June 28, 2019
Vol. 26, No. 12
DC prescribers are mandated to register with the DC Prescription Drug Monitoring Program . Failure to register with the DC PDMP by July 31, 2019 may impact the status of your professional license and controlled substance registration. For more information, read the FAQ and the full DC Health notice .
Collette Magnant, MD, FACS, To Be Honored for Outstanding Public Service to the Community
MSDC applauds Dr. Collette Magnant for her outstanding public service to the community. Dr. Magnant is a renowned breast surgeon and founder of the Sullivan Breast Center at Sibley. She founded the center in 1998 with the goal of providing multidisciplinary care for breast cancer patients in a collaborative environment that includes breast imaging, breast surgery, breast reconstruction, radiation oncology, medical oncology, physical therapy and other key services. 

In recognition of her work and positive impact on the community, Dr. Magnant will be receive the Dr. Charles Epps Award at the 2019 Annual Meeting on October 25, 2019. Other award recipients will be: Daniel Marchalik, MD, MA (Certificate of Meritorious Service recipient); Roselyn E. Epps, MD (Distinguished Service Award recipient); and Jose Parungao, MD, and United Medical Center Food and Nutrition Services (John Benjamin Nichols Award recipient). Save the date for this annual all-member physician event.

MSDC appreciates generous support of our 2019 Sponsors ProAssurance , Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, and BridgePoint Healthcare . For information on how to participate, contact Pia Duryea .
DC Physicians Take on Anti-vaxxers at Committee on Health Hearing
With the budget debates behind them, the DC Council has turned to legislating on other issues before they break for summer recess. Top of mind is Councilmember Mary Cheh’s bill to allow informed minors to be vaccinated without parental consent ( B23-0171 ), which received a public hearing this week before the Committee on Health. MSDC submitted testimony supporting the bill and MSDC medical student member Liz Ghandakly, JD (pictured here) made compelling arguments that the bill supports informed consent, patient autonomy and public health, as did other MSDC members and DC physicians.

MSDC is reviewing or has reviewed nearly 20 healthcare bills this Council Period. Issues currently under review span coverage for postpartum care, midwife scope of practice expansion, female genital mutilation and more. Read more .
Welcome New Members!
The following physicians and medical student recently joined MSDC:

Dorys Chavez, MD
Jehan El-Bayoumi, MD
Robert Kelly, MD
Yavar Moghimi, MD
Anna Gong
National Healthcare News
Administration Seeks More Details on Healthcare Costs
President Donald Trump on Monday signed an executive order directing agencies to draw up rules requiring hospitals and insurers to make public more information on the negotiated prices they hammer out in contract negotiations. Hospitals and insurers would have to give estimates to patients on out-of-pocket costs before they go in for non-emergency medical care. Read more in Kaiser Health News .

DC Healthcare News
According to the Washington Business Journal , " Providence Health System has gotten the regulatory green light to open an urgent care center July 9 on its Northeast D.C. campus". As such it will be the first urgent care center in Ward 5, and according to Dr. Tamarah Duperval-Brownlee, senior vice president and chief community impact officer for Ascension, it will serve patients regardless of financial status.
Sibley Memorial Hospital and Unity Health Care Unite to Establish Cancer Clinic in Kenilworth
Sibley Memorial Hospital and Unity Health Care are joining forces to establish a cancer clinic within Unity’s Parkside Health Center in Northeast DC. The specialty services offered through this collaboration will provide cancer care to under-served patients in Wards 7 and 8 and throughout the District of Columbia. Read more in the press release .
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2018-2019 Board of Directors
Susanne Bathgate, MD
Chair of the Board, At-large

