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Published 6/26/2017 

WSMA President's Statement on Better Care Reconciliation Act

 
WSMA PRESS STATEMENT
For Immediate Release
  CONTACT
June 23, 2017   Amy Snow Landa on behalf of the WSMA
206.747.5912
asnowlanda@feareygroup.com
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 






WSMA PRESIDENT’S STATEMENT ON BETTER CARE RECONCILIATION ACT

Shane Macaulay, MD


Seattle, Wash. — Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) President Shane Macaulay, MD, issued the following statement today in response to the unveiling of the U.S. Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act:

“At the WSMA, our focus is on making Washington the best place to practice medicine and to receive care. However, the ‘discussion draft’ of the Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act jeopardizes that vision. Like the House-passed American Health Care Act, the Senate bill would reverse the gains we have made in Washington state in reducing the number of uninsured and would make affordable insurance unattainable for many of our patients. For those reasons, we cannot support the Better Care Reconciliation Act.

“At the heart of the WSMA’s principles for health care reform is access to comprehensive, affordable health care for all Washingtonians, including support for programs like Medicaid and Medicare and through the preservation of coverage attained through the Affordable Care Act. Our principles also call for stabilizing the health insurance market to ensure choice and insurer participation.

“Adequate funding for Medicaid and stability in the market are essential if we are to ensure that all Washingtonians have access to affordable coverage. By compromising these provisions in their proposal to change the Affordable Care Act, Congress has only exacerbated the problem. In our state, we are already seeing insurers pull out of the individual market due to market uncertainty. We’ve also seen proposed increases in insurance rates of over 20 percent. This impacts not only the most vulnerable, but also those with employer-sponsored coverage. By dropping the employer mandate, the Senate bill increases the likelihood that employers will pull back from offering coverage to their employees as prices begin to climb."

Click here to read WSMA’s Principles for Health Care Reform.

About the WSMA

The Washington State Medical Association is the only organization that represents the interests and priorities of all physicians, resident physicians, medical students and physician assistants in Washington state. Our more than 10,000 members stand together, across disciplines and practice types, to influence public policy impacting health care delivery and shape the future of the profession. The WSMA has advocated on behalf of the House of Medicine for more than 125 years. Our vision is to make Washington state the best place to practice medicine and receive care.

Published 5/11/2017 

Washington State Physicians Praise Lawmakers for Expanding Patient Access to Care Through Telemedicine

 
WSMA PRESS STATEMENT
For Immediate Release
  CONTACT
May 11, 2017  

Graham Short
Associate Director of Communications
206.956.3633 or gfs@wsma.org

Amy Snow Landa on behalf of the WSMA
206.747.5912 or asnowlanda@feareygroup.com

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Washington State Physicians Praise Lawmakers for Expanding Patient Access to Care Through Telemedicine

Gov. Inslee signed the telemedicine bill SB 5436 on May 5


Seattle, Wash. — The Washington State Medical Association, which represents over 10,000 physicians and physician assistants, commends Gov. Jay Inslee and the Washington State Legislature for enacting legislation that will improve access to basic health care services through telemedicine, especially for patients in rural and underserved communities in our state.

Senate Bill 5436, sponsored by Sen. Randi Becker (R-Eatonville) and passed by lawmakers during the 2017 state legislative session, clarifies the definition of “home” for telemedicine services that qualify for reimbursement by Medicaid and commercial insurers. Under the legislation, “home” no longer applies only when patients are physically in their home but will also include “any location determined by the individual receiving the service.” This change will take effect Jan. 1, 2018. Gov. Inslee signed the bill into law on May 5.

“We are pleased to see our state’s elected officials support innovative solutions to health care access by improving access to telemedicine services,” said WSMA President Shane Macaulay, MD, a practicing radiologist. “SB 5436 is another important step toward ensuring that people in all areas of our state get the care they need.”

The WSMA has supported previous legislation passed by the Legislature to improve patients’ access to health care through telemedicine. In 2015, the Legislature established a health insurance reimbursement policy for services delivered through telemedicine. The legislation established “originating sites” for telemedicine services that included hospitals, rural health centers, federally qualified health centers, health care providers’ officers, community mental health centers, skilled nursing facilities and renal dialysis centers.

In 2016, the Legislature added the patient’s home as an originating site, which provided for reimbursement for telemedicine services when the patient is at home. The Legislature also established the Washington State Telehealth Collaborative to develop recommendations to improve access to these services.

