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Medicine Triumphs in Fight Over Insurance Mega-mergers

Once again, medicine’s cohesive leadership gives us something to celebrate. On April 28, 2017, MSDC scored a monumental win for DC patients and physicians, when the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld a lower court’s ruling to block industry giant Anthem’s proposed acquisition of Cigna.(See the Court Opinion). This victory over consolidation of insurer power was possible due to organized medicine -- most notably collaboration between MSDC and the American Medical Association. Read more about the multi-pronged advocacy effort.

At a time when there are too many divisions, medicine came together and won. Help sustain these advocacy efforts and support our continued success!
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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

Patients Before Politics     
The Medical Society of DC supports the AMA vision for America’s health system reform. The AMA articulated the belief that the patient remain at the center of all reform efforts in a letter to Congressional leaders and the administration. The AMA and MSDC are committed to working with leadership in both parties to improve health insurance coverage and health care access so that patients receive timely, high-quality care, preventive services, medications and other necessary treatments.

Read how to put patients before politics.


SAVE THE DATE:
OCTOBER 21, 2017


 MSDC's Bicentennial Celebration will take place on October 21, 2017 at the Willard Hotel in Washington, DC.

See flyer for details.





200 Years of Medicine in the Nation's Capital    

In the early 1800s, an unsuspecting public was being exposed to unproven, short-cut cures from charlatans and tricksters. Local physicians, concerned about this threat to the public, joined forces to make clear who was qualified to practice the healing art.

On September 26, 1817, the founding members of the Medical Society of the District of Columbia met at Tennison's, a hotel and tavern where the Willard Hotel now stands, and founded MSDC, the country's 12th medical society.  Read more

DC DOH Seeks Feedback on Health Systems Plan
On Thursday, May 25, 2017, the DC Department of Health (DOH) is hosting a public hearing on the proposed Health Systems Plan for the District of Columbia. The physician community is encouraged to share their thoughts about this important plan, either by submitting written comments or by testifying at the hearing. Hearing details are:

Thursday, May 25, 10:00 AM
DOH Headquarters
6th Floor, Room 6002
899 North Capitol Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002


People wishing to testify must contact the State Health Planning and Development Agency by Wednesday, May 24, 2017 by 4:45 PM at 202-442-5875. Each person testifying will be allowed up to 5 minutes. Testimony may also be submitted in writing before the hearing, or it may be presented at the hearing orally and/or in writing.

The primary purpose of the Health Systems Plan (HSP) is to serve as a roadmap for the development of a comprehensive, accessible and equitable health care system capable of providing the highest quality services in a cost effective manner to those who live and work in Washington, DC.

                   
Victory! Mayor Signs Act Limiting Insurer Cost-Shifting     
Last year, 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 action 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. Mayor Bowser signed the bill on February 10 and on April 7, Congress allowed the Act to become law.

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