Health Care & Insurance

IndyCar deal creates series-branded insurance plan

January 5, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Open-wheel race series signs three-year sponsorship pact with Dallas-based Global Corporate Alliance.
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New doc lifts Community breast biz

January 5, 2011
J.K. Wall
Community Health Network wooed Dr. Robert J. Goulet Jr. to join its breast-surgery team from the Indiana University Simon Cancer Center. The move fits nicely with Community’s focus on breast-care services and the economics of health care.
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Latest iPhone app: Baby EKG

January 5, 2011
J.K. Wall
Mobile medicine has arrived. Decatur County Memorial Hospital in Greensburg became the first hospital in Indiana to start using AirStrip OB, a patient-monitoring system that sends things like the heartbeat waves of patients directly to physicians’ iPhones, BlackBerrys or other mobile devices.
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Lilly bumped up federal lobbying in third quarter

January 4, 2011
Associated Press
The Indianapolis-based drugmaker spent $2.1 million in the three months that ended Sept. 30, a 5-percent increase from the same quarter last year and a jump of more than 30 percent from the $1.6 million it spent in this year's second quarter.
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Lilly, other big drugmakers shut out by FDA in 2010

January 3, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Regulators cleared 21 medicines, the fewest since 2007, for sale last year. It was the first time in a decade that Pfizer Inc., the world's largest drugmaker, as well as Lilly, Merck & Co. and Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. were shut out at the same time, according to agency records.
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Conseco brass agree to settle 8-year-old suit for $41.5MRestricted Content

January 1, 2011
Greg Andrews
The suit accused CEO Gary Wendt, President Bill Shea, Chief Financial Officer Charles Chokel and Chief Accounting Officer Jim Adams of engaging in a “massive and systematic coverup of ... actual debts and losses through complex accounting, misleading disclosures, and irregular accounting practices.”
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Indiana Medicaid cuts likely to be followed by more

December 30, 2010
Associated Press
The Office of Medicaid Policy and Planning has approved a series of emergency rules that it expects to save a total of $4.1 million over the next six months, but that will make up for only a small portion of the $31.4 million shortfall the agency anticipates for the fiscal year.
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Roche acquires Marcadia Biotech

December 30, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Marcadia Biotech Inc., a Carmel-based biopharmaceutical company founded by prominent scientists from Eli Lilly and Co. in 2006, has been acquired by Swiss life sciences giant Roche.
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Group questions growth of pharmacy schools

December 29, 2010
J.K. Wall
Two weeks before Manchester College announced a $35 million gift to help open a pharmacy school, a national trade group suggested there are too many pharmacy schools already.
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Q&A

December 29, 2010
J.K. Wall
Bruce Frank, a former Roche Diagnostics manager, McKinsey consultant and pro basketball player, talks about changes in the medical device and life sciences industries.
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Duke/Browning team to develop building at new Wishard

December 28, 2010
Tom Harton
The team, which plans to build an office building in the 200,000-square-foot range, beat out six other groups that submitted proposals.
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Clarian moves forward with downtown expansion

December 24, 2010
J.K. Wall
Clarian Health, after the 2008 financial meltdown forced it to halt its aggressive building campaign, put the hard hats back to work in 2010.
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Clarian, Morgan clear way for merger

December 22, 2010
J.K. Wall
The merger of Morgan Hospital & Medical Center into Clarian Health got the go-ahead from all parties in the past week, opening the way for Morgan to bring on new doctors to its facilities.
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Zimmer looks to China to reignite growth

December 22, 2010
J.K. Wall
Zimmer Holdings Inc. completed an acquisition in China on Tuesday, but recession hangovers in the United States and Europe are trumping all other factors and keeping the company’s growth bottled up for now.
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WellPoint’s New York rate hike to face scrutiny

December 21, 2010
Bloomberg News
WellPoint Inc. and other U.S. health insurers will have to provide justification for any increases to customers’ premiums of more than 10 percent next year, according to federal regulations published Tuesday.
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Lilly Endowment gives $35M to start pharmacy school

December 20, 2010
J.K. Wall
Manchester College will use money to launch the state's third program offering doctorates in pharmacy.
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Conseco name lives on at downtown arena

December 18, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
CNO Financial Group appears to have backed away from plans to change the name of the Indiana Pacers home it sponsors, Conseco Fieldhouse, even though the company no longer uses the Conseco name.
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Clarian off to slow start in insuranceRestricted Content

December 18, 2010
J.K. Wall
Clarian Health got few takers in its first year offering a health care benefits program to large employers, but the Indianapolis-based hospital system is undeterred in growing its budding insurance services business.
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OneAmerica moves beyond small employers, eyes big retirement plansRestricted Content

December 18, 2010
J.K. Wall
OneAmerica Financial Partners Inc. last month launched an insurance product aimed at landing far larger retirement plans than it has served before, and significantly growing its assets.
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Daniels says he'd sign statewide smoking ban

December 16, 2010
Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels said towns and cities have shown it's possible to enact smoking bans with significant benefits and minimal cost.
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Indiana may cut Medicaid services to check costs

December 15, 2010
Associated Press
The state Medicaid actuary projected Indiana's share of the program's costs will rise by about $1.46 billion this fiscal year, by about $1.84 billion in the 2012 fiscal year and by about $2 billion in the 2013 fiscal year unless some services are cut.
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Health insurance investors unfazed by court ruling

December 15, 2010
J.K. Wall
This week’s ruling by a federal judge could force Congress to rework the new health law to avoid a health insurance market collapse. But the decision had little to no effect on investor sentiment toward WellPoint Inc. and its peers.
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Biomet owners look to arrange $11B marriage

December 15, 2010
J.K. Wall
Warsaw-based Biomet Inc. could get a whole lot bigger if rumors prove true that its owners have made a bid for U.K.-based rival Smith & Nephew plc.
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Lilly suspends late-stage trial for melanoma drug

December 13, 2010
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly and Co. suspended a late-stage clinical trial of a medicine for skin-cancer patients after 12 patients in the study died.
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IU surgeon Pescovitz dies in accident

December 13, 2010
J.K. Wall
Dr. Mark Pescovitz, a surgeon at the Indiana University School of Medicine, died Sunday in a car accident outside Ann Arbor, Mich., after visiting his wife, Dr. Ora Hirsch Pescovitz.
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