Congressman Derek Kilmer visits with Tacoma radiologists and learns their concerns

On Friday, July 7, 2017, Congressman Derek Kilmer, along with a staff member from his district office, toured the Carol Milgard Breast Center in Tacoma. Dr. Wei-Shin Wang provided a tour of the site and explained the advantages of new technologies such as tomosynthesis breast imaging. Representative Kilmer then spent time talking with radiologists from CMBC and other WSRS members from the Pierce County area. The meeting explored the many economic and policy challenges of delivering high quality healthcare.

WSRS coordinated the meeting at the request of Rep. Kilmer, who had wanted to meet with physicians who practice in the major healthcare systems in his district. WSRS Government Affairs Chair Dr. Phil Lund, along with his colleague Dr. Doug Seiler, were instrumental in helping set up the meeting. Thank you to the staff and radiologists at Carol Milgard Breast Center for their warm hospitality.

If your practice would like to invite a congressional representative or a state legislator for a visit, please let Debra Alderman in the WSRS office know.

Dr Wang welcomes Rep Kilmer and WSRS members to CMBC
Dr Wang welcomes Rep Kilmer and WSRS members to CMBC

 

Dr Wang explains tomo to Rep Kilmer & staffer
Dr Wang explains tomo to Rep Kilmer & staffer

 

Rep Kilmer - far left - listens to concerns of radiologists during visit to CMBC
Rep Kilmer – far left – listens to concerns of radiologists during visit to CMBC

 

Rep Derek Kilmer meets radiologists at CMBC
Rep Derek Kilmer meets radiologists at CMBC

 

Congressman Kilmer - center - discusses healthcare policy challenges with radiologists while touring CMBC
Congressman Kilmer – center – discusses healthcare policy challenges with radiologists while touring CMBC

 

Day of Advocacy in Washington DC, May 24, 2017

A large delegation of WSRS delegation, including radiologists from the Seattle area, Spokane and Vancouver, WA, visited the offices of members of Congress and Washington State’s senators on Wednesday, May 24 during the ACR Annual Meeting.

Attendees were fully prepared by the ACR Government Relations team for their meetings and they did an excellent job of expressing our top legislative priorities including:

  • The importance of coverage by Medicare for CT colonography
  • Requesting full funding for the NIH for 2018 and beyond
  • Advocating for preservation of patient access to early detection cancer screens

For more information on the topics WSRS leaders and their colleagues from around the country discussed with lawmakers, visit the links below, prepared by the ACR’s Government Relations team.

group at capitol in DC 5-24-17
Part of the group of WSRS members and members-in-training in DC for the annual ACR Day of Advocacy on Capitol Hill in Washington DC on 5-24 17, paused between appointments at Congressional offices for a photo with the Capitol Dome in the background. Left to right: Marie Lee, MD; Phil Smith, MD; Jeff Robinson, MD; Peter Eby, MD; Eric Stern, MD; Pooja Voria, MD (WSRS President); Keegan Hovis, MD; Jonathan Medverd, MD; Berthina Coleman, MD; Ed Kim, MD; and Aaron Daub, MD.
prepping for hill day 2017
Before heading out to meet with Washington State’s Congressional delegation, WSRS members and members-in-training paused for a brief prep session. This group demonstrates the strength of WSRS in bringing together the combined insights of colleagues from a variety of practice settings. On the left side of the table are Peter Eby, MD; Marie Lee, MD and two of their residents, Phil Smith, MD and Emily Johnson, MD, all from Virginia Mason Medical Center. On the right side of the table are four UW affiliated WSRS members: Jeff Robinson, MD; resident Berthina Coleman, MD; Jonathan Medverd, MD; and (back to camera) Ed Kim, a radiation oncologist from SCCA/UW.
7th District Rads outside Jayapal office
While waiting to meet with the legislative director of their Congressional representative, Pramila Jayapal, radiologists and radiation oncologists from Washington State’s 7th District pause for a brief photo. Left to right, Ed Kim, MD; Tom Anderson, MD, PhD; Keegan Hovis, MD; Phil Smith, MD; Aaron Daub, MD; Pooja Voria, MD, MBA, (WSRS president); Marie Lee, MD; Peter Eby, MD.
Jayapal office visit 5-24-17
WSRS members from Washington State’s 7th Congressional District visited with freshman Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal’s Legislative Director Ven Neralla (far right) regarding legislative priorities including Medicare coverage for CT colonography. WSRS has invited the Congresswoman to visit a radiology practice when she is back in Seattle later this year to help familiarize her with the work of radiologists and their role in healthcare.
Kilmer – Lund – Morgan 5-24-17 in DC
Congressman Derek Kilmer, left, Dr. Phil Lund (center) and Dr. Gail Morgan had a productive conversation about the importance of access to preventive screenings during the day of advocacy on Capitol Hill in Washington DC on 5-24-17.
Young Radiologists on Capitol Hill
While meeting with Congressman Derek Kilmer, three WSRS members from around the state enjoyed the opportunity to share what they love about their profession. Left to right: Som Prabhu, MD of Spokane; Baiju Shah, MD of Tacoma and Emily Johnson, MD of Seattle.
Cathy McMorris Rodgers with WSRS members
A delegation of WSRS members, led by Spokane radiologist Som Prabhu, MD (third from right), visited with Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (center) during their day on Capitol Hill in DC on 5-24-17.
Denny Heck with WSRS members
Two WSRS members who live in the 10th Congressional District visited with their Congressman, Denny Heck during the ACR’s advocacy day in DC on 5-24-17. WSRS board member Kathy Choi-Chinn, MD (center), and her colleague Baiju Shah, MD (second from right) brought along colleagues Dr. Som Prabhu, of Seattle, (far left) and Dr. Emily Johnson, of Seattle, (far right).

WSRS Day of Advocacy in Olympia, 2017

WSRS group at state capitol 1-26-17
WSRS group at state capitol
Dr Medverd provides pre-lobbying briefing on issues
Dr Medverd provides pre-lobbying briefing on issues
WSRS meeting with Jason McGill of governor's healthcare policy staff
WSRS meeting with Jason McGill of governor’s healthcare policy staff
WSRS delegation visits Rep Christine Ryu 1-26-17 - cropped
WSRS delegation visits Rep Christine Ryu
Tacoma rads & Madigan resident Anne Gunn visit Sen O'Ban 1-26-17
Tacoma rads & Madigan resident Anne Gunn visit Sen O’Ban
Tacoma area radiologists & lobbyist Jim Hedrick 1-26-17
Tacoma area radiologists & lobbyist Jim Hedrick
Senator Sam Hunt - center - with WSRS advocacy day participants 1-26-17
Senator Sam Hunt – center – with WSRS advocacy day participants
members & members in training in the rotunda 1-26-17
members & members in training in the rotunda
Lobbyist Jim Hedrick gives schedule updates during lunch break
Lobbyist Jim Hedrick gives schedule updates during lunch break

If you have questions about WSRS government relations activities or would like to get involved, please contact executive director Debra Alderman:  debra@wsrs.org or 206-956-3650.