We are stronger when united. Benton Franklin County Medical Society (BFCMS) unites local physicians and physician assistants of all specialties and practice settings and provides you with valuable tools to support you in practice.
“Membership in BFCMS has provided me with the warmest interactions with colleagues and executive staff that I have experienced in my career. Members are from all over the area and we relate like family is supposed to. There have also been many fascinating presentations at the meetings. I hate to think of all I would have missed had I not joined.” Otolaryngologist, Member since 1985
Mission: Improving the health of our community and enhancing professional satisfaction through advocacy, education and collegiality.
Vision: We aim to empower our diverse community of members to deliver the best possible patient care by being their premier resource for education and support.
We reach this mission by focusing on advocacy and outreach, fostering community partnerships, increasing professional satisfaction and maintaining association sustainability.
BFCMS Value Proposition includes:
Advocacy-Helping to advance issues important to physicians.
Education-Providing high quality CME for members.
Collegiality- Providing opportunities for members from all practice settings to gather together.
- Tuition discount for “Mindfulness for Healthcare Providers” course to help our members face the very real issue of burnout
- Employment contract review service discount
- Complimentary financial planning services through our partners at Waddell and Reed
- Six dinner meetings featuring CME for clinical and non-clinical topics
- Reduced registration for our annual CME Seminar, held in early spring each year
Advocacy and Outreach
BFCMS has a close relationship with the Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) and our local legislators which allows us to educate and influence our representatives when medical issues affecting your practice are debated and voted on in the state legislature.
In 2018, WSMA achieved several key legislative accomplishments, including measures that will:
- Provide a $13.8 million bump to pediatric primary care reimbursement for Medicaid providers
- Provide a $6.15 million increase to Medication Assisted Therapy (from Medicaid to Medicare rates)
- Provide assistance with Prescription Monitoring Program/EMR Integration
- No new taxes on physicians will be implemented
Opioids: HB 1427 (2017)- Implements safe opioid prescribing rules, expands access to and use of the Prescription Monitoring Program, includes access to medication assisted treatment (MAT).
HB1047- Drug Take-Back: Creates a system for safe and secure collection and disposal of unwanted medications
Balance Billing: Dead for 2018, but we’ll continue to follow for 2019.
Tobacco 21: Would raise the legal age of sale to 21 for tobacco and vapor products. Considering 95% of tobacco users start before 21, could be beneficial. Did not pass.
Market Stabilization: HB 2408- Two part solution which ensures access to individual insurance market coverage across the state. Passed
Maintenance of Certification: HB 2257- Confirms in law the prohibition of use of MOC for licensure. Passed.
We provide three delegates on your behalf to the WSMA Annual Meeting, where policy is established for the year. Additionally, we represent you in our community with groups such as the Benton Franklin Community Health Alliance, Health Access Team and Greater Columbia Accountable Community of Health. These committees address such community concerns as ED overuse and access to care in our community.
The BFCMS Annual CME Seminar provides Category I CME credit close to home. We recruit regional and national speakers for this annual activity. As a member, you receive a $100 discount on your registration.
We remain the only neutral forum where physicians and physician assistants from all practice settings can come together with other physicians and physician assistants for business and social purposes.
The BFCMS office receives numerous calls from patients needing a referral for a new physician or physician assistant or help finding a specialist. We provide referral information for our members only.
General Source of Information
We serve as a general source of information for your medical practice. If we are unable to provide you with an answer, we will link you to the source that can.
Members receive our monthly electronic newsletter, which focuses on timely topics and regional and national health issues. New members and upcoming events are also highlighted. BFCMS Members are highlighted on the website in the membership directory.
To apply for membership, complete the membership profile form. Please contact Nicole at 509 943-8817 with any additional questions.