Physician Resource Center: Thought Leadership
Physician Thought Leadership Resource Center
Part of our role as a professional medical society is to be a resource provider for our members. We are fortunate to have created partnerships and alliances with organizations that seek to provide educational and support materials that can be support of our member’s efforts to provide the best in care to their clients. We encourage our members to engage with the content presented here and reach out to the providers should they wish more information and support.
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VIDA Fitness, the Health and Wellness Partner for MSDC's Healthy Physician Program, is working to continuously improve the health and wellness of our healthcare professionals and their patients. We believe that exercise and nutrition are critical components of the health care continuum along with a restful night’s sleep. VIDA Fitness provides each new client with a personalized onboarding service to set realistic goals and identify potential roadblocks. We have worked with our Medical Advisory Board to create a referral pathway for physicians and medical providers to help their patients make long-term lifestyle changes. One example is the Evolve Wellness Program, which is our approach to comprehensive wellness.
Evolve is an insurance eligible, results driven program available virtually or in person. Each participant receives an initial assessment, personalized attention, and group socialization throughout the 12-week program. VIDA’s board-certified registered dietitians lead each session and participants have unlimited access to our exercise facilities and group fitness classes. Click here for a full program overview. Most CareFirst members pay nothing out-of-pocket. Non-CareFirst members may use Health Savings or Flex Spending Account (HSA/FSA) funds for the program.
For more information, visit vidafitness.com or contact:
Director of Operations
Office: (202) 939-2566
DACS provides support to primary care and specialty prescribers in addressing the needs of their patients with substance use disorders and chronic pain management. All services are free and include:
- Phone consultation for clinical questions provided by expert addiction medicine specialists
- Education and training opportunities related to substance use disorders and chronic pain management
- Assistance in the identification of substance use and behavioral health resources and referrals that meet the needs of the patients in your community.
Funding for DACS is provided by The District of Columbia Government, DC Health, Health Regulation and Licensing Administration (HRLA), Pharmaceutical Control Division (PCD). DACS is administered by the University of Maryland School of Medicine staff and faculty.>
Unity Insurance is an independent insurance agency that exists to work for physicians and practitioners, giving medical professionals the power of choice. Their insurance agents become personal consultants and advocates, taking the time to listen and understand individual needs. As an independent insurance agency, they can meet all insurance needs, providing personal and business solutions. For more information on the benefits of Unity Insurance, visit https://unityinsurance.co/about/we-are-independent/.
Perla is a one-stop site to help you find trusted legal, accounting and other advisors with healthcare experience for your practice. Perla offers:
* vetted, trusted advisors only
* a variety of areas of expertise (legal, finance and banking, accounting, practice management, and more) in one place
* simple design that is free to use (for MSDC members)
* NEW: guide to physician employment agreements
The MSDC portal is open! Visit https://members.msdc.org/page/Perla (Login required)
MSDC is pleased to offer an association-sponsored 401k Multiple Employer Plan (MEP). This Group 401k/Profit Sharing Plan is a great way to potentially save money and time and minimize risk on your plan by reducing administrative costs, administrative duties and fiduciary responsibilities. Generally, 401k / Profit Sharing plans are priced on the size of a plan, but with this MEP, MSDC was able to negotiate pricing of a $15 Million plan for smaller $1-3 Million plans. Should you wish to learn more about how this plan can lower costs and streamline the administration of your practice’s 401k/Profit Sharing Plan, please contact our plan representative Chris Burgos at 302.366.0366 or Christopher.Burgos@dsfg.com.
Our Medical Specialty Group provides a dedicated team with tailored solutions to meet the unique financial needs of physicians and their practices. Of particular interest today is Practice Strategic Alternatives.
Contact: Michelle Hughes, Vice President - Client Advisor, 202.879.6302 email@example.com
Hologic is a global medical technology company specializing in women’s health and well-being. We offer innovative solutions for screening, detecting and treating conditions and diseases that affect women throughout their lives, including breast, gynecological, and skeletal issues; cervical cancer testing; and sexually transmitted diseases. As a science-driven company, our products are backed by clinical evidence, ensuring that they perform as intended, so healthcare professionals can have greater certainty in their decisions and patients, greater peace of mind.
