Insurance

Smaller banks seeking relief: Legislation takes on costly regulatory costsRestricted Content

May 15, 2006
Scott Olson
German American Bancorp in Jasper has spent more than $1 million the past two years complying with the stringent accounting provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. The cost alone is reason enough for the community bank's president and CEO, Mark Schroeder, to support a measure exempting smaller public companies such as his from Section 404 of the act. He even traveled to Washington, D.C., May 3 to testify in front of the U.S. House of Representatives Small Business Committee. "Ultimately, this...
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THERE OUGHT TO BE A LAW: Judge not, lest ye have to fill out more surveysRestricted Content

May 8, 2006
Ron Gifford
When you voted in the primary May 2, and got to the judicial candidates, did you feel just a little ... oh, what's the right word ... clueless? Uninformed? Ignorant about what any of these people actually thought about anything? Now some people might have felt that way about many of the candidates. But not you. Being the well-informed voter that you are, you'd already done your homework. Researched the issues. Asked the tough questions. And so you (and maybe...
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Health care with privileges: Boutique medical practices buy time for doctors, patientsRestricted Content

May 8, 2006
Tom Murphy
Membership definitely has its privileges at the new north-side medical practice launched by doctors Timothy Story and Kevin McCallum. An annual retainer of at least $2,500 gives patients around-the-clock doctor access, medical records they can carry on a key chain, unlimited office visits and refreshments when they arrive. FirstLine Personal Health Care represents the Indianapolis market's latest foray into boutique medicine, a form of health care criticized for being exclusionary since it popped up in Seattle a decade ago. Story,...
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BEHIND THE NEWS: Former Brightpoint worker gets boost from defenderRestricted Content

May 1, 2006
Greg Andrews
B r i g h t p o i n t Inc.'s former director of risk management, Timothy Harcharik, doesn't have a high-powered legal defense team. His federal public defender, James McKinley, is accustomed to representing people accused of drug crimes, not those charged with participating in a multimillion-dollar accounting fraud. But McKinley has done right by Harcharik so far. On April 20, federal Judge Larry McKinney of Indianapolis dismissed the indictment against Harcharik, siding with McKinley in a months-long...
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At age 2, Future Fund still work in progress: So far, 7 startups have received investments from BioCrossroadsRestricted Content

May 1, 2006
Peter Schnitzler
For two years now, the $73 million Indiana Future Fund has been at work in the Indiana life sciences market. BioCrossroads, Indiana's public-private life sciences economic development initiative, is pleased with the results so far. "When we put the Indiana Future Fund together and surveyed the landscape, there were only two or three [local venture capital] firms that really identified themselves as in [the life sciences] area," said BioCrossroads President David Johnson. "Now we see much more traffic than we...
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Storm brings hail of business: Body shops swamped by thousands of damaged cars; auto dealers suffer lots of damageRestricted Content

April 24, 2006
Tom Murphy
Bill Kellar had about 240 vehicles on his west-side car lot when hail swept through Indianapolis April 14. Exactly two emerged unscathed, said the general sales manager for Palmer Dodge-Hyundai West. On the east side, Blossom Chevrolet reported damage to 650 of its 700 cars and light trucks. Its collision shop is now booked for three months and busier than it's been in at least 25 years, said General Manager Mike Chase, who imported experts from as far away as...
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Racing for the green: Rookie owner risks house and home to realize dreamRestricted Content

April 24, 2006
Matthew Kish
"If somebody wipes one of them out, the associated residence goes with it," he says, only half jokingly. Now in his 14th season in t h e m o t o r - sports industry, Crawford, 38, decided to hoist his own flag for the first time this year in the Indy Pro Series, open-wheel racing's highest minor league. For the record, he's not a wealthy man. The second property is the only investment he and his wife, Myra, haven't...
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Negotiations halted over sale of HealthCare Group: M-Plan owner, Medical Mutual 'agree to disagree' but leave door openRestricted Content

