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FELDMAN: Affordable Care Act stirs paradoxes for employers

November 23, 2013
Judd Feldman / Special to IBJ
In addition to managing the complexity and challenges of the Affordable Care Act, employers are assessing the law’s impact on their Worker’s Compensation program. The debate ranges from minimal influence to significant, with many experts hedging their bets with a wait-and-see approach.
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TABLER: Market is driving trend toward 'public health'

November 23, 2013
Norman Tabler / Special to IBJ
The movement toward a “public health” model may be the most important current trend in American health care. Because the trend is more a result of market forces than of the Affordable Care Act, repealing Obamacare won’t stop it.
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BURNS: Music therapy hits the high notesRestricted Content

October 5, 2013
Debra Burns / Special to IBJ
It’s a common and natural occurrence: A song comes on the radio and you instantly recall memories—perhaps it makes you smile or remember old friends, or it just takes you back to a moment in your life.
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HEIGHT: New patients could overload the systemRestricted Content

October 5, 2013
Jay Height / Special to IBJ
We all agree that something needs to be done for our challenged health care system. But is the new health care law what we need? Will this help those who are poor receive health care they need?
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ROSSWURM: Parents are scrambling to cover autismRestricted Content

October 5, 2013
Mary Rosswurm / Special to IBJ
As a parent of a young adult with autism and as a leader of an applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy center focused on autism, I know firsthand about the challenges in finding appropriate and affordable insurance coverage to support special needs children.
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MCCARTY: Clear the path to the federal MarketplaceRestricted Content

October 5, 2013
Sally McCarty / Special to IBJ
Battles over the Affordable Care Act have raged since President Obama signed it into law in March 2010—and it’s time they stop.
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THOMAS: Confusion about health care act aboundsRestricted Content

October 5, 2013
Matt Thomas / Special to IBJ
As president of a professional employer organization, I spend an enormous amount of time dealing with the complexities of the Affordable Care Act from the perspective of an employer sponsoring a health insurance plan.
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ROSENBERG: Employers weigh their options with health care reformRestricted Content

June 1, 2013
Andrew Rosenberg / Special to IBJ
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act presents employers with new choices regarding their employee benefit plans. Indeed, while the act may be full of bad news for employers (fees, complicated provisions, uncertainty on specific requirements), there is good news, as well.
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HAGERMAN: Turbulent times like these not for the faint of heartRestricted Content

April 20, 2013
Jeff Hagerman
Strategic planning for market-sector success in commercial real estate has always been difficult and risky, but the past five years of the recession have only compounded this uncertainty.
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MCDONALD: Groups making headway attacking health problemsRestricted Content

April 6, 2013
Bob McDonald
The statistics we hear so often are clear. As a community, we are not in an enviable place. We smoke more, exercise less and weigh more than the national average, resulting in more diabetes than average.
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COLWELL: Indianapolis strategizes for health care reformRestricted Content

April 6, 2013
AnnJeanette Colwell
The recent flurry of big announcements portends well.
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APPEL: Mergers and acquisitions will accelerate by midyearRestricted Content

January 26, 2013
Savvy Indiana business owners rightly wonder about the merger-and-acquisition and capital market outlook for 2013. Unfortunately, it is likely mixed, with a sluggish outlook for the first half of the year. However, many hope that, by midyear, there will be a pickup to end the year strong.
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MELANGTON: When it comes to sports, strike while the iron is hotRestricted Content

November 10, 2012
Allison Melangton / Special to IBJ
In many ways, our schedule of events defines Indiana Sports Corp. That—along with our youth initiatives that will touch 185,000 young people throughout Indiana this year—is what separates us from our competitors in 500 other markets throughout our country.
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RENNINGER: Community bankers fret a lot these daysRestricted Content

August 4, 2012
Mike Renninger / Special to IBJ
Several strong headwinds make future viability of many smaller institutions a questionable proposition.
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CONNER: Uncertain times in the merger and acquisition marketRestricted Content

August 4, 2012
Doug Conner / Special to IBJ
Dealmakers are in a period of unprecedented uncertainty. Several factors are contributing. Here are questions I get.
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MILLER: Morale, productivity affected by benefits frustrationRestricted Content

July 7, 2012
Robert L. Miller / Special to IBJ
Have employees reached the tipping point where rising health care costs have forced them to think seriously about jumping ship?
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TOLLIVER: Evolving market dynamics impact medical real estateRestricted Content

July 7, 2012
Jason Tolliver / Special to IBJ
As medical innovation continues to flourish in our city ... you can expect to see a direct impact on the where and how you and your loved ones receive comprehensive medical services.
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JONES: Patent reform is mixed bag for life sciences companiesRestricted Content

