Health Care & Life Sciences

WellPoint, others may need relief from law's spending mandate

May 10, 2010
Bloomberg News
The health law passed by Congress in March will force insurers like WellPoint to give rebates to customers next year if the companies don't meet the medical-spending minimums.
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Braly, Obama spar again over WellPoint cancellation policies

May 10, 2010
J.K. Wall
CEO of Indianapolis-based health insurer wrote to Obama on Sunday to rebut the president's criticism that WellPoint seeks out breast cancer patients to cancel their policies.
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Wishard Hospital project is life blood to contractors

May 8, 2010
Scott Olson
Replacing the existing Wishard Memorial Hospital is so critical to the well-being of the sickly construction sector that one industry official likens the project to a "lifeline."
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Glick Eye Institute designed to mesh architectural styles, ophthalmology researchers

May 8, 2010
Norm Heikens
The new home for the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute that’s rising from the ground at IUPUI must do a lot of things well.
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TAYLOR: Reform will drive demand for health care facilities

May 8, 2010
Deeni Taylor
There has been a noticeable uptick in the level of health care real estate development activity this year.
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Judge rejects controversial Guidant plea agreement

May 8, 2010
Greg Andrews
The deal included a $296 million criminal fine, but no charges against executives who failed to properly report problems with the company's defibrillators.
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Lilly hopes Elanco unit becomes a cash cow

May 8, 2010
J.K. Wall
Elanco Animal Health chief Jeff Simmons predicts that consumers will opt for food made cheaper by using Elanco's productivity-enhancing drugs over pricier organic and locally grown products. But, as a hedge, he has Elanco developing products to help organic farmers, too.
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Indiana's growth in life sciences jobs beats national average

May 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Bloomington led the nation as the No. 1 small city in medical devices and equipment.
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Latest Lilly job cuts target marketing employees

May 7, 2010
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-based drugmaker Eli Lilly and Co. is on course to cut 5,500 jobs by the end of 2011 in a bid to eliminate $1 billion in annual expenses.
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Masonic Home plans $8M assisted-living center in Franklin

May 6, 2010
Groundbreaking will be held May 16 to mark start of construction on center to be built on 300-acre campus.
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Marketing experts: Clarian will get boost from IU name

May 5, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based hospital system, which has 16 hospitals as far afield as LaPorte, Hartford City and Paoli, can now associate with all its facilities the name of the school that trains the majority of doctors and nurses throughout the state.
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Lilly sues to block copy of Evista osteoporosis drug

May 5, 2010
Bloomberg News
Watson Pharmaceuticals filed for FDA approval to sell a low-cost version of Eli Lilly and Co.'s osteoporosis medicine. Indianapolis-based Lilly is seeking a court order that would block approval until three of its patents expire in 2017.
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New federal funds come with big goals

May 5, 2010
J.K. Wall
Indiana has now received nearly $50 million in federal bucks to digitize health care around the state. But the latest grant—$16 million to the Indiana Health Information Exchange—comes with specific, ambitious goals for health care providers.
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Clarian hospital system to adopt IU name

May 5, 2010
J.K. Wall
Clarian will become Indiana University Health early next year in a bet the IU brand carries more punch statewide and nationally.
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Central Indiana gets $16M in health IT stimulus

May 4, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
The central Indiana area has been selected as one of 15 communities that will share in $220 million worth of grants for pilot projects to test health-care information technology.
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Startup sees big potential for 'ouchless' medical testsRestricted Content

May 1, 2010
J.K. Wall
Companion Diagnostics wants to detect early warning signs of chronic diseases.
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Closing of Purdue's Chao Center is setback for BioCrossroads

May 1, 2010
J.K. Wall
The university is hoping to find a private company to take over the 5-year-old facility, which formulated and manufactured small batches of drugs used in clinical trials.
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Wishard Foundation appoints new leader

April 30, 2010
Ernest Vargo II's Vargo's top priority will be guiding the foundation's $50 million capital campaign for the construction of the new, $754 million Wishard Hospital.
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Anthem Blue Cross withdraws big California rate hike

April 29, 2010
Associated Press
Anthem Blue Cross withdrew plans to raise health insurance rates for Californians by as much as 39 percent after an independent audit determined the company's justification for raising premiums was based on flawed data.
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Medco Health profits climb as it adds big clients

April 28, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Medco, which operates a major pharmacy and distribution center in Whitestown, got a boost from higher prices on brand-name drugs and from greater sales of more profitable generic drugs.
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Chao exit hurts drug development industry

April 28, 2010
J.K. Wall
Purdue University’s decision to close the Chao Center in West Lafayette is a setback for Indiana’s effort to grow a vibrant contract drug manufacturing sector. But it’s just the latest in a series of unexpected changes—not all for the worse—since Indianapolis-based BioCrossroads launched a contract drug manufacturing initiative in late 2007.
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Reform to accelerate health care costs

April 28, 2010
J.K. Wall
Medicare actuary Richard Foster estimated the new law would raise overall health care spending by an additional $311 million over current law—more than when he first examined the legislation in December.
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WellPoint profits rise, beat analysts' expectations

April 28, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based health insurer was helped in first quarter by a mild flu season, but it now expects to lose nearly 700,000 customers by year end.
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WellPoint to adhere to new rescission rules early

April 27, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based health insurer announced Tuesday afternoon it will be the first company to adopt stricter standards on canceling policies, which are contained in the health reform bill passed in March.
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Judge rejects Guidant's defibrillator plea deal

April 27, 2010
Bloomberg News
A federal judge has rejected Guidant Corp.'s guilty plea to charges it hid defects in heart defibrillators, after some doctors and patients complained about the $296 million deal.
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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