Health Care & Life Sciences

Cost-control plan for health care could cost more patients

May 16, 2014
Associated Press
The Obama administration has given the go-ahead for a new cost-control strategy called "reference pricing." It lets insurers and employers put a dollar limit on what health plans pay for some expensive procedures.
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UPDATE: Pence unveils Healthy Indiana Plan expansion

May 15, 2014
Associated Press
Gov. Mike Pence said Medicaid is a "fiscal monstrosity" and hopes a proposed expansion of the state-run Healthy Indiana Plan will pass muster with federal officials as an alternative way to insure low-income residents.
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Lilly loses patent dispute over Alimta in London court

May 15, 2014
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly and Co. lost a United Kingdom lawsuit over its Alimta cancer treatment when a judge ruled Thursday that a generic version planned by Actavis Plc doesn't breach European patents.
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UPDATE: Pence to propose 2-tier insurance plan for poor

May 14, 2014
Associated Press
Officials with direct knowledge of the plan said participants in the first tier would receive limited coverage at no charge. A second tier would include dental and vision coverage and require participant contributions.
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WellPoint foe leads plan to reveal health prices to consumers

May 14, 2014
Bloomberg News
WellPoint Inc. competitor UnitedHealth Group Inc., the largest U.S. health insurer, will lead an industry effort to throw a spotlight on the prices paid for health-care services, making their costs available to consumers on the Internet.
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Pence to unveil multipronged plan to expand health insurance

May 13, 2014
J.K. Wall
The governor's plan, to be announced Thursday, involves a combination of the Healthy Indiana Plan, employer-sponsored health plans and health savings accounts, according to an invitation sent Tuesday to Indiana health care officials.
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Community posts healthy results, but short of expectations

May 12, 2014
J.K. Wall
Community brought in more revenue and profit from operations last year. But a spike in charity care caused margins to fall significantly short of expectations of Community executives.
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Algaeon to take big step after landing $2.75M

May 12, 2014
Dan Human
An Indianapolis-based biotech company plans to use $2.75 million in new funding to begin commercial production of its algae-based nutritional supplements, the firm announced Monday.
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Lilly says its once-daily insulin tops competitor's drug

May 12, 2014
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly & Co. said its experimental insulin helped diabetic patients more than Sanofi’s biggest product in studies that also raised some safety risks.
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Not-for-profit focused on exercise adopts novel funding modelRestricted Content

May 10, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
When Tom Hanley couldn’t get large charitable foundations to support a wellness program he developed for central Indiana youth, he switched gears and adopted a fee-for-service model underwritten largely by sponsorships.
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Life sciences critical mass elusive in Indiana after years of effortRestricted Content

May 10, 2014
J.K. Wall
Attempts to build the sector are making headway, but Indiana still lags leading states.
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UPDATE: Doctors nationwide victimized in ID theft fraud

May 9, 2014
Associated Press
The American Medical Association says the exact number of doctors affected by tax fraud isn't known, but hundreds of cases have been confirmed, including dozens in Indiana.
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U.S. House votes to revive expired research tax credit

May 9, 2014
Bloomberg News
The 274-131 vote follows calls to restore the credit by a coalition of companies including Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. and Texas Instruments Inc.
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Health insurers: Payment rates meeting expectations

May 7, 2014
Associated Press
Top health insurance companies told members of Congress Wednesday that more than 80 percent of people who've signed up under the president's new health care law have gone on to pay their premiums.
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Bayer’s $14.2 billion Merck buy shows pharma strategy split

May 7, 2014
Bloomberg News
Bayer AG's $14.2 billion acquisition of Merck & Co. is the latest in a series of big pharma deals and it exposes a deepening split in the way drugmakers approach their portfolios.
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Settlement seeks $100M fund for meningitis victims

May 7, 2014
Associated Press
A settlement filed with a federal bankruptcy judge would create a fund of more than $100 million to compensate victims of a nationwide meningitis outbreak linked to a Massachusetts pharmacy, lawyers said Tuesday. The outbreak sickened dozens in Indiana and killed at least 10.
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Insurers say most Obamacare enrollees paying premiums