“Telemedicine is an important tool for addressing the health care needs of Washington citizens, especially in rural and underserved communities that continue to face a severe shortage of primary care physicians and specialists,” said Jennifer Hanscom, the WSMA’s executive director and CEO. “We must look at multiple solutions, including not only telemedicine but also training more physicians, working to retain our resident physicians in state and making sure that physicians can afford to continue caring for patients.”

The WSMA also applauds passage this spring of House Bill 1337, which calls for the adoption of the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact that allows physicians to receive an expedited license to practice medicine in member states. Gov. Inslee signed the bill into law on May 5. With the enactment of this legislation, Washington will join 19 other states, including Idaho and Montana, as members of the compact. The compact is another important tool for increasing access to health care for individuals in underserved or rural areas, in part by allowing patients to more easily consult medical experts across state lines through the use of telemedicine technologies.

About the WSMA
The Washington State Medical Association is the only organization that represents the interests and priorities of all physicians, resident physicians, medical students and physician assistants in Washington state. Our more than 10,000 members stand together, across disciplines and practice types, to influence public policy impacting health care delivery and shape the future of the profession. The WSMA has advocated on behalf of the House of Medicine for more than 125 years. Our vision is to make Washington state the best place to practice medicine and receive care.

Published 5/5/2017 

WSMA President's Statement on U.S. House of Representatives' Passage of the American Health Care Act

 
WSMA PRESS STATEMENT
For Immediate Release
  CONTACT
May 5, 2017   Amy Snow Landa on behalf of the WSMA
206.747.5912
asnowlanda@feareygroup.com
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


WSMA President’s Statement on the American Health Care Act

Shane Macaulay, MD


Seattle, Wash. — Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) President Shane Macaulay, M.D., issued the following statement today following the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA):

“The Washington State Medical Association is deeply disappointed that the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act. As amended in the House, the AHCA would reduce access to affordable health care coverage for thousands of Washingtonians. The WSMA cannot support the version of the AHCA passed yesterday. Thousands of our most vulnerable patients - those who are low income, disabled and older - and patients purchasing plans through the exchange may lose access to affordable health care coverage if this legislation is enacted into law.

“We at the WSMA are firmly committed to seeking solutions that bring better care for our patients. While we stand ready to engage in finding solutions that will address the flaws in our current health care system, this work cannot be done in isolation. To date, there have been no public hearings on the AHCA. The legislation has been drafted and amended by House lawmakers with virtually no input from health care stakeholders. Moreover, the House passed the AHCA without waiting for an updated score from the Congressional Budget Office.

“We are grateful that most of Washington state’s congressional delegation stood with us, as all six U.S. House Democrats along with Republican Reps. Dave Reichert and Jaime Herrera Beutler voted against the plan. As this bill passes out of the House, we urge lawmakers in the Senate to take a thoughtful and deliberate approach when considering this version of health care reform and its potential impact on patients and health care providers. The physicians of Washington state stand on the frontlines of care. It is our goal to work together toward positive health outcomes for all.”

Click here to read WSMA's Principles For Health Care Reform

About the WSMA
The Washington State Medical Association is the only organization that represents the interests and priorities of all physicians, resident physicians, medical students and physician assistants in Washington state. Our more than 10,000 members stand together, across disciplines and practice types, to influence public policy impacting health care delivery and shape the future of the profession. The WSMA has advocated on behalf of the House of Medicine for more than 125 years. Our vision is to make Washington state the best place to practice medicine and receive care.
Published 3/9/2017 

WSMA President's Statement on the American Health Care Act

 
WSMA PRESS STATEMENT
For Immediate Release
  CONTACT
March 9, 2017   Amy Snow Landa
206.747.5912
asnowlanda@feareygroup.com
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


WSMA President’s Statement on the American Health Care Act

Shane Macaulay, MD


Seattle (March 9, 2017) – “On Tuesday, March 6, the American Health Care Act (AHCA) to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act was released. While we recognize that the ACA has flaws that must be addressed and we are encouraged to see that the bill recognizes the need for replacement rather than simply repeal, the WSMA does not support the AHCA as currently drafted.

“At the heart of the WSMA’s Principles of Health Care Reform is access to affordable health care for all Washingtonians. While the Congressional Budget Office analysis has yet to be released, as currently written, the AHCA puts our state’s Medicaid program at risk, reducing access to coverage for thousands of our most vulnerable patients. The act also shifts much of the Medicaid funding obligation onto Washington state. Sufficient funding of our state’s health care program is imperative to avoid damaging ripple effects throughout the entire health care system. Our state is already facing budgetary challenges, and is simply not able to fill the funding gap that would result from the policies proposed in this act.

