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Physicians Generate $8 Billion for the DC Economy 

District physicians drive billions of dollars into the economy of our Nation’s Capital and support more than 34,000 jobs. This is according to the 2018 AMA Economic Impact Study. Read the  DC study, one-pager, and press release.

 

District of Columbia Advocacy

The Medical Society represents the physicians and patients of the District in discussions with the City Council, DC's Department of Health and Board of Medicine and other members of the medical community. The Medical Society has been reviewing numerous healthcare bills and is working with key stakeholders on multiple fronts.

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DC Advocacy

MSDC represents the physicians and patients of the District of Columbia in discussions with DC's City Council, Department of Health, Board of Medicine and others in the medical community. READ MORE

National Advocacy

MSDC works closely with the American Medical Association (AMA), and state and specialty medical societies to educate Congress and federal agencies on issues important to physicians and their patients. READ MORE

Local Implementation of the ACA

As health system reform evolves, MSDC ensures it is implemented at the local and regional levels in ways that support the patient-physician relationship and promotes public health in our Nation's Capital. READ MORE

CURBING THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC
  This Council Period, there are a series of bills related to the opioid epidemic under consideration by the City Council, and the Medical Society will address their impact on physicians and patient care.
   According to a recent report by the American Enterprise Institute, the District of Columbia ranked 2nd behind West Virginia in terms of the economic burden caused by the epidemic, and just ahead of third-place Maryland when measured by the per-capita cost.
  


  Physicians are urged to register with DC's PDMP.

  To help prevent unused prescription opioids from falling into the wrong hands, five new opioid drop-off points have been set up in the District.

Physician Burnout and Resilience


• Burnout rates are twice as high in medicine as in other fields
• For every hour of patient time, physicians spend 1-2 hours on electronic health records and clerical tasks.

Beyond Burnout--Redesigning Care to Restore Meaning for Physicians, New. England Journal of Medicine, Jan. 25, 2018. 

Whereas past efforts to address burnout have focused on bolstering individuals’ resilience skills, there’s a growing recognition that organizations also need to redesign the way that clinical care is delivered.


See the AMA's STEPS Forward program.



Did You Know That An MSDC Leader Designed the Original US Capitol?

In 1792, Dr. William Thornton, who later served as MSDC Vice President, submitted the winning design for the original United States Capitol Building. Although he had no formal training in architecture, his design beat out intense competition from world-renowned architects. His winning design appears here.
 

200 Years of Medicine in the Nation's Capital
On September 26, 1817, the founding members of the Medical Society of the District of Columbia met at Tennison's, a hotel and tavern where the Willard Hotel now stands, and founded MSDC, the country's 12th medical society.  Read more.

Medicare Payment Reform - MACRA Matters
Physicians have until March 31, 2018, to submit 2017 MIPS performance data through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services new QPP submission system. The system allows physicians and other clinicians to submit their 2017 MIPS performance data to avoid a negative payment adjustment in 2019.

*** CMS: Reporting Deadlines: 10 Things to Do and Know ***

For information on QPP Submission or MACRA in general, see:
1) CMS Quality Payment Program Website
2) CMS fact sheet on the CMS QPP submission system
3) AMA MACRA website
4) Physician's Advocacy Institute (PAI) QPP Roundup 
5) "The Top 10 Changes to Understand for 2018 QPP Participation” (PAI)

   



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