Raymond Tu, MD, MS
President, AMA Alternate Delegate

J. Desiree Pineda, MD
President-elect, AMA Alternate Delegate

Barry L. Lewis, MD, MBA
Immediate Past President

Joseph E. Gutierrez, MD
Treasurer, AMA Delegation Chair

Peter E. Lavine, MD
AMA Delegate

Julian Craig, MD

Laurie Duncan, MBBS, MS

E.W. Emanuel, MD

Alice Fuisz, MD
At-large, Secretary

Kirstiaan Nevin, MD

Daniel Perlin, MD

Marc Rankin, MD

Carla C. Sandy, MD

Robert Hay Jr., CAE
Executive Vice President
MSDC Community
MSDC In the Community
MSDC Raises Healthcare in DC with Eleanor Holmes Norton
As part of MSDC's increased community outreach, MSDC President Raymond Tu, MD, was invited to a community forum in Ward 5 this week. At the forum he spoke with Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton about federal support for healthcare and medical education in the District.
MSDC Physicians Mentor Next Generation of Doctors
In early June, the MSDC Bright Young Doctors group held a "dinner with doctors" event with healthcare-oriented students from Coolidge High School . At the mentoring event, MSDC physicians and Howard University medical students provided real world experiences to the predominantly African-American and Latino class about the training and practice of medicine. A key takeway from the event was that medicine is a demanding profession that takes persistence, but it is also rewarding and critical to society.
MSDC and MSDC Members in the News
MSDC Encourages CDC to Avoid Preventable Vaccine "Deja Pneu" in Washington Informer Op-Ed
An op-ed titled " CDC Should Avoid Preventable Vaccine Deja Pneu " by MSDC EVP Robert Hay, Jr., CAE, appeared this week in The Washington Informer, Washington, D.C.’s leading news outlet focused on topics of interest to the African American community. T he piece stressed the necessity of the pneumococcal vaccine requirement for Americans 65+ in the district and beyond, with a particular focus on the dangerous implications dropping the requirement could have on the African American community.
Physician Health Committee Member Phil Candilis, MD, Authors Physician Impairment Position Paper
MSDC member and Physician Health Committee member Phil Candilis, MD, recently authored an important position paper on physician impairment and rehabilitation. The paper " Physician Impairment and Rehabilitation: Reintegration into Medical Practice While Ensuring Patient Safety: A Position Paper from the American College of Physicians ," was co-written for the American College of Physicians (ACP) with two other ACP physicians. The paper stresses that physicians have a duty to seek help when they are unable to provide care, but also “should be rehabilitated and reintegrated into medical practice whenever possible without compromising patient safety.”
Member Benefit
Exclusive Access to Free Nutrition CME
Th e Physicians Committee is offering MSDC members a complimentary livestream of the International Conference on Nutrition in Medicine’s pre-conference nutrition basics session on Thursday, July 25 for exclusive access to nutrition-based CME! Earn 3 free continuing education credits and hear from Physicians Committee president, Neal Barnard, MD along with Rob Ostfeld, MD, and Brenda Davis, RD on the role of nutrition in prevention of chronic disease with practical patient tips and more! This live session provides listeners with 3 CME credits and covers the nutrition fundamentals for diabetes, heart health, obesity, as well as practical tips for patients. According to the D.C. Department of Health’s latest annual report, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes were among the top ten causes of death in all wards. Research shows changes and diet may significantly lower your risk for these diseases. Attend this session to ensure you’re ready to offer your patients the help they need through nutrition education. Click here and use code MSDC19 for free access!

This is the first year the Physicians Committee has offered this core concepts session and wanted to offer MSDC members exclusive access. 

** SPECIAL OFFER : MSDC has a limited number of FREE PASSES to attend the conference on July 26-27 in person, a $500 savings. Contact Pia Duryea for information.
Thank You To Our Corporate Supporters
MSDC 1817 Society
Practice Management
Scam Alert by Non-existent American Board of Pulmonary Disease
Physicians have received letters with the header "Important Notification Regarding Certification in Pulmonary Disease." There is no entity called the "American Board of Pulmonary Disease" and the American Board of Internal Medicine has confirmed that this is a scam. Please disregard the letter and d emand for a $500 payment. ABIM has alerted the authorities.
MIPS Data Validation and Audit to Begin Now for Performance Years 2017, 2018
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will conduct data validation and audits of a select number of Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligible clinicians. If you are selected for data validation and/or audit, you will receive a request for information from Guidehouse, the CMS-contracted auditing firm. It will be sent v ia email or by certified mail. Please be on the lookout for this notification. You will have 45 calendar days from the date of the notice to provide the requested information. Data validation and audit resources are available on the Quality Payment Program Resource Library :
AMA: 3 Keys to Getting Paid and Thriving in Private Practice
So you’ve decided an employment setting isn’t the right fit for you? Private practice lays the responsibility for operations and financial management of the practice into the hands of physicians. AMA resources help you confidently navigate the complexities of getting paid, including advice on revenue cycle management, the Medicare Quality Payment Program, and medical coding and billing. Read more from the AMA.
AMA: Medicaid value-based care: Should your practice take part?
States are infusing Medicaid programs with value-based design concepts. The AMA helps you understand the risks and opportunities these programs offer. Read more from the AMA.
Public Health
Today is National HIV Testing Day
Join the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in encouraging all adults and young people to get tested for HIV and know their status. Approximately 1 in 7 people in the United States with HIV do not know they have the virus. In 2016, people who were not aware of their HIV infection accounted for nearly 40% of the estimated 38,700 new HIV transmissions. Read more.
CD C Panel Says People Through Age 45 Could Benefit From HPV Vaccine
The Washington Post reports at a two-day meeting of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice that a “public health advisory panel said Wednesday that people through age 45 could benefit from getting an HPV vaccine and should discuss the possibility with their doctors.” 
Diabetes Prevention Message Not Getting Through? What You Can Do
Evidence clearly shows that diabetes prevention programs work. More than a quarter of adults eligible for a diabetes prevention program express interest in participating, but few are being referred. Read more from the AMA .
Corporate Partners
End the Epidemic: Opioid-related Resources & News
DC Health Case Studies
DC Health's Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Advisory Committee is offering CME through case studies prepared by its subcommitee. Th e free CMEs are available to physicians, pharmacists, and nurses, but will only be offered through December 21, 2019.

