Health Care & Insurance

Indiana medical students opt for specialties, not family practice

November 27, 2010
Scott Olson
Interest in primary care has fallen off markedly due partly to relatively low pay.
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Health reform tripping up Indiana wellness incentiveRestricted Content

November 27, 2010
J.K. Wall
Federal health reform will trump an Indiana law that allows health insurers to offer steep discounts to employers with healthy workers and which institute aggressive wellness programs, but experts say other provisions will motivate small firms.
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AHLRICHS: Turn health reform into pragmatic answersRestricted Content

November 27, 2010
Health reform entrepreneurship could brand Indiana as productive, healthy place for employers to operate.
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MCGOWAN: Reform's grandfathering option requires close look

November 27, 2010
Hugh M. McGowan
Widely hailed provision of health care reform now raises host of questions.
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Med school students share their stories

November 27, 2010
Scott Olson
Five students at Indiana University School of Medicine contemplate whether to opt for family practice or a specialty.
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St. Francis-WellPoint deal is a sign of the timesRestricted Content

November 27, 2010
J.K. Wall
St. Francis, which operates three Indianapolis-area hospitals, and WellPoint, the giant health insurer, announced this month that they have agreed to jointly form an accountable care organization.
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Brown & Brown acquires Mavum benefits brokerage

November 24, 2010
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-based benefits brokerage Mavum Consulting LLC has sold its assets to Florida-based Brown & Brown Inc., the latest in a wave of broker consolidation in recent years.
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Lilly, Acrux receive FDA approval for Axiron

November 24, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
The companies believe the underarm testosterone solution has the potential to realize sales of more than $1 billion a year in the United States.
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Study: Indianapolis high-priced hospital market

November 24, 2010
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-area hospitals have negotiated reimbursement rates with private health insurers that are two and three times higher than those paid by the federal Medicare program, suggesting the hospitals have the upper hand over insurers, according to a new study.
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Clarian grows market share to 40 percent

November 24, 2010
J.K. Wall
Clarian Health has been growing faster than its peers in the Indianapolis market the past five years and is now generating healthy margins, according to a report this month by Moody’s Investors Service.
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Health insurance stocks rise after spending rules outlined

November 22, 2010
Bloomberg News
U.S. health insurers, including WellPoint Inc., can include the cost of federal taxes in determining whether they spend enough on patient care, the U.S. Health and Human Services Department said Tuesday.
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St. Francis hospitals getting Franciscan Alliance name

November 22, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Mishawaka-based health system's move comes after months of consumer research—and six months after rival system Clarian Health said it would change its name to Indiana University Health.
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Community, Westview hospitals in 'strategic alliance' talks

November 18, 2010
J.K. Wall
The form an alliance would take is not clear, but Westview looked for additional resources from city's four major hospital systems.
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Medical device maker expanding in Fort Wayne

November 18, 2010
L.H. Medical Corp. said it plans to create up to 65 jobs by 2013 and invest $5.4 million to more than triple the size of its manufacturing operations.
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Anthem, critics face off over rate-hike request

November 17, 2010
Associated Press
Anthem, a subsidiary of Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc., is seeking a 19.9-percent raise for 48,000 individual policy holders in Connecticut, citing escalating health care costs.
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Q&A

November 17, 2010
J.K. Wall
Les Zwirn, executive director of Better Healthcare for Indiana, talked about his group’s progress on promoting community collaborations to improve health and reduce the cost of care in cities around Indiana. BHI is hosting its third health care summit of Indiana community leaders today at Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis.
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IU dance marathon raises $1.6M for hospital

November 15, 2010
Associated Press
A 36-hour dance marathon raised about $1.6 million for Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis over the weekend.
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Drugmakers seek Republican allies to defeat cost-cutting panel

November 15, 2010
Bloomberg News
Pharmaceutical firms led by Eli Lilly are trying to eliminate a government panel aimed at controlling Medicare spending seven months after they supported the health-care overhaul that created it.
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Acquisition big step for Lilly Diagnostics

November 10, 2010
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly and Co.’s $800 million acquisition of Avid Radiopharmaceuticals Inc. is the biggest step yet in the drugmaker’s attempt to add diagnostics to its product portfolio.
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Nurse practitioners get some autonomy

November 10, 2010
J.K. Wall
Could nurse practitioners get a promotion in the medical field? At least one health insurer is treating them like doctors now.
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Lilly makes $300M deal for Philadelphia drug company

November 8, 2010
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly said it will acquire Avid Radiopharmaceuticals, maker of an experimental agent that could help identify patients with Alzheimer's disease. The price could climb to $800 million if the agent is commercially successful.
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Drama builds in suit over Hilbert mother-in-law's life policy

November 6, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Businessman J.B. Carlson is in debt for $5.9 million, and he may have been the last person to see 74-year-old Suzy Tomlinson alive. Her $15 million life-insurance policy named him as the beneficiary.
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Indiana health exchange may take page from Utah playbookRestricted Content

November 6, 2010
J.K. Wall
In Utah, employers can give each of their workers a specific amount of money to apply toward health insurance. The worker then can use that money to choose from the 66 plans in the health insurance exchange.
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Lilly wins approval of antidepressant Cymbalta for pain

November 4, 2010
Bloomberg News
The Food and Drug Administration has cleared Cymbalta for musculoskeletal pain such as arthritis and chronic lower back conditions, which could mean another $500 million in annual sales for Lilly, an analyst estimates.
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Seeking growth, Lilly dumps Singapore for China

November 3, 2010
J.K. Wall
After recently deciding to close a research center in Singapore, Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. has decided to open a diabetes research center in China in the second half of 2011, further ramping up the drugmaker's presence in the world's fastest-growing pharmaceutical market.
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