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Podcast: 4sight Friday Roundup, Healthcare’s Future After the Election, 08/14/2020


Healthcare’s Future After the Election What does a Biden win mean for healthcare? What does a Trump win mean for healthcare? We talked about it on this week’s 4sight Friday …

Healthcare's Future After the Election

No Time to Waste: COVID-19 Is Propelling Operational Transformation in Health Systems


Boxer Mike Tyson famously observed, “Everyone has a plan until they’re punched in the face.” COVID-19 knocked America’s healthcare system to the canvas. Even as hospitals expanded critical care capacity …

No Time to Waste: COVID-19 Is Propelling Operational Transformation in Health Systems

Podcast: 4sight Friday Roundup, Is Telemedicine Headed Left or Right?, 08/07/2020


Is Telemedicine Headed Left or Right? Listen to this week’s 4sight Friday Roundup podcast for what we think this week’s big news means for the future of telemedicine. David Burda …

Is Telemedicine Headed Left or Right?

Pandemic Logic 101: Delayed Collective Gratification Saves Lives and Lifestyles


As the nation strives to return to normalcy while facing an increased prevalence of COVID-19, individual behaviors not only contribute to individual survival but also to the survival of family, …

Pandemic Logic 101: Delayed Collective Gratification Saves Lives and Lifestyles

Podcast: 4sight Friday Roundup, Is There a Better Way to Bailout Providers?, 07/31/2020


Is There a Better Way to Bailout Providers? Listen to this week’s 4sight Friday Roundup podcast for our thoughts on continuing COVID-19 financial relief for hospitals and health systems. David …

Is There a Better Way to Bailout Providers?

Make No Big Plans: The Democratic Party’s Unity Platform for Healthcare


Key Takeaways The Democratic Party’s emerging healthcare platform, crafted by a unity task force picked by former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, carefully avoids controversial issues. …

Make No Big Plans: The Democratic Party’s Unity Platform for Healthcare

Podcast: 4sight Friday Roundup, Reopening and Recovering the Right Way, 07/24/2020


Reopening and Recovering the Right Way Listen to this week’s 4sight Friday Roundup podcast for our take on how hospitals, health systems and medical practices should be reopening to recover …

Follow the Digital Health Money

Pandemic Preparedness: Beyond Bioterrorism & Federalism


One week to the day following the 911 attacks, five letters containing anthrax spores were sent the offices of major media outlets, including the National Inquirer. Just over two weeks …

Pandemic Preparedness: Beyond Bioterrorism & Federalism

Podcast: 4sight Friday Roundup, Follow the Digital Health Money, 07/17/2020


Follow the Digital Health Money Listen to this week’s 4sight Friday Roundup podcast for our take on what venture capital funding of digital health technology companies says about what the …

Podcast: 4sight Friday Roundup, Follow the Digital Health Money, 07/17/2020

Pandemics Cubed: Social Injustice and Chronic Disease Amplify COVID-19’s Virulence


America’s current response to COVID-19 ranges from “no worries” to struggling episodically to acutely overwhelmed. The uneven response has led to catastrophic disease spread and death. Setting the stage and …

Pandemics Cubed: Social Injustice and Chronic Disease Amplify COVID-19’s Virulence

Market Lays Odds on COVID-Inspired Digital Health Tech


This is why I don’t gamble.  Well, more accurately, this is why I shouldn’t gamble.  In the April 10 edition of our weekly newsletter 4sight Friday, which you could read …

Market Lays Odds on COVID-Inspired Digital Health Tech

Don’t bail out. Bail in to value-based care.


Key Takeaways: Hopes for a V-shaped recovery in healthcare spending are fading fast as COVID-19 caseloads, hospitalizations and ICU bed use surge in half the U.S. Hospital and physician practices …

Don’t bail out. Bail in to value-based care.

Home Health Is Where the Growth Is: The Post-COVID Rise of Platform Solutions


Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the home healthcare sector was on the march. With financial pressures intensifying and value-based payment models advancing, providers and payers sought lower costs and better outcomes …

Home Health Is Where the Growth Is: The Post-COVID Rise of Platform Solutions

4sight Friday | The Folly of Furloughs | COVID-19 and the Economy | Contact Trace or Die


Read 07/03/2020 Edition here. Curated by David Burda, 4sight Health’s news editor and columnist. Columns here. Find 4sight Health and industry opinions and news on market-based change, all with the 4sight …

Podcast: 4sight Friday Roundup, COVID-19 and the U.S. Economy, 07/03/2020


COVID-19 and the U.S. Economy Listen to this week’s 4sight Friday Roundup podcast for our thoughts on why the future of the economy depends on our COVID-19 response moving forward. …

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

Tracing: Get It Done, Make It Permanent.


