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

Pertussis epidemic didn’t impact vaccination rates

A study in Pediatrics led by Dr. Elizabeth Wolf of Seattle Children’s Research Institute found that Washington’s recent whooping cough epidemic did not influence the number of infants who were vaccinated against the disease. “Vaccination rates are below public health goals, both locally and nationally,” Wolf said in the institute’s news article. “We need to better understand what factors might impact vaccine acceptance.”

End-of-life counseling – over the phone

Social workers with Vital Decisions offer “nondirected” end-of-life counseling over the phone, an idea that draws in economics and bioethics. Research shows that when patients better understand aggressive care, many choose less of it, which saves money. But Dr. Lauris Kaldjian, professor of bioethics at the University of Iowa, told Kaiser Health News that she has concerns about the social worker, patient and family never actually meeting.

House calls for the elderly: Compassionate and economical

Bringing team-based primary care into the homes of elderly patients may seem lavish, but a new study has found that it could save Medicare money by keeping the frail elderly from needing pricier specialty or hospital care, The Associated Press reports. But finding people to make house calls can be tough because it means less money for a physician whose travel time means seeing fewer patients.

Other news

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.