2021 marks the 50th anniversary of the 1971 founding of the University of Washington Department of Family Medicine. To mark the occasion, the department is planning a monthly virtual speaker series to highlight some of the graduates, alumni, and members of the UW and WWAMI family medicine community as well as their successes and the wisdom they…

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The Department of Health and Human Services has issued Practice Guidelines that will allow all physicians to prescribe buprenorphine for opioid use disorder. For the first time since buprenorphine was FDA-approved for opioid use disorder nearly twenty years ago, physicians will be able to prescribe this medication to people with opioid use disorder without undergoing redundant,…

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Application Open January 5 Through March 1, 2021 Washington Health Corps programs encourage licensed health professionals to provide primary care at approved sites in critical shortage areas. The programs provide financial assistance through loan repayment to participants working at eligible sites. Visit the Washington Health Corps website to learn more and apply. Questions About the Application? …

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(Via WMC): The Washington Medical Commission (WMC) is currently accepting applications to fill upcoming vacancies. The WMC helps make sure physicians and physician assistants are competent and provide quality medical care. We are looking for people willing to study the issues and make decisions in the best interest of the public. Our member selection reflects…

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Click here for the Washington Health Alliance’s blog post, containing a link to the full interview with Dr. Lofy. Topics covered include: the latest information on COVID illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths; the practicalities involved with storing the Pfizer vaccine at negative 80°; which groups will receive the vaccine during Phase 1A distribution; the mechanisms for notifying…

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2021 marks the 50th anniversary of the 1971 founding of the University of Washington Department of Family Medicine. To mark the occasion, the department is planning a monthly virtual speaker series to highlight some of the graduates, alumni, and members of our UW and WWAMI family medicine community as well as their successes and the wisdom they have…

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WAFP invites its Pierce County Chapter members to hear from, and exchange ideas with, Tacoma-Pierce County Director of Health Anthony Chen, MD, MPH. The meeting will be held Tuesday, Jan. 12, at noon. Meeting information will be distributed to registrants closer to the meeting date. To register, please send an email to brian@wafp.net.

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Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s emergency order regarding telehealth has been extended to Jan. 10. The order directs all state-regulated health insurers to: Continue coverage for providing telehealth via methods including telephone and video chat tools such as Facetime, Facebook Messenger video chat, Google Hangout video, Skype, and Go-to-Meeting. Cover all medically necessary diagnostic testing…

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The Bree Collaborative Primary Care Workgroup has issued draft recommendations, which are intended as a step towards system-wide and individual-level changes to support payment reform and build a health care system that truly meets the needs of a diverse population. The workgroup’s goal is to foster a common understanding of primary care: defining primary care,…

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