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Criminal inquiry targets ex-exec: Brightpoint's risk manager part of AIG grand jury probeRestricted Content

April 18, 2005
Greg Andrews
Brightpoint Inc.'s former director of risk management is a target of a federal grand jury criminal investigation into a 1999 deal regulators say allowed the Plainfield company to conceal more than $11 million in losses. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Indianapolis filed papers in a Manhattan federal court April 12 identifying Timothy Harcharik, Brightpoint's director of risk management from 1997 until his dismissal in 2002, as one of the targets of the nearly complete securities-fraud probe. On the other side...
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VIEWPOINT: We need Social Security as a safety netRestricted Content

April 18, 2005
Grace M.
The proposed use of personal savings accounts for Social Security tax investment fundamentally changes what Social Security was meant to provide. It was meant to be a minimum guaranteed platform of financial security in old age. If everyone could and would save a material amount of their lifetime earnings, investing in a disciplined diversified manner, we wouldn't need Social Security. But the reality is, that's never going to happen. The poor, non-earners and the profligate simply aren't up to the...
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Navigating a painful journey: St. Vincent Pediatric Hospice helps families copeRestricted Content

April 11, 2005
Tom Murphy
Erin Sammons knew nothing about St. Vincent Pediatric Hospice when she gave birth to her son, Hart, last November. She just knew that Hart had a chromosome disorder, and doctors expected his life to last only minutes or maybe days. The hospice offered help, so she took it. Hart lived for almost a month, and Sammons said the hospice staff walked her family through every step of that journey. "It was a tragedy, and my heart breaks every day ......
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Wellness provider expands: Summex Health planning bigger HQ on NW sideRestricted Content

April 11, 2005
Scott Olson
A leading provider of wellness programs for large companies will triple its office space in June to meet demand from employers eager to save on soaring health care costs. Indianapolis-based Summex Health Management Inc. and its 55 employees will vacate 10,000 square feet of office space in The Morley Group building on the northwest side and take up residence in roomier digs in nearby Woodland Corporate Park. The Duke Realty Corp. property provides Summex nearly 30,000 square feet, or the...
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Hendricks Regional Health out to make name for itself: Hospital on promotional push in fast-growing county Growth spurs advertisingRestricted Content

April 11, 2005
Scott Olson
When the former Hendricks Community Hospital underwent a name change in 2003, executives embarked on an ambitious advertising campaign to promote the new moniker. Two years later, the modified Hendricks Regional Health has yet to abandon its marketing blitz, although the message has changed. The hospital is wrapping up a year-long promotional push, mainly to alert newcomers to fast-growing Hendricks County of the center's existence, and will launch a follow-up campaign in the summer. Its efforts to muster additional name...
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Health leader likes hands-on approach: Monroe brings vast background of medical service to state commissioner's roleRestricted Content

April 11, 2005
Scott Olson
Dr. Judith Monroe's appointment as commissioner of the Indiana State Department of Health returns her to the early days of a practice steeped in public health. This time, though, the Carmel resident won't be treating patients living in tree houses. That's right, tree houses. The 52-year-old Dayton, Ohio, native began her medical career in Morgan County, Tenn., in the heart of Appalachia on the eastern edge of the Cumberland Plateau. Through a National Health Service Corps program, Monroe spent four...
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The challenge of change: Switching hotel flags can be hard work, but operators say new brands pay offRestricted Content

April 4, 2005
Scott Olson
As general manager of the new Hilton Indianapolis North, Mark Deinhart has a lot on his plate these days. But the hefty portions include more than his duties supervising the hotel's revamped restaurant as part of a $5 million renovation. The former Omni North Hotel on Shadeland Avenue near Interstate 69 converted to the Hilton brand after Norwalk, Conn.-based HEI Hospitality bought it last August. The flag change came with the renovation on the side, making the switch to a...
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Wishard aims to even it up: Health system could break deficit stringRestricted Content

April 4, 2005
Tom Murphy
About half the bills Wishard Health Services used to send out came back sans payment thanks to an error. Now that happens only 4 percent of the time, a change that saves millions, according to Wishard number-crunchers. Improvements such as these might spur a multimillion-dollar turnaround in Wishard's ledger this year, said Matt Gutwein, the leader of Marion County's safetynet hospital. Wishard will attempt to break even by the end of 2005, a far cry from the $77 million deficit...
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Y&L moving HQ to school: Ad firm to leave Massachusetts Avenue for renovated IPS building in LockerbieRestricted Content

