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with Joe Vanden Plas


Marriages made in heaven? Health care consolidation heats up

When hospital CEOs look at current reimbursement rates, don’t be surprised if they think, “It’s never going to be better than this.” They have good reason to think this way, as the ramifications of the forthcoming low-reimbursement environment sink in and a wave of health care consolidation intensifies.

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Congress must act for businesses, working moms

Just in case members of Congress wonder why their collective favorability rating is only slightly above that of prickly heat, the U.S. Senate’s reluctance to pass the Working Families Flexibility Act provides a reminder. For the sake of businesses that need quality labor and working moms who need a flexible work schedule, the bill would update the Fair Labor Standards Act to allow employees to swap overtime pay for compensatory time off. The Depression-era FLSA requires workers to take time-and-half pay for any extra hours they work, but the “flex act” lets individuals decide whether they’d prefer compensatory time or overtime pay, and it prohibits employers from pressuring them.

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Term of endearment: Networking, the TermSync way

Mark Wilson might be a humble former accountant and CFO, but he can network with the best of them. So much so that TermSync, the Madison start-up company he runs, now has more than 100,000 business points of contact. Such critical mass is what Wilson has built during his first couple of years as chief executive of TermSync. While he’s quick to note his business is not a collections company, it has designed a cloud-based, software-as-a-service product to help companies manage their accounts receivables process and take some of the hassle out of collections.

Posted at 11:47 AM | Permalink | Comments


About those state jobs numbers …

Anyone who is familiar with the phrase “lies, damned lies, and statistics” will understand the editorial decision that I’m about to explain. The poster child for this saying could well be the preliminary – and we do mean preliminary – monthly jobs data for Wisconsin that are released by the Department of Workforce Development, based on statistical information provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Tax reform is key to economic confidence

As much as I railed against the fiscal cliff deal, one thing I hoped it would accomplish is to peel away a layer of the economic uncertainty that has put economic growth in a straightjacket. By permanently extending most of the existing federal tax rates, a peeling process has hopefully begun.

Posted at 09:08 AM | Permalink | Comments

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