A comprehensive handbook covering the operations of a niche industry.

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Building Your Own Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Business

A manual for entrepreneurs interested in opening a medical transportation business.

In this debut business book, Possi draws on his own experiences as the founder and owner of a nonemergency medical transport company to provide guidance to others entering the field. The book covers everything from basic principles of small business, such as financing and personnel management, to the multitude of federal, state, and local regulations that specifically affect businesses in the health care industry. Possi is clearly knowledgeable, and provides detailed, useful information on such topics as selecting and equipping an ambulette, the crucial role played by the dispatcher, and the workings of the Medicaid bureaucracy. Later chapters offer insights into a typical day in his business, with Possi’s remarks supported by contributions from several of his key employees. The book concludes with a series of appendices with contact information for state Medicaid administrators, lists of vendors that provide specialized equipment for medical transport vehicles, and related resources. The author’s knowledge of the industry makes this book an effective tool. However, there are moments when the narrative seems overly shaped by his personal experience; in particular, Possi’s preference for policies, handbooks, and a command-and-control approach to management seems connected to his frequent stories about employees’ misuse of corporate credit cards, irresponsible cellphone use, and inefficient driving. Readers who prefer to avoid micromanagement may also want to pass over the discussions of how to handle personnel. There are many references to topics to be covered in a subsequent book, and frequent invitations to visit Possi’s website, where readers can purchase logistics software and other tools, which some readers may find too self-promotional. But on the whole, the work is a valuable contribution to an underserved topic, filled with information found in few other books. As a result, it’s crucial for readers exploring a career in this unfamiliar field.

A comprehensive handbook covering the operations of a niche industry.

Pub Date: May 29, 2015

ISBN: 978-1-4917-6711-5

Page Count: 154

Publisher: iUniverse

Review Posted Online: July 31, 2015

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CAPITAL IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY

A French academic serves up a long, rigorous critique, dense with historical data, of American-style predatory capitalism—and offers remedies that Karl Marx might applaud.

Economist Piketty considers capital, in the monetary sense, from the vantage of what he considers the capital of the world, namely Paris; at times, his discussions of how capital works, and especially public capital, befit Locke-ian France and not Hobbesian America, a source of some controversy in the wide discussion surrounding his book. At heart, though, his argument turns on well-founded economic principles, notably r > g, meaning that the “rate of return on capital significantly exceeds the growth rate of the economy,” in Piketty’s gloss. It logically follows that when such conditions prevail, then wealth will accumulate in a few hands faster than it can be broadly distributed. By the author’s reckoning, the United States is one of the leading nations in the “high inequality” camp, though it was not always so. In the colonial era, Piketty likens the inequality quotient in New England to be about that of Scandinavia today, with few abject poor and few mega-rich. The difference is that the rich now—who are mostly the “supermanagers” of business rather than the “superstars” of sports and entertainment—have surrounded themselves with political shields that keep them safe from the specter of paying more in taxes and adding to the fund of public wealth. The author’s data is unassailable. His policy recommendations are considerably more controversial, including his call for a global tax on wealth. From start to finish, the discussion is written in plainspoken prose that, though punctuated by formulas, also draws on a wide range of cultural references.

Essential reading for citizens of the here and now. Other economists should marvel at how that plain language can be put to work explaining the most complex of ideas, foremost among them the fact that economic inequality is at an all-time high—and is only bound to grow worse.

Pub Date: March 10, 2014

ISBN: 978-0-674-43000-6

Page Count: 640

Publisher: Belknap/Harvard Univ.

Review Posted Online: April 30, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15, 2014

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A deftly argued case for a new kind of socialism that, while sure to inspire controversy, bears widespread discussion.

CAPITAL AND IDEOLOGY

A massive investigation of economic history in the service of proposing a political order to overcome inequality.

Readers who like their political manifestoes in manageable sizes, à la Common Sense or The Communist Manifesto, may be overwhelmed by the latest from famed French economist Piketty (Top Incomes in France in the Twentieth Century: Inequality and Redistribution, 1901-1998, 2014, etc.), but it’s a significant work. The author interrogates the principal forms of economic organization over time, from slavery to “non-European trifunctional societies,” Chinese-style communism, and “hypercapitalist” orders, in order to examine relative levels of inequality and its evolution. Each system is founded on an ideology, and “every ideology, no matter how extreme it may seem in its defense of inequality, expresses a certain idea of social justice.” In the present era, at least in the U.S., that idea of social justice would seem to be only that the big ones eat the little ones, the principal justification being that the wealthiest people became rich because they are “the most enterprising, deserving, and useful.” In fact, as Piketty demonstrates, there’s more to inequality than the mere “size of the income gap.” Contrary to hypercapitalist ideology and its defenders, the playing field is not level, the market is not self-regulating, and access is not evenly distributed. Against this, Piketty arrives at a proposed system that, among other things, would redistribute wealth across societies by heavy taxation, especially of inheritances, to create a “participatory socialism” in which power is widely shared and trade across nations is truly free. The word “socialism,” he allows, is a kind of Pandora’s box that can scare people off—and, he further acknowledges, “the Russian and Czech oligarchs who buy athletic teams and newspapers may not be the most savory characters, but the Soviet system was a nightmare and had to go.” Yet so, too, writes the author, is a capitalism that rewards so few at the expense of so many.

A deftly argued case for a new kind of socialism that, while sure to inspire controversy, bears widespread discussion.

Pub Date: March 10, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-674-98082-2

Page Count: 976

Publisher: Belknap/Harvard Univ.

Review Posted Online: Dec. 22, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15, 2020

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