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Latest Washington State Medical Association Stories

2014-02-11 16:25:54

Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) focuses on ensuring access to care at time of influx of patients and possible physician shortages OLYMPIA, Wash., Feb. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Jay Inslee shared his health care priorities with more than 150 physicians at the 2014 Legislative Summit of the Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) on Monday, February 10. Physicians from throughout the state gathered in Olympia to hear the Governor speak, along with...

2013-07-22 12:25:32

SEATTLE, July 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) has received two 2013 Profiles of Excellence (PoE) Awards for outstanding achievement in medical society management from the American Association of Medical Society Executives (AAMSE). The WSMA was recognized in two categories: Communications, for its Know Your Choices - Ask Your Doctor patient and physician outreach campaign, and the President's Award (Preparing Members for Health Care...

2013-03-21 12:28:03

Organizations to collaborate on educating physicians and consumers on health care overuse SEATTLE, March 21, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) and the Puget Sound Health Alliance (Alliance) today announced that each organization has been awarded a two-year grant from the ABIM Foundation to promote the Choosing Wisely(®) (www.choosingwisely.org/) campaign in Washington state. The campaign encourages physicians and patients to think and...

2013-01-31 12:28:57

Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) Weighs in on Legislation in Olympia OLYMPIA, Wash., Jan. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As expected, there are many issues being discussed in the 2013 state legislative session that affect physicians and patients in our state. The Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) is working to make sure the voices of physicians are heard to improve patient access to care, protect patient safety, and improve quality, without putting added burdens...

2013-01-24 16:26:45

Initial data show improved health care coordination is a benefit to Medicaid clients and the state budget SEATTLE, Jan. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new report on a collaborative effort of hospitals and physicians to reduce "unnecessary" emergency room visits and coordinate patient care also contains good news for the state budget. Preliminary data from the first six months of the initiative suggest the state is saving more than 10 percent in Medicaid fee-for-service emergency...

2012-09-20 10:27:26

Initiative to Educate Patients and Foster Doctor/Patient Relationship SEATTLE, Sept. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) is launching "Know Your Choices - Ask Your Doctor," a statewide campaign to educate patients on important health topics and to enhance the relationship between patient and physician. Initially the new umbrella campaign will promote three initiatives, the "ER is for Emergencies" campaign to educate patients on...

2012-06-28 10:24:52

SEATTLE, June 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Throughout the debate over the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) has maintained that the current health care system is unsustainable and fundamental changes to the financing and delivery of services are needed. In fact, in Washington state many of these changes are already underway, driven by federal and state policies and budgets, as well as the commercial market. While the Court's decision is likely...

2012-06-25 06:32:17

State's Hospitals and Physicians to Implement "Seven Best Practices" to Reduce Medicaid Emergency Visits SEATTLE, June 25, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A coalition of health care providers including the Washington Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians (WA-ACEP), Washington State Medical Association (WSMA), and Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA), announced today that it has achieved 100 percent participation in a plan to reduce Medicaid emergency department...

2012-05-03 10:26:11

Recent Whooping Cough Epidemic Warrants Need for Concern SEATTLE, May 3, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In the past couple of months, Washington state has made national news with an epidemic of whooping cough and ongoing attention to measles outbreaks across the county--two deadly diseases that vaccines can prevent. The Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) is urging adults to make sure they are current on their immunizations and get the needed booster shots to keep their...

2012-04-11 14:20:57

Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) Wraps-up Successful Session in Olympia OLYMPIA, Wash., April 11, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After a long and turbulent legislative session, the Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) successfully fought to preserve programs that were on the cutting block and promote legislation that would benefit patients, including access to quality care and patient safety. "This was a difficult session because there were many tough choices that...