Health Care

Ex-Lilly medical director named state health commissioner

March 3, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Dr. Gregory N. Larkin, the former global medical director at Eli Lilly and Co., will replace Dr. Judy Monroe, who is leaving to become deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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IU cancer center names new director

March 2, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Dr. Patrick J. Loehrer Sr. replaces Dr. Stephen D. Williams, the center's founding director, who died of cancer in February 2009.
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State health commissioner leaving for CDC

March 1, 2010
J.K. Wall
Dr. Judy Monroe, after five years as Indiana's public health leader, will spearhead communication between federal and state health agencies.
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WellPoint records subpoened in California probe

February 26, 2010
Bloomberg News
The California attorney general has demanded documents from several health insurers, including Indianapolis' WellPoint, believing that their rate-setting and claims practices might be illegal.
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Study: Hospital clout spurs higher Calif. health costs

February 26, 2010
Bloomberg News
While insurers get the blame for rising health-care costs for consumers, surging fees from hospitals and the growing dominance of such providers may be just as responsible for driving up expenses, according to a new study examining California's market.
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House approves smoking ban in public places

February 23, 2010
Associated Press
The House has approved legislation that would ban smoking in public places statewide except casinos and pari-mutuel horse racing venues.
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Lilly, Merck, Pfizer starting research center

February 23, 2010
Associated Press
Three major U.S. drugmakers said they have formed a not-for-profit company in Asia to focus on cancer research and treatments.
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WellPoint gets tax delay in Obama health plan

February 22, 2010
Bloomberg News
Insurers WellPoint Inc. and others would get a delay in taxes on premiums and high-cost medical benefits, along with additional funding for expanding Medicaid, under a White House proposal
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Obama endorses new taxes, more drugmaker fees

February 22, 2010
Bloomberg News
Obama, seeking to break an impasse over health-care legislation, proposes a plan that includes the first Medicare tax on unearned income such as capital gains and higher fees on drugmakers.
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Lilly asks shareholders to lower takeover barrier

February 20, 2010
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly and Co. directors have recommended that shareholders toss out the drugmaker's most potent protection against unwanted takeovers: an 80-percent supermajority vote threshold for any shareholder mutiny to succeed.
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Clarian, IU plan $100 million neurosciences center

February 13, 2010
J.K. Wall
Clarian Health and the Indiana University School of Medicine want their planned neurosciences hub to become a destination for patients suffering from brain, nerve and mental maladies—and for the government and industry research dollars that can fuel advances in care.
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Wishard parent 'ecstatic' about cheap debt - so far

February 13, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Health & Hospital Corporation of Marion County got good news in its first round of borrowing to finance a new Wishard Hospital: so far, it is paying less than planned.
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Owners, developers see silver lining in health care real estate

February 9, 2010
Tom Harton
Health care real estate has survived the nation’s weak economy better than most sectors, and some owners and developers think it’s positioned to thrive.
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Cardinal Health laying off 49 at local warehouse

February 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Cardinal Health notified the state on Feb. 3 that it laid off 37 workers at the end of January and plans to lay off 12 more effective April 3.
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Enzon Pharmaceuticals sells Indy drug plant; 100 local jobs safe

February 1, 2010
New Jersey-based Enzon Pharmaceuticals Inc. has sold its Indianapolis plant that manufactures specialty drugs in a deal that could top $300 million. The buyer says that the operations, which employ about 100, will remain in the city.
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Federal rule tied to electronic medical records panned

January 30, 2010
J.K. Wall
The government has erected a high fence around a pot of $27 billion available to doctors and hospitals that successfully computerize their patient records by next year, sparking complaints.
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Health care reform will go on regardless of federal government

January 30, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Massachusetts’ election of a Republican senator has put health reform legislation on life support. But for the health care industry, reform is a reality that isn’t going to die.
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Lilly shares trade down after fourth-quarter profits falls

January 28, 2010
J.K. Wall
Analysts worry about dive in already paltry sales of new blood thinner Effient
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Accounting charge dents Zimmer's fourth-quarter profits

January 28, 2010
J.K. Wall
But excluding special charges, Warsaw-based orthopedic implant maker grows profits 5 percent, easily beating expectations of Wall Street.
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Indiana GOP wants to block federal health reform mandates

January 23, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Republicans in the Legislature have joined their counterparts in 25 other states in trying to prevent key aspects of reform from taking effect in Indiana.
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Senate bill would snuff out Indiana's smoking-cessation agency

January 22, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Anti-tobacco advocates worry cost-cutting move could seriously diminish state's efforts to curb Hoosier tobacco use.
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Adversity prepared health exec for new role at helm of SynCare

January 9, 2010
J.K. Wall
Stephanie DeKemper believes everything in her adult life has prepared her to run SynCare LLC. She’s so sure that she’s buying the company.
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Doctors resume battle with Anthem, health insurersRestricted Content

January 9, 2010
J.K. Wall
Doctors are pushing again to strengthen their hands in contract negotiations with health insurers, especially market leader Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
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FDA cancels meeting to review Lilly's Cymbalta

January 5, 2010
Associated Press
The agency said the meeting was canceled "to allow time for the FDA to review new information" about a proposed new use for the drug.
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Grass-roots groups prepare to fill gaps in health care reform

January 2, 2010
J.K. Wall
Legislation set to come out of Washington will not change the most fundamental problems of the health care system, leaving it up to states, cities and companies to figure out what to do about it.
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  1. Liberals do not understand that marriage is not about a law or a right ... it is a rite of religous faith. Liberals want "legal" recognition of their homosexual relationship ... which is OK by me ... but it will never be classified as a marriage because marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman. You can gain / obtain legal recognition / status ... but most people will not acknowledge that 2 people of the same sex are married. It's not really possible as long as marriage is defined as one man and one woman.

  2. That second phrase, "...nor make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunitites of citizens..." is the one. If you can't understand that you lack a fundamental understanding of the Constitution and I can't help you. You're blind with prejudice.

  3. Why do you conservatives always go to the marrying father/daughter, man/animal thing? And why should I keep my sexuality to myself? I see straights kissy facing in public all the time.

  4. I just read the XIV Amendment ... I read where no State shall deprive any person of life, liberty, or property ... nor make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunitites of citizens ... I didn't see anything in it regarding the re-definition of marriage.

  5. I worked for Community Health Network and the reason that senior leadership left is because they were not in agreement with the way the hospital was being ran, how employees were being treated, and most of all how the focus on patient care was nothing more than a poster to stand behind. Hiring these analyst to come out and tell people who have done the job for years that it is all being done wrong now...hint, hint, get rid of employees by calling it "restructuring" is a cheap and easy way out of taking ownership. Indiana is an "at-will" state, so there doesn't have to be a "reason" for dismissal of employment. I have seen former employees that went through this process lose their homes, cars, faith...it is very disturbing. The patient's as well have seen less than disireable care. It all comes full circle.

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