Health Care & Insurance

Franciscan cuts its way to higher profits

August 25, 2014
J.K. Wall
Franciscan Alliance, which operates three hospitals in the Indianapolis area, is seeing fewer patients this year but is making more money due to expense cuts.
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Health commissioner resigns for personal reasons

August 22, 2014
Associated Press
Dr. William VanNess said Friday he plans to stay on the job until Gov. Pence finds a replacement, saying he likely will stay on until early October.
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EMS service to lay off 361 workers in central Indiana

August 21, 2014
Mason King
Rural/Metro Corp. says the changing health care landscape and the challenges of covering rural communities are forcing it to end its area ambulance services. It's also closing a billing operations center in Indianapolis.
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Insurance agencies Shepherd, Consolidated merge

August 21, 2014
Jeff Newman
Two local insurance agencies with long histories and well-known leaders have merged, creating a firm with eight Indiana offices, 145 agents and more than 160 employees.
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After strong trials, Lilly to seek approvals for psoriasis drug

August 21, 2014
J.K. Wall
The drug company said Thursday its drug ixekizumab cleared away skin inflammation in six times as many patients as the blockbuster drug Enbrel. Lilly is in a race to bring the first in a new-class of psoriasis treatments to market.
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Lilly wins tentative approval for diabetes drug

August 20, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Final approval could be delayed until mid-2016 due to a claim of patent infringement by drugmaker Sanofi.
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Cardinal Health unit seeks tax breaks for local drug facility

August 18, 2014
 IBJ Staff
A subsidiary of Dublin, Ohio-based Cardinal Health Inc. is seeking tax breaks from the city of Indianapolis to help it open a $14.4 million local drug-production facility that would employ 85 workers by 2017.
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EMS company to end most Indiana services

August 18, 2014
Associated Press
Rural/Metro Corp. is going to stop serving more than 30 communities in Indiana. Martinsville Mayor Phil Deckard said the company will end service within 60 days.
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Lilly among those eyeing antibiotic maker Cubist, analyst says

August 18, 2014
Bloomberg News
The rising threat from drug-resistant germs and increasing calls from global health groups for more potent antibiotics is placing a premium on companies such as Cubist. The $4.8 billion drug developer is preparing to introduce four new medicines by 2020.
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Rebates shrink as Anthem gets better at pricing

August 18, 2014
J.K. Wall
Hoosiers are receiving $11.9 million in rebates this year from health insurers that used less than 80 percent of their 2013 premiums for medical bills last year. That’s down from $22.6 million handed out last year.
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Hendricks County pitching motorsports skill, expertise to medical manufacturers

August 16, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Hendricks County finds pay dirt pitching skills of racing industry to medical device manufacturers.
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Regenstrief plans new $13M headquarters

August 14, 2014
Jeff Newman
Regenstrief, a not-for-profit medical research organization, plans to move 50 investigators, 165 staff members and a number of affiliated scientists into the building when it is completed in mid-2015.
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Eli Lilly to close Terre Haute animal enzyme plant

August 14, 2014
Associated Press
The plant closure will affect 23 plant employees, all of whom will be offered comparable positions at a Lilly plant near Clinton that employs about 500 workers.
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Mainstreet's Turner to sell REIT in $2.3B deal

August 13, 2014
Bloomberg News, J.K. Wall
HealthLease Properties REIT, which is led by Mainstreet Property's Zeke Turner, will be sold to Ohio-based Health Care REIT Inc., along with 17 projects Mainstreet has under construction. The deal includes 45 future projects.
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Indiana challenge to Obamacare tax-credit rule can go forward

August 12, 2014
Bloomberg News
U.S. District Judge William T. Lawrence in Indianapolis on Tuesday denied an IRS bid to dismiss that portion of the state’s 2013 lawsuit, in which it claimed the rule illegally conflicts with a provision of the federal law.
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WellPoint to change corporate name back to Anthem

