Health Care

Providers increasingly joining health insurance game

June 7, 2014
J.K. Wall
When the next enrollment season opens for the Obamacare exchange in Indiana, more than half the “health insurers” will actually be doctors and hospitals.
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Coats, Donnelly demand answers on VA wait times

June 4, 2014
Associated Press
The senators planned to submit a letter Thursday to Acting Secretary Sloan Gibson requesting a review of Indiana facilities after a May 20 request to former Secretary Eric Shinseki went unanswered. Shinseki resigned last week.
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Now, application 'inconsistencies' vex health care law

June 4, 2014
Associated Press
A government document provided to The Associated Press indicates that at least 2 million people enrolled for taxpayer-subsidized private health insurance have data discrepancies in their applications.
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Glaxo to pay $105 million in multistate settlement

June 4, 2014
Bloomberg News
Indiana will receive part of the settlement money. The accord will prohibit Glaxo from providing incentive payments to salespeople that encourage uses of the drugs not indicated on their labels.
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Midwest VA hospitals also had secret waiting lists

June 3, 2014
Associated Press
The Department of Veterans Affairs maintained 10 such "secret waiting lists" of military veterans in need of care at facilities in Kansas, Missouri, Illinois and Indiana, the letters said.
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Republicans offer alternative VA health care bill

June 3, 2014
Associated Press
A bill proposed by four Senate Republicans would give veterans more flexibility to see a private doctor if they are forced to wait too long for an appointment at a Veterans Affairs hospital or clinic.
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Teamwork transforming care at IU Health's Saxony hospitalRestricted Content

May 31, 2014
J.K. Wall
Getting everyone into the same room prior to surgeries is cutting costs and improving health.
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Shinseki resigns amid veterans' health care issues

May 30, 2014
Associated Press
Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned Friday after publicly apologizing for systemic problems plaguing the agency's health care system.
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Costly drugs force cancer docs to weigh price with therapy

May 30, 2014
Bloomberg News
With new cancer drugs priced as high as $10,000 a month, and insurers tightening payment rules, patients who thought they were well covered increasingly find themselves having to make life-altering decisions about what they can afford.
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Push grows for Shinseki to go as veteran care flaws found

May 29, 2014
Bloomberg News
A report found the VA's Eastern Area Fiduciary Hub in Indianapolis was "not timely processing allegations of misuse of beneficiary funds, conducting field examinations, and processing some incoming mail."
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OurHealth to add employer clinics, 450 jobs by 2018

May 28, 2014
J.K. Wall
The 5-year-old firm has pledged to invest $20 million to double the size of its corporate headquarters in Indianapolis and lease real estate for a series of 3,500-square-foot health clinics across the state.
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Lilly, Sanofi seek to sell erection drug Cialis without prescription

May 28, 2014
 Bloomberg News and IBJ Staff
Sanofi will apply for approval of Cialis as an over-the-counter treatment in the United States, Europe, Canada and Australia. The drug garnered $2.16 billion in sales last year.
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Indianapolis doctor gets 10 years for drug charges

May 27, 2014
Associated Press
A judge has sentenced an Indianapolis doctor to 10 years in prison for writing illicit prescriptions for powerful painkillers after the Drug Enforcement Administration had suspended his authority to dispense controlled substances.
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Donnelly says Indiana's VA sites not as troubled

May 27, 2014
Associated Press
U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly said administrators at Indiana's VA hospitals have told him they don't have the same kind of problems as the 26 veterans facilities across the country facing complaints about long waits and backlogs.
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Hearings set for Healthy Indiana Plan expansion

May 26, 2014
Associated Press
Two public hearings are scheduled this week on Gov. Mike Pence's plan to use Medicaid funds to expand the Healthy Indiana Plan to provide insurance under the federal health care overhaul.
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Pfizer pulls plug on push to buy AstraZeneca

May 26, 2014
Associated Press
Pfizer said Monday that it does not intend to make a takeover offer for British drugmaker AstraZeneca, pulling the plug for now on what would have been the largest deal in the industry's history.
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Ex-Lilly partner wins latest suit over Actos' cancer risk

