Health Care & Insurance

Lawmakers getting closer on nursing home moratorium

March 11, 2014
Associated Press
House Public Health Chairman Ed Clere said Tuesday that negotiators had found a compromise that would ban new construction for two years except in counties whose nursing homes are at 90-percent capacity or higher.
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Federal insurance enrollment up 36 percent in Indiana

March 11, 2014
Associated Press
Nearly 65,000 Indiana residents have signed up for private insurance under the federal health care law, but the number is still far short of initial projections as the open enrollment deadline nears.
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Companies, including WellPoint, use buybacks to boost stock

March 11, 2014
Associated Press analysis
Companies have been spending big on buybacks since the 1990s. What's new is the way buybacks have exaggerated the health of many companies.
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Purdue-based cancer imaging firm lands $15M in funding

March 11, 2014
J.K. Wall
OnTarget Laboratories LLC's technology was developed by Philip Low, a Purdue chemistry professor who also created the technology behind Endocyte Inc.
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Timing looks right for Biomet IPO

March 10, 2014
J.K. Wall
After private equity firms paid $11.4 billion for Biomet Inc. just months before the onset of a prolonged downturn, they are now trying to take the company public when U.S. consumer sentiment is on the upswing.
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UIndy looking for developer for health sciences centerRestricted Content

March 8, 2014
J.K. Wall
UIndy would be the main tenant in the 134,000-square-foot building, which is expected to cost as much as $30 million.
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2014 Health Care Heroes: Timmy Global Health

March 6, 2014
Tom Harton
Community Achievement in Health Care Finalist
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2014 Health Care Heroes: Patient Health Coaching, Franciscan Visiting Nurse Service

March 6, 2014
Tom Harton
Community Achievement in Health Care Finalist
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2014 Health Care Heroes: Daughters of Charity

March 6, 2014
Tom Harton
Community Achievement in Health Care Winner
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Two-year extension offered for canceled health plans

March 5, 2014
Associated Press
The extension was part of a major package of regulations that sets ground rules for 2015, the second year of government-subsidized health insurance markets under Obama's law — and the first year that larger employers will face a requirement to provide coverage.
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Lilly diabetes drug rejected by FDA over manufacturing issue

March 5, 2014
Bloomberg News
The Lilly-Boehringer drug empagliflozin is projected to reach sales of $295 million for Lilly in 2019, but it won't be able to sell it until issues are resolved at a German plant.
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Insurers’ Obamacare losses may reach $5.5 billion, U.S. says

March 5, 2014
Bloomberg News
Health insurers such as Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc. and Louisville-based Humana Inc. stand to receive $5.5 billion next year to cover losses from Obamacare in a program the law’s opponents label a bailout.
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House passes moratorium on nursing home construction

March 3, 2014
John Sittler, The Statehouse File
The bill passed 55-40 and now returns to the Indiana Senate, which has already passed the bill and can now approve changes made by the House or send the bill to a conference committee for further consideration.
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Analysts: Endocyte likely to receive green light on first drug this month

March 3, 2014
J.K. Wall
The European Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use is scheduled to meet March 17-20, and analysts expect the agency to vote during that meeting to approve vintafolide, Endocyte’s first drug, which treats ovarian cancer.
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Indiana one of many states aiming to limit tanning

March 2, 2014
Associated Press
Lawmakers' efforts to crack down on the use of Indiana tanning beds this year are part of a national push to limit young people's exposure to risks that include skin cancer.
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Kentucky's largest health system makes major jobs cut

March 1, 2014
Associated Press
Hospital company KentuckyOne Health, which employs more than 14,000 people in Kentucky and southern Indiana, says it has laid off about 500 people.
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Biosimilars bill passes House, heads to governor

February 25, 2014
Jacob Rund, The Statehouse File
Pharmacists would be able to substitute an interchangeable biosimilar drug for a prescribed name-brand product under a bill passed by the Indiana House of Representatives on Tuesday.
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Lilly diabetes drug matches competitors' effectiveness

