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The Finish Line

The Finish Line

April 30, 2021 by Mike Mallaro

The sun is shining in Waterloo, Iowa.  Sixty or seventy people are queued up at our Annex office getting their second dose of vaccine.  A VGM mom, masked, her eight-week-old baby in tow.  Baby knows no other world,...
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Tags: end of pandemic, hope, optimism, post-pandemic

In Support of Happy, Healthy, and Safe Childhoods

In Support of Happy, Healthy, and Safe Childhoods

April 23, 2021 by Mike Mallaro

We began this week with a group of 200+ employee-owners returning to our office.  For many it was their first time back in the office in over a year.  They were greeted by hundreds of blue pinwheels decorating our lawn, adding a celebratory...
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Tags: awareness, believe the children, child abuse protection, family and childrens council

Healthcare consumption trends during the pandemic

Healthcare consumption trends during the pandemic

March 12, 2021 by Mike Mallaro

The pandemic had a significant impact on healthcare businesses and healthcare consumption.    With full 2020 data now reported, we can assess the trends and what they may indicate going forward: For the full year of 2020, health insurers...
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Tags: covid trends, healthcare trends, pandemic

Reality Check

Reality Check

March 1, 2021 by Mike Mallaro

The latest census information sounds alarm bells for Iowa.  Iowa’s population declined again in the most recent annual data, due to people leaving our state.  This marks nine of the past ten years where more US born Iowans moved out of...
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Tags: demographics of Iowa, iowa, population

Value in Peaceful Reflection & Restfulness

Value in Peaceful Reflection & Restfulness

November 30, 2020 by Mike Mallaro

I saw Van the other night.  He pointed to me, smiled and yelled across the way, “lowering your handicap, Mikey?” Van is Van G. Miller, founder of VGM and the man who preceded me as CEO of our company.  He passed in 2015 –...
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Tags: dreams, mindfulness, reflection, restfulness

Healthcare Activity in Pandemic - Q3 Update

Healthcare Activity in Pandemic - Q3 Update

November 17, 2020 by Mike Mallaro

I continue to watch the pandemic’s meaningful impact on the healthcare business and consumption of healthcare.  With third quarter data now reported, we can assess the trends and what the next few months may hold: The initial heat of...
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Tags: covid19, future, health, trends, mega-trends, pandemic

Cyber-attacks by enemy governments.

Cyber-attacks by enemy governments.

November 13, 2020 by Mike Mallaro

Last week in my blog I discussed the widespread cyber attacks on US businesses and healthcare institutions being perpetrated by hostile foreign governments.  I believe this is a failure of the US government to meet...
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Tags: cyber attacks, cyber, data, breach, cybersecurity

A foreign assault right before our eyes

A foreign assault right before our eyes

November 3, 2020 by Mike Mallaro

Imagine a scenario where Russian warships approach America’s coast and launch an invasion of Louisiana.  Imagine further the Russian soldiers break into buildings and seize valuables – keeping some of the spoils of the invasion and offering...
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Tags: cyber attacks, cybercrimes

Yet another failure by Medicare Bureacrats

Failure by Medicare Bureaucrats

September 30, 2020 by Mike Mallaro

pros-the-sis (noun): a device, either external or implanted, that substitutes for or supplements a missing or defective part of the body.  Medicare provides health coverage for prosthetics (artificial limbs and body...
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Tags: custom breast prosthesis, essentially women

Win with great team players

Win with great team players

September 21, 2020 by Mike Mallaro

The other day I clicked on the link to a video of a basketball game played 40 years ago – and had an epiphany - mostly the best teams win, not the team with the best player(s).    The game was Iowa...
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Tags: team, team players, vgm