April 4, 2005
Tammy Lieber
Advertising agency Young & Laramore is putting its highprofile Massachusetts Avenue building up for sale as it prepares to buy and occupy a former school building in Lockerbie Square. Y&L is listing its 17,000-square-foot building at 409 Massachusetts Ave. for $1.6 million, said Paul Knapp, the firm's CEO. The building includes 4,000 square feet of storage space in the basement, leaving about 13,000 square feet as usable office space, Knapp said. The agency is leaving its headquarters behind after 15...
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Locals seek $10M to lift Lampoon: Laikin seeks to 're-energize' money-losing L.A. companyRestricted Content

March 28, 2005
Greg Andrews
National Lampoon Inc.'s in the comedy business. Yet in recent years, anyone who perused the L.A.-based company's financial statements would be more apt to grimace than crack a smile. A group of Indianapolis businessmen who own most of the stock think they can stem the company's heavy losses and in the process breathe new life into a comedy brand best known for the 1978 classic "Animal House" and the 1980s "Vacation" films. Here's the catch: They need more money to...
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Conseco Insurance Group plans sales rebound: Insurer boosts product line, agent recruitmentRestricted Content

March 28, 2005
Tom Murphy
Conseco Insurance Group just closed the book on a disappointing 2004 but its leaders already have a jump on several initiatives to prevent a repeat in 2005. The Conseco Inc. subsidiary launched two new life insurance products earlier this year and is aiming for a 25-percent increase in new business in 2005, according to Brad Corbin, the insurance group's new executive vice president of sales. The insurer also has started burning some phone lines to boost the independent sales force...
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Struggling IndyGo pays big for technology expertise: At $94 an hour, IT director raises some eyebrowsRestricted Content

March 28, 2005
Chris O\'malley
Financially struggling IndyGo is paying a handsome sum to its information technology director, hired to help turn around a city bus system that began 2004 with a $4 million budget deficit. Dale Meyers would earn about $188,000 if he worked 40 hours a week, based on a $94-an-hour employment agreement inked last July. Meyers' pay would dwarf the $120,000 annual salary of Indy-Go CEO Gilbert Holmes. It's also salty compared to others' in his field. The median pay for an...
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National lobbyist meets with gov: Small-business advocate says health care is still the toughest issue for ownersRestricted Content

March 28, 2005
Scott Olson
The National Federation of Independent Business is the nation's largest small-business advocacy group, representing 600,000 members in all 50 states. Its voice in Washington, D.C., is Dan Danner, an Ohio native and Purdue University graduate, who is the organization's lead lobbyist. During a recent visit to the NFIB's Indiana office, Danner sat down with IBJ to address issues critical to the state's smallbusiness owners. IBJ: As chief lobbyist for the NFIB, how do you get the organization's message to federal...
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Legislature revisits multistate insurance compact: Proposed bill awaiting House consideration could cut red tape and improve speed of products to marketRestricted Content

March 21, 2005
Tom Murphy
The Indiana General Assembly is taking another stab at a bill that could make life easier for some insurance sectors by pushing products to market at a faster clip. A proposal that would allow Indiana to join a multistate compact for life insurance, disability, annuity and long-termcare products passed the Senate earlier this legislative session and awaits consideration in the House of Representatives. The bill died there last year. However, new state Insurance Commissioner Jim Atterholt thinks it has a...
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Smoke carries economic toll: Ban backers cite health, productivity costsRestricted Content

March 14, 2005
Chris O\'malley
The annual cost of treating the secondhand-smoke-related illnesses of Marion County residents likely exceeds $16 million, a cost borne partly by businesses that provide their employees health insurance. Businesses also shoulder harder-to-calculate costs in the form of lost productivity and absenteeism, according to a 2002 study for the Marion County Health Department believed to be the best estimate yet of the local impact of cigarettes. But backers of the proposed City-County Council ordinance that would ban smoking in Indianapolis' bars...
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VOICES FROM THE INDUSTRY: Bridging the cultural divide between banks, life insurers Gaps, barriers and challenges Making it workRestricted Content

March 14, 2005
Charles Richardson
In 1999, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act removed barriers to bank and life insurance affiliations and loosened the rules for allowing bank sales of insurance. Many banks and insurers looked at their new partnership as a win-win-win: Banks added a bigger non-interest revenue source; insurers gained a more robust mode of distribution; and consumers gained the conveniences of having more of their financial matters addressed in one place. Five years ago, industry analysts projected big business as a result of this partnership,...
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Local buyout specialist attracts $43 million: Hammond Kennedy Whitney & Co. targets M&ARestricted Content

March 14, 2005
Peter Schnitzler
In 2002, it took Glenn Scolnik and his partners 85 road shows to raise $57 million for their new management buyout fund. They just raised another $43 million with a single presentation. "Our investors agreed we needed more money. It was a very easy fund-raise," said Scolnik, president and CEO of locally based Hammond Kennedy Whitney & Co. "You don't want to crow too much, because it's not over 'til it's over. Until you realize an investment, you only have...
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Anthem, docs still skirmish: Insurer's new pre-approval rules rankle some A rocky marriageRestricted Content