November 26, 2011
Kristin Jones / Special to IBJ
For Indiana's life sciences sector, the change both raises hopes and creates challenges for continued growth.
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SMITH: Small steps, big results: gauging design's impactRestricted Content

November 26, 2011
Keith Smith / Special to IBJ
Metrics make a difference in health care facilities.
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ZWIRN: Most health care reform will happen at local levelRestricted Content

November 26, 2011
Les Zwirn / Special to IBJ
Smart coalitions will cut costs, improve quality.
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BROWN: The real reason hospitals are buying doctor officesRestricted Content

November 26, 2011
Michael Brown / Special to IBJ
Raising prices is easier when numbers are limited.
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DWYER: Hiring costs can be sliced when industry cooperatesRestricted Content

June 11, 2011
Steve Dwyer
Manufacturers and distributors often avoid existing training programs.
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GUILLAUME: Front-load investment in the next generation of workersRestricted Content

June 11, 2011
Rate of return on early childhood education is much greater than spending in later years of school, research shows.
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LENKOWSKY: Carnegie's message for today's corporate leadersRestricted Content

June 11, 2011
Leslie Lenkowsky / Special to IBJ
Steel baron Andrew Carnegie, who populated Indiana and other states with public libraries, believed in donating liberally—and wisely.
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ANNALA: Sweeping cultural change has bettered not-for-profitsRestricted Content

June 11, 2011
Ellen K. Annala / Special to IBJ
Times have changed, and along with those changes during the past four-plus decades have come at least four aha’s! for Ellen Annala, longtime CEO of the United Way of Central Indiana.
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  1. Cramer agrees...says don't buy it and sell it if you own it! Their "pay to play" cost is this issue. As long as they charge customers, they never will attain the critical mass needed to be a successful on company...Jim Cramer quote.

  2. My responses to some of the comments would include the following: 1. Our offer which included the forgiveness of debt (this is an immediate forgiveness and is not "spread over many years")represents debt that due to a reduction of interest rates in the economy arguably represents consideration together with the cash component of our offer that exceeds the $2.1 million apparently offered by another party. 2. The previous $2.1 million cash offer that was turned down by the CRC would have netted the CRC substantially less than $2.1 million. As a result even in hindsight the CRC was wise in turning down that offer. 3. With regard to "concerned Carmelite's" discussion of the previous financing Pedcor gave up $16.5 million in City debt in addition to the conveyance of the garage (appraised at $13 million)in exchange for the $22.5 million cash and debt obligations. The local media never discussed the $16.5 million in debt that we gave up which would show that we gave $29.5 million in value for the $23.5 million. 4.Pedcor would have been much happier if Brian was still operating his Deli and only made this offer as we believe that we can redevelop the building into something that will be better for the City and City Center where both Pedcor the citizens of Carmel have a large investment. Bruce Cordingley, President, Pedcor

  3. I've been looking for news on Corner Bakery, too, but there doesn't seem to be any info out there. I prefer them over Panera and Paradise so can't wait to see where they'll be!

  4. WGN actually is two channels: 1. WGN Chicago, seen only in Chicago (and parts of Canada) - this station is one of the flagship CW affiliates. 2. WGN America - a nationwide cable channel that doesn't carry any CW programming, and doesn't have local affiliates. (In addition, as WGN is owned by Tribune, just like WTTV, WTTK, and WXIN, I can't imagine they would do anything to help WISH.) In Indianapolis, CW programming is already seen on WTTV 4 and WTTK 29, and when CBS takes over those stations' main channels, the CW will move to a sub channel, such as 4.2 or 4.3 and 29.2 or 29.3. TBS is only a cable channel these days and does not affiliate with local stations. WISH could move the MyNetwork affiliation from WNDY 23 to WISH 8, but I am beginning to think they may prefer to put together their own lineup of syndicated programming instead. While much of it would be "reruns" from broadcast or cable, that's pretty much what the MyNetwork does these days anyway. So since WISH has the choice, they may want to customize their lineup by choosing programs that they feel will garner better ratings in this market.

  5. The Pedcor debt is from the CRC paying ~$23M for the Pedcor's parking garage at City Center that is apprased at $13M. Why did we pay over the top money for a private businesses parking? What did we get out of it? Pedcor got free parking for their apartment and business tenants. Pedcor now gets another building for free that taxpayers have ~$3M tied up in. This is NOT a win win for taxpayers. It is just a win for Pedcor who contributes heavily to the Friends of Jim Brainard. The campaign reports are on the Hamilton County website. http://www2.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/publicdocs/Campaign%20Finance%20Images/defaultfiles.asp?ARG1=Campaign Finance Images&ARG2=/Brainard, Jim

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