The links below provide resources and support for physicians and their patients, including information on licensing, insurance, and end-of-life care.
- State resources for healthcare providers: Washington Department of Health provides information on an array of topics, such as notifiable conditions, public health labs and services, licensing and much more.
- Report abuse or neglect of a child or adult 1-866-363-4276
- Improving Your Office Testing Process: A Toolkit for Rapid-Cycle Patient Safety and Quality Improvement. This toolkit from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality provides information and resources to help physicians’ offices, clinics, and other ambulatory care facilities assess and improve the testing process in their offices.
- Just Coding – Professional coding resources
- A/R Solutions, Inc. – Medical billing company
- WSMA Coding Hotline – Current coding issues
- Heal-WA: An online medical library featuring toolkits, calculators, dictionaries, electronic textbooks and access to more than 2,ooo journals. Free to licensed medical professionals, counselors, social workers. Click here to learn more about how to access these resources.
- Washington State Department of Health – Health Systems Quality Assurance: Regulates and supports health professionals, groups and programs, oversees license applications, inspections and investigations.
- Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: This federal agency administers Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and provides information for health professionals and others.
- Medicare Part B: Updates and detailed information on this federal health insurance program.
- Washington State Health Care Authority: The state agency oversees eight healthcare programs, which are: Basic Health, Health Technology Assessment, Medicaid and Medical Assistance Programs, Prescription Drug Program, Public Employees Benefits Board, Uniform Medical Plan, Washington Health Program, and Washington Wellness.
- Pain management – Frequently asked questions for practitioners: This state website also includes information on rules, resources and answers to oft-asked questions from patients.
- UW Pain Center – provider toolkit: Guidelines, research, education and even a calculator are provided for practitioners.
- Washington State Prescription Monitoring Program: The website allows a practitioner to look for duplicate prescribing, misuse, drug interactions, and other answers.
Substance Abuse Treatment
- The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: A confidential and anonymous source of information for persons seeking treatment facilities in the United States or U.S. Territories for substance abuse/addiction and/or mental health problems.
- Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A research-based guide.
- Adolescent Substance Abuse Disorder Treatment: Research-based guide produced by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
- Death with Dignity Act: Information and forms related to the Washington State Death with Dignity Act.
- Physician orders for life-sustaining treatment (POLST): A form that helps individuals document their wishes regarding end-of-life treatment. Note: The order must be signed by an attending physician, ARNP or PA-C and must be printed on 8-1/2 X 11, Astrobrights terra green card stock (#22781) or similar. To order printed forms , contact KCMS office at 206-621-9396 or firstname.lastname@example.org. (Source: Washington State Medical Association and Department of Health)
- End-of-life care: Resources include a tip sheet for physicians and brochures for patients.
- End of Life Washington: Resources from a nonprofit dedicated to end-of-life care, patient-centered care, and expanded choice at the end of life.
- WA DOH Family Planning and Reproductive Health: Through federal Title X and state funding, DOH works with 70 family planning clinics to make sure that a full range of family planning, sexual and reproductive health services are available across the state.
- WA State Health Care Authority Reproductive Health Resources: Data on family planning, pregnancy care, births, and infant outcomes for Apple Health (Medicaid) and Washington.
- Planned Parenthood of Greater WA and North Idaho: Providing women’s healthcare and reproductive services in King County, Washington State, and nationwide.
- Physicians for Reproductive Health: PRH works to improve access to comprehensive reproductive health care, including contraception and abortion, especially to meet the health care needs of economically disadvantaged patients.
- Guttmacher Institute: High quality research, evidence-based advocacy and strategic communications on the issue of abortion and reproductive health.
- LOK-IT-UP – Promoting the Safe Storage of Firearms: Information and resources from Public Health – Seattle & King County on firearm safety.
- Gun Violence in King County: Public Health information and statistics about gun violence. More than 31,000 people in the United States are killed by gun violence each year. In King County, the death toll is more than 125 people a year.
Resources for Seniors
- AARP: This nonprofit organization works to help those 50 and older with everything from health care to Medicare to employment.
- Adult Day Care: Search for adult day care by ZIP Code, get advice and answers to any questions.
Social Media Guidelines
- Professionalism and Electronic Media: Guidelines from the Washington State Department of Health
- Appropriate Use of Social Media and Social Networking: Guidelines from the Federation of State Medical Boards
- Social Media in Healthcare: Guidelines from the ECRI Institute
- Professionalism in the Use of Social Media: Guidelines from the AMA
- Washington Physicians Health Program (WPHP): Services for health-care providers who have a medical condition that could impact their clinical performance. Read an article about Washington Physicians Health Program here.
- Public Health – Seattle & King County
- USDHHS Public Health Emergency
- Washington State Department of Health
- Washington State Department of Health – Publications in English and other languages
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Washington Poison Center
- King County Board of Health
- Crisis Clinic
- Project Access Northwest
- Elder abuse and neglect resources WA Department of Health
- Medical cannabis
- American Red Cross
- Doctors Without Borders
- Journal of the American Medical Association
- Journal Watch
- Mayo Clinic
- National Institutes of Health (NIH)
- National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
- New England Journal of Medicine
- Public Health Digital Library
- UW Health Sciences Library
- Wilderness Medical Society
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation