The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 1, 1997 · Page 49
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 49

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Monday, December 1, 1997
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"w"V"c." the palmbeach post " " " December"!, i 997 3f Hi' i INSURANCE COMMUNICATIONS Paxson's TV network given an apt name "Bud has a knack for coming up with nifty names." That's what Bishop Cheen, an analyst with First Union Capital Markets, said be HEALTH CARE Florida may add hot lines to fight insurance fraud State insurance regulators may soon be adding more toll-free hot lines to the two already set up to process restitution claims by defrauded Floridians. Some 50,0(30 people are seeking refunds from the Prudential Insurance Co. through the state's (800) 528-7094 number set up in March. Prudential has paid $15 million in penalties in connection with "churning," the illegal practice of draining one life-insurance policy to finance another. The Department of Insurance is investigating at least 16 other insurance companies for churning-related fraud. The department plans to set up a hot line for each company found in violation. Last month the Department of Insurance installed a (888) 843-0546 hot line for churning claims against the John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Co., which has paid $6 million in fines. JOHN MURAWSKI RESTAURANTS fore Lowell "Bud" Paxson unveiled his plan last month to create a seventh national broadcast network. Cheen, who has followed Paxson for 12 years, didn't know what the chairman of West State health care costs Area Hospital Doctor Dentist (per day) (routine exam) (cleaning, exam) Bradenton $472.20 $48.80 $53.60 Daytona Beach " 414.00 .48.78 57.50 Fort Walton Beach 418.33 51.25 56.00 Gainesville 504.50 46.20 62.00 Jacksonville 327.60 45.40 50.40 Dade County 560.00 60.80 55.80 Orlando 505.70 52.80 60.60 Panama City 372.50 42.00 50.80 Pensacola 417.33 53.75 57.50 Sarasota 433.67 50.67 62.80 Tallahassee 460.00 54.40 63.60 Tampa 472.00 53.90 64.40 West Palm Beach 409.00 62.40 64.20 Krone West Palm Beach at top for cost of doctor visit I If you're feeling sick, you may not want to read on. A new survey shows West Palm Beach is the costliest place in Florida to see a doctor. A survey of 13 metropolitan areas in the state shows the average cost for a routine medical exam ranges from a high of $62.40 in West Palm Beach to a low of $42 in Panama City. The national average is $48.32; according to the latest cost-of-living index by the American Chamber of Commerce Researchers Association. If you need your teeth cleaned, you can get your wallet cleaned at the same time. At $64.20, West Palm Beach has Florida's second highest rate for a routine dental exam and cleaning. Tampa has the highest dental prices at $64.60, while Jacksonville has the lowest at $50.40. If there's any salvation to local health costs, it's that hospital prices here are among the lowest in Florida. The average daily cost for a hospital room runs $409 in West Palm Beach, which sounds great compared with the $560 in Miami, the survey showed. The national average is $390.32. The association compared 50 consumer items and services in 313 metropolitan areas. Besides physician care, the only area where West Palm Beach had the highest cost compared with other Florida cities was bananas. At 52 cents a pound, West Palm Beach has the most expensive bananas in the Sunshine State. Pensacola, at 42 cents a pounds, has the cheapest bananas. PHIL GALEWITZ iMike Piazza H Palm Beach-based Paxson Communications Corp. would call his family-oriented television network. But he was sure it would be catchy. He was right. In the name Pax Net, Paxson has coupled name recognition with the connotation of nonviolence. Pax is Latin for peace. It's also the name of the Roman goddess of peace. And the Pax Net logo features a dove. Fitting for a network that plans to air programs containing minimal sex and violence and whose target audience consists primarily of women. JULIE WARESH AGRICULTURE Florida weather towers to start aiding growers The new Florida Agricultural Weather Network, or FAWN, is expected to be operational in the next two weeks, just in time to start collecting data during the cold nights ahead. John Jackson, an extension agent with the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Services, said last week that the final weather monitoring towers will be in place by Dec. 15. "This system is going to provide data that Florida growers have always needed but were never able to get," Jackson told fanners attending a weather seminar in Belle Glade last week. The FAWN system is comprised of 15 weather monitoring towers erected all over the state," from Gainesville in the north to Homestead in the south. The towers will collect and transmit data on temperature, wind, humidity, rain and radiation. Construction of the $125,000 network began about a year ago after Congress cut money for the National Weather Service's specialized farm forecasts. Florida officials, however, stressed that FAWN will not provide forecasts only data that may eventually be used to build computer modeling forecasts. FAWN data will be available on the Internet at University officials are also exploring ways to deliver the information via radio, cable TV, pagers, and cellular phones. ... ............................. w. icHAtL utleV AEROSPACE The latest national sports restaurant chafn will feature the unlikely combination of race car driver Michael Andretti (left) and baseball player Mike Piazza. Gardens firm taps stars for sports theme cafes Pete Rose has one. So does Dan Marino and his former coach, Don Shula. For sports stars, the latest status symbol is having your own restaurant or at least one with your name on it. A Palm Beach Gardens company is opening the latest national sports restaurant chain named after an unlikely combination. It's the Michael Andretti & Mike Piazza Sports Cafe. The race car driver and Los Angeles Dodgers catcher don't actually own part of the cafe but instead are paid licensing fees. The first restaurant is scheduled to open next month in Orlando. The cafes are being launched nationally in connection with Ramada hotel franchises. While the company hopes to open more than 300 restaurants at Ramada locations around the country in the next three years, so far it has no plans to open any in Palm Beach County or the Treasure Coast. ' PHIL GALEWITZ Thanks but no thanks, Lockheed says Lockheed Martin IMS Corp., the information services arm of the Maryland-based aerospace contractor, is worried about your motive of goodwill. So it has sent out letters to its many suppliers and other people with whom it has contact even the press asking them not to send gifts to Lockheed executives and employees. The company has forbidden employees from accepting money or gifts. It wants to avoid the appearance that the gift was intended to obtain favorable treatment. But there are exceptions, the letter said. "An occasional lunch or dinner of nominal value, or on-location refreshments, are permissible, provided they are in furtherance of the business relationship," it said. STEPHEN POUNDS

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