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

CDC boosts efforts to prepare health care workers for Ebola

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will provide more outreach to U.S. health care workers, including webinars and conference calls, to help better prepare physicians and hospital staff. Public Health – Seattle & King County also offers plenty of information on Ebola.

US adults born abroad have lower vaccination rates

Foreign-born residents, who make up 13 percent of the U.S. population, get vaccines at a significantly lower rate than native-born Americans and are at greater risk of exposure to many vaccine-preventable diseases, the American Journal of Preventative Medicine reports. Those in the study were less likely to speak English, live above the poverty line or have an advanced education.

With electronic medical records, should doctors read or talk?

Amid the torrent of data available to physicians, it’s easy to lose focus of the patient’s story. “Like good police work, good medicine depends on deliberate, inefficient, plodding, expensive repetition,” Dr. Abigail Zuger writes in The New York Times. “No system of data management will ever replace it.”

Other news

Harborview agrees to accept Ebola patients

Virginia Mason gives price tag up front

UW, WSU part ways over medical school

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.