Health Care & Insurance

Lucas Oil owners to buy former Hilbert estate

October 6, 2010
Lucas Oil Products Inc. owners Forrest and Charlotte Lucas confirmed they were buying the property for $3 million at a news conference Wednesday afternoon. It will be used for "business activities and community functions."
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Consultants: Pharma industry facing huge changes

October 6, 2010
J.K. Wall
Heitzman_WatchVideoTo date, most analysts say health reform turned out pretty well for the pharmaceutical industry. But a detailed analysis by Deloitte Consulting says the indirect effects of reform will deliver a gut punch to the industry that will lead to full-scale transformation akin to what the telecommunications world has seen over the past three decades.
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Insurers cautious on accountable care

October 6, 2010
J.K. Wall
Health insurers, including locally based WellPoint Inc. and Advantage Health Solutions, have been looking to work with health care providers to form accountable-care organizations. But they also worry that the accountable-care concept will become nothing more than a negotiating tactic by hospitals and doctors.
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Q&A

October 6, 2010
J.K. Wall
Dale Hockel is vice president of clinical engineering services at TriMedX, which helps hospitals and health care facilities keep their medical equipment running even as it ages. TriMedX grew its number of clients in 2009 by 36 percent to a total of 739 health care facilities.
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Health reform forces providers, insurers to lay aside rivalriesRestricted Content

October 2, 2010
Scott Olson
In this new age of health care, ushered in by President Obama’s signing in March of a sweeping health care reform law, health care players are encouraged to remove the gloves if they want to reap the benefits of reform.
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Reform will boost health care costs, Indianapolis panel predicts

October 2, 2010
Health care
                           watch videoRising costs aren't the only impact of reform, say panelists taking part in a Power Breakfast sponsored by Indianapolis Business Journal.
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My Health Care Manager wins $1.25M to improve software

October 2, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis-based firm that helps seniors and their care givers navigate the health care system won a nearly $1.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.
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Drugmakers’ ‘doughnut hole’ deal to shave sales

October 1, 2010
Bloomberg News
Drugmakers including Pfizer Inc., AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. and Eli Lilly and Co. may provide more than $2 billion in drug discounts to senior citizens next year under a deal pharmaceutical companies made with the White House.
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Indianapolis, Fort Wayne brokerages complete merger

September 30, 2010
Ash Brokerage Corp. and InSource Inc. have merged to create Ash InSource LLC, a company with annual fixed and equity-indexed annuity sales of more than $1 billion.
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Insurers ordered to appear at Frankfort hearing

September 29, 2010
Associated Press
Major health insurers, including Indianapolis-based Anthem, are being ordered to a hearing to explain why they are eliminating child-only policies.
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Lilly sues drug distributor over generic Zyprexa sales

September 29, 2010
Bloomberg News
Celesio's Lloyds Pharmacy and Aah Pharmaceuticals businesses sold about 800,000 tablets of generic Zyprexa before agreeing in 2008 to halt sales, Lilly said in a complaint filed in the High Court in London.
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Rules mostly falling WellPoint's way

September 29, 2010
J.K. Wall
Health insurers won fairly broad leeway under key rules suggested by state insurance commissioners that will govern what kinds of expenses count toward meeting a new federal threshold to spend at least 80 percent of premiums dollars on medical care.
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Rehab hospital shakes up leadership

September 28, 2010
J.K. Wall
The CEO is on his way out and the board has been dissolved at Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana, as its owners—Clarian Health and St. Vincent Health—work to pull the hospital closer to their own operations.
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Cook stent could prevent more amputations, study finds

September 27, 2010
Bloomberg News
A drug-coated stent from Indiana-based Cook Medical was more effective than standard therapy for patients with blockages in an upper-leg artery, a study found.
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Columbus hospital suing FEMA for $17.1 million

September 24, 2010
Scott Olson
Federal lawsuit, which stems from June 2008 flood that caused $167 million in damages and business income losses, alleges FEMA failed to pay the full amount the hospital is owed in federal funding.
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Health overhaul's $264M question weighs down WellPoint

September 22, 2010
Bloomberg News
The failure by state regulators to decide how much insurers must spend on patient care is scaring investors from health-plan stocks and complicating insurance company decisions.
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Building binge hasn't crimped hospital profits

September 22, 2010
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-area hospitals spent billions on construction in the past decade and increasingly tried to poach patients from one another’s territories. Yet last year—one of the worst economically in recent history—21 of 26 hospitals still were able to show operating profits.
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Lilly discovers social media

September 22, 2010
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly and Co. launched its own blog this month, dubbed LillyPad, to try to start discussions about public policy and corporate social responsibility. The Indianapolis-based drugmaker also launched an accompanying Twitter feed.
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Medical equipment maker primed to expand in Greenwood

September 16, 2010
J.K. Wall
Advantis Medical Inc., a maker of cases and trays for surgical instruments, plans to add more than 100 jobs in Greenwood over the next five years.
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Community moves to integrate doctors

September 15, 2010
J.K. Wall
Health Care watch videoCommunity Health now has about 550 physicians, either on its payroll or committed through integration contracts, who have some of their pay hinge on measures of quality and communication. CEO Bryan Mills says the hospital system is looking to add even more.
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State insurance chief Cutter dies

September 15, 2010
J.K. Wall
Indiana Insurance Commissioner Carol Cutter passed away Sept. 6 in Indianapolis after a months-long struggle with illness. She was 67. Cutter had been on leave from the department since January.
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Bill could make health workers pay for FBI checks

September 13, 2010
The bill has the potential to affect more than 250,000 Indiana workers in up to 24 categories of licensed professionals, including doctors, dentists, pharmacists, nurses, chiropractors, hypnotists, dietitians and even veterinarians.
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VoCare raises $2.2 million for telehealth device

September 13, 2010
J.K. Wall
The local startup expects to raise another $1.3 million this year and launch pilots of a new mobile device connecting patients with doctors.
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Lilly wins reversal of class action in Zyprexa suit

September 10, 2010
Bloomberg News
A U.S. appeals court in New York threw out a September 2008 ruling that said plaintiffs could pursue as a group claims that Zyprexa marketing caused them to pay more for the drug than what it was worth. The plaintiffs were seeking $6.8 billion in damages.
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Lilly investing up to $150M in VC funds

September 8, 2010
Bloomberg News
The three venture funds, which will focus on drug development, may be worth a total of $750 million, up to $250 million each, and Lilly will contribute as much as 20 percent of the money.
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