Lead Testing Days

As you may have already heard, King County Medical Society is proud to be working with Public Health Seattle and King County on the Lead Testing Days Program: a series of lead screening events held this summer throughout King County. We are excited to provide families with free lead testing and to increase prevention and [...]

By |2019-07-17T17:32:10-07:00July 17th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Lead Testing Days

From the President: A little communication can go a long way

Greetings my esteemed colleagues, Recently I have found myself thinking quite a bit about communications and the growing lack of peer-to-peer communication. This lack of communication makes my work and caring for my patients even more complicated. Throughout my career I have tried to foster supportive, meaningful relationships with my fellow physicians, which is one [...]

By |2019-06-06T11:20:39-07:00June 6th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on From the President: A little communication can go a long way

From the CEO – Your voices amplified

Greetings to our King County Medical Society members, As I discussed in last month’s letter to membership, King County Medical Society is working hard to increase your impact on medical policy decisions specifically in King County. But sometimes the issues go far beyond. After determining a proposed physician fee increase by the Washington Medical Commission [...]

By |2019-06-05T15:17:08-07:00June 5th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on From the CEO – Your voices amplified

Listen: Docs Talk #13 – The Renaissance Doc – Ellen Derrick, MD – BoxBar Vascular

From burnout to surgical standards, King County Medical Society board member Ellen Derrick, MD is at the forefront of many of the critical issues facing physicians and patients alike.  The esteemed vascular surgeon oversees her independent practice while serving on several medical boards, is deeply involved in a system-wide EMR integration for one of the [...]

By |2019-06-05T08:18:02-07:00June 5th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Listen: Docs Talk #13 – The Renaissance Doc – Ellen Derrick, MD – BoxBar Vascular

Rediscovering the joy of medicine through entrepreneurship

Along with caring for patients, one of the great satisfactions I have experienced during my medical career is the opportunity to conceive, create, operate and ultimately sell a number of medical-related businesses. Seeing an idea come to life and thrive is much like parenting.  It takes nurturing, fortitude, patience, dedication, teamwork and sacrifice.  But in [...]

By |2019-05-08T09:34:29-07:00May 8th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Rediscovering the joy of medicine through entrepreneurship

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 [...]

By |2019-05-07T13:29:57-07:00May 7th, 2019|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 [...]

By |2019-05-07T15:14:18-07:00May 6th, 2019|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 [...]

By |2019-04-25T11:48:40-07:00April 25th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Urgent: Vulnerable patient health care jeopardized by proposed B&O tax increase

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, [...]

By |2019-04-03T14:39:55-07:00April 3rd, 2019|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 [...]

By |2019-03-05T14:55:59-07:00March 5th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Listen: Docs Talk #10 – Rep. Eileen Cody – House Health Care and Wellness Committee Chair