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.
King County Medical Society makes strong showing at WSMA conference
KCMS delegates presented nine resolutions at the annual conference held this month in SeaTac, Wash., eight of which were adopted. A top issue was the KCMS Gun Responsibility resolution, directing WSMA to publicly endorse I-594, an initiative requiring background checks on gun buyers.
Other resolutions sponsored by KCMS covered: antibiotic use in agriculture, elimination of vaccine exemptions for personal reasons, voluntary hospital reporting of hepatitis B vaccination to the state immunization registry, school safety and gun violence, antitrust exemption for healthcare providers, gun responsibility, guidelines for fair and reasonable non-compete clauses for Washington physicians, promoting transparency in medical education in settings affiliated with religious healthcare organizations, and support for inclusion of vasectomy in ACA Preventive Services and Contraceptive Mandate.
Enterovirus D68 confirmed in King County
For most people, EV-D68 is a mild illness that requires no medical care. But some people can suffer more serious infections, particularly children with pre-existing chronic conditions such as asthma. The website of Public Health – Seattle & King County offers information and updates on the virus.
Hospitals cut costs under Affordable Care Act
A Department of Health and Human Services report forecasts that hospitals will save $5.7 billion this year in uncompensated care costs, thanks to the Affordable Care Act. “Hospitals in states that have expanded Medicaid are projected to save up to $4.2 billion of the total amount,” said Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the secretary of health and human services, who was quoted in The New York Times.
Georgia hospital saves money through personal attention
A hospital in Savannah, Ga., is spending $500,000 a year coordinating care for patients with poorly controlled chronic conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease. “You can help people prevent crises from happening by helping manage them outside the hospital,” Maggie Gill, CEO of Memorial Health, told Kaiser Health News.
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.
As 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.
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.
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