February 25, 2014
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
The Indianapolis drugmaker said dulaglutide performed as well as Victoza, a best-selling drug for Type 2 diabetics made by Denmark-based Novo Nordisk. Analysts think dulaglutide could reach annual sales of $1.5 billion.
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Indiana’s hospitals face Obamacare timing problem

February 24, 2014
J.K. Wall
The Obama administration's delays of Obamacare's employer mandate penalties mean it will be another year or two before hospitals see the additional revenue the law was supposed to bring them.
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Lilly acquires animal health business, lowers forecast

February 24, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
Eli Lilly and Co. is buying a privately held, poultry-vaccine maker based in Germany to strengthen its Elanco animal health subsidiary.
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Anthem seeking OK to test online physician visitsRestricted Content

February 22, 2014
J.K. Wall
House Bill 1258 would allow the large health insurer Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield to launch a pilot program using the Live Health Online technology it has developed with Massachusetts-based software firm American Well Corp.
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UIndy plans $50M in expansion projects

February 21, 2014
J.K. Wall
The bulk of the money, to be spent over five years, will go to a 134,000-square-foot health sciences center, which will provide training space for the university's nursing, physical therapy and other health care students.
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WellPoint dismisses former interim-CEO Cannon

February 21, 2014
J.K. Wall
John Cannon, the man credited with righting the ship at WellPoint Inc., was terminated without cause this week, the company disclosed in a securities filing Friday morning.
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Homeowners in flood zones fear insurance spike

February 20, 2014
Associated Press
Steep increases are being felt from south Louisiana to New England to Columbus, Ind., are required by the Biggert-Waters Reform Act of 2012. That legislation, signed by President Obama two years ago, set into motion a process designed to start shaving down the flood insurance system's mounting deficit.
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Consumers shun cheapest Obamacare exchange plans

February 20, 2014
Bloomberg News
Most Americans are avoiding the lowest-priced health plans on the Obamacare insurance exchanges, taking advantage of government subsidies to seek more protection against high treatment costs.
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  1. I took Bruce's comments to highlight a glaring issue when it comes to a state's image, and therefore its overall branding. An example is Michigan vs. Indiana. Michigan has done an excellent job of following through on its branding strategy around "Pure Michigan", even down to the detail of the rest stops. Since a state's branding is often targeted to visitors, it makes sense that rest stops, being that point of first impression, should be significant. It is clear that Indiana doesn't care as much about the impression it gives visitors even though our branding as the Crossroads of America does place importance on travel. Bruce's point is quite logical and accurate.

  2. I appreciated the article. I guess I have become so accustomed to making my "pit stops" at places where I can ALSO get gasoline and something hot to eat, that I hardly even notice public rest stops anymore. That said, I do concur with the rationale that our rest stops (if we are to have them at all) can and should be both fiscally-responsible AND designed to make a positive impression about our state.

  3. I don't know about the rest of you but I only stop at these places for one reason, and it's not to picnic. I move trucks for dealers and have been to rest areas in most all 48 lower states. Some of ours need upgrading no doubt. Many states rest areas are much worse than ours. In the rest area on I-70 just past Richmond truckers have to hike about a quarter of a mile. When I stop I;m generally in a bit of a hurry. Convenience,not beauty, is a primary concern.

  4. Community Hospital is the only system to not have layoffs? That is not true. Because I was one of the people who was laid off from East. And all of the LPN's have been laid off. Just because their layoffs were not announced or done all together does not mean people did not lose their jobs. They cherry-picked people from departments one by one. But you add them all up and it's several hundred. And East has had a dramatic drop I in patient beds from 800 to around 125. I know because I worked there for 30 years.

  5. I have obtained my 6 gallon badge for my donation of A Positive blood. I'm sorry to hear that my donation was nothing but a profit center for the Indiana Blood Center.

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