“Although the AHCA does preserve some important gains achieved through the ACA – mandatory coverage for pre-existing conditions, limitation on lifetime benefit caps and allowing children to stay on parents’ plans through age 26 – the new act contains other elements that are not in alignment with WSMA’s existing policies and principles such as:

  • Preserving the ability of those who received access to insurance under the original ACA to maintain coverage at affordable premium rates;
  • Ensuring adequate funding of public programs such as Medicaid and Medicare in every community so that patients have access to affordable coverage and physicians receive adequate reimbursement;
  • Strengthening and stabilizing the health insurance market, including the individual market, to ensure choice and the ongoing participation of a number of regional and national insurers.

(To read Principles in full go here)

“The WSMA is firmly committed to positive engagement on seeking solutions that bring better care for our patients. The physicians of Washington state stand on the frontlines of care. It is our goal to work toward positive health outcomes for all.”

About the Washington State Medical Association (WSMA)
The Washington State Medical Association is the only professional organization that represents the interests and priorities of all physicians in the state. Its vision is to make Washington the best place to practice medicine and to receive care. For more information on the WSMA, visit wsma.org.

About Shane Macaulay, MD
Dr. Macaulay is the president of the WSMA and a practicing radiologist in the Bellevue/Kirkland area.

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Published 3/09/2017

Published 10/7/2016 

Washington State Medical and Hospital Associations Applaud Gov. Inslee's Leadership in Addressing the Opioid Crisis

The Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) and the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) announced today their support of Gov. Jay Inslee’s executive order aimed at ending the opioid crisis in Washington state.

 

WSMA PRESS STATEMENT
For Immediate Release
  CONTACT
Oct. 7, 2016   Graham Short, WSMA
206.441.9762
Mary Kay Clunies-Ross, WSHA
206.216.2894
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Washington State Medical and Hospital Associations Applaud Gov. Inslee's Leadership in Addressing the Opioid Crisis

The associations' Joint Opioid Safe Practices Task Force supports the governor's executive order and its coordinated approach to ending the opioid epidemic in Washington state


Seattle (Oct. 7, 2016) – The Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) and the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) announced today their support of Gov. Jay Inslee’s executive order aimed at ending the opioid crisis in Washington state.

“The governor’s executive order provides a path forward that brings together state agencies, health provider organizations, law enforcement and other partners in a coordinated and unprecedented effort to combat the opioid crisis in this state,” said Ray C. Hsiao, MD, WSMA immediate past president and a child psychiatrist and addiction specialist at Seattle Children’s.

Earlier this year, the WSMA joined with the WSHA to create the Joint Opioid Safe Practices Task Force, which is focused on improving and implementing safe prescribing practices and pain management as well as opioid abuse prevention and addiction support.

The Joint Opioid Safe Practices Task Force strongly supports the governor’s approach to addressing the opioid crisis and will continue to work closely with the governor’s office, the Department of Health and other partners to end the opioid epidemic in this state.

“The U.S. is in the grips of an opioid epidemic, and people’s lives are at stake,” said Cassie Sauer, WSHA executive vice president. “The Washington State Hospital Association is dedicated to doing our part to prevent and decrease opioid addiction. We have a responsibility to help improve prescribing practices, support patients in pursuing other effective options for pain control, and allow for safe disposal of unused medications.”

The WSMA and WSHA have already taken significant steps to help prevent opioid abuse, including leading statewide efforts to educate physicians on best practices for safe, effective and appropriate prescribing. The ER is for Emergencies program, which started in 2012, implemented several practices related to identifying patients who were struggling with addiction or pain management problems.

Both associations also strongly support the state’s prescription drug monitoring program and encourage physicians and other health care providers to use the program’s database to check a patient’s medical history for red flags that indicate potential for opioid abuse.

“Despite progress in some areas, more must be done to address the complex, multifaceted problem of opioid addiction and overdose,” said Dr. Hsiao, a member of the joint task force. “We stand a far greater chance of reducing opioid abuse by joining forces with others committed to implementing effective solutions.”

Sauer added, “The breadth of the problem demands widespread attention. We are very appreciative that the governor is marshalling the state’s agencies and resources to tackle this problem, and we look forward to working with the governor in being part of the solution.”

