The President’s Corner: Spring 2012

Welcome to our second electronic newsletter for the WANP! We hope you are as excited as we are about this new platform and the movement away from paper! It has been a very busy time for us here at the WANP as we get up to speed on our new format and continue to build, what we hope, will be a repository of information on our practices and medicine for the future.

In addition to our PR activities, the governmental affairs committee has been hard at work, building relationships with other professional groups as we work toward more equality in practice. Dialogue with other professions and our supporters in Olympia will be vital to our success in diminishing the disparity that currently exists between practice types. This also means that timing and political environment will mean everything to our ultimate success. I hope that you consider donating to our PAC fund so that we may support those legislators who support us in our mission. Even outside of active sessions and bills in Olympia, we have friends and long-time supporters who require the PAC funds for tough races in the fall. We need to be able to support our supporters through our donations to their campaigns.

The ‘every category of provider’ legislation will be helpful to us in the near future, but is not sufficient protection. There have been those in the medical community who have published papers critiquing our training as primary care, despite all evidence to the contrary. We will come up against this, and other battles in the next few years, so we depend on your support and participation

The new healthcare reform legislation that is being hotly debated at the federal level is also of vital interest to our profession, here and nationally. I encourage you to all get involved, get educated and know what this could mean to each of us and our practices. The AANP is actively working to get us added to the federal legislation and our House of Delegates members, Drs. Bizzy Riley, Amy Hobson, Pamela Snider and Jared Zeff will be the WANP’s voice on this and other matters at the AANP. But this does not mean that the WANP and every doctor in Washington is off the hook! As it stands right now, many decisions on how the healthcare reform mandates will be executed will be at the state level.

This means your membership and support of the WANP is critical to our inclusion in the new policies. The ‘every category of provider’ legislation will be helpful to us in the near future, but is not sufficient protection. There have been those in the medical community who have published papers critiquing our training as primary care, despite all evidence to the contrary. We will come up against this, and other battles in the next few years, so we depend on your support and participation. There are many opportunities for participation and education of our medical colleagues, if you have any interest in helping the WANP, and others, make an impact on primary care in Washington, please give the Dr. May a call out our office.

Here’s to growth in our profession starting this spring!

Dr. Mona Fahoum

 

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