Health Care

Governments helped fuel nursing-facility developer's riseRestricted Content

June 15, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Carmel-based Mainstreet Property Group has built 13 nursing homes in Indiana and Illinois since 2008. Six of the dozen Indiana properties benefited from municipal-backed credit or tax breaks, and a seventh received a reduced-impact fee. Mainstreet also received $345,000 in state economic incentives.
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Lilly halts trial of experimental Alzheimers drug

June 14, 2013
The trial ended after participants showed abnormal liver biochemistry, the Indianapolis-based drugmaker said Thursday in a statement.
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New law lets pharmacists provide pneumonia, HPV vaccines

June 13, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Starting July 1, pharmacists will be able to offer a much wider variety of immunizations to customers, in an effort from lawmakers to make health care more accessible.
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Caponi to step down as St. Vincent system CEO

June 11, 2013
J.K. Wall
After overseeing 15 years of massive growth via mergers, Vince Caponi will become an executive of St. Vincent Health's parent organization.
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Planned Parenthood affiliates in Indiana, Kentucky to merge

June 10, 2013
Mason King
The new not-for-profit organization is expected to be named Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky—or PPINK—and continue to operate the 28 existing health centers between the two states.
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IU Health agrees to sell occupational health clinics

June 7, 2013
J.K. Wall
US HealthWorks Medical Group, which specializes in workers' compensation cases, agreed in May to acquire the eight clinics. The deal is expected to close before the end of June.
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Indiana Blood Center cuts staff, scales back work

June 3, 2013
Associated Press
The not-for-profit blood center announced Monday that demand from hospitals has fallen 24 percent over the past year, forcing it to take steps that also include freezing management salaries, eliminating 45 positions and discontinuing a therapeutic phlebotomy program.
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Drug sold by Lilly tops Avastin in colon cancer survival study

June 3, 2013
Bloomberg News
Patients who got Erbitux together with chemotherapy as a first-line treatment lived about four months longer than those who got Avastin with chemotherapy, according to the 592-person study.
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Are hospitals on trajectory to pair up?

June 1, 2013
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-area hospitals are undergoing such profound and permanent changes that some predict, eventually the four major hospital systems will merge and shrink down to two.
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Mainstreet plans $9.2M nursing home on northwest side

May 31, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The 65,000-square-foot nursing-home and assisted-living facility would feature an Internet cafe, movie theaters and restaurant-style dining with an on-site chef.
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Court stays out of Planned Parenthood funding case

May 28, 2013
Associated Press
The Supreme Court will not disturb a lower court ruling that blocks Indiana's effort to strip Medicaid funds from Planned Parenthood because the organization performs abortions.
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Lilly study: 1 in 5 Alzheimer's patients misdiagnosed

May 20, 2013
J.K. Wall
The study results, which will be released Monday afternoon, are part of Indianapolis-based Lilly’s campaign to get Medicare to pay for use of its brain imaging agent Amyvid.
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Canada’s Supreme Court won’t hear Lilly appeal on Zyprexa

May 16, 2013
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly claims recent decisions by Canadian courts invalidating 17 drug patents have made the country an outlier among major developed countries.
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Lechleiter's surgery to repair heart goes as planned

May 14, 2013
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly and Co. CEO John Lechleiter underwent a scheduled surgery Monday for a heart defect, and the repair to the aorta is functioning as intended, the Indianapolis-based drugmaker said.
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Michigan doctor named dean of IU School of Medicine

May 13, 2013
Associated Press
Dr. Jay Hess was picked to become the 10th dean in the school of medicine's 110-year history and the first dean in the past five to come from outside IU.
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Study rebuts hospitals' argument on Medicare, rising costs

May 13, 2013
Rather than raising prices on private health insurers to make up for inadequate payments from the government, hospitals across the country have been raising prices just because they can, according to a new study.
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Lilly stops development on cancer drug after failed study

May 10, 2013
Bloomberg News
The drug, enzastaurin, was in the most advanced stage of testing and had been expected to generate $260 million in annual sales by 2018.
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Warner Transitional Services to close, lay off 112

May 8, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Warner relies on funds from the Indiana Family and Social Administration, but the FSSA recently decided to end that funding after numerous complaints against the company went unresolved.
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Indiana firms lose ground on Fortune 500 list

May 7, 2013
Mason King
Five of the six Hoosier firms that appear in the 2013 rankings slipped from their positions in last year's list of the largest U.S. companies.
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Lilly CEO to step down temporarily due to surgery

May 6, 2013
J.K. Wall
John Lechleiter has been suffering from a dilated aorta, Eli Lilly and Co. said Monday. Current CFO Derica Rice will take his place until later this summer.
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Lilly's sales-force restructuring to affect 1,600-plus

May 6, 2013
J.K. Wall
Lilly will eliminate 1,624 positions from its U.S. sales force in July, according to a notice the company made to state officials. But some of those workers may be rehired by the firm.
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Lilly taking hard look at Pfizer's new Viagra strategy

May 6, 2013
Associated Press
Major drugmakers, including Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co., are closely watching Pfizer Inc.'s plan to sell Viagra directly to consumers. The bold move blows up the drug industry's distribution model.
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New seed fund aims to make Indiana a hotbed for digital health startupsRestricted Content

May 4, 2013
J.K. Wall
Infuse Accelerator hopes to make early-stage investments in 12 to 15 companies a year.
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Feds scrutinize nursing home buying spreeRestricted Content

April 27, 2013
J.K. Wall
Indiana’s county-owned hospitals have rushed to acquire nursing homes in the past two years, opening a revenue stream for both the hospitals and the long-term-care facilities. But the additional federal revenue that has driven these purchases could come under threat.
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Anti-smoking officials say Indiana funding cuts hurt

April 27, 2013
Associated Press
A decision to cut state funding by 38 percent for programs that help people stop smoking and try to prevent others from starting worries those behind the state's tobacco cessation efforts.
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  3. In the first sentance "As a resident of one of these new Carmel Apartments the issue the local governments need to discuss are build quality & price." need a way to edit

  4. As a resident of one of these new Carmel Apartments the issue the local governments need to discuss is build quality & price. First none of these places is worth $1100 for a one bedroom. Downtown Carmel or Keystone at the Crossing in Indy. It doesn't matter. All require you to get in your car to get just about anywhere you need to go. I'm in one of the Carmel apartments now where after just 2.5 short years one of the kitchen cabinet doors is crooked and lawn and property maintenance seems to be lacking my old Indianapolis apartment which cost $300 less. This is one of the new star apartments. As they keep building throughout the area "deals" will start popping up creating shoppers. If your property is falling apart after year 3 what will it look like after year 5 or 10??? Why would one stay here if they could move to a new Broad Ripple in 2 to 3 years or another part of the Far Northside?? The complexes aren't going to let the "poor" move in without local permission so that's not that problem, but it the occupancy rate drops suddenly because the "Young" people moved back to Indy then look out.

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