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July 26, 2022
David Burda
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4-Minute 4sight Blogs Commentaries

Follow the Money: Revolutionary Incentive Stories from 4sight Health

It’s true, people do what you pay them to do. Exactly what you pay them to do. At 4sight Health, we keep our eyes on incentives and how they stymie or encourage the kind of change the industry needs. Revolutionary healthcare leaders are trying better incentives, hoping the system will do what consumers need — improve outcomes. Below are the most-read or listened to incentives stories from 4sight Health this year.

Variations in Physician Compensation – 4sight Roundup

Variations are becoming the norm. In practice patterns. In clinical outcomes. Now come variations in physician compensation. Listen here or subscribe on Apple PodcastsSpotifyother services.


Medicare Billing Codes Lose Their Leverage

4sight Health’s David Burda reasons that accreditation might not be working if medical errors still injure or kill 1 out of every 4 seniors. Read more.



Credit Card Threats and Misaligned Healthcare Incentives

4sight Health’s David Burda illustrates how incentives can go sideways in business. Why penalize someone for being responsible but not spending enough? Read more.


Capitalism, Perversions, and Health Utilities

Cooperative action helped rural people get power, and some want healthcare to look the same. But wait, is making healthcare a utility antithetical to capitalism? Not quite, says 4sight’s Kerry Weems, who breaks it down for us. Read more.


Separate And Unequal (Part 1): Healthcare’s Profound Maldistribution of Facilities

David W. Johnson shows the disconnect between healthy patients and a broken system — despite the best intentions of lawmakers. Read more.


Separate And Unequal (Part 2): Overcoming Healthcare’s Profound Facilities Maldistribution

David W. Johnson explains why more hospitals aren’t the answer — it’s where you put them that matters. Read more.


Providers’ List of Value-Base Care Reimbursement Demands

Not everything is rosy in the land of value-based care reimbursement, according to a new NEJM Catalyst survey. 4sight Health’s Dave Burda breaks it down. Read more.


It’s The Payment Models, Stupid! Part 1: Maryland Leads The Way

On February 9th and 10th, Health Affairs published a two-part article by Zeke Emanuel, Merrill Goozner, Matt Guido and David Johnson on Maryland’s unique payment model and its potential applicability to other states. Unlike other payment reform initiatives, Maryland’s approach is working at scale. More.

It’s the Payment Models, Stupid! Part 2: Taking it to the Streets

In Part 2 of the Health Affairs article, “Meaningful Value-Based Payment Reform: Expanding The Maryland Model To Other States,” David Johnson discusses strategies for expanding the use of Maryland-like payment model to other states. More.


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About the Author

David Burda

David Burda began covering healthcare in 1983 and hasn’t stopped since. Dave writes this monthly column “Burda on Healthcare,” contributes weekly blog posts, manages our weekly newsletter 4sight Friday, and hosts our weekly Roundup podcast. Dave believes that healthcare is a business like any other business, and customers — patients — are king. If you do what’s right for patients, good business results will follow.

Dave’s personnel experiences with the healthcare system both as a patient and family caregiver have shaped his point of view. It’s also been shaped by covering the industry for 40 years as a reporter and editor. He worked at Modern Healthcare for 25 years, the last 11 as editor.

Prior to Modern Healthcare, he did stints at the American Medical Record Association (now AHIMA) and the American Hospital Association. After Modern Healthcare, he wrote a monthly column for Twin Cities Business explaining healthcare trends to a business audience, and he developed and executed content marketing plans for leading healthcare corporations as the editorial director for healthcare strategies at MSP Communications.

When he’s not reading and writing about healthcare, Dave spends his time riding the trails of DuPage County, IL, on his bike, tending his vegetable garden and daydreaming about being a lobster fisherman in Maine. He lives in Wheaton, IL, with his lovely wife of 40 years and his three children, none of whom want to be journalists or lobster fishermen.

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