May 23, 2014
Bloomberg News
Takeda Pharmaceutical was found not liable for the bladder cancer of two women who used its Actos diabetes medication in the company's latest trial over the drug. Actos was marketed for Takeda in the United States by Eli Lilly and Co. from July 1999 to March 2006.
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Takeda denies hiding Actos cancer risks in Nevada trial

May 21, 2014
Associated Press
Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. didn’t hide the alleged bladder-cancer risks of its diabetes medicine Actos, a lawyer for the company told a jury. Actos was marketed for Takeda in the United States by Eli Lilly and Co. from July 1999 to March 2006.
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Pence pitches health plan proposal in Washington

May 19, 2014
Associated Press
The health insurance expansion Gov. Mike Pence is touting relies on federal Medicaid money and meets federal Medicaid requirements, but the Republican governor insists it's not Medicaid.
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Drugmaker hid diabetes drug’s cancer risks, lawyer says

May 19, 2014
Bloomberg News
Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. executives covered up the cancer risks of its diabetes medicine Actos to protect billions of dollars in sales, a lawyer for two women argued.
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Hospital plans expansion 6 years after flooding

May 19, 2014
Associated Press
The $30 million project at Columbus Regional Hospital will expand its emergency department and cancer center.
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UPDATE: AstraZeneca board rejects new offer from Pfizer

May 19, 2014
Associated Press
Pfizer's proposed deal would have been the richest acquisition ever among drugmakers and the third-biggest deal in any industry, according to figures from research firm Dealogic.
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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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  1. I still don't understand how the FBI had any right whatsoever to investigate this elderly collector. Before the Antiquities Act it was completely legal to buy, trade or collect Native American artifacts. I used to see arrow heads, axes, bowls, corn grinders at antique shops and flea markets for sale and I bought them myself. But that was in the late 60's and early 70's. And I now know that people used to steal items from sites and sell them. I understand that is illegal. But we used to find arrow heads and even a corn grinder in our back yard when I was a child. And I still have those items today in my small collection.

  2. I lived in California and they had many of the things noted in the proposed suggestions from the "Blue Ribbon Panel". California is near financial collapse now. Let's not turn the great state of Indiana into a third world dump like California.

  3. The temporary closure of BR Avenue will get a lot of attention. But, one thing reported by the IndyStar really stands out to me, and is extraordinarily depressing: “Police also have agreed to crack down on noise violations, traffic violations and public intoxication.” In other words, the police have generously agreed to do their jobs (temporarily, at least), instead of just standing around waiting for someone to call 911. When is someone in this department going to get off their fat arse (looking at you, Chief), get their minds out of 1975-era policing and into 2014, and have his department engage in pro-active work instead of sitting around waiting for someone to be shot? Why in the hell does it take 7 people getting shot in one night in one of the city’s biggest tourist destinations, to convince the police (reluctantly, it would appear) that they actually need to do their f’n jobs? When is the Chief going to realize that there’s a huge, direct, proven correlation between enforcing the law (yes, all laws, especially those affecting quality of life) and preventing larger crimes from occurring? Is it racial BS? Is that what this extraordinary reluctance is all about? Is the department and the city terrified that if they do their jobs, they might offend someone? Whom, exactly? Will the victims of violence, murder, assault, rape, robbery, and theft be offended? Will the citizens who have to tolerate their deteriorating quality of life be offended? Will the businesses who see their customers flee be offended? Or, is it simple ignorance (maybe the Chief hasn’t heard about NYC’s success in fighting crime - it’s only the biggest g*&#am city in the country, after all)? Either way, Chief, if you don’t want to do your job, then step down. Let someone who actually wants the job take it.

  4. I thought Indiana had all the funding it needed for everything. That's why the state lottery and casino gambling were allowed, as the new tax revenue would take care of everything the state wanted to do.The recommendations sound like they came from California. Better think about that. What is the financial condition of that state?

  5. I was a fan of WIBC in the morning, Steve was the only WIBC host that I listened too, he gave the news with so much flare that I enjoyed listening to him on my way to work. Katz is no Steve. Sadly, I will not be listening to WIBC anymore.

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