Van Lines

with Joe Vanden Plas


What Aaron should say to Ryan

Now that Ryan Braun has finally fessed up about his use of performance-enhancing drugs, now that he has accepted his punishment (if a bit ham-handedly), and now that he has a mountain of work to do in rehabilitating his image, perhaps his pally Aaron Rodgers can offer him some advice about staying at the foot of the cross. If anyone can help Braun rehab, especially since Brewers owner Mark Attanasio said he would remain with the team, it’s the esteemed quarterback of the Green Bay Packers, who stuck his neck out about a mile (as did this blogger) in defense of Braun, even offering to bet a year’s salary that his friend was innocent.

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In search of a sexier model

Dr. Bill Yasnoff hasn’t been hauled before Congress yet, but he’s waiting for a call. No, he’s not embroiled in the IRS scandal, but he might have an idea that saves the cause of patient data exchange and helps make the Affordable Care Act, well, affordable. Yasnoff, who served in the Department of Health and Human Services under former Secretary Tommy Thompson, has been promoting regional electronic health record banks for several years, and thanks to difficulties with the existing model, the idea could gain some traction.

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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.

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