April 24, 2006
Tom Murphy
A plan to merge the parent of Indiana's largest HMO with an Ohio insurer has fallen through, but both companies continue to shop for other deals. Cleveland-based Medical Mutual of Ohio a month ago cut off negotiations to buy The HealthCare Group LLC of Indianapolis, which operates M-Plan Inc. But Medical Mutual "would never say never" to future overtures, said Michael Taddeo, the insurer's vice president of national network development. "We've agreed to disagree," he said, declining to elaborate on...
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Real estate experts examine the market: Indianapolis in good shape overall, panelists say, but job growth, incentive issues, among concernsRestricted Content

April 24, 2006
On April 14, as part of its Power Breakfast Series, the Indianapolis Business Journal gathered a panel of commercial real estate and construction experts to discuss industry conditions in the local market. In a discussion moderated by IBJ Editor Tom Harton, panelists took on a wide range of issues, including tax incentives and the status of downtown's residential and retail markets. Power Breakfast guests were Mike Curless, executive vice president and principal with Lauth Property Group; Mike Wells, president of...
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Ending overdue: Library shows progress amid legal tussleRestricted Content

April 24, 2006
Peter Schnitzler
There's finally visible progress on the city's Central Library expansion project. But the litigation over who's responsible for its construction problems still has no end in sight. City-County Councilor Isaac Randolph is frustrated. So he wrote a proposal to order all the players in the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library's legal dispute to enter binding arbitration. "I'm trying to find a resolution to what's clearly become an embarrassment to the citizens funding this," Randolph said. "I've lost confidence in the leadership...
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FAMILY BUSINESS: Indiana Square damage offers lesson in disaster planningRestricted Content

April 24, 2006
Eric Manterfield
The incident drove home the importance of disaster planning. When the storm struck at 10 p.m. that Sunday, who was prepared for the emergency? Employees were told not to come in the next morning, but how would they do their jobs? What files could be retrieved? Would computer systems work on Monday and later that week? What would happen to incoming and outgoing telephone and e-mail messages? The questions and potential problems were endless. Each owner of a family business...
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Bank's price fell $100M: Union Federal buyer cut offer as negotiations dragged on; investors pushed for liquidityRestricted Content

April 17, 2006
Greg Andrews
No wonder word leaked early this year that Union Federal Bank was about to be sold. A new federal filing reveals that a deal had been brewing since early last year-spawned largely by mounting frustration among investors that they were unable to turn their stake in the bank's privately held parent, Fort Wayne-based Waterfield Mortgage Co., into cash. "The concerns over liquidity were voiced by many shareholders at Waterfield Mortgage's annual shareholders' meeting in the spring of 2004," according to...
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Local facility first to offer overnight help for anorexia: Lotus House fills void for those with eating disordersRestricted Content

April 10, 2006
Scott Olson
A spacious home near Stony Creek in Noblesville once known as the Hare estate has been transformed into an intensive treatment facility for young women struggling with severe eating disorders. Dubbed Lotus House, the three-story residence began hosting patients in October. Partners Patrick Hall, 40, and Misty Rees, 33, founded the facility to provide an inpatient alternative to standard care. The facility, which offers therapies for anorexia nervosa and bulimia, is just the second in the Indianapolis area to treat...
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Steep loss forecast for Standard Management: Company still anticipates closing deals for more financing as SEC annual report deadline loomsRestricted Content

April 10, 2006
Tom Murphy
Standard Management Corp. is projecting a 2005 loss topping $20 million, and its stock has fallen below a minimum share price required by the NASDAQ exchange. The Indianapolis pharmaceutical-services firm also missed a deadline to file its annual report, as a push to arrange more financing "has consumed a substantial portion of management's time and limited resources," according to a March 31 filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Company leaders expect a $20.3 million loss from continuing operations....
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Repairs to tower may take months: Tenants scramble for other arrangementsRestricted Content