About the Washington State Medical Association

The Washington State Medical Association represents physicians, physician assistants, resident physicians and medical students throughout Washington state. Its vision is to make Washington the best place to practice medicine and to receive care. For more information on the WSMA, visit www.wsma.org.

About the Washington State Hospital Association

The Washington State Hospital Association works to improve the health of all Washington state residents by being active on key issues of policy and quality. WSHA represents more than 100 hospitals and health systems in the state, including those that are non-profit, investor-owned, and county, state and military hospitals. The Triple Aim guides our members and our work, as we strive to improve the patient experience, improve the health of populations and reduce the cost of health care. Visit www.wsha.org for more information.

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Published 10/07/2016

Published 10/5/2016 

Representative Riccelli honored by state medical assocaition



WSMA PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
 
Contact
October 5, 2016 Graham Short
Associate Director of Communications
(206) 441-9762 or
gfs@wsma.org



Representative Riccelli honored by state medical association

Seattle, Wash. -- Rep. Marcus Riccelli (D-Spokane) has been named the Washington State Medical Association’s 2016 Legislator of the Year for his support of the medical association’s legislative efforts, including the creation of a new medical school in Washington state and a bill to raise the legal smoking age. The representative, who represents the state’s 3rd Legislative District covering most of Spokane, received the award on Saturday, Oct. 1, at the medical association’s annual meeting at the Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center in Seattle.

Each year, the statewide professional organization representing physicians, residents, medical students and physician assistants honors a legislator whose knowledge and influence does much to improve the health of people in Washington state.

As vice chair of the House Health Care Committee, Rep. Riccelli was instrumental in getting WSMA-supported bills scheduled for hearings, moved out of committee, and passed out of the House chamber. He also sponsored or co-sponsored bills that were top priority for the medical association, including in 2016 a bill to raise the legal smoking age to 21.

“In a tough political climate, Rep. Riccelli remained a staunch public advocate working with the WSMA to support raising the legal smoking age,” said Dr. Shane Macaulay, president of the WSMA. “While the bill did not pass this year, Rep. Riccelli’s dedication and leadership on the issue has helped bring much-needed attention to the issue and has moved us one step closer to keeping tobacco products out of teenagers’ hands and reducing nicotine addiction.”

In 2015, Rep. Riccelli was instrumental in the passage of House Bill 1559, which allowed for the creation of the Washington State University Medical School. When slated to open in 2017, the new medical school is expected to train an additional 60 physicians. A priority issue for the WSMA is supporting efforts to increase the number of physicians in the state, particularly in rural and underserved locations.

Rep. Riccelli was praised by the association for his contribution to WSMA’s successful legislative efforts in Olympia on behalf of physicians and patients.

“Rep. Riccelli’s open door policy and open lines of communication have been critical at times, particularly as our priority issues advanced through Olympia’s often chaotic political process,” said Dr. Macaulay.

Rep. Riccelli lives with his wife Amanda and their two children in Spokane.


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Published 10/05/2016

Published 10/3/2016 

Bellevue radiologist named president of state medical association

Dr. Shane Macaulay, a radiologist from Bellevue, was elected president of the Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) at the association’s annual meeting in Seattle, Sunday, Oct. 2. Click here for a print-ready photo of Dr. Macaulay.

WSMA PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
 
Contact
October 3, 2016 Graham Short
Associate Director of Communications
(206) 441-9762 or
gfs@wsma.org

Seattle radiologist named president of state medical association

Seattle, Wash. -- Dr. Shane Macaulay was elected president of the Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) at the association’s annual meeting in Seattle, Sunday, Oct. 2. The WSMA represents physicians, resident physicians, medical students and physician-assistants throughout Washington state.

Dr. Macaulay, who lives in Bellevue, is a musculoskeletal and body radiologist for the Center for Diagnostic Imaging, which provides outpatient medical imaging and radiology services. He also serves as medical director for the Center for Diagnostic Imaging’s Kirkland location.

Dr. Macaulay received his medical degree from the University of California at San Diego. He completed his residency in radiology and fellowship in abdominal imaging and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) research at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Dr. Macaulay is a member of multiple professional associations, including the American Medical Association, American Association of Physicians and Surgeons, American College of Radiology, Washington State Radiological Society and King County Medical Society. He has authored and co-authored numerous peer-reviewed articles in industry journals, and has held appointments as a clinical associate faculty and as an acting instructor at the University of Washington.

