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Trade-Offs Work for Hospital-Affiliated Physician Group

There’s an unofficial motto at San Diego’s Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group: Patients first, group second, individual physicians third.

By John Cox February 9, 2017 3:13 p.m. share »
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Solo Practice Can Come With Big Demands and Big Rewards

Years ago, when Dr. Melanie Palm told fellow physicians she was considering opening her own medical practice, she remembers several being “somewhat trepidatious” about the idea.

By John Cox February 9, 2017 3:12 p.m. share »
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IPAs Offer Doctors Autonomy With Right Dose of Solidarity

Dr. Marc Sedwitz misses the good ol’ days when physicians would be called to work in the middle of the night.

By John Cox February 9, 2017 3:10 p.m. share »
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Cigna Collaboration Gives Scripps Testing Ground for Own HMO

Ask an executive at Scripps Health to describe what’s special about the company’s most recent collaboration with Cigna, and you’re likely to hear the same analogy Cigna uses: It gives the San Diego integrated health system a seat at the table in insurance negotiations with employers.

By John Cox February 9, 2017 3:08 p.m. share »
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Choosing a Practice Model Is Both a Business and a Personal Decision

Perhaps the biggest impact physicians have on a region’s health care industry occurs the moment they decide how to structure their medical practice.

By John Cox February 9, 2017 3:04 p.m. share »
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VAVi Faced Its Own Obstacle Course

Recreational sports league and events organizer VAVi Sport & Social Club was looking to make a big splash at its first major international competition, a 20,000-person race Feb. 4-5 in Sydney, Australia.

By John Cox February 9, 2017 2:21 p.m. share »

Talk of H-1B Changes Has Companies on Edge

Not just anyone could have filled last year’s opening at Genben Lifesciences Corp. Founder Li Shen was looking for a bioinformatics scientist capable of applying advanced mathematical analysis to the human genome.

By John Cox February 9, 2017 2:15 p.m. share »
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Luxury Hotels Expect Good Nights Ahead

San Diego County’s hotel industry just completed six consecutive years of post-recession recovery. Operators of the newly opened Pendry San Diego — the first of at least three new high-end hotels set to arrive downtown — are betting their property has what it takes to keep that momentum going on the luxury side.

By Lou Hirsh February 9, 2017 2:07 p.m. share »
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Avoiding Hazards

Callaway Golf Co. will no longer be strictly defined by the game where the person sends the little white ball in the general direction of a hole.

By Brad Graves February 9, 2017 1:58 p.m. share »
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LEAVES: Costs of More Inclusive Policies Add Up Fast

San Diego made a splash in June when it passed an ordinance requiring employers of any size to provide employees with five paid sick days a year, exceeding the three mandated by state law. This, coupled with several other recent changes to protected leave laws, continues to drive a wedge between policymakers and small to medium-sized businesses in a classic case of Catch 22.

By Katherine Connor February 2, 2017 3:20 p.m. share »
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Absorbing Big Change on a Small Scale

Businesses within San Diego’s hospitality industry are looking for ways to absorb the costs of the city’s increased minimum wage and sick leave benefits.

By Emmet Pierce February 2, 2017 3:15 p.m. share »
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S.D. Is Already Game For Soccer in Town

Investors pushing to bring Major League Soccer to San Diego have not yet made the sale.

By Lou Hirsh February 2, 2017 2:32 p.m. share »
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Border Terminal Has a Good Problem: Crowds

Operators say demand is running well ahead of expectations for the $120 million, privately funded Cross Border Xpress, which opened in December 2015 in Otay Mesa.

By Lou Hirsh February 2, 2017 2:27 p.m. share »
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Lights, Camera, Cloud: Company’s Video Is Legal Aid

No one said depositions are fun, but is it too much to ask the videographer to stay awake during the proceedings?

By John Cox February 2, 2017 2:21 p.m. share »
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GroundMetrics Eyes the Underground Market

Finding anything under the Earth’s surface is a tricky and often costly endeavor; doing it amid dust storms and camels in the Saudi Arabian desert can be even more trying. That is where San Diego startup GroundMetrics Inc. set out to prove to the world’s largest oil company that its technology works.

