The health insurer Anthem Inc. was sued by doctors in Georgia for declining to pay for some emergency room care, escalating a long-running battle over how far insurance plans can go to push patients to seek lower-cost treatment. It’s the latest legal challenge over a change in policy that Indianapolis-based Anthem says was designed to cut down on patients going to an emergency room in situations that don’t require it.
The Indianapolis City-County Council on Monday night approved rules and the basics of a permitting structure that would regulate the dockless electric scooter-rental companies such as Bird and Lime that popped up in the city last month. The proposal, passed 19-6 by the council, requires companies to apply for and receive a permit from the city before operating their services.
Scooter rental service Bird has changed its mind about maintaining operations in Indianapolis while it waits for city officials to come up with regulations. Bird began removing scooters from the city Wednesday. City-County Council members are expected to vote on an ordinance regulating scooter-rental services on Monday.
A federal judge on Monday sentenced Steven Ganote, a key player in the massive American Senior Communities overbilling and and kickback scheme, to five years in prison and ordered him to pay $7 million in restitution. Judge Tanya Walton Pratt also doled out punishment to Joshua Burkhart, sentencing him to four months in prison and ordering him to pay $420,000 in restitution for his role in the scheme.
Former ITT Educational Services Inc. CEO Kevin Modany has agreed to pay $200,000 and accept a five-year ban from serving as an executive of a public company to settle a Securities and Exchange Commission lawsuit accusing management of hiding the rapidly eroding financial condition of the now-defunct firm from investors. Former ITT Chief Financial Officer Daniel Fitzpatrick agreed to pay $100,000 and accept the same ban under a separate settlement.
Daniel Benson, the former chief operating officer of American Senior Communities, was sentenced Friday to nearly five years in federal prison for his role in a massive kickback scheme at Indiana’s largest chain of nursing homes. Indiana Southern District Court Judge Tanya Walton Pratt sentenced Benson to a 57-month sentence as part of a plea agreement.
Indianapolis-based trucking firm Celadon Group Inc. says federal investigators are conducting a criminal investigation of the financial-reporting issues that the company has been working to resolve for more than a year.
Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill is taking heat for allegations that he inappropriately touched four women — including a state lawmaker — but political observers say he could survive a call for his resignation.