The following physicians were also elected as officers at the association’s annual meeting: Dr. Donna Smith, Seattle pediatrician, president-elect; Dr. Tom Schaaf, Spokane family physician, 1st vice president; Dr. Bill Hirota, Tacoma gastroenterologist, 2nd vice president; Dr. Nathan Schlicher, Tacoma emergency physician, secretary-treasurer; Dr. Mika Sinanan, Seattle surgeon, assistant secretary-treasurer. The seventh officer of WSMA’s Executive Committee is past-president Dr. Ray Hsiao, Seattle child psychiatrist and addiction specialist, who will serve as committee chair.


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Published 10/03/2016

Published 7/6/2016 

Washington State Medical and Hospital Associations Launch Opioid Task Force

The Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) and the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) announced today the launch of a joint task force to develop solutions to address the growing opioid epidemic, with an eye towards ways physicians and hospitals can play a more active role in tackling this issue.

WSMA PRESS STATEMENT
For Immediate Release
  CONTACT
July 6, 2016   Graham Short, WSMA
206.441.9762
Mary Kay Clunies-Ross, WSHA
206.216.2894
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Washington State Medical and Hospital Associations Launch Opioid Task Force

Associations join forces to tackle opioid addiction and overdose in Washington state


Seattle (July 6, 2016) – The Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) and the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) announced today the launch of a joint task force to develop solutions to address the growing opioid epidemic, with an eye towards ways physicians and hospitals can play a more active role in tackling this issue.

The task force will focus on driving appropriate prescribing and other best practices to help reduce prescription opioid addiction and overdose. The group also plans to advance key legislative proposals and policy initiatives.

“As physicians, we recognize the medical profession must take a leading role in reversing the potential crisis facing our state and nation,” said Ray Hsiao, MD, WSMA President. “We see firsthand the terrible toll these drugs can take on patients and their families, and we want to work with others who are committed to identifying and implementing effective solutions.”

Drug overdoses – most of them involving opioids – recently surpassed car crashes as the leading cause of accidental death in our state and nationwide. Approximately 600 people die each year in Washington state from overdosing on prescription and illicit opioids.

“The U.S. is in the grips of an opioid epidemic, and people’s lives are at stake,” said Gregg Davidson, WSHA board chair. “The Washington State Hospital Association is dedicated to doing our part to prevent and decrease opioid addiction. We have a responsibility to help improve prescribing practices, support patients in pursuing other effective options for pain control, and allow for safe disposal of unused medications.

The WSMA named three physicians on its leadership team to the task force:

  • Ray Hsiao, MD: WSMA president, child psychiatrist and addiction specialist, Seattle Children’s Hospital in Seattle
  • Tom Schaaf, MD: family physician and hospitalist, Providence Medical Group in Spokane
  • Nathan Schlicher, MD, JD: emergency physician, St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Tacoma

The WSHA also named three members to the task force:

  • Scott Kennedy, MD: chief medical officer, Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles
  • Sean Dobbin: pharmacy director at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane
  • Tom Staiger, MD: chief medical officer, UW Medical Center in Seattle

Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee today praised the new task force.

"The medical community—from the frontline providers to our health care systems—experience firsthand the devastating effects of opioid addiction and overdose on our communities," Gov. Inslee said. "I am pleased to see the Washington State Medical Association and Hospital Association step up to partner with the state, public health and law enforcement to lead the charge and help end this epidemic in our state."

The WSMA and WSHA have already taken significant steps to help prevent prescription opioid abuse, including leading statewide efforts to educate physicians on best practices for safe, effective and appropriate prescribing. The ER is for Emergencies program, which started in 2012, implemented several practices related to identifying patients who were struggling with addiction or pain management problems. Both associations also strongly support the state’s prescription drug monitoring program and encourage physicians and other health care providers to use the program’s database to check a patient’s medical history for red flags that indicate potential for opioid abuse.

These and other efforts are showing results. In Washington state, there has been a steady decline since 2008 in hospitalizations and deaths from unintentional overdose involving prescription opioids – a major reversal after many years of steady growth. But there is still more to be done.

“This is a national problem, but we know that our cooperative approach is effective in making improvements for Washington state residents,” said Davidson. “WSHA and WSMA worked together to develop ER is for Emergencies, which has been effective in helping patients and reducing costs, and I’m confident that this task force will help us enhance and accelerate this work.

“Despite progress in some areas, more must be done to address the complex, multifaceted problem of opioid addiction and overdose,” said Dr. Hsiao. “We stand a far greater chance of reducing opioid abuse by joining forces with others committed to implementing effective solutions, including educating patients about appropriate pain management and supporting the responsible disposal of unused medication.”

