“You can find out more information about whether your toaster is bad than whether your physician is a hatchet. It’s just nuts.” — Robert Oshel, a former official at the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB), describing all the ways the system can be gamed.
“Reimbursement has been lowered to the point where I’m guessing suppliers would argue they would be committing financial suicide to continue to deliver it.” — Bill T. Schmidt, president and CEO of the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, on the shortage of supplemental liquid oxygen in the U.S.
“The results were phenomenal, and likely represent one of the greatest innovations in healthcare delivery for hypertension in the past 30 years.” — John Bisognano, MD, of the University of Rochester, New York, discussing the success of the barbershop intervention to tackle uncontrolled blood pressure in African-American men.
“We really have not had a good understanding of this magnitude of exposure, and the impact of this level of exposure on children’s brain development.” — Lisa Gatzke-Kopp, PhD, of Pennsylvania State University in University Park, on a study of second-hand smoke exposure in rural children.
“Food allergies perturb the immune system in ways that seem to increase MS inflammatory activity.” — Tanuja Chitnis, MD, of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, discussing her research on food allergies in multiple sclerosis patients.
“It’s really important to recognize that we are approaching a quarter century of TNF inhibitors, and that those are yesterday’s drugs.” — Brian G. Feagan, MD, of Western University in London, Ontario, on the use of newer, more targeted therapies for inflammatory bowel disease.
“I don’t know how much value the Democrats take out of torturing Republicans over the entirety of the ACA, but I know it’s not zero.” — Rodney Whitlock, vice president for health policy at ML Strategies in Washington, on reactions to the federal court decision striking down the Affordable Care Act.
“My eyes were really opened to how big of an issue this had become when a 6th grader at my school came up to me and told me that it was easier to get someone to lend him a Juul than a pencil.” — Sarah Ryan, a high school senior speaking at a press briefing with Surgeon General Jerome Adams about soaring e-cigarette use in teens.
“Changing a report card release date may cause some change in the number of physical abuse cases, but it will not solve the larger issue: it is still socially acceptable to hit a child to correct their behavior.” — Antoinette Laskey, MD, of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, explaining a study that spotted a connection between report card release dates and physical abuse.