Health Care

Anthem prez: Expect 'crickets chirping' on Oct. 1

September 30, 2013
J.K. Wall
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield President Rob Hillman expects a slow start to the Obamacare exchanges, with fewer than one-third of uninsured people buying coverage there.
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Government edges closer to shutdown over Obamacare

September 30, 2013
Associated Press
About 800,000 federal workers could be forced off the job after midnight if Congress can't cut an eleventh hour deal on the budget, complicated by the GOP's attempt to delay Obamacare.
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Insurance rates set for Indiana, other states under exchanges

September 25, 2013
Associated Press
With new health insurance markets launching next week, the Obama administration is unveiling premiums for 36 states, including Indiana, where the federal government is taking the lead to cover uninsured residents.
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Lilly bets quality over quantity will pay off in diabetes battle

September 24, 2013
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly and Co. is counting on the quality of a diversified product portfolio over boosting its sales forces to grab a bigger slice of the $22 billion U.S. diabetes market, a difference in strategy to some of its rivals.
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Anthem rolls out new bonus system for docsRestricted Content

September 21, 2013
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based health insurer expects to pay, on average, $3.50 per month for every patient enrolled in one of Anthem’s commercial health plans.
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Alzheimer’s targeted in $45M government study grant

September 18, 2013
Bloomberg News
Part of the funding will go to an existing study of drugs from Eli Lilly and Co. and others to see whether they can ward off the disease in people who inherited genes that predestine them to get Alzheimer's.
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Kokomo hospital plans on cutting 50 jobs

September 17, 2013
Associated Press
Community Howard Regional Health said it will reduce its current workforce by 50 positions over the next few weeks.
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State officials explain extension for Healthy Indiana Plan

September 16, 2013
Associated Press
Family and Social Services Administration Secretary Debra Minott took questions on the Healthy Indiana Plan two weeks after the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services signed off on a one-year extension and some sizable changes to the program, including a new limit on earnings.
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Sores, surgery errors top 2012 Indiana medical errors

September 16, 2013
Associated Press
The report says a total of 100 medical errors were reported in 2012, the same number as 2011.
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Analyst foresees managed care growth in 2014

September 16, 2013
Associated Press
Major health insurers like WellPoint Inc. are in line for another year of growth, as the health care overhaul implements key elements in its push to cover millions of uninsured people.
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Anthem to omit some big hospitals from exchange networkRestricted Content

September 14, 2013
J.K. Wall
Most of Indianapolis’ major hospitals and physician practices will not be available through Anthem’s exchange plan, but instead will be working with a health plan run by Indianapolis-based MDwise Inc.
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Indiana lawmaker to sponsor concussion training bill

September 13, 2013
Associated Press
The measure would require all football coaches using taxpayer-funded facilities to be certified to recognize the signs of concussions in players and get them treatment.
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Worried about future, IU Health cuts 800 jobs despite profit rise

September 12, 2013
J.K. Wall
Admissions at Indiana University Health hospitals suddenly dipped 4.3 percent this year, but income from operations shot up 19 percent.
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IU Health to lay off 800 employees

September 12, 2013
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based hospital system said Thursday it must make the cuts because fewer patients have been coming to hospitals and payment rates for its services have been declining.
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Drugmakers turn up marketing efforts in diabetes market

September 10, 2013
Bloomberg News
With a half-dozen new products lined up for approval within two years, the fight to win the growing $22 billion U.S. diabetes market is expected to intensify.
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Indiana University shifting 50 jobs to temp agency

September 10, 2013
Associated Press
The move is partly being made to avoid having to add those workers to the IU health insurance plan as required by the federal health care overhaul.
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Healthy Indiana Plan extends trial run a year

September 3, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana is being granted a limited extension of its Healthy Indiana Plan while state and federal health care leaders continue negotiating a possible Medicaid expansion.
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Health firm plans move to Carmel, adding 675 jobs

August 30, 2013
 IBJ Staff
American Specialty Health, a California-based provider of wellness programs, plans to lease about 90,000 square feet of office space in Carmel and open its new headquarters next June.
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China bribery probe leading to tough drug market, CEO says

August 30, 2013
Bloomberg News
Drugmakers under investigation for bribery have stopped promoting products in China, and physicians in some hospitals no longer want to meet sales representatives. Eli Lilly is among the drugmakers in China facing allegations.
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SEC accuses Indy cancer firm of being a sham

August 26, 2013
J.K. Wall
The SEC says the CEO of locally based biomedical firm Xytos Inc. has committed securities fraud since 2010 by repeatedly publishing false information to investors about the company. Timothy Cook denies the accusations.
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Indiana board considers 1-year delay of patient tests

August 22, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana's Medical Licensing Board is considering delaying for one year a proposed new rule that would require physicians to conduct annual toxicology tests on some patients as part of a larger state effort to crack down on prescription drug abuse.
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Planned Parenthood sues Indiana on abortion pill law

August 22, 2013
Associated Press
Planned Parenthood is suing to block a new Indiana law that tightens abortion pill regulations, arguing that the law wrongly targets the organization's clinic in Lafayette.
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Lilly cites 'deep concerns' over China kickback allegations

August 22, 2013
Bloomberg News, Associated Press
Eli Lilly and Co. said it is investigating allegations its employees paid Chinese doctors at least $4.9 million in bribes and kickbacks to promote the sales of two diabetes drugs.
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Dermatologists seek ban on minors using tanning beds

August 21, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Dermatologist Carrie Davis of Bloomington, a member of the Indiana Academy of Dermatology, told the legislative commission Wednesday that skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States.
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Doctor charged with overprescribing painkillers

August 19, 2013
Mason King, Associated Press
Dr. Segun Rasaki, 49, prescribed drugs like hydrocodone and methadone to people who didn't need them, and submitted fraudulent insurance claims such as duplicate billings, according to court documents.
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