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Updated rules indicate proper referral process

On Jan. 4, the federal government finally issued a portion of the so-called “Stark II” regulations. The new rules implement 1993 amendments to the prohibitions on physician referrals to other entities with which the physicians have financial relationships. These regulations ...

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Hands-off style not working for manager’s boss

(“I’m a hands-off type of manager. I like to give people the tools they need to do their jobs and help them solve problems themselves. I have found that when I trust them, I get better results and higher productivity. ...

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Non-Profit Report: Finger Lakes Land Trust Inc.

Founded in 1989, the Finger Lakes Land Trust Inc. works to protect the natural integrity of the Finger Lakes Region. They do this by establishing nature preserves, holding conservation easements, educating for responsible stewardship and working cooperatively with private groups ...

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Manager is burdened by routine office work

“Here we are at the beginning of a new year and I feel like I’m still buried in tons of e-mails, reports, memos and other paperwork. When I devote myself to managing the critical functions of our department-the way I ...

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Microsoft software deal sparks uncertainty in 2001

For more than a decade, this column has covered topics of importance to owners and managers of growing businesses and those who advise them. Now all of these topics have come together in an announcement that left your columnist surprised ...

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Campaign Credits

Client Services: Jeffrey Cleary, Diane Andrews John Casey, Deborah Woods-Bricker Creative: Meghan LaBonge, Daniel Jones John Johnston, Robert Sanders Production: Cindy West, Paulette Hansen Technology: Brian Fenton, Terry Shriever Cathy Valleriano, Dana Buda Carl Merritt Call Center: Charles Hartness, Charlie ...

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Non-Profit Report

The New York Museum of Transportation collects, preserves, displays, interprets and operates artifacts and information from the transportation history of Upstate New York and the surrounding area. The all-volunteer New York Museum of Transportation recently celebrated its 25th anniversary by ...

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Advertising campaign accentuates the negative

How often does one hear the words “No, Nope, Nada” in a campaign designed to pump sales volume? Not too often. Catalyst Direct Inc.’s direct-marketing campaign for Salesnet Inc. plays strongly on the word no. The negative theme aims to ...

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Baseball’s caste system is sure to kill the game

News item: Baseball commissioner Bud Selig proposes a “competitive balance draft,” by which the eight teams with the lowest winning percentage over a three-year period would be able to take players from the eight teams with the highest winning percentage ...

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Aim for personal goals instead of meterial ones

Personal achievement. Success. Fulfillment. Big words that every salesperson seeks. “Get there by setting goals,” they say. “Wrong,” I say. Now, I’m not saying don’t set goals. I am saying don’t set big goals and think that they’re the direct ...

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Father still dominating family firm’s leadership

“I’m running a small machine shop owned by my father, who is in his late 70s. I say I’m running it, and I am, but if you asked my father, he’d tell you that he’s still calling the shots. The ...

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Downturn could change 10 factors for non-profits

“Inflation is defined as the quality that makes balloons larger and candy bars smaller.” -General Features Corp. Question: Do non-profit organizations have immunity from the economic effects of a recession? At first thought, one might assume that an economic downturn ...

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NON-PROFIT REPORT

The Rochester Family Resource Network Inc., doing business as Family Resource Centers of Rochester, builds strong families and neighborhoods. The organization works with families, neighbors and other providers to ensure a successful start for their children in school and in ...

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Self-insured health plans also governed by ERISA

One of the advantages employers perceive about self-insured health benefit plans is that such plans avoid the costs of various state mandates. These plans are subject to the requirements of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, however, and the federal ...

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FTC requires disclosure of web privacy policies

Businesses faced with drafting or updating their online privacy policies should be aware of the Federal Trade Commission’s recommendations to Congress regarding Internet privacy. The FTC’s recommendation of four widely accepted fair information principles-notice, choice, access and security-are likely to ...

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