Quote(s) Of The Week - 4/17/20

“I don’t care if you’re a rampant capitalist. I don’t care. Ramp it up! I don’t care if you’re a far left socialist. Ramp it up! Even with both – we’re going to be short.”

Eric Garcetti – Mayor of Los Angeles, California, in a query from a CNN correspondent (2020-0327) on whether or not the responsibility for obtaining masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) should be the responsibility of private enterprise or the government. 

“One thing we are seeing is the fragility of the FFS model of payment for primary care.  The pittance paid for telephone visits when we are trying to keep our patients safe at home will bankrupt practices.  If we were paid a PMPM we would be doing well and have the capacity to reach out proactively. Virtual care is best with the right payment model.”

Michael Tuggy, MD – Clinical Professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine, and a rural family physician in Winthrop, WA.  

“The loss of normalcy; the fear of economic toll; the loss of connection. This is hitting us and we’re grieving. Collectively. We are not used to this kind of collective grief in the air.”

  David Kessler, author and noted authority on grief in an interview with the Harvard Business Review.

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