Physician Advocacy Successes
Good health policy is made with physicians in the discussion.
Over the past two years MSDC working with its members, partners, and other organizations have won major policy victories to help its members practice medicine. Below is a sampling of those victories. Do you want to be a vital part of the next policy victory helping improve the health of the District? Contact us today.
- Mayor Muriel Bowser signs into law the Electronic Medical Order for Scope of Treatment Registry Amendment Act of 2019. The eMOST Registry Amendment Act permits the creation of an electronic database of advanced directive wishes for District residents that can be tied into the health information exchange.
- Mayor Bowser signs into law the School Sunscreen Safety Temporary Amendment Act of 2019. The bill permits students to bring and apply sunscreen during the 2019-2020 school year.
- MSDC comments on the importance of funding United Medical Center (UMC) and health facilities in Wards 7 and 8 in the mayor's budget. Those comments are used almost verbatim in CM Trayon White's comments advocating for funding of United Medical Center.
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- DC Health publishes draft regulations removing the 3 mandatory CME hours for HIV/AIDS awareness and replaces them with a requirement to fulfill 10% of mandatory CME hours with a topic from a public health priority list.
- The Mayor's Commission on Healthcare Systems Transformation releases its final recommendations. One recommendation is for the District to explore options to make providing health care more affordable, including financial relief for higher malpractice insurance rates.
- The Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF) waives prior authorization for key medication assisted treatments (MAT) treating substance use disorder patients in Medicaid.
- The Behavioral Health Parity Act of 2017, a major priority for MSDC and DCPA, officially becomes law. The legislation requires all health benefit plans offered by an insurance carrier to meet the federal requirements of the Wellstone/Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008.
- The District Council passes B22-1001, The Health Insurance Marketplace Improvement Amendment Act of 2018. The bill prohibits the sale of Short Term, Limited Duration health plans and Association Health Plans (AHPs) in the DC Health Benefits Exchange.
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- DC joins 28 other states in the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact with B22-177 becoming law. The IMLC is designed to ease physician licensure in multiple states.
- The Maternal Mortality Review Committee is established by law. The Committee is responsible for finding solutions to maternal health crisis in the District. District physicians are an important part of this vital committee.
- B22-106, The Defending Access to Women's Health Care Services Amendment Act, becomes law. The act requires insurers to cover health care services like breast cancer screening and STI screenings without cost-sharing.
- Right before the Council adjourned for the session, it passed B21-32, the Specialty Drug Copayment Limitation Act. The bill limits cost shifting by payers for prescription drugs.
- B21-0007 passes the Council. The Behavioral Health Coordination of Care Amendment Act of 2016 permitted the disclosing of mental health information between a mental health facility and the health professional caring for the patient.
- MSDC was proud to have worked on B23-20. The law requires payers to cover up to 12 months of prescription contraception, advancing women's health and equality.
MSDC Leaders Testify Before Board of Medicine and Council
July 30, 2020
Three MSDC leaders testified on numerous important health topics yesterday, furthering the Society's mission to make DC the best place to practice medicine,Continue Reading
Council Passes New Hospital Bill, Biosimilars, Other MSDC Priorities
July 22, 2020
The healthcare community won yesterday as the Council passed legislation for a new hospital and MSDC endorsed biosimilar legislation.Continue Reading
DC Announces Three Proposed Managed Care Organizations for DC Medicaid
July 17, 2020
DC selects AmeriHealth Caritas, MedStar, and CareFirst as its three MCOs for the Medicaid program.Continue Reading
MSDC Launches Unconscious Bias in DC Medicine Survey
July 16, 2020
MSDC today launched a new survey to discern how unconscious bias impacts medicine in the District.Continue Reading
Committee on Health Passes Biosimilars, Pregnancy Coverage Expansions
July 1, 2020
The Committee on Health passed one of MSDC's highest legislative priorities plus two bills expanding coverage for pregnancy.Continue Reading
MSDC Past President Julian Craig Testifies on New Ward 8 Hospital
June 30, 2020
Dr. Craig shared a three step plan for preserving the vibrant physician network in Wards 7 and 8.Continue Reading
MSDC Joins the AAMSE Pledge on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
June 26, 2020
MSDC joins the medical society community in its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.Continue Reading
MSDC President Testifies at Committee on Health Budget Hearing
June 10, 2020
MSDC President Dr. Pineda told the Council what steps needed to be taken to ensure a robust physician network across the District.Continue Reading
MSDC Joins AMA House of Medicine in Supporting Limited Medical Liability
June 10, 2020
MSDC joined the AMA and numerous other medical associations in asking Congress to protect physicians from frivolous COVID-19 lawsuits.Continue Reading
Report: Entrenched Health Disparities To Blame for African-American COVID Death Rates
June 4, 2020
A Georgetown study highlights how societal and health inequities severely disadvantage African-Americans in the DistrictContinue Reading
MSDC Recommends to Mayor Bowser Health Improvements for Re-Open Plan
May 28, 2020
MSDC made a set of recommendations to the Mayor on how to protect the health of residents during the re-open DC plan.Continue Reading
Re-Open DC Advisory Group Issues Recommendations on Path Forward for District
May 21, 2020
The Mayor's Re-Open DC Advisory Group issued its report on how to safely resume life in the District, including permanent telehealth expansion.Continue Reading
Council Advances Additional Liability Protections for Physicians
May 20, 2020
The Council's latest COVID-19 legislation included language opening the door to wider protections for physicians on medical decisions.Continue Reading
MSDC Asks Council to Support Physicians in Underserved Areas
May 14, 2020
MSDC sent a letter to the Council today asking them to protect independent physicians serving in areas of need.Continue Reading
MSDC, Local Health Associations Push Council on Liability Protections
April 29, 2020
MSDC joined DC healthcare associations in urging the Council to pass additional liability protections for healthcare workers.Continue Reading
MSDC COVID-19 Task Force Convenes To Tackle Tough Conversations
April 17, 2020
The MSDC COVID-19 Task Force had its first meeting Thursday and made recommendations on PPE, testing for physicians, and licensing.Continue Reading
MSDC Issues Physician Protection Statement During COVID-19
April 9, 2020
MSDC has issued a new statement standing by physicians' right to be protected and to speak out during COVID-19Continue Reading
MSDC Board Takes Action to Protect Physicians During COVID-19
April 7, 2020
The MSDC Board approved multiple new initiatives to protect physicians during COVID-19, including a COVID-19 Task Force.Continue Reading