Health Care

Insurers give Obamacare enrollees more time for payments

December 18, 2013
Bloomberg News
Consumers who enroll in health plans through the new U.S. exchanges will get 10 extra days to pay their first premiums and still gain coverage effective Jan. 1, an insurance company trade group said Wednesday.
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Pfizer, Teva reach deal to allow generic Viagra

December 18, 2013
Bloomberg News
Fifteen years after Pfizer Inc.’s Viagra changed the sexual equation for older men, the blockbuster impotence drug is set to become available in a less expensive generic form as early as 2017.
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Ascension hospitals pledge 549 more service center jobs

December 18, 2013
J.K. Wall
Even though St. Louis-based Ascension Health cut nearly 900 jobs this year from its Indianapolis-based hospital subsidiary, St. Vincent Health, it wants to add 549 more to its service center here by 2016.
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Two new studies debunk benefits of multivitamins

December 18, 2013
Associated Press
There's more disappointing news about multivitamins: Two major studies found popping the pills didn't protect aging men's brains or help heart attack survivors.
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Renowned architects creating unique park at Eskenazi HospitalRestricted Content

December 14, 2013
Lou Harry
Eskenazi Health leadership's desire to connect the diversity of its hospital's population through a healing park drew in a landscape architect firm that is not only one of the top in the country, but also one of the hottest architecture firms in the world.
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Community Health CFO makes sudden exit

December 14, 2013
J.K. Wall
Tom Fischer, the chief financial and chief operating officer of Community Health Network, departed suddenly this month. Sources with knowledge of the situation described Fischer’s exit as a firing. But a Community spokeswoman said Fischer resigned in a private meeting with Community CEO Bryan Mills.
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Cummins plans wellness center for employees

December 13, 2013
Associated Press
The facility in Columbus would be the first of its kind for the company. Should the concept prove successful, Cummins will consider similar arrangements in other areas with Cummins plants, said Dr. Dexter Shurney, chief medical officer for Cummins.
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Lilly foe still testing Alzheimer's theory where others failed

December 12, 2013
Bloomberg News
Since 1998, there have been more than 100 attempts to develop an Alzheimer’s treatment, and all have failed. Such a product may generate as much as $5 billion annually for Merck, according to analysts
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FDA approves first generic versions of Lilly's Cymbalta

December 11, 2013
Associated Press
Cymbalta is Eli Lilly and Co. Inc.'s best-selling drug and posted 2012 sales of $4.7 billion, making it the fifth-highest selling medication in the world. The drug's patent expired Wednesday.
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Pence, Sebelius to meet on health care expansion proposals

December 11, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is scheduling a meeting with U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius about the state’s request to use its own health care plan in place of a traditional Medicaid expansion.
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Obamacare exchange enrollment reaches 3,500 in Indiana

December 11, 2013
J.K. Wall
Enrollment in November was about four times faster than in October, but it will need to be about 12 times faster through the end of March to meet federal projections.
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Indiana extends Healthy Indiana Plan through April

December 10, 2013
Associated Press
The Family and Social Services Administration announced Tuesday it is extending its Healthy Indiana Plan to participants who earn between 100 percent and 200 percent of the federal poverty level.
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Hospital cuts create uncertain future for nurses

December 9, 2013
Associated Press
The new climate is a seismic change for many who got into nursing because for generations it had been a recession-proof career.
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Nearly 150 patients moved in hospital transition

December 7, 2013
Associated Press
Eskenazi admitted its first patients and the hospital it's replacing, Wishard Memorial, discharged its last Saturday as part of the transition between the two hospitals.
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Eskenazi Health hospital set to open Saturday

December 6, 2013
Associated Press
The new $754 million hospital is scheduled to begin accepting patients at 7 a.m. Saturday, which is one minute after Wishard Hospital will stop accepting patients.
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Lilly depression drug fails to meet goals in studies

December 5, 2013
Bloomberg News
Edivoxetine, a derivative of Lilly's Strattera drug for attention deficit disorder, was in the final of three stages of testing usually required for marketing approval by U.S. regulators.
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Lilly invests in NY life sciences venture capital initiative

December 4, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. has joined two other companies to contribute $40 million to an early-stage life sciences venture capital initiative in New York City.
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Lilly called likely suitor for Novartis veterinary unit

December 3, 2013
Bloomberg News
Novartis AG’s animal-health business is drawing interest from drugmakers including Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. and Merck & Co. as the Swiss pharmaceutical giant prepares to sell the unit, people with knowledge of the matter said.
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Anthem, insurance trust create Obamacare alternative

December 2, 2013
J.K. Wall
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield has teamed up with the Indiana Manufacturers Association to give small manufacturers an option to side-step one of Obamacare’s new community rating restrictions.
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IU Health gears up to take on insurers

November 30, 2013
J.K. Wall
Indiana University Health, already the state’s largest hospital system, is now ramping up to compete against Anthem, UnitedHealthcare and other health insurers.
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Health law small-business insurance site delayed 1 year

November 27, 2013
Associated Press
The Obama administration is delaying yet another aspect of the health care law, putting off until next November the launch of an online portal to the health insurance marketplace for small businesses.
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IU Health latest to voice opposition to marriage amendment

November 26, 2013
IU Health, the state’s fourth-largest employer, said it was opposing a proposed amendment against same-sex marriage for health-related reasons.
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Survey: One-third of Hoosier workers in high-deductible plans

November 25, 2013
J.K. Wall
An annual survey by the benefits consulting firm Mercer found that, among 75 Hoosier employers, 34 percent of workers are already enrolled in consumer-directed health plans. And that number is only going to go up due to new Obamacare rules.
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Suburban Indy hospitals see health care reform as ally

November 23, 2013
J.K. Wall
For years, the county-owned hospitals ringing Indianapolis have watched warily as the city’s four major hospital systems used their superior size and resources to push ever outward into the suburbs.
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FELDMAN: Affordable Care Act stirs paradoxes for employers

November 23, 2013
Judd Feldman / Special to IBJ
In addition to managing the complexity and challenges of the Affordable Care Act, employers are assessing the law’s impact on their Worker’s Compensation program. The debate ranges from minimal influence to significant, with many experts hedging their bets with a wait-and-see approach.
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