Health Care & Insurance

Indiana's anti-tobacco agency's first decade mixed

April 16, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation officials acknowledge they still have work to do in a state that in 2008 had the nation's highest smoking rate and still has more than 1 million smokers.
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FDA wants further testing of Lilly pancreas drug

April 16, 2011
Associated Press
Eli Lilly and Co. Inc. said Friday that the FDA has asked the drugmaker to conduct another clinical trial of its proposed pancreas drug before it resubmits an application to have the drug approved for sale.
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Feds: CVS to pay $17.5M over inflated Rx claims

April 15, 2011
Associated Press
The U.S. Justice Department says CVS Pharmacy Inc. has agreed to pay $17.5 million to settle allegations it overcharged Medicaid programs in 10 states, including Indiana.
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Lilly’s Bydureon wins backing of European drug panel

April 15, 2011
Bloomberg News
The drug awaits final action by the European Commission, which has the authority to approve medicines for the European Union. The Commission usually makes a decision on CHMP recommendations within two to three months.
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Disasters hammer Baldwin & Lyons—again

April 13, 2011
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis insurer Baldwin & Lyons Inc. stands to lose $15.5 million as a result of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, as well as other disasters in Australia and New Zealand.
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Indiana panel OKs criminal checks on medical workers

April 12, 2011
Associated Press
Physicians, dentists, nurses, veterinarians, pharmacists and other medical workers would have to undergo a criminal background check when applying for a new state license under a bill approved Tuesday by an Indiana House committee.
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Executive compensation surges at CNO Financial Group

April 12, 2011
J.K. Wall
The Carmel-based life and health insurer more than doubled CEO Jim Prieur’s compensation, and also gave increases ranging from 44 percent to 89 percent to other top executives.
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Parties near deal for hospital tax

April 11, 2011
J.K. Wall
Officials from Indiana Medicaid and a hospital trade group are trying to craft a deal that would create a tax on hospitals that would help attract more federal funds for hospitals—thereby offsetting looming cuts in state payments.
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Q&A

April 11, 2011
J.K. Wall
Dan Ferber is a freelance magazine writer in Indianapolis who writes about science, health and the environment for such publications as Science, Popular Science, New Scientist, Audubon, and Women's Health. He co-authored a new book with Harvard Medical School's Dr. Paul Epstein titled "Changing Planet, Changing Health: How the Climate Crisis Threatens Our Health and What We Can Do about It." It was published this month.
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Arcadia in danger of stock exchange delisting

April 11, 2011
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis-based health care company's stock, which trades on the NYSE Amex Equities exchange, has closed at an average price of less than 20 cents over a consecutive 30-day trading period, triggering the warning.
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United Financial Systems slapped with lawsuit

April 9, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
An Indianapolis insurance brokerage disciplined for unauthorized legal practice might now face millions of dollars in claims from more than 4,000 former clients because of a class-action suit filed in Marion Superior Court.
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China making big gains in drug R&D jobs state covets

April 9, 2011
Greg Andrews
The total annual cost for one researcher at Lilly might run $300,000 to $350,000 a year. The figure at Crown Bioscience is one-third of that, said a company executive.
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Wishard gives IT firms in health and life sciences a place to test productsRestricted Content

April 9, 2011
Chris O'Malley
TechPoint-led initiative is meant to help bring inventions to market by giving them a trial in real-world setting.
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WellPoint to give shareholders annual 'say on pay' vote

April 8, 2011
J.K. Wall
All publicly traded companies have to allow advisory votes about top executives compensation every two or three under the Dodd-Frank financial reform passed by Congress last year.
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Insurer seeks to avoid claims from wedding accident

April 8, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
A Michigan insurance company is seeking to avoid paying for any claims made by Mavris Arts & Event Center in Indianapolis involving a high-profile fatal wedding-shuttle accident last summer.
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Doc groups play up economic impact

April 6, 2011
J.K. Wall
Physicians are regarded as smart, successful and helpful when you’re sick—but not usually as a big driver of the economy. Now, however, physician trade groups are arguing that docs are good for business too.
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Medicare rules hammer hospitals, docs

April 6, 2011
J.K. Wall
Being an accountable care organization will be the major leagues of health care after the federal Medicare program set a high bar for the new kind of doctor-hospital organization.
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Antidepressants linked to narrowed arteries

April 4, 2011
The study included Eli Lilly and Co. drug Cymbalta, which racked up sales of $3.5 billion last year for the Indianapolis-based drugmaker.
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Indiana college to break ground on pharmacy school

April 1, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Northern Indiana's Manchester College plans to begin work this summer on the college's new $18 million pharmacy school.
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Scientists question claims in biotech letter

April 1, 2011
Associated Press
The widespread Internet posting of a letter by a retired Purdue University researcher who says he has linked genetically modified corn and soybeans to crop diseases and to abortions and infertility in livestock has raised concern among scientists that the public will believe his unsupported claim is true.
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Drugmaker Lilly launches global service program

March 31, 2011
Associated Press
Eli Lilly and Co. is starting a service program that sends employees around the world to help developing communities and learn about other cultures, as the drugmaker looks to international markets.
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Hamilton, Boone counties among Indiana's healthiest

March 30, 2011
Associated Press
A new report says Hamilton and Boone counties are among the healthiest in Indiana, while Marion ranks among the worst.
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WellPoint gets vote of confidence

March 30, 2011
J.K. Wall
Health reform will make health insurance a less-profitable business, but WellPoint Inc. got a vote of confidence from bond analysts because health-reform rules have turned out milder than expected and WellPoint’s financial performance has been particularly strong as the economy recovers.
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Zimmer goes on offensive against lawyers

March 30, 2011
J.K. Wall
The Warsaw-based maker of orthopedic implants has filed suit to stop a Detroit-area law firm from making allegedly false claims and using its trademarks on websites designed to attract plaintiffs to sue Zimmer over one of its knee-replacement implants called NexGen.
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Q&A

March 30, 2011
J.K. Wall
Susan Rider is an employee-benefits account manager at Indianapolis-based Gregory & Appel Insurance. On July 1, she will become president of the Indiana State Association of Health Underwriters. She spoke about the first-year impact of the 2010 health reform law and further changes to come.
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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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