News, MSDC Statements, and MSDC Testimony on Health Equity Issues
24th Council session information coming soon.
Report: Digital Medical Experience For Patients a Major Determinant in Booking an Appointment
December 8, 2021
According to a new Press Ganey report, healthcare providers who ignore their digital presence are in danger of losing patients.Continue Reading
New AMA Podcast on Strategies for Managing Suicidal Ideation
December 6, 2021
A new podcast from the AMA features speakers from Weill Cornell Medicine and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.Continue Reading
Study: Pre-Vaccine Pandemic Expanded Moral Injury to All Healthcare Workers
December 3, 2021
The study shows that moral injury came in different ways over time in 2020 and needs to be addressed by healthcare employers.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.