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URMC expands
transplant program

The University of Rochester Medical Center is expanding its transplantation program, adding pediatric liver transplants and a procedure called split-liver transplantation. The move coincides with the recruiting of Luis Mieles M.D., a specialist in the procedure, from the University of ...

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Managed-care incentives
unhealthy for system

–Hippocrates)The images are everywhere, if you care to look for them. Time. Newsweek. Consumer Reports. CNN. “60 Minutes.” The Wall Street Journal. Bloomberg Business News. Images of the medical profession under siege. Doctors under contractual gag orders. Managed-care insurance plans ...

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Simon School health care
MBA strikes a chord

There are just a select few around the country. And now the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration has joined the ranks of educational institutions including the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Northwestern University and Duke ...

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Hospital consortiums keep
local cooperation alive

“Clearly the hospitals recognize the need to work together, which ultimately helps them cut costs and operate more efficiently,” says Diane Ashley, acting president and CEO of the Rochester Regional Hospital Association. “The willingness to work as partners in providing ...

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Physical therapy booming
business with many angles

The physical-therapy business is booming, both locally and nationwide. The main reason is a shift from longer hospital stays to outpatient procedures, or to a short inpatient stay combined with extensive follow-up care, physical therapists say. The physical-therapy discipline also ...

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Health Care: Holistic health care

A year ago, three of Dr. Howard Beckman’s patients with chronic back pain told him they were feeling better. But their relief was not due to any treatments Beckman had prescribed. All three patients had reached the end of their ...

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Information Technology: Mining for data

Like their mineral-cracking counterparts, data miners search in dark, mysterious places looking for valuable gems. Data mining, however, involves improving profitability and efficiency by finding veins of rich information hidden in vast data bases. Businesses and organizations accumulate thousands of ...

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Did Congress get it right
on the ’96 Telecom Act?

Well, it is time to decide if the Telecommunications Act of 1996 works. It is time to say whether Congress got it right. I gave last year’s legislation a year to percolate, and the verdict is in on its success: ...

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Encryption lets you keep
your thoughts to yourself

The White House may wish it had done a better job of keeping some of its own documents secret, but it wants to make sure it can find out what you are saying, no matter what. This has led to ...

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In high tech firms, even
low-tech jobs cut the edge

Basic personal-computer proficiency, the ability to negotiate the Internet and spreadsheet knowledge are the minimum requirements for all job candidates, says Kathleen Pringle, vice president of sales and marketing for the Plaza Group Inc., a local employment agency. And that’s ...

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Search-engine savvy boosts
your site’s visibility

Imagine looking up a word in a dictionary that is not alphabetized. That is what the Internet would be like without search engines. Though they are not as inclusive as they claim, and do not guarantee that a user will ...

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Lack of industry
may not be so bad

The Finger Lakes and heavy industry have never been that close. Other bodies of water in New York–the Genesee River, for example– for more than 100 years have attracted mills, factories and the like to their shores. The Finger Lakes ...

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Business & the Environment:
Focus on the Finger Lakes

White-tailed deer, turkeys and other game thrived around 11 long, narrow lakes lying side by side–like fingers–in a 9,000-square-mile area that may be topographically unique in the world. One man who would like to have seen the area in those ...

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Espionage act helps employers
punish offenders

More and more frequently, we see news stories about companies suing former employees for leaving the firm with a pocket, briefcase or computer disks full of trade secrets, know-how or customer lists. Though the media typically focus on trade-secret thefts ...

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First Person: Turn tables on
sadness by aiding others in need

(First Person features local businesspeople relating–in their own words– experiences and lessons that have shaped their professional development.) My personal experience forced me to research and make sense of the complexities of the American health care system–and to create a ...

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