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Nov 16
2016

Medicare Payment Changes May Affect You

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A number of years ago I supervised the care for my mom. I sensed that some doctors didn’t really want to take care of her.  I shared this with a friend who was a physician. He told me that many doctors don’t like taking care of older Medicare patients for two reasons.  First, they prefer to take patients they can make better. My mom had emphysema. The doctors weren’t able to cure her condition, only manage symptoms. The second issue he shared had to do with payment. Physicians don’t get paid a lot through Medicare. They don’t like giving full service for partial pay from Medicare.

Nov 14
2016

Qualifying Customers

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One of the components of my work is to help market franchises to those looking to start businesses. At times I obtain “cool” leads over the Internet. A “cool” lead means that I have no idea how serious the person is who asks for information. The temptation is too start selling the idea too quickly and engage in a long conversation with somebody who may be interested in starting a business in three years.

Nov 11
2016

Public and Private Moments

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The election is over and we have a President elect. One issue that clearly came to the forefront during the campaign was the difference between the public and private moments of Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Trump. I have heard the statement repeatedly in the past that the private person should be separated from what is done public.  I disagree.

Nov 09
2016

Is Paying Cash Unethical?

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From time to time someone asks the question about whether making cash payments to someone is unethical? Some hold the perspective that the only reason to pay cash is to help somebody avoid taxes.

In my businesses, occasionally someone has wanted to pay in currency rather than by check. In these instances I make the appropriate entries in my bookkeeping system so that it becomes part of my taxable income. Then, when required, I expect to receive a 1099 IRS reporting form at the end of the year.

Nov 07
2016

Create Focused Time

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When I was a student I tended to want background noise to help me study. For some reason I thought music or the television would enhance my productivity. While my grades were okay, in retrospect I see this was a major mistake. Today I am unable to function effectively without quiet time. I intentionally shut out distractions including emails, phone calls, and other noisemakers. I make a choice either to cut out distractions or suffer unproductive time.