News, MSDC Statements, and MSDC Testimony on Health Equity Issues
24th Council session information coming soon.
Study: Expanded Patient Record Access Leads to More EHR Inbox Messages
October 26, 2021
Implementing the CURES Act patient records requirement saw a sharp increase in messaging at one medical system, according to a new study.Continue Reading
CDC Study Shows 1 in 5 Adults Sought Mental Health Treatment in 2020
October 21, 2021
There was a slight increase in adults seeking mental health treatment from 2019-2020, with women much more likely to seek treatment.Continue Reading
Yes, You've Noticed Correctly - Your EHR Inbox Has Gotten Fuller
October 15, 2021
A study in JAMA Open Source reveals time spent on EHR increased during the pandemic even with a decreased in-person patient volume.Continue Reading
Sample of Health Equity Legislation MSDC Tracked
What does it say? The bill allows for the administration of medicinal marijuana in schools as well as allows students to bring sunscreen to schools and apply it without a prescription.
MSDC position: MSDC supports the language permitting sunscreen application in schools
Current status: A win for DC physicians and public health! The legislation passed the Council in February and was signed by the Mayor. Previous temporary and emergency legislation permitted students to use sunscreen at schools this school year already.
What does it say? The bill requires DC Health to establish an electronic Medical Order for Scope of Treatment registry (eMOST).
MSDC position: MSDC supports this legislation to more easily allow patients to make their treatment orders known.
Current status: A win for the physician community and our patients! The Council passed the bill in December and the Mayor signed it into law on January 16, 2020.
What does it say? The bill would implement a 1.5 cent per ounce tax on the distribution of "sugary" beverages. The money collected from the tax would establish a Healthy People, Healthy Places Open Spaces Grant Program.
MSDC position: MSDC sent a letter to Council Chair Mendelson asking for a hearing to discuss all of the issues around a beverage tax.
Current status: The bill was introduced October 8, 2019 and referred to the Committee on Business and Economic Development and the Committee of the Whole.