Health Care & Insurance

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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Lab used by Lilly, peers accused of animal cruelty

September 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
An investigation found that lab employees kicked, threw, and dragged dogs; lifted rabbits by their ears and puppies by their throats; violently slammed cats into cages; and exposed animals to toxic chemicals.
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Poor economy keeping Wishard project costs down

September 8, 2010
Scott Olson
Contractors starving for work are submitting more competitive bids, which so far has led to about $10 million in savings, hospital official says.
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Clarian moves to scoop up Morgan

September 8, 2010
J.K. Wall
It looks like Clarian may be back to deal-making. The Indianapolis-based hospital system has signed a letter of intent to absorb Morgan Hospital and Medical Center.
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Law firm says ex-Conseco director shorted it on feesRestricted Content

September 4, 2010
J.K. Wall
The last man to settle with with the Carmel insurer over unpaid debt now is now being sued for not paying his legal bill.
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Indiana to get share of Botox settlement

September 3, 2010
Associated Press
Botox maker Allergan Inc. said it would pay $600 million to settle a years-long federal investigation into its marketing of the drug. Indiana will get $636,000 of that money.
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Indianapolis software firm RealMed acquired

September 2, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Health care software firm RealMed Corp. will keep its base of operations in Indianapolis after being acquired by health information exchange provider Availity LLC of Jacksonville, Fla. Terms of the deal announced Wednesday were not disclosed.
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Downtown Clarian project expected to create 1,200 jobs

September 1, 2010
Scott Olson
Neurosciences center and administrative building would employ workers with annual salaries ranging from $27,000 for clerical staff to as high as $104,000 for management.
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Partnership gives Angie's List members medical price info

September 1, 2010
J.K. Wall
Angie’s List has partnered with Tennessee-based Healthcare Blue Book to give its members price information before they receive medical care.
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After health reform, Lilly looking for more

September 1, 2010
J.K. Wall
The health reform debate may have ended in Congress, but Eli Lilly and Co. remains active, sponsoring a talk about the positives of the bill—and calling for further government efforts to help pharmaceutical research and development.
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Former Hilbert mansion draws local interest in auction

August 31, 2010
Scott Olson
Sealed-bid auction attracts a half-dozen bids from interested owners that are "more centrally located than you might think," said the listing agent.
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Some states suing feds also claim health subsidies

August 31, 2010
Associated Press
An administration official said Tuesday that seven states, including Indiana, suing the federal government are among 16 already approved for subsidies to help with the health care costs of early retirees.
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Indiana report shows drop in medical errors

August 30, 2010
Associated Press
The most common error in the 2009 report was a foreign object such as a sponge left in a patient after surgery.
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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