Health Care & Life Sciences

Probe exposes flaws behind HealthCare.gov rollout

July 30, 2014
Associated Press
Management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for the computer woes that paralyzed the president's new health care program last fall, nonpartisan investigators said in testimony released Wednesday.
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WellPoint beats expectations despite smaller profit

July 30, 2014
Associated Press, J.K. Wall
WellPoint Inc.'s profit fell in the second quarter, but still topped Wall Street's expectations. The health insurer raised its full-year profit forecast and projections for enrollment in its health plans.
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Connecticut nixes rate increase by WellPoint subsidiary

July 29, 2014
Associated Press
Anthem told regulators that the 12.5-percent rate increase was needed because of higher costs for medical services, pharmaceuticals and fees levied by the federal government as part of the Affordable Care Act.
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NCAA settles head injury suit, will change rules

July 29, 2014
Associated Press
In a deal expected to "change college sports forever," the NCAA agreed Tuesday to settle a class-action head injury lawsuit by creating a $70 million fund to diagnose thousands of current and former college athletes to determine if they suffered brain trauma.
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CNO sees higher earnings, revenue in latest quarter

July 28, 2014
 IBJ Staff
CNO Financial Group Inc. earned $78.1 million compared with profit of $77.1 million in the same period of 2013.
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Deal worth $17B aimed at improving veteran health care

July 28, 2014
Associated Press
The bipartisan agreement includes $10 billion in to make it easier for veterans who can't get prompt appointments with Veterans Affairs doctors to obtain outside care; $5 billion to hire doctors, nurses and other medical staff; and about $1.5 billion to lease 27 new clinics across the country.
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Roche drug trial backs Lilly on Alzheimer’s findings

July 28, 2014
J.K. Wall
Results of a Roche clinical trial mirror those produced by an experimental Lilly drug two years ago. Lilly executives say that validates their approach in the multi-billion-dollar race to market the first drug to reverse Alzheimer's.
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BOHLER SMITH: Forsaken vacation hits business two waysRestricted Content

July 26, 2014
Jamie Bohler Smith / Special to IBJ
There is truth in the old adage that all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, but it also makes Jack unhappier, less healthy and not as effective of an employee.
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Feds cap fines for not buying health insurance

July 24, 2014
Associated Press
Federal researchers predict that about 4 million people, including dependents, could be hit with fines by 2016.
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Lilly sales, profit drop but beat analysts' expectations

July 24, 2014
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-based Lilly and Co. lost 17 percent of its revenue during the second quarter as U.S. patents expired on its bestselling drugs Cymbalta and Evista.
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Dueling rulings: Courts split on health law clash

July 22, 2014
Associated Press
President Barack Obama's health care law is snarled in another big legal battle, with two federal appeals courts issuing contradictory rulings on a key financing issue within hours of each other Tuesday.
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Court nixes Obamacare subsidies for Indiana, 35 other states

July 22, 2014
 Bloomberg News and IBJ Staff
The Obamacare tax credits that brought nearly $400 million to Indiana this year to help Hoosiers buy health insurance could go away after a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday they were illegal.
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Online insurance brokerage sets sights on Indiana

July 21, 2014
J.K. Wall
Obamacare could, according to some health insurance experts, cause most small businesses to end their group health plans. Now a new venture-backed company opening up shop in Indiana is trying to make that prediction a reality.
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Western Indiana health care system announces cuts

July 19, 2014
Associated Press
A health care system that includes a Terre Haute hospital says it will cut 150 jobs by the end of the year.
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Hospitals' occupancy declining over long termRestricted Content

July 19, 2014
J.K. Wall
Advances in non-invasive surgeries, changes in health care financing and now increasingly price-sensitive patients accelerate what has been a 40-year decline in the number of patients spending the night in hospitals.
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Regenstrief taps Deloitte to pick up more health care industry clients

July 14, 2014
J.K. Wall
With federal health research funding in decline, Indianapolis-based Regenstrief Institute Inc. wants to make up the difference by serving pharmaceutical companies, medical device makers, health insurers and hospital systems.
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Mouse clicks replace stethoscopes as U.S. web care grows

July 14, 2014
Bloomberg News
To cut medical costs and diagnose minor ailments, WellPoint Inc. and Aetna Inc., among other health insurers, are letting millions of patients get seen online first.
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WellPoint stock ascends to a record $110 per share

July 12, 2014
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-based WellPoint saw its shares close July 9 at $110.87 per share, compared with less than $85 just five months ago.
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WellPoint CEO: Insurer preparing for technology wave

July 10, 2014
Associated Press
In a wide-ranging interview, WellPoint Inc. CEO Joseph Swedish says adapting to technology is a top priority as he leads the nation's second largest health insurer.
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NCAA seeks injury reduction with fewer full-contact practices

July 8, 2014
Bloomberg News
The recommendation is among a set of guidelines created to “generate a cultural shift within college athletics,” the Indianapolis-based NCAA said Monday.
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New Obamacare rule could boost WellPoint

July 7, 2014
J.K. Wall
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services proposed a rule that would automatically re-enroll exchange plan customers each year, which would help companies like WellPoint that sold aggressively on the exchanges in their first year.
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Obamacare generates windfall for insurersRestricted Content

July 5, 2014
J.K. Wall
Obamacare’s tax credits are pumping nearly $400 million into the coffers of health insurers in Indiana this year, according to data released by the federal government and the insurance companies.
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Express Scripts cuts payments for customized drugs

July 3, 2014
Associated Press
The nation's largest pharmacy benefit manager, Express Scripts, is dramatically scaling back its coverage of compounded medications, saying most of the custom-mixed medicines are ineffective or overpriced.
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CNO upgraded by S&P after divesting insurance unit

July 2, 2014
 Bloomberg News and IBJ Staff
CNO Financial Group Inc. was upgraded by Standard & Poor’s after the Carmel-based company completed the sale of a life insurance unit that was no longer issuing policies.
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Pence tells feds that HIP 2.0 has broad support

July 1, 2014
 The Statehouse File
State officials say they will submit a plan Wednesday to expand the Healthy Indiana Plan to more uninsured Hoosiers using federal Medicaid dollars.
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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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