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35 years

35 years

Posted On: June 26, 2020 by Mike Mallaro in: Opinions, VGM, Work Culture

June 24 was the 35th anniversary of my professional career.  On that day in 1985, I joined Touche Ross in their Omaha office.  Touche Ross was an accounting firm and was part of the “Big 8”, a term for the eight national accounting firms in existence at that time.  It was a proud firm, with high expectations and a strong culture of serving clients.  I worked at that firm for eleven years.  I loved that job and it was very good for me.  I thought this a good...
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Tags: 1985, career, lessons learned

Ownership

Ownership

Posted On: May 22, 2020 by Mike Mallaro in: Employee Ownership, Opinions, Social commentary, Work Culture

Renting has its advantages. No commitment. No investment. Free from entanglements. Owning on the other hand, requires investment. It means putting something at risk. Ownership comes with commitment, obligation and responsibility. You might say ownership requires you to be all-in. When it comes to your career and your life, ownership is worth the investment. In fact, it’s the only way to go. Employee-ownership of business is the pathway to career and personal fulfillment. Further,...
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Thank You

Thank You

Posted On: April 15, 2020 by Mike Mallaro in: Healthcare, Opinions

I’d like to interrupt my Power of One blog posts series this week for some well-deserved thank yous. In the midst of everything that’s going on right now, it can be easy to be so focused on protecting ourselves and our families that we forget about the brave people risking their own health every day to help us do it. So, in no particular order: · Thank you to the hospitals for going above and beyond, for working long hours, and for bravely facing the worst that this epidemic...
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Tags: thanks, thankyou, pandemic, wegotthis

Optimism

Optimism

Posted On: February 1, 2020 by Mike Mallaro in: Opinions, Social commentary

“Progress is a historical fact. The numbers show that over the past seven decades humans have become longer-lived, healthier, safer, richer, freer, fairer, happier, and smarter, not just in the West, but worldwide.” – Steven Pinker In my last post, I tried to make the case for optimism as an antidote for fearing change. Even as I typed the words, I wondered how many of my readers would believe that things are getting progressively better with each passing year. As human beings,...
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Tags: future, success, optimism, hope

The Iowa Caucuses

The Iowa Caucuses

Posted On: January 15, 2020 by Mike Mallaro in: Opinions, Social commentary

My home state really messed up last Monday night. The Iowa Caucuses are a treasure in the state of Iowa, making us a temporary center of the political world every four years. Interestingly, my caucus site was highly organized and went off without a hitch. In fact, it was the best run Iowa caucus I have ever attended, and I’ve been to many. But at the level above, where results were collected, aggregated, and reported – well, that was a train wreck. There were a whole lot of voices calling...
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Tags: iowa, caucuses, caucus, politics

5 Healthcare Predictions for the 2020s

5 Healthcare Predictions for the 2020s

Posted On: January 3, 2020 by Mike Mallaro in: Healthcare, Opinions

I’ve been talking a lot about the future lately. I think I’ll keep the crystal ball rolling just a bit longer. In an election year where healthcare has pulled ahead of the economy as the primary concern of voters, I think it’s safe to say that we can expect some changes in the next decade to the way we do business in this arena. A lot will depend on who’s in charge after November is over, but a lot won’t. As another week draws to a close, I’d like to share a few...
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Tags: future, health, trends, mega-trends

Better Late Than Never

Better Late Than Never

Posted On: October 25, 2019 by Mike Mallaro in: Opinions, Social commentary

For the first one-hundred and forty-four years of America's existence, women were not allowed to vote. In 1920, ninety-nine years ago this summer, women finally won the right to vote in the United States via ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. That was a really long wait! Our history classes teach us about Susan B. Anthony’s role in leading the fight for women’s suffrage. What you might not know is that Anthony began her quest in the 1850’s, almost...
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Tags: suffrage, women, vote, catt, carriechapmancatt, nineteenthamendment

Us vs Them

Us vs Them

Posted On: October 4, 2019 by Mike Mallaro in: Community & Loneliness, Opinions, Social commentary

“When one half of the nation demonizes the other half, tendrils of resentment reach out and strangle whatever charitable impulses remain in us.” ― Ben Sasse, Them: Why We Hate Each Other--and How to Heal Division and divisiveness seem to be everywhere these days. From Capitol Hill to Main Street, the arguments surrounding the pressing issues of our day threaten to tear the fabric of our institutions asunder. Political tribalism has always been with us, but there certainly seems to...
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Tags: sasse, lonliness, divide divisive, politics

Opportunities in HME

Opportunities in HME

Posted On: December 29, 2017 by Mike Mallaro in: Community & Loneliness, Healthcare, Opinions, VGM

CMS’s Office of the Actuary has published their National Health Statistics for 2016 (they always run about a year behind.) A few interesting statistics in there about HME: The annual growth rate across all HME categories will average about 6% a year for the next several years. Unit growth and demand will result in total HME spend five years from now (2022) being nearly 30% greater than the HME spend in 2017. The increase in HME spend in 2018 over 2017 – in terms of total dollars...
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Government Run Healthcare

Government Run Healthcare

Posted On: July 12, 2017 by Mike Mallaro in: Healthcare, Opinions

Amid much discussion about healthcare and potential reform, the conversation often leads to the federal government’s role. It is worth considering the track record of federal health programs prior to deciding to hand over the entire healthcare system. Our federal government currently commands four major realms of healthcare programs: Medicare, Medicaid, Veterans Administration and Indian Health. The VA health system is an abject disaster. Nine million veterans, those who served their...
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Tags: aca healthcare, insurance government beauacracy