December 6, 2019
Vol. 26, No. 21
MSDC Resolution Passes at AMA House of Delegates
Even in his last meeting as MSDC's American Medical Association Delegation Chair, Joe Gutierrez, MD, showed why he has been an effective advocate in the AMA House of Delegates for over 30 years. At the AMA 2019 Interim Meeting, MSDC’s resolution on the study of forced organ harvesting by China was adopted by the House. The resolution asked the AMA to “gather and study all information available and possible on the issue of forced organ harvesting by China” with an accompanying report to come at the 2020 Annual Meeting. We thank Dr. Gutierrez for his over 30 years of service to the House of Medicine and for so ably representing DC before the AMA!
Council Bill Would Force Physicians to Learn About A Public Health Crisis They Know All Too Well
MSDC is disappointed to share that the District Council may again be debating a bill to require mandatory CME as part of license renewal. This time, however, the topic is one physicians and health professionals know too well: suicide. Read more .
In addition, the District Council is reviewing multiple pieces of legislation. MSDC is always ready to help physicians make their voices heard before committees and the Council on issues of interest to them. Issues around maternal health, mandatory CME, and reproductive health practice will all have hearings in the coming weeks. For more information, contact 202-466-1800 or   hay@msdc.org .
DC HealthLink Plans are Open for Enrollment
Enrollment for DC HealthLink , DC's health insurance marketplace, is open now. There are 25 plans to choose from this year, including standard plans which make shopping easier and health care more affordable. Depending on the type of plan you or your patients use and the coverage start date, the deadline varies. For example, individuals and families have until December 15, 2019 for coverage that begins January 1, 2020, and until January 31, 2020 for coverage would not start until March 1. See dchealthlink.com for more information or consult a plan expert.

Read the AMA Wire for valuable tips to provide patients on open enrollment, such as don't just automatically renew last year's plan; do your research. These tips apply whether applying through Healthcare.gov in Viirgina, DCHealthLink in DC, or Marlyand's state-run website.
AMA Healthcare News and Resources
Education Assistance on EdHub
Do you know about the AMA's EdHub? It has on-demand on line courses on a range of topics for AMA members. Topics range from productivity and nutrition to specialty specific topics for pediatrcians, cardiologists and more. Start learning here .
Do You Get an Accurate BP Every Time? May Be Time For a Refresher
Physicians and other health professionals often don’t get refresher training on BP measurement. A new AMA education module can help.
MSDC In the Community
On November 18, Past Presidents Dr. Raymond Tu and Barry Lewis were sworn into service on two separate mayoral commissions by DC Mayor Muriel Bowser. Dr. Tu is serving on the Commission on Health Care Systems Transformation and Dr. Lewis is serving on the Health Information Exchange Policy Board. MSDC applauds their time and effort representing physician viewpoints on these critical components of healthcare in the District.
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Board of Directors
Susanne Bathgate, MD
Chair of the Board, At-large

J. Desiree Pineda, MD, FACP
President, AMA Alternate Delegate

E.W. Emanuel, MD

Raymond Tu, MD, MS, FACR
Immediate Past President, AMA Alternate Delegate

Joseph E. Gutierrez, MD
Treasurer, AMA Delegation Chair

Peter E. Lavine, MD
AMA Delegate

Julian Craig, MD

Laurie Duncan, MBBS, MS

Anthony Ibe, MD

Barry L. Lewis, MD, MBA

Yavar Moghimi, MD

Kirstiaan Nevin, MD

Theresa Stone, MD

Dock Winston, MD

Robert Hay Jr., CAE
Executive Vice President
Welcome New Member!
The following physician recently joined the Medial Society:

