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Mental Health Care in WA: Help is on the Way

Opinion - Dr. John Wynn
(abridged from the University of Washington Magazine)
We have a lot of good news about access to mental health services in WA State. Growing public awareness and diminishing stigma, increasing investment of state funds to train more mental-health workers and to increase capacity for treatment, and the efforts of businesses and philanthropists to focus on behavioral health—paint a brighter future.
As UW Psychiatry Chair Jurgen Unützer recently explained, “Ten years ago, maybe only one or two legislators had a personal passion for improving mental health care in the state,” he says. “Today this is on everyone’s radar screen.”   Read more by clicking below 
Full Opinion Piece by Dr. Wynn
SOURCE: University of Washington Magazine

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Your dedication to KCMS is helping lead us to success!

HIPRC wears green in honor of  National Injury Prevention Day
November 18, 2021

National Injury Prevention Day is a day designed to raise awareness about the burden of childhood injury, violence, and a need for change. Hospitals and trauma centers across the country will be bathed in green light to “shine a light” on opportunities to prevent serious childhood injury.
To participate in National Injury Prevention Day use the hashtag  #BeInjuryFree or #HIPRCnipd and shine a green light, and tag @HIPRC
This year, Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center (HIPRC) and UW Medicine's Addictions, Drug, & Alcohol Institute (ADAI) are sharing a new digital toolkit on teen opioid-use prevention. The toolkit includes videos and information for both teens and parents, with a unique section dedicated to how parents can initiate a conversation with teens around opioid use.

Pain Management
and Opioids CME Activity

Fulfill your state-mandated CME credits and ensure you know the latest guidelines and best practices for managing your patients' pain with a FREE NEJM Knowledge+ Pain Management and Opioids CME module.
REGISTER HERE for NEJM Pain Management CME

Guest Legal Updates

Below you will find two articles written by our friends at the law firm, Stokes and Lawrence.
Thank you to the authors for providing this information for our KCMS members!

Telehealth Leaves Many Asking,

"You Can Do That by Phone?"

The appeal of telemedicine for physicians and patients is real.
"Aside from the mysteries of what an insurer may pay for telehealthcare, one of the biggest obstacles that keep patients from going to the doctor is actually going to the doctor. The common patient experience requires navigating a phone tree or a website to try to find a date and time with a physician who the patient may (or may not) have met before..."  
Read more by clicking below 
Letter from Stokes Lawrence Attorneys re: Telehealth

Non-Competition Agreements in Health Care Subjected to Antitrust Scrutiny 

Have you had questions about Non-Competition Agreements?
"Ordinarily, one doesn’t think of employment contracts of physicians as the subject of antitrust lawsuits. But the Washington Attorney General does think about that. The consequences may be far-reaching..."  Read more by clicking below 
Letter from Stokes Lawrence Attorneys re: Non-Competition Agreements

Live & In-Person! Sunday, December 12, 2021

Seattle Jingle Bell Run

The original festive race for charity is back!
Join the Arthritis Foundation for the Jingle Bell Run at Green Lake for a 5K run/walk, 1 Mile Walk, or a Kids Fun Run!
Our Jingle Bell Run may have a different look due to COVID safety and health protocols, so check the event information page for the most updated details. 
Jingle Bell Run! REGISTER HERE

December 2nd, 2021

Janssen 7th Annual

Fall IDEA Healthcare Summit
Save the date!

Join Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson in this Healthcare Summit which focuses on amplifying voices and policies around patient-centric care.
Please Note: The time shown in the flyer below is Eastern Standard time, so will be from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST

In Memoria

We regret that we missed the obituaries for some of our friends and colleagues. We are taking the opportunity to share now. Our sincere apologies. Nancy
Alexander William Mansy (January 2019)
Donald K Merkeley (February 2019)
Gholam Ali Mozaffarian (Feburary 2019)
Park Willis Gloyd (July 2020)
Arthur John Day (July 2020)
George Irving Thomas (October 2021)
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