Health Care

Study: Indiana individual health-claim costs to rise

March 26, 2013
Associated Press
A study by the nation's leading group of financial risk analysts shows the biggest driver of health insurance premiums will rise by more than 67 percent for Indiana residents' individual policies under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.
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Lilly, Boehringer submit diabetes drug to FDA

March 25, 2013
Associated Press
Eli Lilly and Co. said Monday that it has submitted a new type 2 diabetes treatment it is developing with German drugmaker Boehringer Ingelheim to the Food and Drug Administration.
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Indiana lawmakers advance tighter cold meds limits

March 25, 2013
Associated Press
Consumers would face tighter limits on the quantities they could buy of cold and allergy pills often used to make methamphetamine under a proposal approved by Indiana lawmakers.
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HealthLease to snare $141.7M in senior properties

March 25, 2013
Mason King
A central Indiana REIT that went public in 2012 has agreed to buy 13 senior housing and care facilities in three states, growing its asset value by 50 percent.
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Court may decide if drugmakers can pay to delay generics

March 25, 2013
Associated Press
Federal regulators are pressing the Supreme Court to stop big pharmaceutical corporations from paying generic drug competitors to delay releasing their cheaper versions of brand-name drugs. They argue these deals deny American consumers, usually for years, steep price declines.
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Company taps sports market with bacteria-stalking chemicalRestricted Content

March 23, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Anderson-based Coeus Technology has invented a chemical that kills dangerous bacteria, including potentially deadly staph, by forming a germ-killing barrier that lasts two weeks to six months.
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Healthy Indiana Plan gets mixed reviews at hearing

March 20, 2013
Associated Press
Hospital officials praised Indiana's medical savings accounts but some consumer advocates panned them Wednesday during a public hearing as Gov. Mike Pence seeks federal approval to use the Healthy Indiana Plan to expand Medicaid in this state.
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FDA probe of diabetes medications hurts drugmakers' stock

March 15, 2013
Bloomberg News, Associated Press
Shares of several pharmaceutical companies that make diabetes medicines, including Eli Lilly, fell after U.S. regulators warned they are looking into potential risks of drugs in two classes of diabetes treatments.
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Panel advances tougher synthetic drugs bill

March 14, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers are advancing a bill that would make it illegal to possess or deal "lookalike" synthetic drugs similar to those known as "bath salts" and other nicknames.
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Drugmakers, Interpol ramp up fight against fakes

March 12, 2013
Associated Press
More than two dozen of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies, including Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co., have agreed to provide funding and other support to Interpol's battle against counterfeit prescription drugs.
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Analysis: Feds likely to cut Medicaid support

March 11, 2013
J.K. Wall
A fellow conservative provided some support for Gov. Mike Pence’s claim that an expansion of Medicaid will become a “baby elephant” that eats up larger and larger shares of state resources.
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IU Health puts Methodist expansion plans on hold

March 11, 2013
J.K. Wall
Citing concerns about the economy and federal health reform, Indiana University Health has pressed pause on its plans to build a bed tower at Methodist Hospital that could have cost it as much as $500 million.
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Overseas tax savings for U.S. drugmakers under threat

March 11, 2013
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly and Co. and five other big drugmakers avoided paying $7 billion in U.S. taxes last year by shifting their profits overseas. The strategy has drawn the ire of some legislators.
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Indiana mayors want law for cold-med prescriptions

March 6, 2013
Associated Press
Local officials from around Indiana are making a push for the Legislature to require that people obtain a doctor's prescription to buy cold medications often used to make methamphetamine.
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Lilly sues Genentech to invalidate Erbitux-related patents

March 2, 2013
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly and Co. has sued Roche Holding AG’s Genentech unit, asking a court to invalidate patents used to make treatments for cancer and autoimmune diseases.
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Hospital systems forcing doctors to choose sidesRestricted Content

March 2, 2013
J.K. Wall
The five-year trend of physician practices marrying up with hospitals has made it harder and harder for independent physician practices to spend time in more than one hospital system.
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Sequester could sap $200M from Indiana health care providers

