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.
Insurers restricting choice of doctors, hospitals to save money
Under the Affordable Care Act, insurers have been able to offer lower rates by creating health networks that are far smaller than what most Americans are used to, The Washington Post reports. And in Washington state, many top hospitals are excluded in plans offered through Washington Healthplanfinder, The Seattle Times found.
See a nurse … at a drugstore
Starting next year, people can stop in at a Bartell’s drugstore to see a nurse, KUOW reports. The in-store clinics will be staffed by a Group Health nurse practitioner, although visitors don’t have to be a Group Health member to use the service.
Congress mulls repeal of Medicare’s payment formula
Lawmakers are looking at ways to stave off the roughly 24 percent in Medicare pay cuts scheduled to start in 2014, according to MedPage Today. The sustainable growth rate (SGR) payment formula has triggered plenty of feedback to Congress from physician groups.
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.