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Physicians united to improve healthcare


The KCMS Healthcare Pros Podcasts

KCMS is excited to announce our new Podcast, “KCMS Healthcare Pros.” In the podcast subseries, “Let’s get you a white coat,” we focus on helping those just getting started in medicine. Other topics like how to better engage the community, the environmental impact of medicine, and what you need to know before opening your practice will all be covered.
Our first episode features an interview with KCMS Board President, Dr. Michelle Terry. Click HERE to listen to the first episode.
King County Medical Society is hosting the Excellence in Medicine Awards Ceremony to recognize the outstanding contributions of physicians, administrators, staff, and legislators. This event will be held in November 2022, assuming Covid restrictions allow.
The Award Selection Committee will review all submitted nominations. Please, click below to submit your nominations for any and all categories! The survey will take ~5 minutes.
Nomination Survey for Excellence In Medicine Awards

EvergreenHealth Awarded for Outstanding Hospital Safety & Quality Care

EvergreenHealth announced today its latest recognitions from independent safety and quality organizations, The Leapfrog Group and Healthgrades, which place the Kirkland-based health system among the area's highest-ranked hospitals for patient care. 

These latest accolades include an "A" rating for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group, a leading independent watchdog organization on hospital quality and safety, as well as new recognition from Healthgrades that distinguishes EvergreenHealth as the no. 1 hospital in the state for stroke care, and as the highest-ranked hospital in the Seattle area for pulmonary and critical care. The Healthgrades rankings place EvergreenHealth among the top two hospitals in the state for pulmonary and critical care. 

Healthgrades is the nation's leading consumer resource for information about physicians and hospitals, and its annual rankings help demonstrate the impact that clinical performance may have on health outcomes.

"Throughout our 50-year history, EvergreenHealth physicians, staff, and volunteers have continually held each other to the highest standards for delivering exceptional patient safety, care, and service to our patients and families," said EvergreenHealth CEO Jeff Tomlin, MD. "These latest recognitions from The Leapfrog Group and Healthgrades are encouraging reminders of our shared commitment to serve our community with high-quality, safe, and compassionate care. They demonstrate the excellence possible when we work together toward our purpose to enrich the health and well-being of every life we touch." 

Access to Abortions Shrinks

A few weeks have passed since Roe vs. Wade was overturned, and access is shrinking, as shown in red on the Kaiser Family Foundation figure above. The limitations on access will grow with time. 

WA State WIC

The Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program is asking for your help encouraging pregnant women and parents of children under age 5 to sign up for the WIC Nutrition Program. Currently, WIC serves only about 50% of the families it could be helping. Referrals are one of the main ways people hear about WIC.

Most pregnant people and young children on Apple Health Medical are eligible for WIC. Unfortunately, many are unaware of WIC and think if they are on WIC, someone else may not get benefits or think they don’t qualify. Would you help by sharing information about the WIC program?

WIC Information rack cards are available in 16 languages. They are free and easy to order. If you do not wish to order through the website, the website ordering instructions and fillable fields order form is linked here.

Thank you for all that you do for the families of Washington State. If you have any questions, please contact  

Request for proposals:  Office of Firearm Safety and Violence Prevention


The Office of Firearm Safety and Violence Prevention (OFSVP) IS Seeking applications for implementing youth firearm violence intervention and prevention services. OFSVP provides information regarding the Youth Firearm Violence Intervention and Prevention Services Request for Proposal (RFP). Learn more HERE

RFP information
OFSVP is soliciting proposals to deliver intervention and prevention services to youth ages 10-24. Services are intended to target youth at a “high risk” to perpetuate and/or be victims of firearm violence and who reside in areas with high rates of firearm violence.

The goal of this program is to reduce the impact and number of youth-involved shootings, homicides, and firearm-related crimes within Washington communities.

Application timeline
     Notice of interest due: 5 p.m. Friday, July 15 
     Proposals Due: 5 p.m. Monday, July 25 
     Funding period: Aug. 16, 2022 – June 30, 2023

View updated RFP
Questions about this RFP?  Contact Abbie Snyder at

The UW offers a free, state-wide physician-to-physician* consultation line that connects you to a UW faculty psychiatrist for clinical advice regarding adult patients with mental health and/or substance use disorders. We field many calls involving co-morbidities, polypharmacy, schizophrenia, and substance use, along with bipolar disorder, anxiety, and depression.
Specialized consults are available for pediatric, pregnant, and postpartum patients as well. We hope a clinical consultation with us not only helps you in the care of your patients but also in the care of yourself by giving you a chance to talk through options and feel supported in your decisions and treatment. This program is only available to Washington state clinicians.*

The Psychiatry Consultation Line (PCL) is staffed by psychiatrists 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and can be reached by calling 877-WA-PSYCH (877-927-7924).

You may also email to request a scheduled consultation. Please include your name, preferred day/time, and a brief description of your question. To assist in your planning, the average consult takes about 15 minutes, including a brief intake with our navigator and time speaking with our psychiatrist.

Visit our website ( for more information about the program or email with questions.


Ryan Kimmel, MD
Chief of Psychiatry, UW Medicine 
Medical Director, Psychiatry Consultation Line
*Another source provided this communication. KCMS strives to apply the appropriate professional designation in its communications instead of the word 'provider' to accurately reflect and respect healthcare professionals' education, licenses, and scope of work

Waiver Training for Physicians*

Physicians are required to apply to the Drug Enforcement Agency for a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine, one of three medications approved by the FDA for treating opioid use disorder. Those physicians who want to treat more than 30 patients at any one time must also take the 8-hour waiver course.

PCSS will update information on any changes to practice guidelines as information becomes available. SAMHSA has created a FAQ page to answer most of your questions about guidelines. Practice Guidelines can be found here.
*Another source provided this communication. KCMS strives to apply the appropriate professional designation in its communications instead of the word 'provider' to accurately reflect and respect healthcare professionals' education, licenses, and scope of work.
Learn more regarding recent HHS waiver announcement


With new metrics related to COVID-19 response, Washington ranks 4th in the nation for health system performance.

OLYMPIA – Washington continues to perform among the top states in the nation for health care systems, according to a new report from The Commonwealth Fund.
For the first time, The Commonwealth Fund also reviewed how well states responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. WA ranked fourth in the nation in our overall response to COVID-19, and the report highlights WA’s efforts around hospital staffing, vaccination rates, and preventing COVID-19 deaths among nursing home residents.
WA is fourth in the nation overall on the 2022 Scorecard on State Health System Performance, which asks questions including:
• Do Americans have good access to health care?
• Are Americans getting the right health care at the right time and in the right setting?
• How healthy is America?
Full Report

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