Tag Archives: quality

PBMs: Driving Up Costs and Lowering Quality Care in America

As drug prices sky rocket, the role of pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) in health care has been debated and analyzed. Governmental agencies, pharmaceutical executives and insurance providers have all joined the conversation to suggest a quick fix. Yet, among the proposed solutions, we see a stark absence of physician perspective. As a physician myself, I… Read More »

Medical News Today: How diet quality affects the colon’s microbiome

New research has examined the effect of dietary quality on the composition of the colon’s microbiota. The study suggests that following a high quality diet may increase the number of beneficial bacteria, whereas following a low quality diet may raise that of harmful bacteria. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that half of our plates… Read More »

Virtual video visits may improve patient convenience without sacrificing quality of care

A team of researchers at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) reports in the American Journal of Managed Care that virtual video visits, one form of telehealth visit used at the hospital, can successfully replace office visits for many patients without compromising the quality of care and communication. Virtual video visits are personal video chats between a health… Read More »