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Unintended Consequences

Unintended Consequences

May 13, 2022 by Mike Mallaro

A frightening nationwide shortage of baby formula (and enteral nutrition supplies) is creating disruption and anxiety among the many people who rely on these products. On the surface it is another in a series of supply chain issues that seem to be everywhere...
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Tags: CPAP, fda, formula, philips, supply chain, vgm

Recharging Your Battery & Renew Your Soul @ Heartland

Recharge Your Battery & Renew Your Soul @ Heartland

March 9, 2022 by Mike Mallaro

You belong at VGM’s Heartland Conference this summer (June 13-15, 2022) if you are involved in the HME industry.  Get there.  Let’s face it, after two years of a pandemic, isolation, workforce disruptions, supply chain constraints...
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Tags: Heartland, Heartland Conference, Heartland2022, hme, Recharge, Renew, VGMHeartland

Celebrating ESOP Month

Celebrating ESOP Month

October 29, 2021 by Mike Mallaro

October is ESOP month.  An ESOP is an employee stock ownership plan that gives workers equity ownership in the company in which they work.  Our company, VGM Group, is a 100% ESOP, which means that all its stock is owned by our employees. There...
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Tags: Employee ownership, ESOP Month, vgm

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