Key Takeaways The U.S. needs a comprehensive tracing program to safely reopen an economy hobbled by COVID-19. State and local governments must hire between 100,000 and 300,000 workers for a …

Tracing: Get It Done, Make It Permanent.

4sight Friday | Taking Revenue Management Up a Notch | Rooting Out Low-Value Care | No Care? No Problem


Read 06/26/2020 Edition here. Curated by David Burda, 4sight Health’s news editor and columnist. Columns here. Find 4sight Health and industry opinions and news on market-based change, all with the 4sight …

Podcast: 4sight Friday Roundup, The Patients Are Alright, 06/26/2020


The Patients Are Alright Listen to this week’s 4sight Friday Roundup podcast for our thoughts on why many patients who are skipping care because of the COVID-19 outbreak are doing …

The Patients Are Alright

4sight Friday | COVID-Induced Consolidation Concerns | The Coronavirus and Healthcare Affordability | Fixing Healthcare’s Weak Links


Read 06/19/2020 Edition here. Curated by David Burda, 4sight Health’s news editor and columnist. Columns here. Find 4sight Health and industry opinions and news on market-based change, all with the 4sight …

Podcast: 4sight Friday Roundup, COVID-19 and Healthcare Affordability, 06/19/2020


COVID-19 and Healthcare Affordability Listen to this week’s 4sight Friday Roundup podcast for our predictions on how the outbreak will affect the affordability of medical care now and in the …

COVID-19 and Healthcare Affordability

Countering the Negative Consequences of COVID-Induced Healthcare Consolidation


The COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S. is leaving a lot of financially struggling hospitals and medical practices in its wake. Experts predict that to recover—or perhaps as an opportunity to …

Countering the Negative Consequences of COVID-Induced Healthcare Consolidation

Podcast: 4sight Friday Roundup, Predicting COVID-19’s Toll on Your Revenue Cycle, 06/12/2020


Predicting COVID-19’s Toll on Your Revenue Cycle Listen to this week’s 4sight Friday Roundup podcast for our thoughts on how the pandemic will affect your net revenue and revenue cycle …

Predicting COVID-19's Toll on Your Revenue Cycle

Testing Snafus – Testing, Testing, 1, 2, Whoa!


Key Takeaways: Increasing scrutiny of laboratory-developed tests (LDTs) for COVID-19 casts doubts on accuracy.  Critics fear many FDA-approved tests generate an unacceptably high level of false negatives due to imperfect …

Testing Snafus

Public Health and Healthcare in Post-COVID America: Innovative Solutions for a Healthier, More Prosperous Society


In the early 1900s, health epidemics ranging from cholera to typhoid plagued America’s increasingly crowded and polluted cities. Public health services emerged during this time to manage the onslaught of …

Public Health and Healthcare in Post-COVID America

Consumers Counting on Private Sector to Produce Post-COVID Healthcare Market Innovations


Consumers want the private sector, not the federal government, to lead them out of this mess we call the U.S. healthcare system, which got a lot messier because of the …

Consumers Counting on Private Sector to Produce Post-COVID Healthcare Market Innovations

Podcast: 4sight Friday Roundup, 06/05/2020


How Will Providers Get Their Patients Back? Listen to this week’s 4sight Friday Roundup podcast for our thoughts on how payers and providers will respond to the new healthcare consumerism. …

How Will Providers Get Their Patients Back?

Rogue Cops and Vigilantes: COVID-19’s Best Friends


Key Takeaways Widespread civil unrest in the wake of the police and vigilante murders of two African Americans has set back the effort to control the COVID-19 pandemic. Public health …

Rogue Cops and Vigilantes: COVID-19’s Best Friends

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)

Podcast: 4sight Friday Roundup, 05/29/2020


Will Behavioral Health Keep Up With COVID-19-Induced Demand? Listen to this week’s 4sight Friday Roundup podcast for our take on how the market for behavioral health services will change because …

Will Behavioral Health Keep Up With COVID-19-Induced Demand?

