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.

 

Welcome to Our New Website

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:

Coming soon: More member news, profiles, and features!

Enroll Now for Health Care Coverage

WA_Healthplanfinder_RGBAs 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.

News

Hospital battle in Idaho highlights debate over consolidation

Idaho’s largest hospital system bought the state’s largest doctor practice two years ago, a move that both groups hoped would mean better patient care. Instead, it has turned into a costly fight with regulators and rival hospital systems, Kaiser Health News reports.

Small clinic gets cosy with Swedish Medical Center

Next to the ER at Swedish Medical Center’s Cherry Hill hospital is an after-hours clinic run by Country Doctor Community Health Centers, an unexpected partnership ushered in by changing incentives under the Affordable Care Act. Both benefit: Swedish gains a nonemergency after-hours option for patients, while County Doctor can better reach low-income patients, The Seattle Times reports.

Free drug samples sway doctors’ prescriptions

Those give-aways from pharmaceutical companies have their intended effect, a study has found. The New York Times quoted one doctor who advised patients that “you want to know when you receive a sample what other choices you have and how they impact the quality and cost of the medicine you’re receiving.”

Just say ‘no’ to gun violence research

The CDC’s current funding for gun violence prevention research is zero. And if Congressional Republicans have their way, it will remain a taboo research topic for the public health agency, ProPublica reports.

Other news

Find a Physician

Check out our new Find a Physician tool, which lists KCMS members by name, specialty, clinic and city. More features coming soon!

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.