The Medical Society of DC advocates every day for the right and ability of District physicians to practice medicine. We want you to help your patients and their families using your medical knowledge with minimal government interference.
MSDC advocacy happens at many different levels:
- We work with the Council of DC, especially the Committee on Health, to shape legislation to benefit the practice of medicine
- We work with our partners in the District executive branch to ensure health regulations are proactive on public health, protective of physician right to practice, and reasonable on who can practice health care.
- With the American Medical Association and national specialty societies, we lobby Congress and the Administration to ensure national health policy does not negatively impact physicians.
- Partnering with the AMA Litigation Center, we file amicus briefs and legal suits to protect physicians and reasonable health care practices.
Learn more about our work and successes below or using the links in the menu.
Resources for MSDC Advocacy
On December 8, 2020, the MSDC Board approved its advocacy priorities for the 24th Council period. You can see them here.
MSDC has different levels of support for legislation. Learn more about the MSDC Advocacy Rankings.
Learn more about MSDC's Advocacy Curriculum and how you can prepare to advocate for your profession and patients here.
Follow issues along with MSDC on our legislation tracking page.
UMC/DHCF/Deputy Mayor Oversight Hearing
March 5, 2020 10:00 AM to 4:00 PMThe Committee on Health will hold an oversight hearing on United Medical Center, the Department of Health Care Finance, and the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services.
MSDC February Board Meeting
February 24, 2020 6:30 PM to 8:30 PMMSDC HeadquartersThe first 2020 meeting of the MSDC Board of Directors
DC Health Oversight Hearing
February 20, 2020 10:00 AM to 4:00 PMThe Committee on Health will hold its annual oversight hearing of DC Health
Board of Medicine Meeting Highlights March 1 Deadline for Updated COVID Vaccination Status
February 24, 2022
The February Board of Medicine meeting focused on DC's new update to the fully vaccinated definition.Continue Reading
Dr. Laurie Duncan Calls for Regional Reciprocity at DC Health Oversight Hearing
February 23, 2022
Dr. Duncan called for regional licensure and encouraged the Council and DC Health to work together on implementation.Continue Reading
MSDC Joins Groundbreaking Celebration for East End Hospital
February 17, 2022
MSDC celebrates the new hospital but cautions it is not a cure-all for health inequity in Wards 7 and 8.Continue Reading
MSDC Applauds Councilmember Cheh and Colleagues for Introducing Prior Authorization Reform Bill
February 15, 2022
Legislation would allow patients to receive the care they need without undue burdenContinue Reading