May 6, 2014
Bloomberg News
Three large health insurers including Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc. and Aetna Inc. say that a high percentage of their new Obamacare customers are paying their first premiums, partly undermining a Republican criticism of enrollment in the program.
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Veterans Affairs department rejects call for leader to quit

May 6, 2014
Associated Press
The Indianapolis-based American Legion, the nation's largest veterans service group, called Monday for the resignations of U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki and two of his top aides amid an investigation into allegations of corruption and unnecessary deaths.
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Zimmer-Biomet deal could stanch their bleeding at hospitals

May 5, 2014
J.K. Wall
Hospitals, which have forced orthopedic implant makers to lower their prices in recent years, may have a harder time doing so when the combined Zimmer-Biomet controls nearly 40 percent of the market.
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IU plots $200M life sciences hub in former Wishard Hospital

May 3, 2014
Dan Human
The envisioned 26-acre, $200-million-or-more complex would bridge IU’s School of Medicine with the city’s life sciences firms, including those at the nascent 16 Tech, a business park.
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St. Vincent and Community to dissolve partnership

May 3, 2014
J.K. Wall
The Accountable Care Consortium was envisioned as a vehicle through which the hospitals would eventually funnel all of their roughly $2.5 billion in annual contracts with health insurers and employers.
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Endocyte shares plunge 60 percent after drug trial is stopped

May 2, 2014
 Bloomberg News and IBJ Staff
Endocyte Inc.'s stock fell more than 60 percent in early trading Friday after the drug it’s developing with Merck & Co.’s backing failed to help patients in a trial for ovarian cancer.
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Health IT firm hc1.com to add up to 175 Boone County jobs

May 2, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The company said it will invest $2.5 million to lease and renovate an additional 9,466 square feet to expand its current 16,626-square-foot headquarters at Northwest Technology Park.
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Indiana signups lag for federal health care law

May 1, 2014
Associated Press
Data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services show that a total of nearly 230,000 Indiana residents were eligible to enroll in a marketplace plan, but only about 132,000 had done so by the March 31 deadline.
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Drug prices surge as generics, niche treatments eat profit

May 1, 2014
Bloomberg News
Since 2007, the cost of brand-name medicines has jumped, with prices doubling for dozens of established drugs that target everything from multiple sclerosis to cancer, blood pressure and even erections, according to an analysis conducted for Bloomberg News.
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  1. How much you wanna bet, that 70% of the jobs created there (after construction) are minimum wage? And Harvey is correct, the vast majority of residents in this project will drive to their jobs, and to think otherwise, is like Harvey says, a pipe dream. Someone working at a restaurant or retail store will not be able to afford living there. What ever happened to people who wanted to build buildings, paying for it themselves? Not a fan of these tax deals.

  2. Uh, no GeorgeP. The project is supposed to bring on 1,000 jobs and those people along with the people that will be living in the new residential will be driving to their jobs. The walkable stuff is a pipe dream. Besides, walkable is defined as having all daily necessities within 1/2 mile. That's not the case here. Never will be.

  3. Brad is on to something there. The merger of the Formula E and IndyCar Series would give IndyCar access to International markets and Formula E access the Indianapolis 500, not to mention some other events in the USA. Maybe after 2016 but before the new Dallara is rolled out for 2018. This give IndyCar two more seasons to run the DW12 and Formula E to get charged up, pun intended. Then shock the racing world, pun intended, but making the 101st Indianapolis 500 a stellar, groundbreaking event: The first all-electric Indy 500, and use that platform to promote the future of the sport.

  4. No, HarveyF, the exact opposite. Greater density and closeness to retail and everyday necessities reduces traffic. When one has to drive miles for necessities, all those cars are on the roads for many miles. When reasonable density is built, low rise in this case, in the middle of a thriving retail area, one has to drive far less, actually reducing the number of cars on the road.

  5. The Indy Star announced today the appointment of a new Beverage Reporter! So instead of insightful reports on Indy pro sports and Indiana college teams, you now get to read stories about the 432nd new brewery open or some obscure Hoosier winery winning a county fair blue ribbon. Yep, that's the coverage we Star readers crave. Not.

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