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May 8, 2019

WSMA CEO Pens Op-ed on Challenges Facing Medical Practices Post-Session

As the dust settles from the legislative session, amid some notable policy successes lie some new policies that will challenge the financial viability of medical practices throughout the state. WSMA CEO Jennifer Hanscom took to the editorial page of The Seattle Times to articulate our concerns, and those of many physicians we represent:

"The challenges are many, and yet those who are called to this honored profession continue to care for us all no matter the price. That is why we are disappointed in some of the decisions made by some Washington state legislators as they wrapped up this year's legislative session. Fiscal decisions were made that will make it harder for independent physicians to stay in practice and serve the patients who need them."

"For all the gains we have made in recent years to expand access to affordable health-care coverage, Democrats who control the state Legislature advanced no policy that ensures the financial viability of medical practices. Instead, in the 2019 legislative session, they moved in the opposite direction."

"That leaves me — and our physician members — wondering: Do our state legislators recognize the very significant risk to private practice physicians and independent medical groups?"

Read the full editorial, published May 5, 2019 in The Seattle Times.

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