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A Break in the Medical Affordability Crisis Clouds

By David R. Burda – As a journalist, I’m more of a bad news person than a good news person. I teeter on the line between skepticism and cynicism. I’m happier reporting on conflict than I am reporting on resolution. But every dog has its day, and one of those days came for me recently when the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released an updated report on…



Has the Retail Health Boom Gone Bust?

By David R. Burda – My local Target store used to have a CVS MinuteClinic in it. Target has since repurposed that retail clinic space into a cellphone activation center. When it was a retail clinic, I always wondered what people were there for….


My, How the Margins Have Fallen

By David R. Burda – About this time last year, I wrote about record profit margins that hospitals posted in 2021, according to data from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission’s (MedPAC) annual March report to Congress.




Reading Between the Lines of Year-End Healthcare Merger and Acquisition Reports

By David Burda – Is the pace of merger and acquisition activity in an industry a sign of the industry’s health? I don’t know. I’m not an economist. I just write about this stuff. But if it is, then the healthcare industry felt a little off last year. Not enough to justify the incessant whining. But a little off. Like someone with a summer cold who acts like they’re going to die.


The Costly Lever of Prior Authorization

By David R. Burda – The long-running debate over prior authorization typically is framed around patient care. PA delays or denials prevent patients from receiving medically necessary care when they need it. Within that frame is the administrative burden that PA puts on physicians.