Aelaf Worku, MD (Internal Medicine)
MSDC Board Meeting
MSDC will hold its next board meeting on December 9, 2019, at 6:30 PM, with dinner at 6:00 PM, at MSDC headquarters. Members in good standing may request an invitation from  Robert Hay Jr.   
Event Planning for 2020
Given the success of MSDC's Women in Medicine section, Bright Young Docs and Practice Managers group, MSDC is requesting member input on topics, activities or programs that you would like to see in 2020. Please contact Pia Duryea (202-355-9414) if with suggestions or if you are interested in participating.
GivingTuesday Is Over, But the Giving Season Isn't
Earlier this week, the Medical Society & Alliance Foundation, MSDC's charitable arm, participated in GivingTuesday as part of a once-a-year-request for finanical support. The Foundation is dedicated to the furthering public health by:
  • Supporting future allied health professionals
  • Providing financial support to local medical students
  • Furthering physician health and wellbeing
It's not too late to give to the foundation in support of your colleagues. MSAF donations are tax-deductible and go towards scholarships, the physician health program. and other valuable initiatives that support your profession. Pleae consider a gift at msdc.org/donations .
Study: AI Algorithms May Be Able to Reduce Number of Health Care Alarms
Health IT Analytics reports a study published in JMIR suggests that AI “algorithms could potentially reduce the amount of alarms received by caregivers, potentially leading to fewer instances of alarm fatigue and improved patient care.” The article says that “alarm fatigue” has been identified as a serious issue in health care. The researchers said, “Tens of thousands of alerts may go off throughout a hospital each day, and yet some 80 percent to 99 percent of these audible or visual alerts are false or nuisance alarms, indicating conditions that do not require clinical intervention.” 
Introducing MSDC's Newest Partner: Heidarpour Law Firm
Unwanted faxes are not just an annoyance to doctors but it is an invasion of privacy. They tie up phone lines, fax machines, us paper and toner, and waste time of doctors and staff who try to figure out where they are from and what should be done with them.  Read more .

Tel: (202) 234-2727
Physician Wellbeing
3 Steps to Transformational Change in Your Health Organization
When physicians are experiencing burnout, your health care organization needs to make big changes. Learn about how to make that journey. Read more from the AMA
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Public Health
Hepatitis A Breaks Out In 30 States: What Doctors Should Know
There has been a widespread outbreak of Hepatitis A, with the CDC report cases in 30 states since 2016. Many people think Hepatitis A is spread through contaminated food and water. But in the U.S., it is more commonly spread from person to person, which is what is happening in the current outbreaks. Vaccinating people who are at risk can help stop the spread. Find out what physicians can do to prevent or control outbreaks. Read more in the AMA Wire .
Spreading HIV/AIDS Awareness
Earlier this week was World AIDS Day, a day to promote AIDS awareness, reduce stigma and recognize survivors. MSDC is a long-time advocate of policy to promote care and treatment for HIV/AIDS patients. As such, MSDC was proud to co-host a twitter chat with the National Hispanic Medical Association and other healthcare organizations. The chat promoted awareness of HIV/AIDS, especially as it relates to hispanic and minority communities. It can be found at the hashtag #NHMAHIV.

Also this week, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced Ready, Set, PrEP , a national program that will provide HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) medications to thousands of American s. More than one million Americans could benefit from taking PrEP medications but only a small percentage are using this effective HIV prevention tool. The  Ready, Set, PrEP  program provides access to PrEP medications at no cost for people who qualify. Read more .
E-cigarette or Vaping product use-Associated Lung Injury (EVALI)

The Latest Numbers from the CDC
2,291 : # of cases of hospitalized EVALI*
48 : # of confirmed deaths from vaping-related lung injury
The CDC figures above are as of December 4, 2019. *The CDC changed its recordkeeping of cases to include hospitalized cases only. Previously unhospitalized cases were included. For more, see the CDC's " Outbreak of Lung Injury Associated with E-cigarette use or Vaping "

See more about EVALI and local reporting guidance.
Corporate Partners
Practice Management
Will You Be Paid on January 1? MBI Transition Ends This Month.
The 21-month transition period for Medicare Beneficiary identifiers (MBIs) will end on December 31 . Starting January 1, 2020, if you do not use the MBI for Medicare transactions, regardless of the date of service :
  • CMS will reject claims submitted with Health Insurance Claim Numbers (HICNs) with a few exceptions
  • CMS will reject all eligibility transactions submitted with HICNs

Physicians are currently submitting 86% of claims with MBIs. Physicians may get MBIs from patients and through the MAC portals ( sign up ) now and after the transition period. You can also find the MBI on the remittance advice. MBIs will help protect your patients from identity theft. See the MLN Matters Article to learn how to get and use MBIs.
AMA: Five Things Doctors Need to Know About the 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule
The 2020 Medicare physician payment schedule contains news about coding revisions for outpatient evaluation and management (E/M) services that promise to greatly reduce administrative burdens for physicians in 2021. But the 2,475-page document also contains information on a multitude of tweaks to the Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP) and a plethora of other details affecting how physicians will be paid by Medicare starting Jan. 1.

