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DC HealthLink:
 online marketplace for individuals, families, small business owners and their employees in the District of Columbia to shop, compare, and select health insurance 

Medicaid: How and where do I apply for Medicaid in DC?
Medicare: The 2018 Medicare Participation Physicians/Suppliers Directory is provided by Novitas Solutions, the regional Medicare Administrative Contractor. Beneficiaries can use the internet or contact 1-800-MEDICARE for assistance in locating a participating physician/supplier near their home.




Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)*
   Evidence-based information for improving your health. Learn more about care planning, diagnosis and treatment, living a healthy lifestyle at any age, and how to be more involved in your health care
Antibiotic Awareness

   The DC Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) committee, which makes recommendations to the DC Government and its external healthcare stakeholders as part of its antibacterial stewardship, has several patient education videos:


What is an Antibiotic Resistance
: Glenn. Wortmann, MD, FIDSA, FACP, Section Director, Infectious Diseases at MedStar Washington Hospital Center discusses how antibiotic resistance occurs. https://youtu.be/J8Cueerq2iQ  

Let's Talk About Antibiotics: DelIsa Winston, RPh, Director of Quality Initiatives, Grub’s Pharmacy discusses what antibiotics are and what they do and difference between viruses and bacterial infections. https://youtu.be/8d552aKxqM8 (Use Antibiotic Video 4 image)

What is Bacteriuria? Syncia Sabain, EdD, MPH, MS, MBA, MA, Director of Quality Assurance and Infection, Unique Rehabilitation & Health Center discusses when bacteria is present in a urine culture of someone that has no symptoms of an urinary tract infection which is common condition found in the elderly in long term care facilities. Antibiotics do not benefit these residents and they are at risk to for developing antibiotic resistance making them more difficult to treat in the future. https://youtu.be/y23nLRZU_V0

Importance of Immunization: Erica Shepperd-Debnam, Doctor of Pharmacy Candidate, Howard University College of Pharmacy discusses how people are exposed to millions of germs every day that can cause infections. Thanks to vaccines, we are able to survive these infection. https://youtu.be/zu1YYVA1kiE

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)* 

  Your online source for credible health information and the official Web site of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 
Choosing Wisely*
   The Choosing Wisely series is developed by national medical specialty organizations, asking their members to “choose wisely” among the tests and procedures commonly used in their fields. This program helps patients choose care that is: supported by evidence, not duplicative of other tests or procedures already received, free from harm and truly necessary.

   Patients can use Things Providers and Patients Should Question when talking with their physicians about their healthcare. Topics include antibiotic use, cancer, medical and imaging tests, and other important health information.

MedLine Plus*
    Information for patients from the National Institutes of Health and the National Library of Medicine.

MSDC Task Force on Family Violence
   The Medical Society of the District of Columbia Task Force on Family Violence is a beacon organization in the city for medical and other helping professionals who are working in the field of intentional abuse within families and partnerships. To learn more about the Task Force, read a report submitted by Task Force Chair Kim Bullock, MD.

National Patient Safety Foundation*
    Helps patients locate organizations that are involved with the issues of errors in medicine and patient safety.

End-of-life Care & Planning (Advance Directives, etc.)
     The National Healthcare Decisions Day website offers year-round resources for all 50 states. The site includes information from multiple sources on advance care planning, advance directives and information on healthcare decision-making to both the public and providers/facilities.
    The Conversation Project offers resources for end-of-life planning: a general guide,  How to Talk to Your Doctor and  How to Choose/Be a Healthcare Proxy.
    CompassionAndChoices is a non-profit addressing end-of-life care and options.




 *MSDC does not endorse these web sites or their sponsoring organizations, but provides them here for your information. 





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