International Conference on Nutritional Medicine
July 26-27, 2019
Grand Hyatt
Health care providers: Hear the latest insights on nutrition in medicine at the International Conference on Nutrition in Medicine in Washington, D.C., on July 26-27. Sessions will address cancer, diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease and kidney disease, and other conditions. Reserve your spot before it’s too late at www.pcrm.org/icnm . Contact Pia Duryea for information on MSDC member passes.
ProAssurance Loss Prevention Seminars
July 25, 2019 (MD)
September 19, 2019 (DC)
Registration opens at 5:30 PM, Seminar runs 6:00 - 8:00 PM
DC: American College of Cardiology (2400 N Street, NW, Washington, DC)
MD: Bethesda Marriott (5151 Pooks Hill Road, Bethesda, MD)
This year, ProAssurance, MSDC's 1817 Society Member and partner for medical professional liability insurance, will offer a sports-themed loss prevention seminars titled, Out-of-Bounds: Previous Claims Under Further Review Participation in this seminar will better enable participants to:
·    Explain the relationship between physician-patient boundaries and professional liability risks
·     Identify a previous encounter where expectations were not met
·     Recognize the need to apply an internal or external boundary in a patient scenario

Whether you are competing for a championship sports title or practicing medicine, there are consequences for crossing the line. In this course, physicians and other healthcare professionals will hear the professional liability considerations associated with personally and professionally stepping out of bounds. The information and examples will help you stay in the game. Register online at proassurance.com/OutofBounds
July 30
9:00-10:15 AM
George Washington University
Get a different view of physician suicide at a screening and workshop on physician suicide. Light breakfast will be served. Get additional details on the production, location and RSVP here .
Medical Musical Group Concert
August 11, 2019
4:00 PM, with preconcert entertainment at 3:00 PM.
Schlesinger Concert Hall (4915 East Campus Drive, Alexandria, VA)
The Medical Musical Group consists of physician performers who will play a tribute to America’s veterans and military personnel and families. This year's benefit for veterans outreach on PTSD, Depression, Suicide, and Drug Abuse. Veterans, Military and their family, students are admitted free. Price for General Public is $20 through July 31. $30 thereafter. Box Tickets: $50. Read more .
Medical Real Estate Listings
Brought to you by MSDC Corporate Partner GZ Medical Realty. Contact Pete Papantoniou for your real estate needs.  
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. alicefuiszacp@gmail.com .

University Medical Building
2141 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20037
University Medical Building is conveniently located in the heart of DC with easy access to Metro stations. 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 Resources and Announcements
Shape Health Policy in the District - and Get an MSDC Shout-O ut
DC Health has just launched its 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment . For the next 30 days, DC Health and its partners (including MSDC) will be encouraging residents of the District to go online, complete the survey, and help shape how the District thinks about the major health issues in our city. This is a major initiative for the health community, and it is important that your patients and you (if you are a District resident) participate. Read more .
Get Over $66,000 Towards Loan Repayment
DC’s Health Professional Loan Repayment Program (HPLRP) provides loan repayment (up to $66,809.92) to eligible providers practicing in underserved areas of the District for at least two years. Eligible participants include licensed and certified physicians, dentists, dental hygienists, advanced practice nurses, registered nurses, clinical psychologists, clinical social workers, and licensed professional counselors practicing at HPLRP-certified Service Obligation Sites (SOS). A certified SOS must be either a nonprofit or a public entity that provides primary care, mental health and/or dental services to District residents regardless of their ability to pay and is located in a federally-designated Health Professional Shortage or Medically Underserved Area within the District that corresponds to the services the entity provides.  Applicants must be already employed or have a signed employment contract with a certified SOS at the time of application. Read more about the HPLRP or get a list of approved site on DC Health's website .
Steps to Take Before Opening the Doors of Your First Medical Practice
Provided by MSDC Corporate Partner GZ Medical Realty
Deciding to open your own medical practice for the first time is a big step. It’s an investment of time, money, resources and sweat. That’s why it’s vital to have a plan in place before you even take the first step. You also need to put together a great team to support you on the journey.

Opening a practice is a big undertaking and shouldn’t be approached with a blasé attitude. You will need to figure out your financing, find a location, make personnel decisions, make sure you’re adequately insured, figure out what kind of equipment you’ll need and where you’ll get it, etc. There is a lot to factor in before hanging your shingle and opening your doors.

Once you’ve got all of the details locked down, you’ll need to start seeking out the perfect location for your medical practice. That can be a huge undertaking in and of itself. Here are a few things to consider once you’re ready to take that next step .
Medical Society of the District of Columbia
1250 23rd Street NW, Ste 270
Washington, DC 20037