Health Care

St. Francis buys big cardiology practiceRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
J.K. Wall
As concern grows among medical providers that health care reform augurs lower payments, St. Francis Hospital & Health Centers has agreed to absorb a large group of cardiologists that bring lucrative heart patients to its facilities.
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State law aims to attract doctors to areas in need of careRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
Scott Olson
A state law that went into effect July 1 attempts to attract young physicians and mental health practitioners to underserved areas by forgiving part of their student loans. But Indiana’s budget woes prevented lawmakers from allocating funds to support the program.
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Long-term-care business to help Wishard cover construction debtRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
J.K. Wall
To pay for a shiny new downtown hospital, the parent corporation of Wishard Health Services will commit itself to yearly debt payments 10 times as high as they are now. But Wishard officials have no doubt they can bear the extra load because of places like Rosewalk Village, a nursing home that sits on the eastern side of Indianapolis.
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Endocyte, Purdue develop prostate cancer treatment device

July 13, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Purdue University researcher Philip Low, also the chief science officer for West Lafayette-based Endocyte Inc., has developed a prostate cancer “homing device” to help anti-cancer agents specifically target prostate cancer tumors.

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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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