Health Care & Life Sciences

WellPoint CEO: Insurer preparing for technology wave

July 10, 2014
Associated Press
In a wide-ranging interview, WellPoint Inc. CEO Joseph Swedish says adapting to technology is a top priority as he leads the nation's second largest health insurer.
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NCAA seeks injury reduction with fewer full-contact practices

July 8, 2014
Bloomberg News
The recommendation is among a set of guidelines created to “generate a cultural shift within college athletics,” the Indianapolis-based NCAA said Monday.
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New Obamacare rule could boost WellPoint

July 7, 2014
J.K. Wall
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services proposed a rule that would automatically re-enroll exchange plan customers each year, which would help companies like WellPoint that sold aggressively on the exchanges in their first year.
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Obamacare generates windfall for insurersRestricted Content

July 5, 2014
J.K. Wall
Obamacare’s tax credits are pumping nearly $400 million into the coffers of health insurers in Indiana this year, according to data released by the federal government and the insurance companies.
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Express Scripts cuts payments for customized drugs

July 3, 2014
Associated Press
The nation's largest pharmacy benefit manager, Express Scripts, is dramatically scaling back its coverage of compounded medications, saying most of the custom-mixed medicines are ineffective or overpriced.
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Kokomo doctor gets 2 years for overprescribing

July 3, 2014
Associated Press
Don Wagoner, his wife and two other doctors were arrested last year on narcotics charges connected to clinics in Kokomo and Burlington. State officials say at least a dozen patients died from drug-related complications.
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CNO upgraded by S&P after divesting insurance unit

July 2, 2014
 Bloomberg News and IBJ Staff
CNO Financial Group Inc. was upgraded by Standard & Poor’s after the Carmel-based company completed the sale of a life insurance unit that was no longer issuing policies.
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Pence tells feds that HIP 2.0 has broad support

July 1, 2014
 The Statehouse File
State officials say they will submit a plan Wednesday to expand the Healthy Indiana Plan to more uninsured Hoosiers using federal Medicaid dollars.
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Supreme Court lets other birth-control cases stand

July 1, 2014
Associated Press
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday confirmed that its decision a day earlier extending religious rights to closely held corporations applies broadly to the contraceptive coverage requirement in the new health care law.
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Medical device maker to hire 112 in Plainfield

July 1, 2014
Mason King
Global firm Covidien LP plans to consolidate U.S. operations for servicing its medical devices in central Indiana, renovating its existing 70,000-square-foot facility in the process.
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Obama lauds former CEO as right choice to fix VA

June 30, 2014
Associated Press
A former Army captain, Robert McDonald would bring a blend of corporate and military experience to a bureaucracy reeling from revelations of chronic, system-wide failure and veterans dying while on long waiting lists for treatment.
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Report: Indiana boasts four nation-leading life sciences clusters

June 30, 2014
J.K. Wall
The areas around each of Indiana’s research university campuses—Bloomington, Indianapolis, Lafayette and South Bend—all boast outsize concentration of life sciences workers. Yet the state still lags on research, development and investment funding.
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High court: Public union can't make nonmembers pay fees

June 30, 2014
Associated Press
The ruling is a setback for labor unions that have bolstered their ranks — and bank accounts — in Illinois and other states by signing up hundreds of thousands of in-home care workers.
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Justices: Some employers don't have to cover birth control

June 30, 2014
Associated Press
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that some corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women.
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Lilly wins EU backing for version of insulin drug

June 27, 2014
Bloomberg News
Lantus, which garnered $7.8 billion in sales for Paris-based Sanofi in 2013, loses patent protection in Europe in May next year.
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Indiana settles dispute with tobacco companies

June 26, 2014
Emily Metheny, The Statehouse File
Under the agreement signed Thursday, Indiana will receive about $217 million during the next two years, enough to pay for programs that use the dedicated tobacco money.
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Pence names social services chief after sudden exit

June 25, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence picked a new secretary Wednesday to run the Family and Social Services Administration and created a position overseeing his proposed alternative to traditional Medicaid.
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Ex-Colt testifies to Senate panel about brain damage

June 25, 2014
Associated Press
Former NFL tight end Ben Utecht told a Senate hearing Wednesday that he fears where his history of brain injuries will leave him in the future.
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OneAmerica acquires California retirement business

June 25, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
OneAmerica Financial Partners Inc. announced Wednesday that it will acquire a San Diego-based retirement business, gaining access to another large market.
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Former allies turn on Pence's Healthy Indiana Plan

June 23, 2014
J.K. Wall
The National Center for Policy Analysis, an ardent supporter of "consumer-driven" health care, issued a blistering analysis of the Healthy Indiana Plan and Gov. Mike Pence’s proposal to expand it using Obamacare funds.
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VA: 65 percent of senior executives got bonuses

June 22, 2014
Associated Press
About 65 percent of senior executives at the Veterans Affairs Department got performance bonuses last year despite widespread treatment delays and preventable deaths at VA hospitals and clinics, the agency said.
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INDIANA 100: Mainstreet tops fastest-growing companies listRestricted Content

June 21, 2014
Nursing home developer Mainstreet is the fastest-growing private company in the Indianapolis area.
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IU Health to merge 2 downtown hospitals

June 20, 2014
J.K. Wall
Indiana University Health wants to merge two of its big downtown hospitals—University and Methodist—into one location, meaning either one or both would close or be converted to another use.
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Budget leaders examine Healthy Indiana financing

June 20, 2014
Associated Press
Members of the State Budget Committee took a detailed look Friday at how Gov. Mike Pence would pay for "Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0," his proposal to expand insurance coverage using a state-run plan instead of traditional Medicaid.
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Poll: Many struggle to pay health premiums under Obamacare

June 19, 2014
Associated Press
Most people who signed up under President Barack Obama's health care law rate their new insurance highly, but a substantial number are struggling with the cost, according to a poll released Thursday.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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