August 12, 2014
 Bloomberg News and IBJ Staff, Associated Press
The name change will be completed by the end of the year, pending shareholder approval, the company said Tuesday.
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Struggling hospital finds buyer, enters bankruptcy protection

August 12, 2014
 Bloomberg News and IBJ Staff
Bloomington’s Monroe Hospital, which has had a close relationship with Indianapolis-based St. Vincent Health, filed for bankruptcy reorganization on Friday and plans to sell its business to a Canadian operator.
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Cuts, price hikes fuel IU Health's quarterly profit

August 11, 2014
J.K. Wall
The decline in patient visits slowed a bit for Indiana University Health in the second quarter, allowing the hospital system to use a price increase and cost cuts to significantly boost its operating profit.
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Indy startup has rare disease in its sights

August 9, 2014
J.K. Wall
Founders of Chondrial Therapeutics believe that if further testing validates their treatment for Friedreich’s ataxia, it could be a blockbuster with annual sales topping $1 billion.
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Boost for vets' health: Obama signs new law

August 7, 2014
Associated Press
Tens of thousands of military veterans who have been enduring long waits for medical care should be able to turn to private doctors almost immediately under a law signed Thursday.
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Hospital services center to hire up to 320 workers

August 7, 2014
 IBJ Staff
An affiliate of Lutheran Health Network in northeast Indiana that concentrates on health-related businesses services expects to nearly triple its workforce.
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Baldwin & Lyons' profit surges on big investment gains

August 7, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Of the insurer's $9.3 million in profit in the second quarter, only $4.1 million was attributed to its core operations.
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WellPoint unit launching $80M information exchange

August 6, 2014
Associated Press
Two insurers announced Tuesday that they are partnering for an ambitious project to establish one of the nation's largest health-information exchanges, an effort they hope will reduce duplication and improve patient outcomes.
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Feds require state to talk to Native Americans for HIP 2.0 plan

August 5, 2014
 The Statehouse File
State officials met Tuesday with members of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians in an effort to satisfy federal regulators who are considering a proposed expansion of the state’s low-income health insurance program.
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Group fighting sexual violence closes over unpaid taxes

August 5, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Coalition Against Sexual Assault suspended its operations after failing to pay payroll and other taxes, raising alarm that victims will fall through the cracks.
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  1. The east side does have potential...and I have always thought Washington Scare should become an outlet mall. Anyone remember how popular Eastgate was? Well, Indy has no outlet malls, we have to go to Edinburgh for the deep discounts and I don't understand why. Jim is right. We need a few good eastsiders interested in actually making some noise and trying to change the commerce, culture and stereotypes of the East side. Irvington is very progressive and making great strides, why can't the far east side ride on their coat tails to make some changes?

  2. Boston.com has an article from 2010 where they talk about how Interactions moved to Massachusetts in the year prior. http://www.boston.com/business/technology/innoeco/2010/07/interactions_banks_63_million.html The article includes a link back to that Inside Indiana Business press release I linked to earlier, snarkily noting, "Guess this 2006 plan to create 200-plus new jobs in Indiana didn't exactly work out."

  3. I live on the east side and I have read all your comments. a local paper just did an article on Washington square mall with just as many comments and concerns. I am not sure if they are still around, but there was an east side coalition with good intentions to do good things on the east side. And there is a facebook post that called my eastside indy with many old members of the eastside who voice concerns about the east side of the city. We need to come together and not just complain and moan, but come up with actual concrete solutions, because what Dal said is very very true- the eastside could be a goldmine in the right hands. But if anyone is going damn, and change things, it is us eastside residents

  4. Please go back re-read your economics text book and the fine print on the February 2014 CBO report. A minimum wage increase has never resulted in a net job loss...

  5. The GOP at the Statehouse is more interested in PR to keep their majority, than using it to get anything good actually done. The State continues its downward spiral.

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