April 10, 2006
Peter Schnitzler
It was a symbol of his success. For the last three years, environmental attorney Robert Clark has relished the view from his corner office in One Indiana Square, high above the streets of Indianapolis. But on Sunday, April 2, tornadoforce winds left it in tatters. His family photos are gone. Likewise his case files and the many gifts he'd received over the years from friends or clients. "I understand there are no exterior walls," he said. "My desk is still...
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Shared patient rooms in hospitals soon to be history: Guidelines call for private quarters in all new facilitiesRestricted Content

April 10, 2006
Tracy Donhardt
New guidelines due out in June will call for newly constructed hospitals to come equipped with all private patient rooms, the first time such a minimum requirement has been issued. The guidelines, published every four years by the Facilities Guidelines Institute and the American Institute of Architects' Academy of Health, are used by nearly 40 state governments-including Indiana-to set regulations, approve construction plans and license hospitals to operate. And hospitals nationwide-including those in Indiana-are expected to embrace the guidelines that...
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Experts: Businesses should prep for bird flu: Vast majority of U.S. companies have not budgeted for possible pandemic, despite warnings from health officialsRestricted Content

April 10, 2006
Scott Olson
The much-hyped Y2K computer bug came and went without so much as a whimper from a whirring hard drive. But unlike the threat of malfunctioning computers, health experts warn that the potential danger of an avian flu pandemic is far greater. In the event of a widespread outbreak in the United States, companies large and small need to be prepared in order to keep interruptions to a minimum, they say. "I am an evangelist for having a contingency plan," said...
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BRIAN WILLIAMS Commentary: Legislators should address insurance costsRestricted Content

April 10, 2006
Members of the Indiana General Assembly resolved some contentious issues in 2006, including property tax relief, telecommunications reform and the long-term leasing of public infrastructure. U n f o r t u n a t e l y, they did not have an opportunity to debate Senate Bill 124, which, if measured on the basis of the value per page, would have exceeded the much-heralded "Major Moves" transportation initiative. Introduced by Sen. Beverly Gard, a Greenfield Republican who has been...
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IMG faces licensing woes in Sunshine State: Florida regulator denies application over policy sales; Indianapolis firm blames paperwork snafuRestricted Content

April 3, 2006
Tom Murphy
Indianapolis-based International Medical Group Inc. has incurred the wrath of Florida regulators who accuse it of trying to sell policies in their state without a license. However, an IMG representative says the allegations stem from paperwork problems and the lobbying of a disgruntled excustomer turned "cyber stalker." Founded in 1990 with four employees, IMG now employs 220 in offices in Indianapolis and Great Britain. The company administers insurance policies for U.S. citizens living or traveling overseas. It also provides coverage...
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For the Dogs Inc.: Day care center goes to the dogs After years of wishful thinking, owners let themselves off the leashRestricted Content

April 3, 2006
Jo Ellen
After years of wishful thinking, owners let themselves off the leash Barking is music to the ears of Kristel Baker and Harvey Markley. On any given day, dozens of canines are howling away at For The Dogs, their 3-year-old doggy day care center. And they're set for growth, with plans to open a second location sometime in the next year. Baker, 40, got the idea for 24-hour canine care after viewing a segment on TV's "Good Morning, America" about a...
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VIEWPOINT: 'Eating our young' as a way of mentoring?Restricted Content

March 27, 2006
Tim Mulherin
I recently came across an insightful publication by the Center for the Development of Peace and Well-Being at the University of California, Berkley, called Greater Good. One article especially caught my attention: "Inspiring Good Work" (spring-summer 2005 issue) by researchers Wendy Fischman and Howard Garner, of Harvard University's GoodWork Project. As highlighted in the article, the GoodWork Project's research, under way for the past decade, has revealed that young people leaving college and embarking on their professional careers are finding...
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ECONOMIC ANALYSIS: A revolution in health care: Consumers will call shotsRestricted Content

