‘It’s Like Quicksand’: What We Heard This Week

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“It’s like quicksand, as soon as you start answering more questions, you’re never caught up.” — Natalie Azar, MD, of NYU Grossman School of Medicine, speaking on how the deluge of EHR messaging and electronic communications contributes to physician burnout.

“We’re thrilled that there is a law now in Texas that does this.” — Anders Gilberg, of Medical Group Management Association, commenting on a new state law that will exempt certain physicians from prior authorization requirements via the process of “gold carding.”

“It’s anarchy. People are getting a third dose on the grounds that they can, not that they need to.” — John Moore, PhD, a virologist and professor at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, on COVID booster mayhem.

“I do worry that by inhibiting access to this, some individuals and families may suffer.” — Grace Lee, MD, chair of CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, arguing for high-risk workers having access to boosters.

“An unworkable option put forth by autocrats running a medical system who have no concept of how it operates.” — Ted Mazer, MD, former president of the California Medical Association, describing a suggested workaround for delaying the release of bad news to patients as part of the Information Blocking rule.

“We have women who are delivering babies and then being put on transplant lists for lungs because their disease has become so severe. So if the science and organizational recommendation is not enough, then maybe seeing what it can do would be enough of a motivator to help people make that decision.” — Darla Berry, MSN, CNM, of Indiana University, discussing pregnancy exemptions for COVID vaccination among healthcare workers.

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