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

Medicare data now available for all to scrutinize

Although many doctors favor sharing information, they worry that the public data from Medicare leaves out crucial details and may present an unfairly negative picture of individual physicians, The New York Times reports. Explore Data.Medicare.gov to learn much more.

Doctors fall short in saving for retirement

An analysis by Fidelity Investments found that physicians need to do a better job of preparing themselves for a financially secure lifestyle once they leave their practice, Physician News Digest reports.

Blood test can detect cancer

In a study published in Nature Medicine, researchers accurately identified about half of patients with Stage 1 lung cancer, and all of the patients whose cancers were more advanced, Physician News Digest reports.

Doctors need to relearn the ancient art of dying

“Like a midwife slapping life into a newborn baby, doctors now try to punch death out of a dying patient,” an I.C.U. doctor writes in a New York Times column. “There is neither acknowledgement of nor preparation for this vital existential moment, which arrives, often unexpected, always unaccepted, in a flurry of panicked activity and distress.”

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.