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KCMS is proud to be partnering with Virginia Mason!
Virginia Mason Franciscan Health is a world-class health system serving the Puget Sound region of Washington state. Their expansive system builds upon the strength of our more than 300 sites of care, including 11 top-tier hospitals, 18,000 team members, and 5,400 employed physicians, advanced practice providers (APPs), and community providers to improve the health of our communities. 
By bringing together the brightest healthcare minds through Benaroya Research Institute, a global leader in autoimmune disease and immune system research, VM delivers the most advanced therapies and technologies for our patients. VM is proud to be the home of Bailey-Boushay House, the first skilled nursing and outpatient chronic care management program in the United States designed to meet the needs of people with HIV/AIDS. 
KCMS welcomes all of the Virginia Mason physicians as members!
If you'd like your employer to pay for your membership, don't hesitate to contact us 
Will you join the KCMS Delegate Council? 
Retired doctors - THAT INCLUDES YOU!

KCMS is assembling its 2022 Delegate Council, and we hope you will join us.
KCMS pursues its legislative efforts with the help of its dedicated lobbyist, James Paribello.
We welcome your input and participation. We’d like to hear your ideas about ways to improve the practice of medicine.
The 2022 Virtual Delegate Council Meetings (You do not have to attend all):
Wednesday, May 25th, 6 - 8 p.m. (virtual)
Wednesday, June 22nd, 6 - 8 p.m. (virtual)
Wednesday, Aug 31st, 6 - 8 p.m. (in person)
WSMA 2021 Annual Meeting, October 1st & 2nd, 2022
Contact: Shurlon Brathwaite w/questions or to indicate interest.

From the National Academy of Medicine (NAM)

Consider submitting a commitment to climate action today:
Climate, Health, and Equity Movement

The Action Collaborative on Decarbonizing the U.S. Health Sector (Climate Collaborative) is committed to galvanizing a movement within the health sector to mitigate and adapt to climate change while centering on and maximizing human health and equity.

NAM invites you to participate as a Network Organization to extend the reach and impact of this work. Network Organizations actively support and contribute to the work of the Climate Collaborative and:
  • Are listed on the Climate Collaborative’s webpage, along with an organizational “commitment statement” describing current and/or future work to address climate change, as well as a representative’s contact information.
  • Receive regular updates on the work of the Climate Collaborative, including
    priority invitations to public meetings and advance notice of new resources and publications.
  • Have opportunities to provide input on Climate Collaborative activities.
  • Receive communications tools such as social media toolkits and infographics to disseminate to their own networks.
  • Receive networking and information-sharing opportunities.

    You're encouraged to submit a1 paragraph statement that outlines your institution's current and/or future work to address climate change. Submit your commitment TODAY to be recognized in the official launch.
Apply to Become a Network Organization
Friday, April 15, 2022, from 8:30 am - 2:30 pm 
Novel Therapeutics in Addiction Psychiatry 
A growing body of research suggests that the use of psychedelic compounds combined with behavioral interventions may provide treatment options for a range of addictions, including alcohol use disorder, opioid use disorder, tobacco use disorder, and others.

Consider joining UW Medicine in their effort to help inform a new program for Novel Therapeutics in Addiction Psychiatry via both a hybrid in-person and virtual format at the UW Medicine South Lake Union. (Details via the link below.)
Full Details & Registration
Thursday,  April 7, 2022, 10:00 – 11:30 am 
A webinar designed to help providers, payers, and purchasers identify ways to work together in transforming value-based payment models to improve health outcomes.
Full Details & Registration
2022 Northwest Rheumatism Society Meeting 
May 5-7, 2022
The NWRS Annual Meeting is an opportunity to bring together clinical experts and dedicated researchers. At this year’s annual meeting we expect to hear from experts all over the county including from Oregon Health & Science University and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. These experts are expected to address unmet medical needs in the field of rheumatology such as:
• Advances in vasculitis treatments
• Health inequalities in rheumatology care
• New disease-modifying medication for SLE
• Clinical use of myositis antibodies
• Updates on psoriatic arthritis, gout, and antiphospholipid syndrome
• Update on covid-19 management in rheumatic disease patients
Full Details & Registration
"It's About Transparency:" Indiana Law Prohibits Misleading Medical Titles

While several healthcare professionals can perform some of the same functions as physicians, they are not MDs or DOs, nor do they have the education and training to earn the right to present themselves to patients as such. That's the reasoning behind Senate Bill 239, recently signed into law by Indiana Gov. Eric J. Holcomb.
"It's about transparency. Healthcare professionals at every level should be proud of their profession and want to help patients make an informed choice when seeking out options for treatment," Carrie Davis, MD, told Medscape Medical News. "When this law goes into effect, a patient will be able to seek that treatment with confidence knowing they can trust the education, training, and license of the healthcare expert they've chosen to see."
Read More: It's About Transparence (Medscape Article)
We're Running Up the Wrong Side of the Escalator
The system is rigged and women in medicine keep getting further from the top. A few facts help tell the story. We live in a society where the overwhelming majority of our healthcare workers are women (80%), yet women hold less than 20% of our industry's leadership roles. Women physicians working equal (or more) hours with comparable workloads earn an estimated $2 million less than men over the course of their careers and are less likely to be considered for promotions or career advancement.
Meanwhile, the pandemic -- which has disproportionately burdened women-only lengthened the hill we need to climb. The result of these pervasive inequities is a hemorrhaging of capable, exceptional women from healthcare. What's more, these inequities in the workforce have a direct impact on patient care.
We're Running Up the Wrong Side of the Escalator (Medpage Today Article)

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