Health Care

BREAKING: FDA approves Lilly blood-thinner prasugrel

July 10, 2009
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly and Co. finally won approval today from U.S. regulators to sell prasugrel, its highly anticipated blood thinner, according to Bloomberg News.
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Government-run insurance plan draws mixed reviews from employersRestricted Content

June 22, 2009
J.K. Wall
Businesses all want to see reform of the health care system, but they diverge on how much the U.S. government's entrance into the insurance market would help or hurt them.
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Profs trying to revolutionize drug discovery processRestricted Content

June 22, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Two chemistry professors at IUPUI are laboring to create the McDonald's of research laboratories—a model that's low-cost and can spread around the world.
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Planned Parenthood promotes health services for menRestricted Content

June 22, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Planned Parenthood of Indiana has launched a campaign to capitalize on the small but growing number of men who use its 34 health centers around the state.
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With Byetta's sales stalled, Lilly unveils its own competitorRestricted Content

June 15, 2009
 IBJ Staff
While Eli Lilly and Co. continues to work with a biotech firm on the diabetes medicine Byetta, it's developing a potential competitor to Byetta all on its own.
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Wishard Foundation seeks new leader after CEO resignsRestricted Content

June 8, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The CEO of the Wishard Foundation resigned last month, prompting the fund-raising arm of Wishard Health Services to tap consulting firm Johnson Grossnickle & Associates for a replacement.
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Prices salty and getting saltier at Indiana nursing homesRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
The cost of nursing home care in Indianapolis is rising faster than in the rest of the country, according to an annual survey of long-term-care costs by Virginia-based Genworth Financial.
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Reimbursement changes prompt specialists to join hospital payrollsRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
J.K. Wall
Specialist physicians, who have traditionally been fiercely independent, are more and more coming on as employees of hospitals.
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'Epic' investment losses hit hospitalsRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
J.K. Wall
Financial reports trickling in from Indianapolis' major hospitals show why the city's health care building boom ground to a near halt this year. It ran into a wall of investment losses.
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Indiana continues to have high smoking, obesity rates, and is below average in public health fundingRestricted Content

February 2, 2009
J.K. Wall
Obesity and smoking rates are little changed since Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels took office in January 2005.
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Lilly settles Zyprexa marketing suit for $1.4 billion

January 15, 2009
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-based Lilly pleaded guilty to one violation of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act on Thursday and agreed to pay $1.42 billion to settle both that criminal charge as well as civil lawsuits in which it did not admit wrongdoing.
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Nursing home group tries bulk purchasing to save cashRestricted Content

January 12, 2009
The Indiana Health Care Association has signed contracts with three corporations to buy supplies, medicines and insurance in bulk.
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Smoke Free Indy advocates mount new campaignRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Anti-smoking advocates are organizing a new attempt to strengthen Indianapolis' ban against smoking in the workplace.
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Women are top leaders in Hoosier public health postsRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Cynthia Sequin
Dr. Judith Monroe, Dr. Virginia Caine and G. Marie Swanson are three local women who have risen to leadership positions in the health care community.
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Time to snuff out public smokingRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
The Indiana General Assembly should pass a bill into law that bans smoking in public places.
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Nurse shortage still a major work force issue in IndianaRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
Linda Wessic
As the bedrock of the United State's health care delivery framework, the nursing profession represents the top need for open health care positions across Indiana and much of the nation.
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Indianapolis eye surgeon popularizes new transplant techniqueRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
J.K. Wall
Dr. Francis Price Jr. has brought hundreds of eye surgeons to Indianapolis to train them in how to use a new cornea transplant technique that has swept the ophthalmology field—DSEK, which stands for Descemet's stripping endothelial keratoplasty.
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Hoosiers need greater access to quality health careRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Morton Marcus
Indiana's economic woes are long standing and may be having an adverse effect on the health of our people, because Hoosiers can't consistently gain access to excellent health care.
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Executives must stress wellness program benefits consistentlyRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Health care benefits that promote wellness should be an ongoing executive suite focus, not simply an annual budget concern.
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St. Francis Hospitals, Anthem disagree over health insurance reimbursementsRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
The St. Francis hospital system and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Indiana are haggling over insurance reimbursement costs. The original demand of Sisters of St. Francis Health Services Inc. would have increased reimbursement amounts $80 million over three years, Rick Rhodes, an Anthem regional vice president, wrote in an Oct. 30 letter to employers covered by Anthem. The increase would mean $12 million more in out-of-pocket costs to Anthem customers. But St. Francis claims its request for an increase only brings it in line with what other hospitals are getting.
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Was HIP program enough?: Candidates spar over impact of Daniels' health reformsRestricted Content

October 27, 2008
J.K. Wall
Just how big of a deal was the Healthy Indiana Plan? That seems to be the key question dividing Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels and his Democratic challenger, Jill Long Thompson, in their competing plans over health care reform. Daniels' campaign for re-election points to his administration's ongoing rollout of the Healthy Indiana Plan as his entire plan for health care reform in his second term. The plan, which uses cigarette tax revenue to offer health insurance and health savings accounts...
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No perfect fit for Main Street: Small-business owners fall on both sides of political lineRestricted Content

October 27, 2008
Whitney Lee
Joe the Plumber has been getting plenty of attention in recent weeks, but what about Kimberly the Merchant or John the Manufacturer? For all the talk about whether this year's presidential candidates favor Wall Street or Main Street, there's little discussion of the fact that neither Democrat Barack Obama nor Republican John McCain may be perfect for all small-business owners. Indianapolis manufacturing firm owner John Raine is backing McCain because of his stance on taxes and labor unions. Local shop...
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Hospitals brace for 'errors' rule: Financial impact of new Medicare policy still uncertainRestricted Content

October 20, 2008
J.K. Wall
Medicare's new rule to refuse to pay hospitals for "preventable errors" hasn't caused hospital administrators to lose sleep about lost revenue. But they do worry that the new rule, which went into effect Oct. 1, could increase the number of costly malpractice lawsuits filed against their hospitals. It's not clear yet what the financial impact of Medicare's new "no-pay" rule will be. But companies that make their money supplying hospitals with equipment and services have wasted no time using the...
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IU seeking funding to help alleviate doctor shortage: Medical school wants extra $5 million from Legislature to tackle projected shortfall of 1,300 physicians by 2025Restricted Content

October 20, 2008
Scott Olson
An acute physician shortage in Indiana is driving a request for an additional $5 million in annual funding to expand enrollment at the state's only medical school. The Indiana University School of Medicine's Physician Workforce Task Force conducted a study in 2006 that found the state already had 3,500 fewer physicians than it should. Indiana had 12,534 doctors in 2005-a number that remains relatively flat because the medical school churns out the same number of graduates each year. Over the...
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VOICES FROM THE INDUSTRY: Starting from scratch best hope for health care systemRestricted Content

October 20, 2008
Leroy B.
A person's DNA may someday determine how doctors diagnose illness and prescribe affordable treatment. That same genetic makeup also might help doctors determine whether a person suffering from cancer might be predisposed to respond or not respond to chemotherapy or another type of innovative or experimental treatment. That future picture of health care delivery, however, is missing a key piece. It doesn't address what those advancements might mean for health insurance and other related questions about medical coverage. Our current...
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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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