Workplace Wellness Programs and the Coronavirus Pandemic


If you think starting a workplace wellness program would be a good way to help your company recover from the COVID-19 outbreak, I’ve got a coronavirus vaccine I’d like to …

Workplace Wellness Programs and the Coronavirus Pandemic

4sight Friday | Grading Drug Companies’ Pandemic Response | Surviving COVID-19 Margin Pressures | An ACO Coincidence


Read 05/22/2020 Edition here. Curated by David Burda, 4sight Health’s news editor and columnist. Columns here. Find 4sight Health and industry opinions and news on market-based change, all with the 4sight …

Podcast: 4sight Friday Roundup, 05/22/2020


Big Pharma on COVID-19’s Center Stage David Burda interviews David Johnson and Gary Bisbee about the week’s biggest news around market-based change.  David Johnson is CEO of 4sight Health. Gary …

Webinar Replay – “Uncertainty, Margin Pressure and Disruption: Forward-Looking Crisis Management During COVID-19”


Are you worried about the financial pressures inflicted on health systems due to COVID-19? Watch the replay of 4sight Health’s free webinar above. Here’s what we covered in the Before …

4sight Friday | Health System COVID-19 Recovery | Outbreak Remakes Retail Pharmacies | Pandemic Medication Adherence


Read 05/15/2020 Edition here. Curated by David Burda, 4sight Health’s news editor and columnist. Columns here. Find 4sight Health and industry opinions and news on market-based change, all with the 4sight …

Podcast: 4sight Friday Roundup, 05/15/2020


COVID-19 Remaking Retail Pharmacies David Burda interviews David Johnson and Gary Bisbee about the week’s biggest news around market-based change.  David Johnson is CEO of 4sight Health. Gary Bisbee is …

Free Webinar – “Uncertainty, Margin Pressure and Disruption: Forward-Looking Crisis Management During COVID-19”


Join us a for a live, free webinar to discuss margin pressure before, during and after COVID-19. Thursday, May 21, 2020 11AM – 11:30 AM CST We will spend 20 …

Uncertainty, Margin Pressure and Disruption: Forward-Looking Crisis Management During COVID-19, 4sight health, healthcare

Forward-Looking Crisis Management for COVID-19 Recovery


Key Takeaways: Strategic partnerships, reconfiguring routine care, increasing productivity and effective revenue management are value-based strategies that help enhance competitiveness and ensure long-term market relevance. Combined with increased costs for …

Forward-Looking Crisis Management for COVID-19 Recovery, 4sight Health, Healthcare

Pandemics and Your Medication Adherence


If you suffer from asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, better known as COPD, why would you not take your medication as prescribed? You take it, you can breathe, you …

Pandemics and Your Medication Adherence, COVID-19, Consumerism, Economics, Outcomes, Healthcare, Health

4sight Friday | COVID-19 Forces Digital Transformation | Outbreak Knocks Down More Regs | Why We Need a Federal HIE


Read 05/08/2020 Edition here. Curated by David Burda, 4sight Health’s news editor and columnist. Columns here. Find 4sight Health and industry opinions and news on market-based change, all with the 4sight …

Podcast: 4sight Friday Roundup, 05/08/2020


More Healthcare Regs Fall to COVID-19 David Burda interviews David Johnson and Gary Bisbee about the week’s biggest news around market-based change.  David Johnson is CEO of 4sight Health. Gary …

Better Data. Better Outcomes. Moving Toward a National Health Information Exchange


Key Takeaway: A national Health Information Exchange (HIE) will be an invaluable tool for federal, state and local public health officials fighting to protect Americans from the COVID-19 and future …

Life Has Changed and So Must We


Our world has changed fundamentally from the impact of two events. The first, acute and most noxious, is COVID-19. The second, enduring and most beneficial, is the digital age. COVID-19 …

Podcast: 4sight Friday Roundup, 05/01/2020


Which Way Will COVID-19 Move the Needle on Healthcare Spending and the Uninsured? David Burda interviews David Johnson and Gary Bisbee about the week’s biggest news around market-based change.  David …

4sight Friday | What COVID-19 Is Doing to Medical Practices | Coronavirus and Healthcare Spending | Healthcare’s COVID-19 Echo Chamber


Read 05/01/2020 Edition here. Curated by David Burda, 4sight Health’s news editor and columnist. Columns here. Find 4sight Health and industry opinions and news on market-based change, all with the 4sight …

Healthcare’s COVID-19 Echo Chamber


What consumers think of the healthcare system in the U.S. and what the system thinks of itself are two very different things. The COVID-19 outbreak has exposed just how deep …

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. …

4sight Health COVID Coverage


Check out commentaries, news, opinions, articles and podcasts about COVID from the 4sight Health team. Click HERE. Topics include: The death and rebirth of medical practices by David Burda. Published …

Podcast: 4sight Friday Roundup, 04/24/2020


David Burda interviews David Johnson and Gary Bisbee about the week’s biggest news around market-based change. David Johnson is CEO of 4sight Health. Gary Bisbee is Co-Founder and Executive Chairman …

4sight Friday | Don’t Be Woodrow Wilson | Predictive Analytics Combat COVID-19 | How Sick Will Medical Practices Get?


