Health Care & Life Sciences

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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Wishard construction bids starting to flow

July 2, 2010
Scott Olson
About $72 million in bids have been awarded so far for the $754 million Wishard Hospital project—ahead of schedule and under budget, for the time being—including demolition and foundation work.
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Lilly acquires biotech company with pancreatic drug

July 2, 2010
J.K. Wall
Massachusetts-based Alnara Pharmaceuticals Inc., which has attracted $55 million in venture capital in the past two years, recently submitted its drug to the FDA for market approval.
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Fort Wayne medical practice splits, following industry trend

July 2, 2010
J.K. Wall
More than 100 staff members of Indiana Medical Associates LLC likely will land at one of two area hospital systems. The move mirrors national and local consolidation of practices with hospitals.
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Grassley asks Lilly, peers about whistleblower treatment

July 1, 2010
Bloomberg News
U.S. Senator Charles Grassley asked 16 drugmakers, including Eli Lilly & Co., Pfizer Inc. and AstraZeneca Plc, to reveal how they treat whistleblowers who file complaints under the False Claims Act.
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Lilly's Effient steps forward, then back

June 30, 2010
J.K. Wall
A day after doctors were alerted to a black-box warning that could slow sales of Effient’s main competitor, Plavix, a medical journal published research showing that patients suffered 43-percent more cancer tumors on Effient than on Plavix.
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Doctors breathe a sigh of relief

June 30, 2010
J.K. Wall
As doctors threaten to drop Medicare patients, Congress delays cuts for another six months.
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Marcadia enlists Lilly to help develop new diabetes drug

June 28, 2010
J.K. Wall
The two companies will jointly develop a short-acting glucagon drug, which they hope proves more convenient than Lilly’s current Glucagon for patients with severe hypoglycemia.
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  1. With Pence running the ship good luck with a new government building on the site. He does everything on the cheap except unnecessary roads line a new beltway( like we need that). Things like state of the art office buildings and light rail will never be seen as an asset to these types. They don't get that these are the things that help a city prosper.

  2. Does the $100,000,000,000 include salaries for members of Congress?

  3. "But that doesn't change how the piece plays to most of the people who will see it." If it stands out so little during the day as you seem to suggest maybe most of the people who actually see it will be those present when it is dark enough to experience its full effects.

  4. That's the mentality of most retail marketers. In this case Leo was asked to build the brand. HHG then had a bad sales quarter and rather than stay the course, now want to go back to the schlock that Zimmerman provides (at a considerable cut in price.) And while HHG salesmen are, by far, the pushiest salesmen I have ever experienced, I believe they are NOT paid on commission. But that doesn't mean they aren't trained to be aggressive.

  5. The reason HHG's sales team hits you from the moment you walk through the door is the same reason car salesmen do the same thing: Commission. HHG's folks are paid by commission they and need to hit sales targets or get cut, while BB does not. The sales figures are aggressive, so turnover rate is high. Electronics are the largest commission earners along with non-needed warranties, service plans etc, known in the industry as 'cheese'. The wholesale base price is listed on the cryptic price tag in the string of numbers near the bar code. Know how to decipher it and you get things at cost, with little to no commission to the sales persons. Whether or not this is fair, is more of a moral question than a financial one.

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