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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

More updates on Healthcare during the Pandemic

More updates on Healthcare during the Pandemic

September 8, 2020 by Mike Mallaro

The business of healthcare continues to face serious headwinds as a result of the pandemic.  A few newsworthy developments:  A recent Kaufman Hall analysis found hospital and health system operating margins were down 96% in 2020 (through...
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Tags: DMEPOS, future, health, trends, mega-trends, healthcare, hme, vgm

healthcare trends

Update on healthcare trends during pandemic

August 25, 2020 by Mike Mallaro

Healthcare activity continues to be muted due to impact of the pandemic. Elective medical procedures are still tracking nearly 20% below “normal” levels.  The pipeline for new candidates for procedures in not re-filling as fast...
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Tags: CPAP, healthcare, healthcare trends, hme, pandemic, vgm

The 19th Amendement

The 19th Amendment

August 18, 2020 by Mike Mallaro

Today (August 18, 2020) marks the 100th anniversary of women earning the right to vote in America, via ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.  In commemoration of this historic advancement in equal rights, I wanted to share some...
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Tags: 19th amendment, Carrie Chapman Catt, hard won not done, right to vote, vote, women's suffrage