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

King County wellness program a robust success

King County’s employee wellness plan, which earned an award from Harvard University, has far surpassed all others in employee participation, health improvement and health care savings, Seattle/LocalHealthGuide reports. An extensive outreach program and high financial incentives are credited with much of the program’s success.

Specialists blast new recertification rules

Many specialists are pushing back at what they say are onerous new rules to get recertified, with the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons going as far as filing suit against the American Board of Medical Specialties. But Dr. Mira Irons of the specialties board told Kaiser Health News, “Medical knowledge doubles every eight years, and having a process where a physician does something once in their professional lifetime or every 10 years just doesn’t seem to cover what physicians need to know to take care of their patients.”

You have no payments from Pharma? It may be an error

Physicians who log onto a federal website that will soon publicly list drug company payments to doctors are getting error messages if they have not received money from pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers – an answer that some find ambiguous, ProPublica reports.

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.