Health Care & Insurance

State insurance chief Cutter dies

September 15, 2010
J.K. Wall
Indiana Insurance Commissioner Carol Cutter passed away Sept. 6 in Indianapolis after a months-long struggle with illness. She was 67. Cutter had been on leave from the department since January.
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Bill could make health workers pay for FBI checks

September 13, 2010
The bill has the potential to affect more than 250,000 Indiana workers in up to 24 categories of licensed professionals, including doctors, dentists, pharmacists, nurses, chiropractors, hypnotists, dietitians and even veterinarians.
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VoCare raises $2.2 million for telehealth device

September 13, 2010
J.K. Wall
The local startup expects to raise another $1.3 million this year and launch pilots of a new mobile device connecting patients with doctors.
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Lilly wins reversal of class action in Zyprexa suit

September 10, 2010
Bloomberg News
A U.S. appeals court in New York threw out a September 2008 ruling that said plaintiffs could pursue as a group claims that Zyprexa marketing caused them to pay more for the drug than what it was worth. The plaintiffs were seeking $6.8 billion in damages.
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Lilly investing up to $150M in VC funds

September 8, 2010
Bloomberg News
The three venture funds, which will focus on drug development, may be worth a total of $750 million, up to $250 million each, and Lilly will contribute as much as 20 percent of the money.
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Lab used by Lilly, peers accused of animal cruelty

September 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
An investigation found that lab employees kicked, threw, and dragged dogs; lifted rabbits by their ears and puppies by their throats; violently slammed cats into cages; and exposed animals to toxic chemicals.
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Poor economy keeping Wishard project costs down

September 8, 2010
Scott Olson
Contractors starving for work are submitting more competitive bids, which so far has led to about $10 million in savings, hospital official says.
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Clarian moves to scoop up Morgan

September 8, 2010
J.K. Wall
It looks like Clarian may be back to deal-making. The Indianapolis-based hospital system has signed a letter of intent to absorb Morgan Hospital and Medical Center.
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Law firm says ex-Conseco director shorted it on feesRestricted Content

September 4, 2010
J.K. Wall
The last man to settle with with the Carmel insurer over unpaid debt now is now being sued for not paying his legal bill.
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Indiana to get share of Botox settlement

September 3, 2010
Associated Press
Botox maker Allergan Inc. said it would pay $600 million to settle a years-long federal investigation into its marketing of the drug. Indiana will get $636,000 of that money.
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Indianapolis software firm RealMed acquired

September 2, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Health care software firm RealMed Corp. will keep its base of operations in Indianapolis after being acquired by health information exchange provider Availity LLC of Jacksonville, Fla. Terms of the deal announced Wednesday were not disclosed.
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Downtown Clarian project expected to create 1,200 jobs

September 1, 2010
Scott Olson
Neurosciences center and administrative building would employ workers with annual salaries ranging from $27,000 for clerical staff to as high as $104,000 for management.
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Partnership gives Angie's List members medical price info

September 1, 2010
J.K. Wall
Angie’s List has partnered with Tennessee-based Healthcare Blue Book to give its members price information before they receive medical care.
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After health reform, Lilly looking for more

September 1, 2010
J.K. Wall
The health reform debate may have ended in Congress, but Eli Lilly and Co. remains active, sponsoring a talk about the positives of the bill—and calling for further government efforts to help pharmaceutical research and development.
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Former Hilbert mansion draws local interest in auction

August 31, 2010
Scott Olson
Sealed-bid auction attracts a half-dozen bids from interested owners that are "more centrally located than you might think," said the listing agent.
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Some states suing feds also claim health subsidies

August 31, 2010
Associated Press
An administration official said Tuesday that seven states, including Indiana, suing the federal government are among 16 already approved for subsidies to help with the health care costs of early retirees.
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Indiana report shows drop in medical errors

August 30, 2010
Associated Press
The most common error in the 2009 report was a foreign object such as a sponge left in a patient after surgery.
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A half-century later, Indiana Landmarks returns to roots

August 28, 2010
Cory Schouten
Old Centrum Watch VideoBankrolled by yet another multimillionaire, the historic preservation group is preparing to move into a new headquarters in Old Centrum, a former church now undergoing a big renovation.
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iSalus sees business boom as docs chase stimulus cash

August 28, 2010
J.K. Wall
The company is seeing a rush of new sales for its Web-based electronic medical record system from doctors, who all stand to receive bonus payments from the federal stimulus act for computerizing their patient records.
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Endocyte's $86M IPO plan a boon for Indiana, investors

August 28, 2010
Greg Andrews
Venture capitalists in Indiana and nationally have thrown money at the company with abandon. Local investors include CID Capital, Clarian Health Ventures and the Indiana Future Fund.
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New McGowan takes helm of insurance agency

August 28, 2010
 IBJ Staff
McGowan Insurance was founded in 1930 by William McGowan, who led it until his death in 1977.
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Bid deadline looms for former Hilbert mansion

August 27, 2010
The 25,000-square-foot mansion once owned by Conseco Inc. founder Stephen Hilbert was listed five years ago at $20 million—and about half that in recent months. Now the property is being sold in a sealed-bid auction, and offers are due Friday.
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Health insurer cash shifts to favor Republicans before election

August 27, 2010
Bloomberg News
Health insurers led by WellPoint Inc. are backing Republicans with campaign donations by an 8-to-1 margin, favoring the party that's promised to repeal President Barack Obama's health-care overhaul if it wins back Congress.
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Lilly wins further delay in sales of Strattera copies

August 26, 2010
Bloomberg News
Strattera generated U.S. sales of $445.6 million last year, and each day that Lilly can fend off generic competition would translate into an average $1.22 million in sales.
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California OKs Anthem rate hike after controversy

August 25, 2010
Associated Press
The California Department of Insurance said Wednesday it approved a rate increase averaging about 14 percent for Anthem Blue Cross customers. The department also OK'd a nearly 19-percent increase for Blue Shield of California.
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