Eli Lilly and Company Collaborates with Public and Private Healthcare Organizations to Provide Medical Students an Opportunity to Explore Healthcare Outside the Traditional Learning Environment

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Indiana Family & Social Services Administration (FSSA)offer students insights on access to healthcare

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INDIANAPOLIS, June 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Students from Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine are onsite at Eli Lilly and Company (LLY) corporate headquarters in Indianapolis working alongside healthcare professionals in the pharmaceutical industry.

Lilly announced today that the summer pilot program will also include collaboration with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Indiana Family & Social Services Administration (FSSA) helping students gain insights on access to healthcare and a broader understanding of how various segments of the healthcare industry work together for patient care.

The medical student interns at Lilly will visit Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, where they will learn about interactions between insurers and providers of healthcare, patient coverage and benefits and contracts that providers have with insurers.

"We're excited to be a part of this unique partnership with Lilly," said Dr. Joseph Fox, medical director for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. "It's rare for medical students to be given this perspective during their education, but we believe that understanding the relationship among patients, payers and healthcare providers is a vital part of productive interactions in the medical, pharmaceutical and insurance industries."

The collaboration with Indiana FSSA will include an overview of how state government administers healthcare to people who have limited means. The session will cover various topics related to Medicaid, from eligibility requirements to physician reimbursement, as well as timely subjects such as the Affordable Care Act and Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0. Students will also review the process of creating healthcare policy, including how policy makes its way through the General Assembly.

"We appreciate that this program goes beyond the traditional medical curriculum," said Joe Moser, Medicaid director at the Indiana FSSA. "With the healthcare landscape on both the state and federal level continuing to evolve, we look forward to helping to provide these future physicians with the insights to better understand healthcare public policy."

"Lilly recognizes the importance of external partnerships in scientific and medical research, and education is no different," said Yolanda Johnson-Moton, director of external relations, US Medical Division, Lilly. "Providing students a broader view of the healthcare system offers them real-world insight into how access to quality care and medicine helps improve health outcomes for patients."

The 10-week internship program with Marian University students runs through August 2014.

About Eli Lilly and Company

Lilly is a global healthcare leader that unites caring with discovery to make life better for people around the world. We were founded more than a century ago by a man committed to creating high-quality medicines that meet real needs, and today we remain true to that mission in all our work. Across the globe, Lilly employees work to discover and bring life-changing medicines to those who need them, improve the understanding and management of disease, and give back to communities through philanthropy and volunteerism. To learn more about Lilly, please visit us at www.lilly.com and http://newsroom.lilly.com/social-channels.

About Indiana FSSA

The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration's mission is to develop, finance and compassionately administer programs to provide healthcare and other social services to Hoosiers in need in order to enable them to achieve healthy, self-sufficient and productive lives. FSSA is made up of five divisions: Division of Aging, Division of Developmental and Rehabilitative Services, Division of Family Resources, Division of Mental Health and Addiction and the Division of Medicaid and Health Plans.

About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is the trade name of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc., an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. ® ANTHEM is a registered trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Additional information about Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Indiana is available at www.anthem.com. Also, follow Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield on Twitter at www.twitter.com/healthjoinin, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HealthJoinIn, or visit our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/healthjoinin.

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Refer to:

 (317) 651-1494;  jsmacgregor@lilly.com, - J. Scott MacGregor, Lilly


 (317) 631-6400; kelly.hoffman@borshoff.biz, - Kelly Hoffman, Borshoff

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