March 1, 2013
J.K. Wall
The sequestration plan kicking in Friday will chop Medicare payments to hospitals, doctors and nursing homes by 2 percent, beginning April 1. One study estimates that the cuts could result in 10,000-plus job losses in Indiana alone.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Mainstreet CEO masters efficiency

February 27, 2013
Mason King
LQ_Turner_WatchVideo MainstreetWhat are Zeke Turner's top five strategies for keeping his work week under 40 hours? Do you really need work e-mail on your smart phone? What's it like to take a company public? The real estate exec has answers.
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Indiana Senate approves Medicaid expansion

February 26, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate voted Tuesday to expand Medicaid using a state-run program, as lawmakers and Gov. Mike Pence continue negotiating how the state should cover an estimated 400,000 low-income residents.
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Endocyte stock sinks due to possible drug-filing delay

February 26, 2013
J.K. Wall
Endocyte Inc. saw its shares fall nearly 7 percent Tuesday morning after the drug development firm announced that its application for U.S. approval of a cancer drug could be delayed another 10 months.
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Testosterone for diabetes may be new market for Lilly, others

February 25, 2013
Bloomberg News
Researchers suspect the sex hormone known to increase libido and musculature could also play a role in preventing a form of diabetes that tends to strike later in life and afflicts more than 330 million people worldwide.
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Legislators struggle to nail down cost of health care expansion

February 24, 2013
Associated Press
The cost of health care for an additional 400,000 low income residents is something nobody in the Indiana Statehouse seems to be able to agree upon this year, even as the crucial decision about whether to expand Medicaid bears down on lawmakers midway through their annual session.
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Pence still angling to use Healthy Indiana Plan to expand MedicaidRestricted Content

February 23, 2013
J.K. Wall
Decisions by other Republican governors to support Medicaid expansion is increasing pressure on Indiana's governor to do the same.
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Lilly's Alzheimer’s effort may gain from brain-mapping plan

February 18, 2013
Bloomberg News
Roche AG and Eli Lilly and Co., two drugmakers racing to develop treatments for some of the least understood brain disorders, may gain the most from a U.S. government boost in funding to fully map the human brain.
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UPDATE: Primary care at heart of hospitals' deal

February 18, 2013
J.K. Wall
Community Health Network’s new partnership with Wishard Health Services will create a primary-care behemoth that the systems argue will put them in the best position possible to handle the changes coming from federal health reform.
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  1. These liberals are out of control. They want to drive our economy into the ground and double and triple our electric bills. Sierra Club, stay out of Indy!

  2. These activist liberal judges have gotten out of control. Thankfully we have a sensible supreme court that overturns their absurd rulings!

  3. Maybe they shouldn't be throwing money at the IRL or whatever they call it now. Probably should save that money for actual operations.

  4. For you central Indiana folks that don't know what a good pizza is, Aurelio's will take care of that. There are some good pizza places in central Indiana but nothing like this!!!

  5. I am troubled with this whole string of comments as I am not sure anyone pointed out that many of the "high paying" positions have been eliminated identified by asterisks as of fiscal year 2012. That indicates to me that the hospitals are making responsible yet difficult decisions and eliminating heavy paying positions. To make this more problematic, we have created a society of "entitlement" where individuals believe they should receive free services at no cost to them. I have yet to get a house repair done at no cost nor have I taken my car that is out of warranty for repair for free repair expecting the government to pay for it even though it is the second largest investment one makes in their life besides purchasing a home. Yet, we continue to hear verbal and aggressive abuse from the consumer who expects free services and have to reward them as a result of HCAHPS surveys which we have no influence over as it is 3rd party required by CMS. Peel the onion and get to the root of the problem...you will find that society has created the problem and our current political landscape and not the people who were fortunate to lead healthcare in the right direction before becoming distorted. As a side note, I had a friend sit in an ED in Canada for nearly two days prior to being evaluated and then finally...3 months later got a CT of the head. You pay for what you get...

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