Health Care & Insurance

Hospital systems adopt Starbucks-style service

March 19, 2011
J.K. Wall
Indiana University Health is the latest system to drill employees ranging from clerks to physicians in how to treat patients.
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Regulators delay approval of Lilly's Alzheimer’s screen

March 18, 2011
Bloomberg News
The Food and Drug Administration said Lilly needs to create a training program to ensure brain scans are interpreted properly.
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Trade agency to probe Lilly's infringement claim

March 17, 2011
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly and Co.’s patent-infringement claim over Hospira Inc.’s generic version of the cancer treatment Gemzar will be investigated by a U.S. trade agency with the power to block imports of the copycat drug.
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Dow Agro thinks it has a winner

March 16, 2011
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based company released more details this month about its Enlist Weed Control System, which would genetically modify corn, soybeans and cotton to be resistant to one of the most common weedkillers.
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Lechleiter: After the deluge, we'll be fine

March 16, 2011
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly and Co. CEO John Lechleiter visited Japan last week—three days before the massive earthquake—to deliver his tried-and-true message: Drug companies need to reinvent invention, governments needs to support innovation, and Lilly will be just fine after it has sustained the damage of the next three years.
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OneAmerica enjoys 24-percent surge in sales

March 15, 2011
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based life insurer pulled in sales last year of $1.7 billion and boosted its overall assets 12 percent, to $24.4 billion.
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Indiana Medicaid mental health list worries advocates

March 14, 2011
Associated Press
The state budget bill moving through the Indiana General Assembly would save about $7 million each year by creating a list of preferred mental health drugs and trying to win larger rebates from manufacturers.
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Product delays thwart $40M Roche purchase

March 12, 2011
J.K. Wall
Delays getting new diabetes meters into the U.S. market appear to have tripped up Roche Diagnostics Corp. on its way to acquiring a key software vendor.
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HICKS: Unfortunately, veteran tuition benefits must be cutRestricted Content

March 12, 2011
Mike Hicks
It's a wide entitlement program that will literally explode in the coming decades, since a third of all combat veterans will meet the disability requirements. It is not sustainable, and the Senate just tightened the requirements.
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Peru immigrant built career on helping local Hispanics

March 12, 2011
Ann Finch
Aida McCammon has spent 20 years helping Hispanics improve their lives and succeed in the United States.
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Lilly suffers another bruise from Novo

March 9, 2011
J.K. Wall
The failure of its drug Bydureon to match the performance of Novo’s Victoza trims but doesn’t kill sales prospects for the highly touted diabetes drug.
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Health insurance costs spike worldwide

March 9, 2011
J.K. Wall
Think galloping health insurance costs are a problem unique to American employers? Think again. Medical costs paid by employer-focused health insurers rose by an average of 10 percent last year—identical to the United States.
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Q&A: Tony Lennen

March 9, 2011
J.K. Wall
Tony Lennen became president of Community Hospital South in 2009, overseeing a 50-bed expansion that was completed last summer, giving the hospital 150 private rooms. The facility, located along the line between Marion and Johnson counties, competes against nearby facilities run by Franciscan St. Francis Health, Indiana University Health and Johnson Memorial Hospital.
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Lilly confident of FDA approval for Amyvid, Lechleiter says

March 9, 2011
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly and Co. CEO John Lechleiter said he’s confident of gaining U.S. regulatory approval for a drug to help identify plaque in the brain associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
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OneAmerica promotes CFO Davison to executive vice president

March 5, 2011
 IBJ Staff
With the company recently doubling in size, CEO Dayton Molendorp wanted another executive to guide the company’s further growth.
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Parks Foundation plans east-side farm for Gleaners

March 3, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Parks Foundation plans to use a $150,000 grant from Indiana University Health to start an organic farm on the east side of the city benefiting Gleaners Food Bank.
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Lilly's Bydureon falls short of competitor in study

