The King County Medical Society (KCMS), founded in 1888, is a nonprofit professional organization dedicated to representing Seattle and King County physicians and their patients by promoting best practices in medicine and raising public awareness of issues critical to quality patient care and public health.

 

Damage Control: Youth Sports Concussions

Increasing regulation and awareness around the causes and effects of sports-related concussions is leading to greater safety among young athletes. Physicians Leah G. Concannon and Stanley A. Herring of the Seattle Sports Concussion Program explore the latest developments in youth concussion management in their Bulletin article PreventableTragedies. Click here to download the article. 

News

Enterovirus strain suspected in King County

Local experts are investigating a cluster of patients with severe respiratory illness who have tested positive for a possible enterovirus infection. Although EV-D68 has appeared in other states, there are no confirmed cases of the strain in Washington state, according to Public Health – Seattle & King County. More than a dozen children have been hospitalized at Seattle’s Children with severe respiratory symptoms, The Seattle Times report.

Getting that joint replaced now includes a warranty

Replace a knee or hip at Virginia Mason and get a warranty thrown in. The warranties cover the additional costs of any avoidable, surgery-related complications – but not problems related to the failure of the artificial joints, the Puget Sound Business Journal reports.

Medications for sleep and anxiety linked to Alzheimer’s

Elderly people who use benzodiazepines to reduce anxiety or help them sleep have a greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. And those who use the medications the most are almost twice as likely to develop the disorder, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Other news

Shortage of rural doctors worsens as more people seek care

Eating fat is now OK, but cut the carbs

Genetic test may help identify mystery illnesses

Social Media Guidelines

Check out the latest addition to our Practice Resources: tips for how to make appropriate use of social media from the Washington State Department of Health, Federation of State Medical Boards and more.

Health Care Coverage Enrollment Help

WA_Healthplanfinder_RGBAs of Oct. 1, 2013, individuals became eligible to enroll for health coverage under the new Washington State Healthplanfinder. For 2014 coverage, the Open Enrollment period ended March 31, 2014.  The Open Enrollment Period for 2015 coverage is November 15, 2014 – February 15, 2015. Individuals may also qualify for Special Enrollment Periods outside of Open Enrollment depending on their circumstances. Enrollment is ongoing for those who are qualified for Medicaid/Apple Health. Or, if your life situation changes, you might be able to enroll in a subsidized plan.

King County and partner organizations periodically host events where you can get help enrolling for health insurance coverage. Certified customer-service experts are available at each event to provide individual help as you compare and enroll in health insurance coverage and, if eligible, gain access to tax credits, reduced cost sharing, and public programs such as Medicaid. In order to enroll, you will need to know your birth date, social security number, and income. Legal immigrants will need to supply a passport, or other immigration documents.

To find out more about how and where to enroll,  consult Public Health – Seattle & King County’s enrollment event calendar. Event listings are updated regularly, so check for updates.

Education & Events

Visit our Education and Events page to learn more about:

  • Upcoming Continuing Medical Education opportunities throughout the Seattle-King County region; and
  • Free access to Heal-WA, an online medical library featuring tool kits, calculators, dictionaries, electronic textbooks, and journals.