Health Care

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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Community, Wishard to form joint operating agreement

February 18, 2013
J.K. Wall
The partnership will create a new board to oversee and coordinate the operations of both systems, according to internal messages sent to Community stakeholders. Community Health CEO Bryan Mills will be the CEO of the new joint-operating entity.
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Community, Wishard-Eskenazi plan 'landmark' announcement

February 18, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The health care systems would not provide details, but said the announcement would place "Indianapolis in the best position for health care reform."
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WellPoint shares tumble on surprising CEO hire

February 13, 2013
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based health insurer saw its stock tumble as much as 4.8 percent Wednesday morning after it unexpectedly named career hospital executive Joe Swedish to be its next CEO.
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Lilly halts late-stage testing of rheumatoid arthritis drug

February 7, 2013
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly said it is halting testing of experimental drug tabalumab because the studies show the medicine is not effective. The company said it expects to take a $50 million charge in the first quarter related to the research expenses from the drug.
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Struggling Greenwood biotech firm finds buyer

February 7, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Elona Biotechnologies Inc., which has been struggling to repay Greenwood for more than $8 million in economic development incentives, says it has solution to its financial problems.
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Pence rules out Medicaid expansion in current form

February 6, 2013
Associated Press
Gov. Mike Pence said Wednesday that he has ruled out expanding Medicaid under the federal health care law unless Indiana gets approval to use state health savings accounts for the expansion.
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Community taps Walgreens for health reform help

February 4, 2013
J.K. Wall
In the era of health care reform, hospitals will face two new challenges: They will need to run higher-volume, lower-margin businesses, and they’ll be on the hook financially for what patients do even when they’re not receiving health care. Community Health Network’s new partnership with Walgreens’ Take Care Clinics is designed to help address both issues.
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Cold medicines could face tighter limits in Indiana

January 29, 2013
Associated Press
An Indiana Senate committee has backed tougher limits on quantities consumers may buy of cold medications that can be used to make methamphetamine.
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Life sciences consultancy plans to expand, add 38 jobs

January 29, 2013
Indianapolis-based Pearl Pathways, founded by two former Eli Lilly employees, plans to move into new space in March and add the jobs by 2016.
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Zimmer highly exposed to health-reform risk

January 28, 2013
J.K. Wall
Shares of Zimmer Holdings Inc. have generated impressive returns of 23 percent in the past year and some 2013 product launches could juice those results even further. But the Warsaw-based maker of orthopedic implants is also the most-exposed company in its industry to two key elements of health care reform: the medical device tax and bundled payments.
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Greenwood seeks funds back from drugmaker with big plans

January 22, 2013
J.K. Wall
Greenwood-based Elona Biotechnologies Inc., which has been trying to bring a generic version of insulin to market, was declared in default on $8.4 million in incentives from the city of Greenwood.
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Q&A

January 21, 2013
J.K. Wall
Dave Reed is president of the Healthcare Business Solutions group inside Bloomington-based Cook Medical Inc. Since 2007, his team of 18 full-time people—aided by about 60 others throughout Cook’s organization—has worked with hospital systems, distributors of medical products and group purchasing organizations to improve the efficiency of the business side of health care and to make sure new products contribute to that efficiency, as well as solving unmet medical needs.
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New tool could drive down employers' health care costsRestricted Content

January 19, 2013
J.K. Wall
Ten of Indiana’s largest employers—including the state of Indiana; Cummins Inc.; CNO Financial Group Inc.; Indiana, Purdue and Butler universities; and Indiana University Health—think they have hit upon a solution.
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Health insurance changes daunting for Indiana employersRestricted Content

January 19, 2013
Scott Olson
A portion of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requiring companies in 2014 to begin offering health insurance to more workers is causing a lot of anxiety.
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SHORT: Obsolete laws, regulations stifle advance of 'telehealth'Restricted Content

January 19, 2013
Jeffrey W. Short / Special to IBJ
You might remember seeing Elroy Jetson sitting in front of a television in the Jetson home, with Astro, his trusty dog, and Jane, his mother, at his side, while the doctor appeared on the screen providing medical care to Elroy. This scene is no longer so futuristic.
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Lilly drug chosen for Alzheimer's prevention study

January 18, 2013
Associated Press
Researchers have chosen an experimental drug by Eli Lilly and Co. for a large federally funded study testing whether it's possible to prevent Alzheimer's disease in older people at high risk of developing it.
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Roche makes Fortune’s ‘Best Companies’ list

January 18, 2013
Roche Diagnostics Corp. in Indianapolis ranks 89th on the magazine's latest "Best Companies to Work For" list and was the only Indiana-based company selected.
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Indiana Democrats pushing for more health care action

January 16, 2013
Associated Press
Democratic lawmakers pushed Wednesday for Indiana to take steps toward implementing the federal health care overhaul that Republicans who control state government have so far rejected.
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Indiana hospitals restrict visits to limit flu spread

January 16, 2013
Associated Press
Hospitals across Indiana announced restrictions on visitors Wednesday in hopes of preventing the spread of flu, which has claimed the lives of 27 people in the state this season.
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Lilly's Amyvid receives European approval

January 16, 2013
Associated Press
European regulators approved the use of an imaging agent from Eli Lilly and Co., which can help doctors diagnose Alzheimer's disease.
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Anthem pulling out of Quality Health First

January 14, 2013
J.K. Wall
Since 2009, Indianapolis-based Anthem has doled out $14.5 million in bonuses to physicians based on their scores in quality reports generated by Quality Health First.
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