Health Care

FDA prepping long-awaited plan to reduce salt

June 17, 2014
Associated Press
Food companies and restaurants could soon face government pressure to make their foods less salty for health reasons.
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Researchers delve into brain functionRestricted Content

June 14, 2014
Norm Heikens
Early results of studies show exercise, training help keep mind active later in life.
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Remodelings might await boomers wanting to stay in their homes

June 14, 2014
Norm Heikens
Many homes will be difficult for aging boomers to navigate without changing doors, bathrooms, hallways and kitchens.
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Insurance changes put state's autism industry on edge

June 14, 2014
J.K. Wall
Indiana's autism therapists say their prospects are cloudy after the state’s largest health insurer, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, cut payments 40 percent and took a harder line on paying for therapy for school-age children.
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Legal snags kill Community-Eskenazi hospital merger

June 12, 2014
J.K. Wall
Community Health Network and Eskenazi Health quietly called off their engagement months ago, when they found out federal laws effectively prohibited their marriage. Now they’re trying to figure out how to just be friends.
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Former Riley Hospital CEO Pescovitz to join Eli Lilly

June 11, 2014
J.K. Wall
Dr. Ora Pescovitz is returning to Indianapolis after spending the past five years as CEO of the University of Michigan Health System.
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Audit: Nearly 275 in Indiana await first VA visit

June 9, 2014
Associated Press
Auditors found that the agency's complicated appointment process created confusion among schedulers and supervisors, and that a 14-day goal for seeing first-time patients was unattainable.
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Doctors want to improve state drug-tracking system

June 9, 2014
Associated Press
A study has found that most doctors in Indiana aren't frequently using an electronic system designed to detect prescription drug abuse.
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Lilly consolidated into testosterone drug lawsuit

June 9, 2014
Bloomberg News
The decision to collect cases before one court comes after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it will re-examine the safety of testosterone-replacement drugs after studies showed the medicine posed an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
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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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