, establish individual legal entities for each property to avoid having a problem location sink the ship, or simply structure the note to exclude anything but the property acting as collateral. Usually both. The big banks that lend are big boys that know the risks and aren't mad at Simon for forking over the deed and walking away.

  2. Do any of the East side residence think that Macy, JC Penny's and the other national tenants would have letft the mall if they were making money?? I have read several post about how Simon neglected the property but it sounds like the Eastsiders stopped shopping at the mall even when it was full with all of the national retailers that you want to come back to the mall. I used to work at the Dick's at Washington Square and I know for a fact it's the worst performing Dick's in the Indianapolis market. You better start shopping there before it closes also.

  3. How can any company that has the cash and other assets be allowed to simply foreclose and not pay the debt? Simon, pay the debt and sell the property yourself. Don't just stiff the bank with the loan and require them to find a buyer.

  4. If you only knew....

  5. The proposal is structured in such a way that a private company (who has competitors in the marketplace) has struck a deal to get "financing" through utility ratepayers via IPL. Competitors to BlueIndy are at disadvantage now. The story isn't "how green can we be" but how creative "financing" through captive ratepayers benefits a company whose proposal should sink or float in the competitive marketplace without customer funding. If it was a great idea there would be financing available. IBJ needs to be doing a story on the utility ratemaking piece of this (which is pretty complicated) but instead it suggests that folks are whining about paying for being green.

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