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How to Reduce Your Operating Costs When There’s No One Left to Furlough


I’m not independently wealthy, and as a journalist for nearly 40 years now, there have been times in my adult life when our family has lived check to check. Yet, …

How to Reduce Your Operating Costs When There’s No One Left to Furlough

COVID-19 Put the C Back in Healthcare Consumerism (that’s the uppercase C in Consumerism, not the lowercase c in Healthcare)


Restaurants across the country laid off workers, limited menus and closed because COVID-19 took away their customers. Hospitals and medical practices across the country furloughed workers, limited services and closed …

COVID-19 Put the C Back in Healthcare Consumerism (that’s the uppercase C in Consumerism, not the lowercase c in Healthcare)

How COVID-19 Is Accelerating the Death and Rebirth of Medical Practices


The COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S. has turned everyone’s world upside down. In healthcare, no one has had their world turned upside down more than doctors and their medical practices. …

How the COVID-19 Pandemic Is Dulling the Point of All Those Healthcare Regulations


So, it took a deadly pandemic to expose how utterly useless most healthcare regulations are in ensuring that patients get the best possible care at the lowest possible cost when …

How Can Healthcare Avoid Screwing Up AI’s Potential?


“Just what do you think you’re doing, Dave? Dave, I really think I’m entitled to an answer to that question.”—HAL 9000 in 2001: A Space Odyssey I get that a …

Growing Pains or Warning Signs for Medicare Advantage?


The Medicare Advantage program turned 21 this month. Like all 21-year-olds with new-found freedoms and responsibilities, whether it makes 31 in the same shape will depend on how well it …

Has Healthcare Lost Its Appetite for Value?


I get the feeling that the industry is moving on from this whole volume-to-value thing and will need to find a new analogy to replace that foot-in-two-canoes business that everyone …

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Desperately Seeking Market-Based Patient Safety Solutions – Burda on Healthcare


This Nov. 29 will mark the 20th anniversary of the release of the report, To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System, the seminal work by the Institute of …

What Are Healthcare Executives Thinking? – Burda on Healthcare


I write a lot about what healthcare organizations and companies do, and I make educated guesses on why they do what they do based on my experiences, industry knowledge and …

Doctors and the Laws of Supply and Demand – Burda on Healthcare


It’s a great time to go to medical school and become a doctor. Ignore all the manufactured angst from organized medicine and opinion polls of aging physicians who say they …

This Is a Story About Where Healthcare Regulations Come From – Burda on Healthcare


Healthcare is one of the most if not the most regulated industry in the U.S. While its businesses like to blame overzealous bureaucrats for all the red tape, the current …

The Strained Relationship Between Doctors and Patients – Burda on Healthcare


What if you walked into your doctor’s office and there was a sign hanging in the waiting room that said: “Please do not confuse your Google search with my medical …

HHS Goes All In on Competition as the Way to Fix Healthcare Woes – Burda on Healthcare


Competition good. Regulation bad. That’s my caveman summary of HHS’ manifesto released on Dec. 3 on how to improve the quality and safety of patient care while simultaneously lowering healthcare …

Man or Corporate Culture: Who Has More Power to Disrupt Healthcare? – Burda on Healthcare


We’re at a branch point in healthcare’s evolution. We’ll learn soon whether disruptive innovation is the product of individuals or organizations. When we find out, we’ll know the best path …

Employees’ Premiums Actually Dropped This Year and Nine Other Untold Employer Health Benefits Stories – Burda on Healthcare


Every picture tells a story. So does every chart in the Kaiser Family Foundation’s annual employer health benefits survey. Here are 10 small stories from Kaiser’s latest survey that collectively …

DIY Hospital Ratings: Do Your Stars Align for What’s Most Important to Patients? – Burda on Healthcare


What’s the most important thing to you when you or a family member has to go to the hospital? (That question assumes you have a choice.) For me it would …