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VA System Working with Local Providers to Reduce Wait Times

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By Joseph Franz Wait times at the VA has been a common headline lately. The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs has come under fire as tens of thousands of veterans nationwide have been waiting three months or more to get their first VA medical appointment. This has caused dozens of investigations and led Veterans Affairs [...]

The Effects of Health Care Over-Regulation

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By Joseph Franz As much as those of us in the patient care field support the triple aim of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—better care for populations, better health for individuals, and lower per-capita costs—one aspect of the new health care system that many of us find frustrating is the sheer number of regulations (of [...]

The Return of the Adjustable Rate Mortgage

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By Jason Katz, Vice President of Mortgage Lending for Guaranteed Rate Mortgage According to the Wall Street Journal, during the last quarter of 2013, adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) were up 22% from the previous year and are at their highest since the third quarter of 2008. ARMs were to blame for many of the foreclosures during [...]

Achieving the Triple Aim

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By Joseph Franz The Affordable Care Act remains one of America’s most controversial issues. And whether you’re for it or against it, we can most likely all agree that the implementation of the Act’s healthcare reforms certainly hasn’t gone as smoothly as the government, healthcare workers or the general public would have hoped for. However, [...]

Why Healthcare Is So Expensive

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By Joseph Franz Healthcare in the United States costs more than in other countries because we want it that way.  As a culture we strive for the best.  We also want choices.  According to The Atlantic, the average routine office visit in the U.S. costs three times more than in France and Canada and almost [...]

Parker Invites Community Builders to Leadercast

Graduation Education Path LEARN to LEAD

By Kevin Yaley, Head of School At Francis Parker School we seek to inspire and develop tomorrow’s leaders. Leadership doesn’t simply mean to be in charge. Leadership is inspiring others to take on challenges and reach beyond their expectations. That is why Parker is inviting San Diegans to attend Leadercast, a daylong leadership-building event on [...]

New Initiative to Improve Care for Dual Eligibles

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Beginning in April, San Diego will be one of the first cities in California to take part in the Cal MediConnect program.

Economic Recovery Drives up Divorce Rate

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By Nancy Bickford The cost of Paul McCartney and Heather Mills‘ wedding was reportedly a hefty $3 million. Their divorce: almost $50 million. In other words, divorce can be very expensive. This is why, according to an article on Bloomberg.com, the divorce rate plunged during the 18-month recession beginning in 2008; many unhappy couples simply [...]

Parker’s Summer Program Offers Enriching Adventures

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By Kevin Yaley Imagine a summer immersed in learning and discovery: Students preparing fine cuisine with farm fresh ingredients; Others honing their athletic skills under the sponsorship of Nike or learning jazz music skills from recognized local artists. Imagine all this and more. At Francis Parker School, it is our goal to inspire excellence. Students [...]

Jumbo Loans Are Making a Comeback

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By Jason Katz, Vice President of Mortgage Lending for Guaranteed Rate Mortgage Jumbo loans are not only making a comeback; they are coming back in all shapes and sizes. Since the latter part of 2013, jumbo loans have been making headlines because something quite unprecedented happened: jumbo loan interest rates started to drop below conforming [...]

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