Health Care & Insurance

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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Principal Financial shift to result in local layoffs

October 20, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Financial giant Principal Financial Group Inc. is exiting the health insurance business, a move that will cost 60 Indianapolis workers their jobs.
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FDA demands more tests on new Lilly diabetes drug

October 19, 2010
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly and Co. will have to wait at least 18 months and conduct more studies before it wins market approval of a once-weekly version of diabetes drug Byetta, a potential billion-dollar drug.
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Lilly to close drug discovery center in Singapore

October 18, 2010
Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. will close its drug discovery center in Singapore, three years into a five-year, $150 million plan to expand it.
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City pitching in $38M for $192M Clarian project

October 14, 2010
Cory Schouten
The city is kicking in up to $38 million for infrastructure upgrades to support a massive expansion of the Clarian Health campus at 16th Street and Capitol Avenue.
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Roche acquires assets from Virginia IT company

October 14, 2010
Terms of the deal, announced on Wednesday, call for Roche to acquire all the assets associated with Medical Automation Systems Inc.'s point-of-care information technology connectivity system.
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WellPoint, Aetna led U.S. insurers in coverage denial

October 13, 2010
Bloomberg News
Until all consumers are required to buy health insurance, coverage restrictions are needed to keep people from gaming the system, insurers say.
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Biomet sales rise, but slower than expected

October 13, 2010
Associated Press
Biomet's quarterly results are considered an indicator on the state of the orthopedic device industry because it reports results before most of its competitors.
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IU shrink explores mental health blood tests

October 13, 2010
J.K. Wall
Dr. Alexander B. Niculescu, a psychiatrist at the IU School of Medicine, has won a five-year, $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to hunt for the presence of certain proteins in the blood that would indicate that a patient suffers from a mood disorder, which afflicts one in five Americans.
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  1. Cramer agrees...says don't buy it and sell it if you own it! Their "pay to play" cost is this issue. As long as they charge customers, they never will attain the critical mass needed to be a successful on company...Jim Cramer quote.

  2. My responses to some of the comments would include the following: 1. Our offer which included the forgiveness of debt (this is an immediate forgiveness and is not "spread over many years")represents debt that due to a reduction of interest rates in the economy arguably represents consideration together with the cash component of our offer that exceeds the $2.1 million apparently offered by another party. 2. The previous $2.1 million cash offer that was turned down by the CRC would have netted the CRC substantially less than $2.1 million. As a result even in hindsight the CRC was wise in turning down that offer. 3. With regard to "concerned Carmelite's" discussion of the previous financing Pedcor gave up $16.5 million in City debt in addition to the conveyance of the garage (appraised at $13 million)in exchange for the $22.5 million cash and debt obligations. The local media never discussed the $16.5 million in debt that we gave up which would show that we gave $29.5 million in value for the $23.5 million. 4.Pedcor would have been much happier if Brian was still operating his Deli and only made this offer as we believe that we can redevelop the building into something that will be better for the City and City Center where both Pedcor the citizens of Carmel have a large investment. Bruce Cordingley, President, Pedcor

  3. I've been looking for news on Corner Bakery, too, but there doesn't seem to be any info out there. I prefer them over Panera and Paradise so can't wait to see where they'll be!

  4. WGN actually is two channels: 1. WGN Chicago, seen only in Chicago (and parts of Canada) - this station is one of the flagship CW affiliates. 2. WGN America - a nationwide cable channel that doesn't carry any CW programming, and doesn't have local affiliates. (In addition, as WGN is owned by Tribune, just like WTTV, WTTK, and WXIN, I can't imagine they would do anything to help WISH.) In Indianapolis, CW programming is already seen on WTTV 4 and WTTK 29, and when CBS takes over those stations' main channels, the CW will move to a sub channel, such as 4.2 or 4.3 and 29.2 or 29.3. TBS is only a cable channel these days and does not affiliate with local stations. WISH could move the MyNetwork affiliation from WNDY 23 to WISH 8, but I am beginning to think they may prefer to put together their own lineup of syndicated programming instead. While much of it would be "reruns" from broadcast or cable, that's pretty much what the MyNetwork does these days anyway. So since WISH has the choice, they may want to customize their lineup by choosing programs that they feel will garner better ratings in this market.

  5. The Pedcor debt is from the CRC paying ~$23M for the Pedcor's parking garage at City Center that is apprased at $13M. Why did we pay over the top money for a private businesses parking? What did we get out of it? Pedcor got free parking for their apartment and business tenants. Pedcor now gets another building for free that taxpayers have ~$3M tied up in. This is NOT a win win for taxpayers. It is just a win for Pedcor who contributes heavily to the Friends of Jim Brainard. The campaign reports are on the Hamilton County website. http://www2.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/publicdocs/Campaign%20Finance%20Images/defaultfiles.asp?ARG1=Campaign Finance Images&ARG2=/Brainard, Jim

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