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Analysis: Who and where are Washington physicians?

  By Thomas A. Lerner The Washington Medical Commission conducted a census of Washington licensed physicians over a 2 year period, and published its results this spring. While no survey yields a 100% response rate, the Commission timed their inquiry with license renewals and then followed up approximately 3-4 weeks afterwards with those who had not responded. About 40% of [...]

By |May 7th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Analysis: Who and where are Washington physicians?

From the CEO: KCMS makes big strides in Olympia

Greetings esteemed members, The 66th Washington State Legislative Session has come to a close, but not without the typical harried dash to the finish. While we are still evaluating how legislative decisions will impact health care both locally and nationally, I am excited to share that the session had successful outcomes and enlightening moments for the King County Medical Society. [...]

By |May 6th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on From the CEO: KCMS makes big strides in Olympia

Urgent: Vulnerable patient health care jeopardized by proposed B&O tax increase

  Vulnerable patient health care jeopardized by proposed B&O tax increase Washington state physician groups issue urgent call to prevent unjust tax increase FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (SEATTLE, WA. April 25, 2019 )  - A proposed increase to Washington state’s business and occupation tax now under consideration in the House of Representatives would have a devastating impact on health care access [...]

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Listen: Docs Talk – #11 – The rheumatologist shortage becomes a crisis

Rheumatologist shortage reaches crisis stage While the need for their expertise is greater than ever, a shortage of rheumatologists has become a crisis in our communities. Patients are often waiting months to see a specialist or driving hundreds of miles while battling excruciating pain and the uncertainty of an autoimmune disease. In this edition of Docs Talk, Dr. Amish Dave, MD, a [...]

By |April 3rd, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Listen: Docs Talk – #11 – The rheumatologist shortage becomes a crisis

Listen: Docs Talk #10 – Rep. Eileen Cody – House Health Care and Wellness Committee Chair

Health care related bills are dominating this session of the Washington State Legislature, with dozens under consideration. From mental health funding to immunization exemptions to increased B&O taxes, there’s no shortage of legislation that will have a direct impact on doctors. Among the most important and influential voices on health care policy in Washington state is Rep. Eileen Cody (D-Seattle), [...]

By |March 5th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Listen: Docs Talk #10 – Rep. Eileen Cody – House Health Care and Wellness Committee Chair

From the CEO: Why Physicians Must Embrace Advocacy

As physicians, you’re trained to be objective and apolitical. As a scientist, I too was trained to abide by the inherent values of scientific objectivity. Like many of you, I was hesitant to join the sphere of advocacy.  But I found my research increasingly and adversely impacted by politicians and bureaucrats enacting policies and regulations that they knew nothing about.  At [...]

By |February 19th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on From the CEO: Why Physicians Must Embrace Advocacy
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