By Sarah de Crescenzo February 2, 2017 2:16 p.m. share »
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Stylish Lobbies Can Make That First Impression A Lasting One

First impressions are important. Conventional wisdom says people establish an impression of someone after just seven seconds, but the most recent science says it’s even faster than that — a mere tenth of a second.

By Katherine Connor January 26, 2017 3:40 p.m. share »

Qualcomm Takes Fighting Stance

Qualcomm Inc. has been called many things — particularly in court documents — but no one has called the company fragile, brittle or unstable. In the 32 years since its formation, the company that has packed ever more functionality into the smartphone has shown itself to be resilient.

By Brad Graves January 26, 2017 2:54 p.m. share »
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REIT Veteran Gold Enters Cannabis Space

Real estate industry veteran Alan Gold wants to make it clear that his new San Diego-based company’s mission is about the property, not the pot.

By Lou Hirsh January 26, 2017 2:51 p.m. share »
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New CEO Faces Relevancy Challenges in North County

It was Day Three of Mike Cully’s new job as CEO of the San Diego North Economic Development Council, and already his meeting calendar was packed.

By John Cox January 26, 2017 2:45 p.m. share »
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Evolving the Life Force

The biotech-boosting model that’s proved effective in San Diego is being replicated in Los Angeles (and farther north) as local trade group Biocom expands throughout the state.

By Brittany Meiling January 26, 2017 2:39 p.m. share »
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Credit Unions Give Tech Tools a Chance

California Coast Credit Union’s website highlights its “personalized caring attention.”

By Sarah de Crescenzo January 19, 2017 3:41 p.m. share »

Containers Stack Up Well For Many Uses

Recycled sea-shipping containers make for a unique, attention-grabbing design element in places like Quartyard, a popular retail and entertainment hub in downtown San Diego’s East Village.

By Lou Hirsh January 19, 2017 2:04 p.m. share »
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GreatCall Connects By Talking to Seniors

The call that came into a vast Carlsbad call center one recent morning was no emergency. Most aren’t. But it could have been, and the woman answering the phone had to be ready.

By John Cox January 19, 2017 1:59 p.m. share »
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ViaSat to Launch New Satellite, Endeavors

A huge rectangular box rises 25 feet above the factory floor at Boeing Co.’s El Segundo satellite plant, making the people below it look like ants. In a few months, the hopes of Carlsbad-based ViaSat Inc. — a $1.4 billion Carlsbad satellite technology company — will ride with that box into space.

By Brad Graves January 19, 2017 1:55 p.m. share »
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Schools Are Out For Underground Elephant

Anyone who has walked past Underground Elephant’s new downtown digs knows that the adtech firm is anything but underground.

By Brittany Meiling January 19, 2017 1:50 p.m. share »
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Time To Pull Chips Off The Table

Accounting firms and professionals who handle mergers and acquisitions in the San Diego region anticipate a strong year ahead for such transactions. It seems there are exit signs all around, especially the aging population of business owners, a strong local economy and the expectation of a favorable business climate with the incoming administration.

By Emmet Pierce January 12, 2017 4:22 p.m. share »

How Do Businesses Take Wage Hike Hit?

There should be little doubt, now that the San Diego City Attorney’s Office has stepped in, that a few local restaurants appear to have mishandled the rollout of surcharges meant to boost revenue following the city’s Jan. 1 minimum wage increase.

By John Cox January 12, 2017 3:37 p.m. share »
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Palliative Care Comes In Life-Affirming Model

Dr. Bob Uslander was meditating on a bluff in La Jolla in early 2013 when he was jolted by an epiphany that would transform his professional life.

By Lou Hirsh January 12, 2017 3:34 p.m. share »
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Convention Center’s Issues Expand

Operators recently launched $25 million in renovations to the iconic Sails Pavilion and other components of the San Diego Convention Center, but there remains no clear path to a long-sought expansion of the downtown waterfront facility.

By Lou Hirsh January 12, 2017 3:29 p.m. share »
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Getting a Technology Hub to Take Off

You overslept. The flight from San Diego to Tokyo leaves in 50 minutes, and you need to be on it. Your smart watch tells you the estimated commute from your home to the airport is 11 minutes, and the average wait at the security checkpoint is 24 minutes. You can still make it.

By Brittany Meiling January 12, 2017 3:26 p.m. share »