Below is a brief update of some recent WSRS activities pertinent to your practices. As always, all members are invited and encouraged to get involved and contribute to their professional Society. Contact myself or our association executive, Debra Alderman, email@example.com, for more information.
WSRS continues to promote membership interests in Olympia and Washington DC. Consistent with the tenets of Information, Interaction, Advocacy and Membership Value, we strive to maximize opportunities for our profession in the current political, economic and societal environment.
Breast Density mandatory communication legislation was proposed in our state this year (SB 6050). Your Society has been impactful answering to the demands of this issue. A WSRS Breast Density Task Force composed of prominent regional breast imagers was rapidly organized, and a WSRS Statement on Breast Density Communication was issued. Advocacy continued during the 2nd Annual WSRS Day in Olympia (January 29, 2014). A contingent of 22 radiologists, nuclear medicine physicians, radiology oncologists and members-in-training educated legislators as well as key aides, such as Jason McGill, our Governor's Health Care Policy Director, regarding the current science and nuances relevant to breast density and breast cancer imaging at 20 face-to-face meetings. Injection of our expertise into this emotional issue was critical in maintaining a rational framework for discussion and guiding legislator response to this bill. At the time of this writing, it is predicted that SB 6050 will die in committee this session.
Other topics pursued in Olympia this year included support for prior authorization reforms and telemedicine, as well as the general message that WSRS is present and always available to assist policy makers with information and expertise pertaining to medical imaging and image-guided therapies.
On a national level, members are encouraged to review and support The SGR Repeal and Medicare Beneficiary Access Act (H.R. 4015/S. 2000). Use the convenient ACR Take Action link. Remember to send out both messages (Message 1 to your House representative; Message 2 to your Senate representatives). The action link guides you through the entire process and it only takes a minute or two to support this important legislation.
Finally, do please Save the Date of the upcoming WSRS Annual Meeting to be held at the Heathman Hotel in Kirkland on November 8, 2014. More details on this important meeting will follow later this year.
Jonathan Medverd, MD
President, Washington State Radiological Society
Washington residents now have a new way to find, compare and enroll in health insurance. It's called Washington Healthplanfinder, and it allows individuals, families, and small business owners to choose the plan that best fits their needs and their budget. Enrollment is open now and coverage begins January 1, 2014. Please visit the WSMA for health benefit exchange physician resources.