CRISP DC is a regional Health Information Exchange (HIE) serving the District of Columbia. We are a non-profit organization advised by a wide range of stakeholders who are responsible for health care throughout the region. Participating in a health information exchange offers a system-wide view of the care your patients receive across the District.
Our main goal is to is to deliver the right health information to the right place at the right time —providing safer, timelier, efficient, effective, equitable, and more patient-centered care. We are committed to ensuring that District providers are securely sharing data to facilitate better patient care, reduce costs, and improve overall health outcomes.
For more information on CRISP DC log onto dc.crisphealth.org
Babyscripts’ three-tiered approach to virtual maternity care allows providers to deliver risk-specific care to pregnant mothers at any time, in any place. The first tier consists of a digital education layer delivered via a mobile app, with daily gestational-age and practice-specific, customizable content extending through one year postpartum. The second tier enables remote management of pregnant patients dependent on risk, including low-risk, hypertension, postpartum hypertension, gestational diabetes, mental health, and social determinants of health, alerting the provider through a trigger system to enable risk management and intervention. The third tier brings the insurer into the equation in a collaboration between care team and payer, solving some of the structural issues of care coordination and access to care, improving outcomes while reducing cost. For more information on the Babyscripts Virtual Maternity Care and to schedule a demo, click here. To access additional resources on best practices from Babyscripts, subscribe to our Virtual Care Resource Center and explore our webinar library.
Backline is quick to set up and easy to use by both physicians and patients. Initiate a video session without requiring a patient to download an app, complete a cumbersome registration process, or pay upfront before speaking with their physician. Physicians can use their PC or smartphone to engage with patients. Plus, Backline’s HIPAA security and extensive use cases make it a must-have even after the coronavirus crisis ends.
Compassion & Choices believes the goal of good end-of-life care is to prevent as much physical and emotional suffering as possible. Not aimed at curing illness, the focus is on comfort, dignity, and quality of life. For many, it is reassuring just to know that options exist. There is no one right answer or choice; preferences vary from person to person. Candid conversations are crucial to ensuring patients get the care they want at the end of life, so it’s important to discuss these priorities not just with patients, but with their families and other loved ones and put those priorities in writing whenever possible.
The Maryland Proton Treatment Center (MPTC) is the first and most experienced Center in the region to offer proton therapy-a highly advanced and precise form of radiation-to treat cancer. MPTC has trained more than 200 medical professionals on the use of proton therapy and has treated more than 3,500 patients.
*Clinical trials for your patients
*Meet our medical team
Point of Contact:
Senior Physician Liaison
Maryland Proton Treatment Center
For information on the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, see this Fact Sheet for Healthcare Providers (May 20, 2021)
We are Janssen, the Pharmaceutical companies of Johnson & Johnson. We are focused on treating and preventing some of the most complex and devastating diseases of our time in oncology, immunology, neuroscience, infectious diseases & vaccines, cardiovascular & metabolism, and pulmonary hypertension. We pursue the most promising science, wherever it might be found. Learn more at www.janssen.com.
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Nutrition for Wellness
The following is provided by MSDC Health and Wellness Partner VIDA Fitness
More than 2,500 years ago, Hippocrates said “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
These are great words to live by.
What you put in your mouth is the top priority in achieving overall wellness. If we get proper nutrition, our organs and bodily systems will perform well. Conversely, unhealthy eating habits dramatically increase the chances of developing complications and susceptibility to diseases and more.
After committing to his nutrition and working with a Registered Dietitian at VIDA Fitness, VIDA member Alex Graham saw his triglyceride level decrease from 277 to 90 (normal is less than 149). He stated, “I feel empowered to make the right decisions regarding what I eat, and I physically feel so much better than I did two years ago.”
Like Graham, patient and doctors alike can consider the following five ways in which the nutrients we consume affect our overall wellness.
Nutrient-rich foods like nuts, seeds, and avocados contain brain power-boosting Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids.
Eat plenty of vegetables, fruits and whole grains and drink lots of water!
A Healthy Heart
Eat four or five servings of both fruits and vegetables and a diet rich in low-fat dairy and whole grains.
Healthy Teeth and Bones
Eat foods rich in calcium include yogurt, cheese, milk, bok choy, broccoli, soy products, fruit juices, and cereals.
Complex carbs such as beans, whole grains and legumes maintain better blood sugar levels will enhance energy and mood.
See more ways that nutrition impacts wellness.