Behavioral health is a major public health issue in the District of Columbia. Sadly, many of the legislative and regulatory initiatives around behavioral health are tied to other public health concerns, such as opioid addiction, maternal mortality, and health equity.
In partnership with the Washington Psychiatric Society, AMA, and American Psychiatric Association (APA), MSDC works to ensure that patients receive appropriate support for behavioral health issues, that the practice of psychiatry is supported in the District, and that psychiatrists are available to patients in the District.
MSDC was a proud supporter of the Behavioral Health Parity Act of 2017, which enshrined into law that all health plans offered by an insurance carrier meet federal requirements of the Wellstone/Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008.
MSDC Statements and Testimony of Behavioral Health Issues
Information on Free Telehealth Laptops and Licenses for Medicaid Providers
September 14, 2020
If you are a Medicaid provider, you could be eligible to receive a loaner laptop and telehealth license for one year.Continue Reading
DC Issues RFI on Behavioral Health Within Medicaid Reform
August 26, 2020
MSDC is reposting a notice from the District government seeking information on integrating behavioral health services into the Medicaid program offerings.Continue Reading
CMS Issues 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule
August 5, 2020
CMS released its proposed Medicare PFS for 2021 on Monday.Continue Reading
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
DC Council Passes Audio Telemedicine and Loan Repayment Provisions
July 29, 2020
DC physicians saw two big wins in yesterday's Budget Support Act debatesContinue Reading
Sample of Legislation MSDC is Tracking in Behavioral Health
(see the whole list of bills here)
What does it do? The bill requires licensed health providers to complete 2 hours of CME on suicide prevention, assessment, and screening.
MSDC position: MSDC opposes the bill as written as the language does not encourage physician wellbeing or sufficient awareness of suicide prevention.
Current status: The bill had a hearing with the Committee on Health on June 10.