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Top Ten News Stories for Physicians in 2015

2015 was an eventful year in medicine, seeing the end of an era for Medicare, the launch of one of the most complex practice changes in recent decades and the continued advancement of patient care. Take a look at the American Medical Association's Top Ten Newsmakers.

 

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

DC Health Department Launches DC Center for Rational Prescribing 

The District of Columbia Department of Health (DOH) has launched a website to provide free, online education for physicians and health professionals. The DC Center for Rational Prescribing (DCRx) is a website that provides impartial, scientific information about drugs and other therapies to physicians and other healthcare professionals. DCRx provides information about medications and other therapeutic options to physicians and healthcare professionals. Module topics include generic drugs, drug approval and promotion, and medical cannabis. All content can be accessed at www.doh.dc.gov/dcrx.


PUBLIC HEALTH ALERT: OPIOID-RELATED DEATHS HIT RECORD HIGHS 

New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that opioid­related deaths are increasing at an alarming rate. In 2014, 18,893 overdose deaths involved opioid pain relievers, which is an increase of 16%, or 2,658 deaths, compared to 2013 data. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, prescription opioid­-related overdose deaths are increasing in part because deaths involving synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl and tramadol, increased by 79% from 2013 to 2014. Heroin-­related deaths have more than tripled since 2010, with rates increasing by 28% from 2013 to 2014 to a total of 10,574 deaths in 2014.




                   

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