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Victory! DC Council Passes Copay Limitation Act

On December 20, 2016, the DC Council approved the Specialty Drug Copayment Limitation Act, a bill that will stem the onerous and increasingly common health insurer practice of cost-shifting by limiting the out-of-pocket patient expense for certain specialty drugs to $150 for a 30-day supply, and $300 for a 90-day supply. The Council vote marks the final approval by the DC Council and comes after almost two full years of ongoing and vigorous advocacy by the Medical Society and a stakeholder coalition.

This year-end victory demonstrates the power of the physician voice in the District of Columbia and the strength of physicians who work together. MSDC thanks the physician members who helped secure passage of this legislation by testifying at hearings and responding to calls to action. Their work, together with the vigorous, ongoing advocacy by the Medical Society and the stakeholder coalition, kept this legislation - and the many patients whom it will help - on the DC Council's radar, helping to ensure its passage

 

District of Columbia Advocacy

The Medical Society represents the physicians and patients of the District in discussions with the City Council, DC's Department of Health and Board of Medicine and other members of the medical community. The Medical Society has been reviewing numerous healthcare bills and is working with key stakeholders on multiple fronts.

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DC Advocacy

MSDC represents the physicians and patients of the District of Columbia in discussions with DC's City Council, Department of Health, Board of Medicine and others in the medical community. READ MORE

National Advocacy

MSDC works closely with the American Medical Association (AMA), and state and specialty medical societies to educate Congress and federal agencies on issues important to physicians and their patients. READ MORE

Local Implementation of the ACA

As health system reform evolves, MSDC ensures it is implemented at the local and regional levels in ways that support the patient-physician relationship and promotes public health in our Nation's Capital. READ MORE

Time is Running Out to Complete Your 3 HIV CME Relicensure Requirement     
The DC physician licensure renewal period ends on December 31, 2016, and physicians must comply with a 3 HIV/AIDS CME requirement for licensure renewal. 

To help MSDC members meet the requirement, the Medical Society is offering free and low­-cost educational opportunities. Contact the Membership Department (202-466-1800, duryea@msdc.org) to learn about these and other member benefits.

Are You an Out-of-State Physician with a DC License Who Needs to Complete 3 HIV/AIDS CME?

Ask about Associate membership.


WELCOME NEW MEMBERS!
The following recently joined MSDC:


Musa Momoh, MD (Internal Medicine)

Aayushi Sardana, MD

Joy Lee
(Medical Student)




U.S. Surgeon General Warns About E-Cigarette Risks    

On December 8, 2016, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy, MD, published E-cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults: A Report of the Surgeon General. This is the 33rd Surgeon General’s report in 53 years to address the impact of tobacco on health, but is the first to focus on e-cigarettes. This report confirms that there is no acceptable level of nicotine when it comes to our kids. It notes that e-cigarettes are often a delivery system for nicotine, a highly addictive substance that can harm the developing brain. The report also confirms that the aerosol from e-cigarettes is not harmless.

The report is available at E-cigarettes.SurgeonGeneral.gov.   

 




                   

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