Health Care & Life Sciences

Members: Anthem health plans subpar

April 7, 2010
J.K. Wall
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Indiana fell slightly below average for customer satisfaction among scores of health plans, according to a new survey by California-based J.D. Power & Associates.
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Medical oxygen plant in Plainfield closing; 130 to lose jobs

April 6, 2010
Relocating operations to an existing plant in Canton, Ga., will result in the loss of 130 jobs.
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Shareholder group wants WellPoint to become not-for-profit

April 6, 2010
J.K. Wall
Proposal at annual meeting will ask health insurer to study feasibility of converting to not-for-profit status.
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Volunteers in Medicine fill need as boomers retire

April 3, 2010
Marc D. Allan
Not-for-profit sees increasing numbers of patients, but can't plug the entire gap to be created by health care retirements.
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Spine center offering quick care for painRestricted Content

April 3, 2010
Scott Olson
An Indianapolis doctors' office has started an offshoot practice that specializes in quickly seeing patients with severe back pain.
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IU study suggests that money does matter to doctors

April 3, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Patients seen at private facilities reimbursed by Medicare were 5-1/2 times more likely to receive routine cataract surgery than patients at Veterans Affairs facilities, according to a new study.
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Compensation for WellPoint's Braly rises 51 percent

April 2, 2010
Associated Press
Stock options, bonus fuels CEO's pay.
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Conseco trims CEO's pay but gives exec team raises

April 2, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
James Prieur's total compensation fell 5 percent last year to $3.3 million, but other Conseco executives saw pay hikes between 25 percent and 54 percent.
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Lilly wins court ban on generic copy of Gemzar

April 1, 2010
Bloomberg News, Associated Press
Eli Lilly and Co. won a U.S. court ruling Wednesday that bars Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. from selling a generic version of the cancer drug Gemzar until November.
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Lilly drug wins U.K. backing as cancer therapy

April 1, 2010
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly and Co.'s Alimta has received the preliminary backing of a United Kingdom agency as a maintenance treatment for patients with the most common form of lung cancer.
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WellPoint faces biggest changes under new law

March 31, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based health insurer has more individual and small-business customers than its major competitors, increasing the impact of health reform.
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Daniels one of health law's loudest critics

March 31, 2010
J.K. Wall
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels is fast becoming critic-in-chief of the health reform law.
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Employers fret over health care overhaul

March 27, 2010
J.K. Wall
Most employers in central Indiana are just beginning to figure out what the health insurance reform bill will mean for their businesses. Caterpillar Inc., which employs nearly 1,500 at an engine plant in Lafayette, expects costs to rise about 20 percent.
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Lilly to let 115 workers go in new outsourcing deal

March 26, 2010
J.K. Wall
Deal with unit of Massachusetts-based Thermo Fisher Scientific would keep many of the employees working in same location.
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Health care bill burns local tanning industry

March 26, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
With one of the nation's largest tanning-bed manufacturers and dozens of salons in central Indiana, a 10-percent tax on tanning could cost the region jobs.
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CEO: Conseco's name no longer says insurance

March 25, 2010
J.K. Wall
Conseco Inc. CEO Jim Prieur says it's time to change the company's 27-year-old name partly because it's become better associated with a sports facility than with the insurer's products.
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Lilly eyes more animal-health acquisitions

March 25, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly is interested in assets that may be offered for sale as a result of Sanofi-Aventis SA and Merck & Co.'s plan to combine their veterinary units.
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Conseco seeking to change its name

March 25, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Carmel-based insurer Conseco Inc. will ask shareholders to approve changing the company’s name to CNO Financial Group, the company said Thursday morning.
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Daniels warns of health bill's 'immorally huge' taxes

March 25, 2010
Associated Press
Daniels told members of the Economic Club of Indianapolis that it's ridiculous for anyone to suggest the nearly $1 trillion health care overhaul signed into law Tuesday by President Barack Obama won't add to the nation's debt.
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Lilly sues Hospira over generic version of Gemzar

March 24, 2010
Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. sued rival drugmaker Hospira Inc. to prevent it from selling a generic version of the cancer drug Gemzar before a patent on the medicine expires in 2013.
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Docs fear reform will exacerbate ER overuse

March 24, 2010
J.K. Wall
One of the most agreed-upon reasons for health care reform was the expensive overuse of the emergency room by uninsured patients. But two Hoosier ER docs—one conservative, one liberal—say the implementation of ObamaCare will leave that fundamental problem unresolved.
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IU study: Money matters to docs

March 24, 2010
J.K. Wall

Think doctors and hospitals aren’t influenced by money? Think again. Patients seen at private facilities reimbursed by Medicare were 5.5 times more likely to receive routine cataract surgery than patients at poorly funded Veterans Affairs facilities.

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Obama signs historic $938 billion health care overhaul

March 23, 2010
Associated Press
Attorneys general from 13 states filed suit to stop the overhaul just minutes after the bill signing, contending the law is unconstitutional. Other state attorneys general may join the lawsuit later or sue separately.
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Ariad loses $65M patent appeal against Eli Lilly

March 22, 2010
Bloomberg News
Monday's decision throws out a $65.2 million patent-infringement verdict won by Ariad for royalties on Lilly's osteoporosis drug Evista and sepsis medicine Xigris.
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State attorney general looks to challenge health care bill

March 22, 2010
Associated Press
Attorneys general in at least 13 states have signaled they intend to challenge the constitutionality of the legislation in court.
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  1. How much you wanna bet, that 70% of the jobs created there (after construction) are minimum wage? And Harvey is correct, the vast majority of residents in this project will drive to their jobs, and to think otherwise, is like Harvey says, a pipe dream. Someone working at a restaurant or retail store will not be able to afford living there. What ever happened to people who wanted to build buildings, paying for it themselves? Not a fan of these tax deals.

  2. Uh, no GeorgeP. The project is supposed to bring on 1,000 jobs and those people along with the people that will be living in the new residential will be driving to their jobs. The walkable stuff is a pipe dream. Besides, walkable is defined as having all daily necessities within 1/2 mile. That's not the case here. Never will be.

  3. Brad is on to something there. The merger of the Formula E and IndyCar Series would give IndyCar access to International markets and Formula E access the Indianapolis 500, not to mention some other events in the USA. Maybe after 2016 but before the new Dallara is rolled out for 2018. This give IndyCar two more seasons to run the DW12 and Formula E to get charged up, pun intended. Then shock the racing world, pun intended, but making the 101st Indianapolis 500 a stellar, groundbreaking event: The first all-electric Indy 500, and use that platform to promote the future of the sport.

  4. No, HarveyF, the exact opposite. Greater density and closeness to retail and everyday necessities reduces traffic. When one has to drive miles for necessities, all those cars are on the roads for many miles. When reasonable density is built, low rise in this case, in the middle of a thriving retail area, one has to drive far less, actually reducing the number of cars on the road.

  5. The Indy Star announced today the appointment of a new Beverage Reporter! So instead of insightful reports on Indy pro sports and Indiana college teams, you now get to read stories about the 432nd new brewery open or some obscure Hoosier winery winning a county fair blue ribbon. Yep, that's the coverage we Star readers crave. Not.

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