Health Care & Life Sciences

IU Health doctors to do surgeries in WisconsinRestricted Content

April 5, 2014
J.K. Wall
Indiana University Health was chosen by a hospital system in Wisconsin to provide heart, lung, esophagus and aorta surgeries there after the surgeons the hospital system had been using became employed by a competing provider.
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Hospitals might chip in to expand Medicaid

April 5, 2014
J.K. Wall
If Indiana hospitals want an expansion of insurance coverage for low-income Hoosiers, Gov. Mike Pence thinks they should contribute toward the hundreds of millions of dollars it would cost.
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UPDATE: Nine at dental practice charged in fraud probe

April 2, 2014
Associated Press
Prosecutors have charged the owner of an Anderson dental practice and eight of her employees in connection with a Medicaid fraud investigation.
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Big health care insurers bulk up executive pay

April 2, 2014
Associated Press
WellPoint CEO Joe Swedish wasn't the only health insurance exec making big bucks last year. Aetna Inc. Chairman and CEO Mark T. Bertolini saw his total compensation more than double, to top $30 million.
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Patent ‘troll’ label gets Congress to ponder what’s in a name

April 2, 2014
Bloomberg News
"Troll" is a term without clear definition and yet it’s being used to push Congress and the Supreme Court to curb abusive litigation. Companies including Eli Lilly warn against damaging a centuries-old system designed to promote advances in science and industry.
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Would-be Lilly foe wins U.S. panel backing for inhaled insulin

April 1, 2014
Bloomberg News
Advisers to the Food and Drug Administration voted 13-1 and 14-0 that the drug, Afrezza, should be approved for Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, respectively. The FDA doesn’t have to follow the panel’s recommendation.
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Indianapolis court backs patent for Lilly cancer drug Alimta

April 1, 2014
Associated Press
A federal court has upheld the patent that protects Eli Lilly and Co.'s lung-cancer treatment from generic competition until 2022.
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Pence continues to seek repeal of medical device tax

March 31, 2014
 The Statehouse File
A number of Indiana lawmakers – including both of the state’s U.S. senators – have advocated for the elimination of the tax, in part because the state is home to several key medical device manufacturers.
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Obamacare sign-ups on track to hit 7 million, sources say

March 31, 2014
Associated Press
The 7 million target, thought to be out of reach by most experts, was in sight on a day that saw surging consumer interest as well as vexing computer glitches.
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Deadline brings crush of Indiana health coverage applicants

March 31, 2014
Associated Press
The last-minute flood of applicants in Indiana mirrored national trends as people sought to at least start the process Monday.
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IU Health suffers small decline in 2013 profit

March 31, 2014
J.K. Wall
Indiana University Health’s business deteriorated last year in nearly every area. But price hikes and a surge in outpatient visits to Indianapolis-area facilities mostly offset those problems.
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Cancer treatment makes Endocyte premium takeover target

March 28, 2014
Bloomberg News
Now that Indiana-based Endocyte Inc.’s experimental cancer treatment is proving successful, the company may command a takeover bid at one of the industry’s highest premiums on record.
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Would-be Lilly competitor's inhaled insulin tied to lung concerns

March 28, 2014
Bloomberg News
Afrezza, a powdered insulin used through an inhaler, would be the MannKind Corp.'s first marketed product. The treatment would compete against Lilly's Humalog. An FDA report tied the drug to a decline in lung function.
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Obama says more than 6M signed up for health care

March 27, 2014
Associated Press
Like much else about Obama's health care law, the milestone comes with a caveat: The administration has yet to announce how many consumers actually closed the deal by paying their first month's premium.
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Feds grant extra time to enroll for Obamacare

March 26, 2014
Associated Press
People who've started applying for health insurance but aren't able to finish before the March 31 enrollment deadline will get extra time, the Obama administration announced Tuesday.
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Youth tanning measure signed into law by Pence

March 25, 2014
Associated Press
Minors under 16 no longer can hop into a tanning bed at Indiana salons, even with parental supervision.
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WellPoint sees double-digit rate rise for Obamacare in 2015

March 25, 2014
Bloomberg News
Two months before health insurers must submit rate proposals for 2015 to government regulators, WellPoint Inc. fired a surprising shot across their bow.
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WellPoint shares top $100 on bullish 5-year forecast

March 24, 2014
J.K. Wall
The health insurer predicted growth in government-funded health insurance programs would push revenue above $100 billion by 2018. That prompted investors to push WellPoint stock above $100 per share—an all-time high for the company.
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Lilly CEO got 10-percent pay boost last year

March 24, 2014
J.K. Wall
Lilly CEO John Lechleiter was paid $11.2 million in salary, bonus, stock and perks last year, according to Lilly's proxy statement filed Monday morning. That represented a 10-percent increase over his take in 2012.
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Bold developer stirs up nursing-home businessRestricted Content

March 22, 2014
J.K. Wall
Zeke Turner, the 36-year-old CEO of Mainstreet Property Group LLC—who frequently sports a boyish grin and a bold-colored dress shirt, but rarely dons a tie—said he’s “just getting started” in transforming the staid nursing home industry.
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Endocyte stock doubles after key approval in Europe

March 21, 2014
Bloomberg News, J.K. Wall
The stock price of Endocyte Inc. skyrocketed by as much as 130 percent Friday morning after the drug company got a thumbs up in Europe to market its first drug and received a new round of favorable clinical trial results.
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Dow Agro CEO retiring as divesture speculation returns

March 21, 2014
 Bloomberg News and IBJ Staff
Dow AgroSciences is getting a new chief, the company said Friday. Meanwhile, the CEO of parent company Dow Chemical says Dow Agro could be sold off in a year or two.
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Lilly diabetes drug wins backing from EU regulator

March 21, 2014
Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based Lilly is expected to garner $518 million in annual sales from Jardiance by 2019, according to the average of five analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg.
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WellPoint raises 2014 earnings forecast

March 21, 2014
Associated Press
WellPoint is already raising a 2014 earnings forecast it laid out earlier this year, but the nation's second-largest health insurer's projections are still below analyst expectations.
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Discovery may be key to Alzheimer's treatment

March 20, 2014
Bloomberg News
Scientists have discovered that a gene-regulating protein that protects the developing brain of a fetus resurfaces in old age and may stave off dementia, a finding that could open a new path in Alzheimer’s research.
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