About the Washington State Medical Association

The Washington State Medical Association is the only professional organization that represents the interests and priorities of all physicians in the state. Its vision is to make Washington the best place to practice medicine and to receive care. For more information on the WSMA, visit www.wsma.org.

About the Washington State Hospital Association

The Washington State Hospital Association works to improve the health of all Washington state residents by being active on key issues of policy and quality. WSHA represents more than 100 hospitals and health systems in the state, including those that are non-profit, investor-owned, and county, state and military hospitals. The Triple Aim guides our members and our work, as we strive to improve the patient experience, improve the health of populations and reduce the cost of health care. Visit www.wsha.org for more information.

 

 

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Published 7/06/2016

Published 1/20/2016 

Washington State Medical Association responds to House Bill 2447

A statement from Jennifer Hanscom, CEO of the Washington State Medical Association, in response to the introduction of House Bill 2447, which would prohibit balance billing and impose binding arbitration on physicians and insurance carriers unable to come to agreement on payment for out-of-network care.

WSMA PRESS STATEMENT
For Immediate Release
  CONTACT
Jan. 20, 2016   Jennifer Hanscom
(206) 441-9762 or jen@wsma.org


Washington State Medical Association responds to House Bill 2447


Seattle, Wash. – A statement from Jennifer Hanscom, CEO of the Washington State Medical Association, in response to the introduction of House Bill 2447, which would prohibit balance billing and impose binding arbitration on physicians and insurance carriers unable to come to agreement on payment for out-of-network care.

“The Washington State Medical Association does not support House Bill 2447, which would prohibit balance billing. We share lawmakers’ concerns about patients facing high out-of-pocket costs, but this bill has the potential to do more harm than good. Currently, physician groups are generally able to come to agreeable contract terms with insurers. This legislation could discourage contracting, resulting in more out-of-network situations for patients across the state. As a physician community, we want a health care system that adequately compensates physicians while getting patients the care they need. We look forward to working with lawmakers to find alternative policy solutions.”

About the Washington State Medical Association (WSMA)
The Washington State Medical Association is the only professional organization that represents the interests and priorities of all physicians in the state. Its vision is to make Washington the best place to practice medicine and to receive care. For more information on the WSMA, visit wsma.org. #

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Published 1/20/2016

Published 9/29/2015 

Seattle psychiatrist named president of state medical association

Dr. Ray Hsiao, a child psychiatrist and addiction specialist from Seattle, was elected president of the Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) at the association’s annual meeting in Spokane, Sunday, Sept. 27. Click here for a print-ready photo of Dr. Hsiao.

WSMA PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
 
Contact
September 28, 2015 Jennifer Hanscom
Chief Executive Officer
(206) 441-9762 or
jen@wsma.org


Seattle psychiatrist named president of state medical association


Seattle, Wash. – Dr. Ray Hsiao was elected president of the Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) at the association’s annual meeting in Spokane, Sunday, Sept. 27. The WSMA represents physicians, resident physicians, medical students and physician-assistants throughout Washington state.

Dr. Hsiao is a child psychiatrist and addiction specialist at Seattle Children’s, where he also serves as the co-director of the adolescent substance abuse program. In addition to his responsibilities at Children’s, Dr. Hsiao serves as an associate professor and director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Training Program at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

Dr. Hsiao received his medical degree from Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. He completed his residency at University of Washington and is triple board certified in psychiatry, addiction psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry.

Dr. Hsiao is also a member of multiple professional associations including the American Psychiatric Association, Washington State Psychiatric Association and the American Medical Association. He has received the American Association of Directors of Psychiatry Residency Training William Sorum Award, as well as multiple teaching awards from the University of Washington School of Medicine and the American Medical Association Foundation.

The following physicians were also elected as officers at the association’s annual meeting: Dr. Shane Macaulay, Bellevue radiologist, president-elect; Dr. Donna Smith, Seattle pediatrician, 1st Vice President; Dr. Tom Schaaf, Spokane family physician, 2nd Vice President; Dr. Bill Hirota, Tacoma gastroenterologist, Secretary-Treasurer; Dr. Nathan Schlicher, Tacoma emergency physician, Assistant Secretary-Treasurer. The seventh officer of WSMA’s Executive Committee is past-president Dr. Brian Seppi, Spokane internist, who will serve as committee chair.


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Published 9/28/2015