Health Care & Life Sciences

WellPoint gains confidence as profits rise

July 28, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based health insurer raised its full-year profit forecast after it earned $722.4 million, 4 percent higher than during the same quarter a year ago. Revenue and health plan membership fell.
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Survey: Many hospital patients in dark about debt-relief options

July 26, 2010
J.K. Wall
Marion County survey finds 80 percent of respondents in debt to local hospitals, with about half saying they were never informed about the availability of charity care or payment plans.
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Local investors make big bet on senior housingRestricted Content

July 24, 2010
J.K. Wall
With the first baby boomers set to turn 65 in six months, investments in senior housing are heating up. A group of Indianapolis-area professionals—including Mark Waterfill (left) and Tony Schantz—have banded together to launch three senior housing projects around the state, spending $49 million and looking to do more.
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Lilly's second-quarter profits surge 16 percent

July 22, 2010
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-based drugmaker Eli Lilly and Co. recorded profits of $1.3 billion, or $1.22 per share, during the three months ended June 30, even after paying $27 million in severance to laid off employees.
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Lilly completes $180 million acquisition of Alnara

July 21, 2010
Massachusetts-based Alnara Pharmaceuticals Inc. is a privately held company developing an enzyme-replacement therapy for disorders of the pancreas.
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New rules raise stakes for Lilly drug

July 21, 2010
J.K. Wall
Drugmakers testing experimental Alzheimer’s medicines—including Eli Lilly and Co.—got good news last week when the National Institute on Aging and the Alzheimer’s Association proposed new guidelines to make earlier diagnoses of the disease.
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Hospitals map out ways to bypass insurers

July 17, 2010
J.K. Wall
Clarian Health is launching its own health insurance plan, the boldest of several initiatives at Indianapolis hospitals to bypass health insurers and provide health benefits directly to employers.
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Health care reform means changes for Indiana employersRestricted Content

July 17, 2010
Norm Heikens, Scott Olson, J.K. Wall
Nearly four months after President Barack Obama signed a health reform bill into law, businesses are still grappling with its impact on the health benefits they offer their employees.
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Indiana Medicaid chief: Feds leave states in dark

July 15, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana and other states face a struggle as they grapple with putting the health care changes into place in a relatively short span of time while they also contend with the economic downtown and strained state budgets.
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Lilly reveals plans to cut 340 IT jobs

July 15, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based drugmaker eliminated 140 information technology jobs in June through retirements, resignations and some cuts. Another 115 cuts will be made this month, and the remainder by the end of the year.
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Lilly's Alzheimer's gamble takes aim at $10 billion in patent losses

July 13, 2010
Bloomberg News
Both of Lilly's late-stage treatments are designed to reduce plaque in the brain called beta amyloid, thought by researchers to be a main contributor to Alzheimer's. A drug that stops or reduces memory loss caused by Alzheimer's may be worth more than $5 billion a year, an analyst says, helping Lilly overcome the coming patent losses on several important pharmaceuticals.
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Lilly to cut 170 manufacturing jobs by year's end

July 12, 2010
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly and Co. will cut 170 jobs—mostly in Indianapolis—from its manufacturing and quality division by the end of the year as it continues its efforts to slim down before losing revenue from patent expirations on its bestselling drugs.
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Diagnostics division to help Lilly tailor treatmentsRestricted Content

July 10, 2010
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly and Co. is launching a diagnostics division to produce tests that can winnow out the patients most likely to benefit from a Lilly drug.
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Home medical supply firm grows as industry boom approaches

July 10, 2010
Joe Jasinski

David Hartley pulled $85,000 from his savings six years ago to buy Home Health Depot Inc. Nearly six years later, Hartley has reinvented the Indianapolis-based home medical equipment supplier, growing from a single office in Greenwood to 12 locations in Indiana and Illinois—and increasing annual revenue from $300,000 to more than $6.7 million.

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Hospitals see dip in charity care after 2008

July 10, 2010
J.K. Wall
Unemployment in Indiana has moderated slightly, but more than 313,000 Hoosiers remain out of work. And with attempts to extend benefits for the jobless stalled in Congress, it’s likely more people will struggle to pay medical bills.
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PROXY CORNER: Baldwin & Lyons Inc.

July 10, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Baldwin & Lyons Inc. provides property-and-casualty insurance for various industries, including trucking.
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Regenstrief names new CEO

July 8, 2010
J.K. Wall
Dr. Bill Tierney will replace Dr. Tom Inui on Oct. 1 at helm of Indianapolis-based medical research organization.
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Medical device firm eyeing Indianapolis growth

July 7, 2010
Greatbatch Medical wants to expand its facility on the east side of Indianapolis to accommodate its entrance into the orthopedics market. The New York-based company specializes in cardiovascular products.
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Health reform rule could cost WellPoint

July 7, 2010
J.K. Wall
WellPoint Inc. has about $800 million riding on one arcane rule: how to calculate a medical loss ratio. The ratio quantifies the percentage of customers’ premiums were spent on medical care, rather than overhead or profits.
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Lilly's Lechleiter: No change in plans

July 7, 2010
J.K. Wall
The global financial press keeps asking John Lechleiter for his end-game strategy to survive Eli Lilly and Co.'s nightmarish patent challenges. And, like a broken record, the Lilly CEO keeps giving the same answer: pipeline, pipeline, pipeline—no mega-merger.
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Men on Viagra, Cialis show triple rate of sex diseases in study

July 6, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
The findings suggest that users of drugs to treat erectile dysfunction, including Eli Lilly's Cialis, may be more likely to engage in unsafe sex than nonusers.
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Widowed car dealer Christine Burd becomes mental health advocate

July 3, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Burd, who is president of Burd Ford, a mother of four, and a fixture on television commercials for the dealership, has become an advocate for mental health following her husband's suicide.
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Program tying doctor bonuses to quality goes statewideRestricted Content

July 3, 2010
J.K. Wall
The program currently includes 1,200 physicians—about 10 percent of all doctors in Indiana.
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Health care reform bringing changes to Caregivers

July 3, 2010
Scott Olson
Caregivers anticipates coping with declining Medicare reimbursements while having to offer insurance to its employees.
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Connecticut to probe WellPoint security breach

July 2, 2010
Bloomberg News
Attorney general seeks more details on the breach, which may have compromised financial and health information on almost 500,000 people. He also calls on the Indianapolis-based insurer to provide affected customers with credit monitoring and theft protection services.
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