Health Care & Insurance

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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Franciscan Alliance plans 84 jobs at Greenwood billing center

March 30, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The Mishawaka-based Franciscan Alliance plans to spend $8.4 million to open an administrative center in Greenwood, creating 84 jobs in the next four years.
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Illinois House votes to lift smoking ban at casinos

March 29, 2011
Associated Press
Tom Swoik, executive director of Illinois Casino Gaming Association, said gambling revenue has dropped 32 percent since the state's smoking ban was approved. He said the ban has cost state government about $800 million in taxes.
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Maturing Chinese market gives WellPoint new prospects

March 26, 2011
Greg Andrews
Premiums for private health insurers in China are expected to rise to $90 billion by 2020 from $9 billion now, and WellPoint Inc. is angling for a big piece of that pie.
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IU Health cancels $73M project, acquires Gateway PlazaRestricted Content

March 26, 2011
J.K. Wall
Indiana University Health has canceled its plans for a $73 million administrative office building at 16th Street and Capitol Avenue and has instead purchased the Gateway Plaza tower at 10th and Illinois streets.
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Hospitals' finances improve somewhat in 2010Restricted Content

March 26, 2011
J.K. Wall
It was a good but not great year financially for three of the four largest hospital systems operating in the Indianapolis area last year—and hospital analysts are expecting several head winds to continue.
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Self-funded plans draw small-firm interest

March 23, 2011
J.K. Wall
In the face of new health reform restrictions, expect more small employers to opt for self-funded health benefits, concludes a report this week from Indianapolis-based United Benefit Advisors.
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Health insurers diversify away from regulations

March 23, 2011
J.K. Wall
One year after President Obama signed the health reform overhaul, health insurers are buying less-regulated companies in a bid to offset the lower profits and growth they expect the law to cause.
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Marcadia Biotech principals ponder next course

March 22, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Marcadia execs French, Hawryluk reflect on massive growth of Carmel firm after sale to Roche.
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Drugmakers call off animal-health deal, possible asset sale

March 22, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Drugmakers Merck & Co. and Sanofi-Aventis SA have abandoned plans to combine their animal-health businesses after wrestling with regulators for a year over potential divestitures. Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. was among a list of possible suitors for about $1 billion in assets the two companies considered selling.
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Healthy Indiana Plan expansion opposed by some

March 21, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana wants to use its public health savings account program for low-income adults to cover people who will become newly eligible for Medicaid under the federal health care law beginning in 2014.
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WellPoint CEO received 3-percent raise last year

March 19, 2011
Associated Press
The Indianapolis-based insurer awarded Angela Braly a total pay package worth $13.4 million, up from $13.1 million in 2009 even as the company's profit and enrollment numbers slipped.
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RATHKE: My saga of staying up to date on health care reform

March 19, 2011
Tracey Rathke
Human resources used to be about payroll and benefits. Now it's also about watching Congress.
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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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