Health Care & Life Sciences

Lilly suspends late-stage trial for melanoma drug

December 13, 2010
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly and Co. suspended a late-stage clinical trial of a medicine for skin-cancer patients after 12 patients in the study died.
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IU surgeon Pescovitz dies in accident

December 13, 2010
J.K. Wall
Dr. Mark Pescovitz, a surgeon at the Indiana University School of Medicine, died Sunday in a car accident outside Ann Arbor, Mich., after visiting his wife, Dr. Ora Hirsch Pescovitz.
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IU's health care budget could be $25 million short

December 11, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana University's board of trustees has learned that the school's health care budget is $24.9 million short of projected expenses in 2011-12.
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Distribution deal to stoke sales at pain-pump maker SymbiosRestricted Content

December 11, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis company expects the pact will boost revenue from $1 million now to more than $10 million in 2013.
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Clarian Health looks to scoop up White County hospital

December 9, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based hospital system’s board of directors could vote to acquire the 25-bed hospital as early as next week, but might put off a decision till February.
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CNO Financial plans $300 million sale of debt

December 8, 2010
Bloomberg News
Carmel-based CNO Financial Group Inc., the insurer formerly known as Conseco Inc., plans to sell $300 million of seven-year senior-secured notes, according to a company statement.
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Refinancing boosts Bioanalytical Systems

December 8, 2010
J.K. Wall
Shares of the West Lafayette-based pharmaceutical-services firm soared after it wriggled out from under a $1.3 million loan that was due in February.
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Q&A

December 8, 2010
J.K. Wall
Molecular biologist,David G. Skalnik will become associate dean for research and graduate education at the IUPUI School of Science in January. Since 1991, Skalnick has been a researcher at the Indiana University School of Medicine, leading a team of three in the study of epigenetics—factors that influence whether certain genes are turned on or turned off.
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Law affects hospitals with doctor-held debt

December 8, 2010
J.K. Wall
Health care reform put strict limits on physician-owned hospitals, but it seems the law also restricts hospitals that have physician-owned debt.
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Nursing home firm to pay $376K in Medicaid case

December 6, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says a nursing home company will pay $376,000 to the state and federal governments over accusations that it submitted ineligible bills to Medicaid.
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St. Francis Hospital project targets Greenwood's growth

December 4, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The $20 million facility would attempt to capture some of the 32-percent growth in population Greenwood experienced from 2000 to 2009.
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Two more WellPoint executives set to depart

December 3, 2010
Associated Press, J.K. Wall
Chief Actuary Cynthia Miller and Chief Strategy Officer Bradley Fluegel—both of whom were prominent during the health reform debate—are leaving the health insurance giant.
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Rising Medicaid costs for Indiana mean service cuts likely

December 1, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers likely will cut some Medicaid-provided services in the upcoming legislative session after learning Wednesday that the state's share of government health insurance program costs will balloon by $1.1 billion over the next two years unless checked.
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St. Francis covets Greenwood's growth

December 1, 2010
J.K. Wall
It doesn’t take a genius to figure out why St. Francis Hospital & Health Centers is going to build a new ER and medical office complex near Greenwood: The area has been growing over the past decade 10 times faster than the city of Indianapolis.
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Contrarians think it's new day for Lilly

December 1, 2010
J.K. Wall
The trouble-free market approval obtained by Eli Lilly and Co. for a new underarm testosterone treatment brightened the company’s outlook—at least for one of the few optimistic analysts covering the company.
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CNO Financial looking to refinance bank loans

November 30, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Carmel-based life and health insurer says it has started discussions with a group of lenders about refinancing $652.1 million in debt.
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Indiana medical students opt for specialties, not family practice

November 27, 2010
Scott Olson
Interest in primary care has fallen off markedly due partly to relatively low pay.
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Health reform tripping up Indiana wellness incentiveRestricted Content

November 27, 2010
J.K. Wall
Federal health reform will trump an Indiana law that allows health insurers to offer steep discounts to employers with healthy workers and which institute aggressive wellness programs, but experts say other provisions will motivate small firms.
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AHLRICHS: Turn health reform into pragmatic answersRestricted Content

November 27, 2010
Health reform entrepreneurship could brand Indiana as productive, healthy place for employers to operate.
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MCGOWAN: Reform's grandfathering option requires close look

November 27, 2010
Hugh M. McGowan
Widely hailed provision of health care reform now raises host of questions.
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Med school students share their stories

November 27, 2010
Scott Olson
Five students at Indiana University School of Medicine contemplate whether to opt for family practice or a specialty.
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St. Francis-WellPoint deal is a sign of the timesRestricted Content

November 27, 2010
J.K. Wall
St. Francis, which operates three Indianapolis-area hospitals, and WellPoint, the giant health insurer, announced this month that they have agreed to jointly form an accountable care organization.
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Study: Indianapolis high-priced hospital market

November 24, 2010
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-area hospitals have negotiated reimbursement rates with private health insurers that are two and three times higher than those paid by the federal Medicare program, suggesting the hospitals have the upper hand over insurers, according to a new study.
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Clarian grows market share to 40 percent

November 24, 2010
J.K. Wall
Clarian Health has been growing faster than its peers in the Indianapolis market the past five years and is now generating healthy margins, according to a report this month by Moody’s Investors Service.
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St. Francis hospitals getting Franciscan Alliance name

November 22, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Mishawaka-based health system's move comes after months of consumer research—and six months after rival system Clarian Health said it would change its name to Indiana University Health.
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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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