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WPHP Advocates For Participants

WPHP works to protect and enhance the confidentiality of our participants. We’ve compiled a list to highlight some of the hard work we’ve done over the past year.

Recently, Dr. Bundy interviewed with InvestigateTV to explain how confidentiality for physicians translates to safer care for patients.

A few weeks ago, in partnership with the Washington State Medical Association and the Washington Medical Commission, WPHP was successful in preserving an important protection for participant confidentiality in the public records act. 

WPHP introduced legislation in 2022 that adds enhanced confidentiality protections for program participants. SSB 5496 passed with overwhelming bipartisan support.

In November 2021, WPHP worked closely with the Washington Medical Commission to remove licensure questions about health history, replacing them with an advisory that points to WPHP. The amended application only asks about current impairing or potentially impairing substance use that is not known to WPHP.

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Thank you, WSMA for sharing this important article on burnout among health care workers in Washington! 

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COVID-19 Vaccine updates from WSMA

Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) is leading COVID-19 vaccination education efforts in Washington and has up-to-date information for health care workers needing vaccinations.  

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WSMA statement of the death of George Floyd

WPHP endorses and supports WSMA’s Statement on the Death of George Floyd. We are actively working to intensify opportunities to identify and counter systemic racism within our organization, the health care system and beyond. Thank you WSMA for leading the way!

 

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Caring for Caregivers

Caring for Caregivers: WSMA resources to help sustain health professionals during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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WSMA PSA #6: Staying well mentally & physically

Thank you for helping us stay well during this difficult time Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) !

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What your doctor wants you to know: Is it a cold or COVID-19?

Another PSA from the Washington State Medical Association:

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WSMA PSA on COVID-19 #2

Check out the second installment of Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) sharing about COVID-19

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COVID-19 Resources for Health Care Professionals

WSMA has great resources on COVID-19 for health care professionals to reference. Please check out this video from WSMA’s president, Dr. Hirota or visit their informational page.

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