We are excited to welcome you to the King County Medical Society’s new website!
The site has been redesigned to better serve KCMS members with a variety of new features and resources, and to display easily on mobile devices.
New and updated features include:
- Improved physician search tool with more options;
- Health care reform resources;
- Tools and information for physicians and patients;
- New membership level and application process for Residents and Fellows;
- Options for online submission of member dues and Roster updates;
- Listings for CMEs and other educational opportunities; and
- Member announcements for jobs, locum tenens, and other opportunities.
Coming soon: More member news, profiles, and features!
As of Oct. 1, 2013, individuals became eligible to enroll for health coverage under the new Washington State Healthplanfinder. King County and partner organizations will host events in your community where you can get help enrolling for health insurance coverage beginning on Jan. 1, 2014. Certified customer-service experts will be 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.
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The Physician Payment Sunshine Act will soon require all pharmaceutical and medical device companies to publicly report payments to doctors –- a change that has led to pharmaceutical companies slashing payments to health professionals for promotional speeches, ProPublica reports.
A third of patients in skilled nursing facilities harmed in treatment
For a government report, doctors who reviewed the records of patients under skilled nursing care found that nearly 60 percent of the errors and injuries were preventable, ProPublica reports. More than half of those harmed had to be readmitted to a hospital at an estimated cost of $208 million for the month studied.
Check out our new Find a Physician tool, which lists KCMS members by name, specialty, clinic and city. More features coming soon!
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.