March 27, 2006
Patrick Barkey
I once had a doctor who shared with me a little joke about medicine. It comes to mind every year as I get older and more susceptible to life's ailments. Doctors, he said, don't really cure anything. They just let you trade in one malady for another. I know he was talking about the side effects of medicines and treatments we take for our weak hearts and faltering knees. But I keep thinking it applies equally to the situation of...
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HMOs report steady profits, falling membership: Indiana insurers performed well overall in 2005Restricted Content

March 27, 2006
Tom Murphy
Most of Indiana's largest HMOs managed to turn profits in 2005, even as other kinds of health insurance gained market share, sucking away 6 percent to 15 percent of their customers. Technology improvements and more efficient operations helped counter those losses, health maintenance organization executives said. However, annual reports filed with the state Department of Insurance show that profit for some of these managed care options slipped compared to 2004. Industry insiders say many companies are reluctant to offer HMOs...
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EYE ON THE PIE: Legislature wastes another sessionRestricted Content

March 27, 2006
Morton Marcus
The 150 men and women who make up the Indiana General Assembly have finished their annual freak show, folded their tents, and departed from Indianapolis. In their wake, they left some truly terrible legislation and another record of neglect for the interests of Indiana's too-long-suffering population. What was wrong with this session of the General Assembly? Your local editor will not grant me the space to be either sufficiently complete or detailed. Let's start with the governor's Major Moves program....
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NOTIONS: A kid, a shave, a health care dilemmaRestricted Content

March 27, 2006
Bruce Hetrick
For the second time in his young life, 9-year-old Joey Chamness had his head shaved last week. This time, the skinhead look is voluntary. Last time, it was chemotherapy. On a Thursday afternoon in January 2005, Joey was playing soccer when he felt pain in his left leg. He'd experienced this before, but not this bad. So Joey's parents called the family pediatrician to schedule an appointment. The following Monday, the doctor took a look and said it was probably...
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  1. Now if he'd just stay there...

  2. Daniel - what about the many US citizens who do NOT follow what the Bible teaches? The Hindus, Jews, Muslims and others who are all American citizens entitled to all rights as Americans?? This issue has NOTHING to do with "What the Bible says..." Keep all Churches separate from State! Pence's ongoing idiocy continues to make Indiana look like a backwards, homophobic state in the eyes of our nation. Can't we move on to bigger issues - like educating our kids?

  3. 1. IBJ should link to the referenced report. We are in the age of electronic media...not sharing information is lazy. Here is a link http://www.in.gov/gov/files/Blue_Ribbon_Panel_Report_July_9_2014.pdf 2. The article should provide more clarity about the make-up of this panel. The commenters are making this item out to be partisan, it does not appear the panel is partisan. Here is a list of the panel which appears to be balanced with different SME to add different perspectives http://www.in.gov/activecalendar/EventList.aspx?view=EventDetails&eventidn=138116?formation_id=189603 3. It suggests a by-pass, I do not see where this report suggests another "loop". 4. Henry, based on your kneejerk reaction, we would be better off if you moved to another state unless your post was meant as sarcasm in which case I say Well Done. 5. The article and report actually indicates need to improve rail and port infrastructure in direct contradiction to Shayla commentary. Specifically, recommendation is to consider passenger rail projects... 6. People have a voice with their elected officials. These are suggestions and do not represent "crony capitalism", etc. The report needs to be analyzed and the legislature can decide on priorities and spending. Don't like it, then vote in a new legislature but quit artificially creating issues where there are none! People need to sift through the politics and provide constructive criticism to the process rather than making uninformed comments in a public forum based on misinformation. IBJ should work harder to correct the record in these forums when blatant errors or misrepresentations are made.

  4. Joe ... Marriage is defined in the Bible ... it is mentioned in the Bible often. Marriage is not mentioned once in the US or Indiana Constitution ...

  5. Daniel - Educate me please: what does the Bible have to do with laws? If the government wasn't in the business of marriage to begin with, then it wouldn't have to "define" marriage at all. Marriage could be left as a personal, religious, or otherwise unregulated action, with no ties to taxes, legal status, etc. Then people could marry whomever they want, and all this silliness would go away. Remember to vote Libertarian in November.

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