March 3, 2011
Bloomberg News
Bydureon, the diabetes drug being developed by Amylin Pharmaceuticals Inc., Eli Lilly and Co. and Alkermes Inc., didn’t control the disease better than Novo Nordisk A/S’s Victoza in a study.
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DeVry wins abatements for nursing school

March 2, 2011
Scott Olson
The Metropolitan Development Commission awarded the tax abatements for the nursing school, set to open in October, despite opposition from the Nora-Northside Community Council and Metropolitan School District of Washington Township.
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WellPoint expects employer biz to stagnate

March 2, 2011
J.K. Wall
Over the next five years, WellPoint Inc. expects the employer-sponsored insurance business to shrink slightly, forcing it to shift its focus to government-sponsored plans.
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Community wins sweepstakes for Johnson partnership

March 2, 2011
J.K. Wall
Community Health Network won a three-way race for a close partnership with Johnson Memorial Hospital, besting Franciscan St. Francis and Indiana University Health.
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UPDATE: Bioanalytical researcher opening lab in Indianapolis

March 1, 2011
Advion BioServices is expected to open the lab at Purdue Research Park in Indianapolis in May with 49 employees. Some of the workers may come from Eli Lilly and Co., which is moving its drug-discovery bioanalytical operations to Advion as part of a partnership.
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Eli Lilly neuroscience chief resigns

February 25, 2011
J.K. Wall
David Bredt, vice president of neuroscience research, has resigned “to pursue other opportunities,” according to Lilly spokeswoman Judy Kay Moore. Bredt had overseen Lilly’s development of various drugs, including molecules in late-stage human testing to treat Alzheimer’s and depression.
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UPDATE: Lilly settles pollution suit for $337,500

February 24, 2011
Scott Olson
A complaint filed Wednesday by the U.S. government says Lilly's plant on South Harding Street is emitting high levels of acetonitrile and methanol, considered hazardous air pollutants by the EPA.
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UPDATE: CNO shares soar after quarterly profit rises

February 23, 2011
J.K. Wall
The Carmel-based life and health insurer, in an after-markets announcement, said it earned $168.2 million in the final three months of last year, a big jump from the $18.2 million profit it posted in the same quarter the prior year.
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WellPoint board declares 25-cent dividend

February 23, 2011
Associated Press
WellPoint Inc. became the latest health insurer to reward shareholders with a quarterly payout after piling up cash from a string of strong financial performances.
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  1. These liberals are out of control. They want to drive our economy into the ground and double and triple our electric bills. Sierra Club, stay out of Indy!

  2. These activist liberal judges have gotten out of control. Thankfully we have a sensible supreme court that overturns their absurd rulings!

  3. Maybe they shouldn't be throwing money at the IRL or whatever they call it now. Probably should save that money for actual operations.

  4. For you central Indiana folks that don't know what a good pizza is, Aurelio's will take care of that. There are some good pizza places in central Indiana but nothing like this!!!

  5. I am troubled with this whole string of comments as I am not sure anyone pointed out that many of the "high paying" positions have been eliminated identified by asterisks as of fiscal year 2012. That indicates to me that the hospitals are making responsible yet difficult decisions and eliminating heavy paying positions. To make this more problematic, we have created a society of "entitlement" where individuals believe they should receive free services at no cost to them. I have yet to get a house repair done at no cost nor have I taken my car that is out of warranty for repair for free repair expecting the government to pay for it even though it is the second largest investment one makes in their life besides purchasing a home. Yet, we continue to hear verbal and aggressive abuse from the consumer who expects free services and have to reward them as a result of HCAHPS surveys which we have no influence over as it is 3rd party required by CMS. Peel the onion and get to the root of the problem...you will find that society has created the problem and our current political landscape and not the people who were fortunate to lead healthcare in the right direction before becoming distorted. As a side note, I had a friend sit in an ED in Canada for nearly two days prior to being evaluated and then finally...3 months later got a CT of the head. You pay for what you get...

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