Read 04/24/2020 Edition here. Curated by David Burda, 4sight Health’s news editor and columnist. Columns here. Find 4sight Health and industry opinions and news on market-based change, all with the 4sight …

Then and Now: What Woodrow Wilson’s 1918 Pandemic Failure Can Teach Us Today


Key Takeaways: There are eerie parallels between the 1918 and current viral pandemics. Woodrow Wilson’s decision to pursue the war irrespective of the pandemic accelerated the disease spread and increased …

Consumers Tell the Health System What They Think of Its COVID-19 Response


You know what I think about health system’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S., and you know what our 4sight Health contributors think about it. But what do …

Health Tech to the Rescue: Combatting COVID-19 with Virtual Care and Predictive Analytics


With stunning swiftness, COVID-19 knocked America’s healthcare delivery system to its knees. A month into the crisis, normal hospital operations are in upheaval. Avoiding in-person care has become the norm …

4sight Friday | Playing Defense Against COVID-19 | About That Accreditation Survey | Lasting Coronavirus Lessons


Read 04/17/2020 Edition here. Curated by David Burda, 4sight Health’s news editor and columnist. Columns here. Find 4sight Health and industry opinions and news on market-based change, all with the 4sight …

Podcast: 4sight Friday Roundup, 04/17/2020


David Burda interviews David Johnson and Gary Bisbee about the week’s biggest news around market-based change.  David Johnson is CEO of 4sight Health. Gary Bisbee is Co-Founder and Executive Chairman …

Differential Susceptibility of Individuals and Communities to COVID-19


COVID-19 strikes with alarming inconsistency. Most recover quickly while others die. The disease devastates some communities and spares others. Understanding why and how COVID-19 preys on some and not others …

Podcast: 4sight Friday Roundup, 04/10/2020


David Burda interviews David Johnson and Gary Bisbee about the week’s biggest news around market-based change.  David Johnson is CEO of 4sight Health. Gary Bisbee is Co-Founder and Executive Chairman …

4sight Friday | Reconfigure Routine Care Now | The FDA and COVID-19 | A Digital Health Distraction


Read 04/10/2020 Edition here. Curated by David Burda, 4sight Health’s news editor and columnist. Columns here. Find 4sight Health and industry opinions and news on market-based change, all with the …

The FDA’s Vast, Uncontrolled, COVID-19 Science Experiment


Add the Food and Drug Administration to the lengthening list of federal agencies abandoning best scientific practices as it caters to the ill-informed whims of the president of the United …

4sight Friday | COVID-19 Kills Healthcare Regulations | Tone Deaf GPOs | The Post Coronavirus Health System


Read 04/03/2020 here. Curated by David Burda, 4sight Health’s news editor and columnist. Columns here. Find 4sight Health and industry opinions and news on market-based change, all with the 4sight …

Tone-Deaf GPOs Brag About Savings While Healthcare Workers Scramble for Supplies


Sometimes, it’s better just not to say anything.   If you know anything about the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S., you know that the healthcare supply chain here has been a …

4sight Friday: Weekly News Impacting Market-Based Change, Curated by Dave Burda


4sight Friday is a weekly email newsletter of opinions, insights and news we see impacting market-based change – either negatively or positively. A complementary podcast, 4sight Friday Round Up, launched …

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 …

4sight Friday | Pandemic Prep 101 | Healthcare CFOs Go Viral | Chatting Up COVID-19


Read 03/27/2020 Edition here. Curated by David Burda, 4sight Health’s news editor and columnist. Columns here. Find 4sight Health and industry opinions and news on market-based change, all with the …

Pandemic Preparedness 101: Creating Appropriate Surge Capacity


In 2014, Israel opened a parking garage that can be turned transformer-like into a 2,000-bed hospital. The architects hired by the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa designed the walls of …

COVID-19 Will Test the Ability of Healthcare CFOs to Manage Financial Risk


Chief financial officers around the world are scrambling to figure out how to manage the short-term economic impact and the long-term economic effects of the COVID-19 outbreak on their companies …

4sight Friday | Life With COVID-19 | Hospitals at the Margins | Coronavirus Competency


Read 03/20/2020 Edition here. Curated by David Burda, 4sight Health’s news editor and columnist. Columns here. Find 4sight Health and industry opinions and news on market-based change, all with the …

Adjusting to Life with Spreading Covid-19: Stay Safe and Be Productive


Covid-19 is stressing American society and us all in fundamental ways. The obvious and most important impact is the potential loss of life, particularly for the frail elderly and medically …