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Double Blow to Consolidation as Judges Halt Insurance Mega-Mergers

On February 9, 2017, federal judge Amy Berman Jackson blocked a proposed $48 billion mega-merger between Cigna and Anthem, which would have created the largest insurer in the country. The decision came two weeks after a federal judge ruled that a proposed $37 billion mega-merger between Aetna and Humana, which would have created the largest Medicare Advantage insurer.

The decisions are significant wins for patients and for organized medicine, which strongly opposed the unprecedented mergers and which demonstrated the case against them. MSDC President Julian Craig, MD, objected to the negative impact the unions would have on patients, pointing out that such “consolidation would allow large insurers to influence the scope, coverage and quality of health care and exercise control over clinical decisions, weakening the patient-physician relationship.”

 

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

Victory! DC Council Passes Act Limiting Insurer Cost-Shifting     
The Last year, the DC Council approved the Specialty Drug Copayment Limitation Act, a bill that will stem the onerous and increasingly common health insurer practice of cost-shifting by limiting the out-of-pocket patient expense for certain specialty drugs to $150 for a 30-day supply, and $300 for a 90-day supply. The action comes after almost two full years of ongoing and vigorous advocacy by the Medical Society and a stakeholder coalition. This year-end victory demonstrates the power of the physician voice in the District of Columbia and the strength of physicians who work together. The bill has been sent to the Mayor for approval.

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS!
The following recently joined MSDC:

Krishna Dass, MD (Infectious Disease)

Roopali Gupta, MD (Nephrology)




200 Years of Medicine in the Nation's Capital    

In the early 1800s, an unsuspecting public was being exposed to unproven, short-cut cures from charlatans and tricksters. Local physicians, concerned about this threat to the public, joined forces to make clear who was qualified to practice the healing art.

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.   




                   

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