March 14, 2005
Tom Murphy
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield just dumped a load of extra work on the office staff of the average ear, nose and throat specialist, according Dr. Thomas Whiteman. The WellPoint Inc. subsidiary now requires pre-approval for nonemergency, high-tech imaging such as MRI or CAT scans. The insurer started the new policy March 1 to curb overuse. Whiteman said the average otolaryngologist-or ear, nose and throat specialist-schedules as many as eight of these tests a day. If Anthem insures just...
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BEHIND THE NEWS: Settlement struck in case pitting Marsh vs. Marsh Guidant's big option grantsRestricted Content

March 14, 2005
Greg Andrews
Don Marsh is fighting enough battles in the bloody grocery business without also slugging it out with his own brother. Perhaps that's why the Marsh Supermarkets Inc. CEO has decided to settle a lawsuit filed in August by C. Alan Marsh, a former vice chairman of the company who charged he was owed some $2 million in benefits stemming from his 1998 resignation. Attorneys for both the Indianapolisbased grocery chain and C. Alan Marsh confirm they've reached an agreement in...
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Unifying Indiana's IT efforts: State's new CTO plans to centralize computingRestricted Content

March 7, 2005
Peter Schnitzler
Indiana's state Web portal, access-Indiana, won at least a dozen awards over the last four years. It was frequently lauded as a model of modern government efficiency-robust, reliable and user-friendly. But, according to new Indiana Chief Technology Officer Karl Browning, the reality was only skin deep. Certainly, accessIndiana is the handsome public face of state information technology. But beneath the surface, there's a tangled mess of unconnected systems, each managed independently by a separate agency. Gov. Mitch Daniels, a Republican,...
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Indiana Restoration Services Inc.: Disasters send firm into action Restoration helps get homes, businesses back to normal Disasters-natural and otherwise-can strike at any moment. Floods, fires, tornadoes, even backed-up sewers and broken water pipes canRestricted Content

March 7, 2005
Della Pacheco
Disasters-natural and otherwise-can strike at any moment. Floods, fires, tornadoes, even backed-up sewers and broken water pipes can wreak havoc on homes and businesses. Dealing with the aftermath-waterlogged furnishings, mold, structural damage and other devastation-is what Indiana Restoration Services does 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Co-owners Dan Hanlin and Darren Peck didn't start out with a detailed business plan to run a disaster-recovery business with $3 million plus in annual revenue. "We got into the business by...
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Clarian's capabilities keep Combine here: Medical services lure NFL officials, owners back to IndyRestricted Content

February 28, 2005
Anthony Schoettle
When Mayor Bart Peterson announced in December plans to build a new stadium for the Indianapolis Colts, he mentioned as a side note the $600 million facility would help retain the National Football League Scouting Combine. The mayor's pronouncement is no side note to Clarian Health Partners, the hospital system that handles all the athlete medical testing for the four-day Combine, which runs this year through March 1. "We were told by Clarian officials this event adds $1 million to...
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Alliance seeks to grow survey: Employers coalition wants companies to get more information about insurersRestricted Content

February 28, 2005
Tom Murphy
An employer's coalition has launched a plan to expand what Indiana companies know about the health care insurance they buy for their workers. Earlier this month, the Indiana Employers Quality Health Alliance mailed invitations to several insurers asking them to participate in their 2005 eValue8 performance assessment. The concept is nothing new. However, this year, alliance President Dr. Ned Lamkin hopes more insurers respond and their ensuing report reaches a wider audience of employers, right before they choose their health...
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FAMILY BUSINESS: Consider having lawyer audit your business Small doses of advice from all of the professionals you consult with can prevent serious problems in the futureRestricted Content

February 28, 2005
Eric Manterfield
Many family business owners view their lawyer as a necessary evil. It's almost as though we carry some deadly disease; call your lawyer only when the life of your business depends on it! But just as physicians have learned to control smallpox with small doses of vac cine, administered over time, the owners of a family business can also use regular doses of lawyers and other advisers to minimize the risks of the many problems that can put your business...
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Supporters predict passage of waiver bill: Measure would allow uninsured to sign up for health care policies that exclude some pre-existing conditionsRestricted Content

February 28, 2005
Scott Olson
Indiana is one of only a few states in which individuals cannot agree to waive coverage for pre-existing conditions in order to get at least some type of health insurance. That could change this year, however. Dueling bills in front of the Legislature have passed out of the House and Senate and are being considered by the opposite chamber. Rep. Gerald Torr, R-Carmel, authored one of the measures and is confident some form of his legislation will pass. The object...
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