Health Care & Insurance

WellPoint boosts third-quarter profit, raises forecast

November 3, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based health insurer raised its full-year profit forecast by 20 cents per share, after lower-than-expected claims and lower administrative costs increased third-quarter profit by 1 percent.
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CNO Financial Group profit beats analysts' expectations

November 2, 2010
J.K. Wall
Excluding investment and special charges, the Carmel-based life and health insurer on Tuesday reported a profit $47.1 million, down 13 percent from the same quarter a year ago, but still beat analysts' expectations.
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Lilly to open diabetes research center in China

November 2, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. plans to open a diabetes research center in China, the drugmaker said Tuesday, citing the high incidence of the disease there.
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Appeals court rejects Lilly over Gemzar patent

November 1, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Without an appeal, generic drugs are now poised to wipe away most of Lilly's $750 million in annual U.S. revenue from Gemzar.
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Indiana's life sciences industry sees trouble ahead

October 30, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana's life sciences industry has weathered the recession relatively well, but Eli Lilly's struggles and tight capital markets could threaten the future.
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State sues WellPoint over data breach

October 30, 2010
Associated Press
The lawsuit filed Friday in Marion County accuses Indianapolis-based WellPoint of violating a state law that requires businesses to provide notification of data breaches in a timely manner.
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Ascension aims to cut costs with $10.9M service center

October 29, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
St. Louis-based Ascension Health announced Friday morning that it would open a professional service center in Indianapolis, creating up to 500 jobs by 2013.
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Health care firm plans 500 jobs in Indianapolis

October 29, 2010
 IBJ Staff
St. Louis-based Ascension Health announced Friday morning that it would open a professional service center in Indianapolis, creating up to 500 jobs by 2013.
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Lender Oak Street acquired by New York firm

October 28, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Carmel-based insurance lender Oak Street Funding LLC announced Thursday that it has been purchased by private equity funds managed by New York-based Angelo Gordon & Co.
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Carmel couple donating $45M to University of Maryland

October 28, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
An Indiana couple is making a $45 million donation to the University of Maryland School of Medicine, which will use the money to establish a research center to study autoimmune and inflammatory diseases.
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Baldwin & Lyons reports lower profit, higher revenue

October 28, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The insurer announced Thursday morning that it earned $9.2 million in the third quarter, down from $14.3 million a year ago. Quarterly revenue rose to $67.3 million, up from $65.5 million.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Home-health guru banks on empathy

October 27, 2010
Mason King
Roberts_WatchVideoJan Roberts pairs numbers and nurturing—further fueled by a fight with breast cancer —to power the city's fifth largest woman-owned business.
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Employee ire forces IU to pull wellness survey

October 27, 2010
J.K. Wall
Indiana University will no longer ask employees to fill out an online health risk assessment after more than 550 people—many anonymous—attached names to an online petition that said the plan would cause “widespread anger and disillusionment.”
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After disagreement, Lewis leaves WellPoint with $3.2M

October 27, 2010
J.K. Wall
Dijuana Lewis will get nearly $3.2 million on her way out the door at WellPoint Inc. after what sources described as a dispute with CEO Angela Braly over a change in duties.
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New estimate drops health plan's cost to Indiana

October 26, 2010
Associated Press
A new estimate has lowered the expected cost of the federal health care overhaul to Indiana's state government to perhaps $2.6 billion over the next decade.
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WellPoint dismisses highly paid subsidiary CEO

October 25, 2010
Associated Press
Last year, Dijuana Lewis earned a $650,000 salary as one of the insurer's highest paid executives and received a $200,000 bonus in part for helping to lead the sale of the NextRx subsidiary to Express Scripts Inc. for about $4.68 billion.
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Indianapolis-area experts see bright spots amid ongoing real estate weaknessRestricted Content

October 23, 2010
Health care shows signs of life, and multi-family buildings continue to hold their own, experts said during a recent IBJ Power Breakfast.
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Analysts: Lilly setbacks might spur shopping spree

October 22, 2010
Bloomberg News
CEO John Lechleiter claims Eli Lilly and Co. isn't interested in big acquisitions to bolster its flagging drug pipeline, but its recently devalued partner Amylin Pharmaceuticals might be the right fit, industry analysts say.
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Analysts grill Lilly execs on strategy after setbacks

October 21, 2010
J.K. Wall
Wall Street analysts on Thursday demanded to know what new things Eli Lilly and Co. is planning since the company’s vaunted pipeline has failed to produce a drug that will boost revenue after a wave of patent expirations. The answer: Not much.
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Home Health Depot acquires Arcadia subsidiary

October 21, 2010
The division purchased by Home Health Depot markets and sells home health related items via mail and online. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
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Lilly raises forecast after beating third-quarter profit estimates

October 21, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based drugmaker reported a profit of $1.3 billion in the quarter ended Sept. 30, up 38 percent compared with last year. Excluding extraordinary items from a year ago, Lilly’s profit was up 2 percent.
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Lilly suspends clinical trials after diabetes treatment fails

October 20, 2010
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly and Co. and its development partner said an experimental diabetes treatment failed to help patients in a late-stage study, the second setback for a Lilly diabetes drug candidate in two days.
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Some Lilly-paid docs sport spotty records

October 20, 2010
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly and Co. paid more than $102 million last year and early this year to physicians for talking up Lilly drugs to other doctors. Yet 88 of the doctors Lilly pays have been sanctioned by state medical boards.
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'Payer mix' playing role in hospital merger

October 20, 2010
J.K. Wall
Morgan Hospital & Medical Center is on the brink of merging with Clarian Health for a variety of reasons, but one of the biggest is one that all hospitals are facing in one way or another: a declining payer mix.
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Q&A

October 20, 2010
J.K. Wall

Amy Zucker is president of Indianapolis-based Synergy Marketing Group. Her firm was recently hired by Indianapolis-based ImmuneWorks Inc. to use a new website and search engine optimization to help recruit patients for a Phase 1 trial of ImmuneWorks experimental medicine idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. The Web strategy is a new wrinkle on patient recruitment—in addition to the traditional partnerships with disease specialists at academic medical centers—that Zucker hopes leads to lower costs and faster clinical trials. Phase 1 clinical trials cost nearly $16,000 per patient.

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