WSRS members visit legislators & express their concerns on healthcare legislation
On February 1, 2018, members of WSRS from around the state traveled to Olympia to advocate for policy that assures healthcare access and safety for members of the public. The delegation included residents and fellows from the radiology and radiation oncology training programs at the University of Washington, along with residents from Virginia Mason and Madigan Army Medical Center. While the majority of the participants were from the Seattle area, we also had participation by radiologists from Tacoma, Gig Harbor and as far away as Spokane and Prosser. This year for the first time two members of the Radiology Business Managers Association (RBMA) Washington Chapter participated alongside the physicians.
The participants met with their state representatives and senators and had a group meeting with Jason McGill from the governor’s healthcare policy team. Among the topics of discussion with policymakers were bills relating to notification of breast density, insurance coverage for tomosynthesis (3D mammography, and the issue of narrow insurance networks and their affect on patients.
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 contact the WSRS.
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.