The AMA's experts have prepared a summary of the 2020 changes to QPP and Medicare physician payment. Here are five things physicians need to know .
Help Wanted: Practice Manager Opening
The Barnard Medical Center is seeking a medical practice manager for their growing primary care practice focused on integrating plant-based nutrition education and disease prevention into medical care. If you have at least three years of experience in practice management, apply today ! https://www.pcrm.org/about-us/careers/medical-practice-manager
Medical Real Estate Listings
Brought to you by MSDC Corporate Partner GZ Medical Realty. Contact Pete Papantoniou for your real estate needs.  
Medical Office Space Available
5225 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20015
Brand new, pre-built office suites ranging from 1,000 – 6,000 square feet are available for immediate occupancy. Located directly across from the Friendship Heights Metro Station, District Heights offers extended building hours throughout the week and on weekends and is perfect for medical office tenants with separate garages for professionals and guests.

Click the link to view the building’s brochure and floorplans! Please contact Vanessa Carrion or Matt Pacinelli to set up a tour today! vanessa.carrion@streamrealty.com , 202-595-1749; matt.pacinelli@streamrealty.com , 202-595-1498
Office Sublet Available
600 square foot sublet available on 19th Street NW between Farragut North and Dupont Circle Metro. Brand new build out with separate suite number, entrance, waiting area. One office and one exam room with large window. One smaller office without windows. Sublet space is connected to an established private internal medicine practice. Price negotiable . Contact Dr. Alice Fuisz if interested. alicefuisz@aol.com

2440 M Street
2 440 M Street NW 
Washington, DC 20037 

2440 M Street is a Class A 110,000 SF medical office building with a three-level parking garage in northwest Washington, DC. The building has abundant patient and physician parking.
Please contact Peter Papantoniou at 301-961-1941 or see the online listing for more information
Part Time/Full Time Office Space Available
3 Washington Circle
Washington, DC 20037
Part time/full time office space available immediately at 3 Washington Circle. This includes a large consultation room, fully equipped examination room, lab drawing facility onsite, EKG machine, space for receptionist, space for medical records, shared use of copier, telephone system, wireless internet and waiting room. Ideal for general internist, medical subspecialist or surgeon. If interested, please call Mark Sklar, MD. 202-887-4769 or email mmsklar@gmail.com .
Boutique Townhouse Medical Office for Rent Across From GWU Hospital/ Medical School
900 New Hampshire Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20037
Boutique townhouse medical office for rent across from G.W.U. Hospital & School of Medicine. Very close to Foggy Bottom Metro. Three rooms, one on entry level with powered table/chair & overhead surgical light. Consultation room, reception/waiting room, & possibility of 2 additional rooms. Two-car driveway. Call/text Sheldon K. Gottlieb, MD, 301-509-3319, or email skgottliebmd@comcast.net .
Woodburn Medical Park
3229 Woodburn Road
Merrifield, VA 22003

Woodburn Medical Park is located within walking distance of INOVA hospital directly off Capital Beltway. Common area has recently been upgraded. Contact Peter Papantoniou at 301-961-1941 or see the online listing for more information .
Full Time/ Part Time Office Space Available
Well-designed and attractively decorated office of three general internists has additional consulting room/exam room suite available. Looking for another general internist to share space and overhead in fully staffed and equipped internal medicine office. Shared call coverage is possible. Contact Alan Stone, MD, 202-466-8118 or aws.md@verizon.net
Medical Society of the District of Columbia
1250 23rd Street NW, Ste 270
Washington, DC 20037