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Advocacy

Leadership within Medicine

  • Vice-Chair, WA State AMA Delegation
  • Specialty Advisor, AMA RUC
  • Chair, SocioEconomic and Government Relations Committee for Am. College of Radiation Oncology
  • Chair, TC-LINC committee (we successfully developed EHR interoperability among 3 rival hospital systems in our community – see below)
  • Past President, Benton Franklin County Medical Society

Projects

2004

Young Physicians approached the medical society for help with EMR interoperability issues related to multiple local hospitals, labs, imaging centers. I was tasked with creation and made Chair of a county wide task force involving administrators, community members and physicians. We successfully ensure that all local medical information was shared through a common access point based on our recommendations.

2005

A rural health clinic decided to replace their primary care physicians with PA/ARNP. When several young physicians approached me for help; I was able to work through the medical society to chair a task force with other physicians to successfully reverse this decision. These young physicians were able to remain at the clinic.

2006

As an advisory board member to a non profit think tank within WA state, I was the lead physician in developing and planning a symposium on medical homes. I developed content, made recommendations for speakers and facilitated the session as a moderator. The audience included physicians, hospitals, large employers, hospitals and insurers.

2010

A local hospital updated medical staff bylaws that were more prohospital. I was contacted by physicians on Medical Executive Committee regarding this delicate situation. I was able to facilitate the process whereby the Chief of Staff and WA State Medical Association helped revise these to make it consistent with AMA model medical staff bylaws.


Young local surgeons felt that hospital mandatory call coverage was getting onerous with physician departures, and was not addressed in their employment contracts. As a member of the surgical medical staff, I was approached for help and guidance. I attended meetings and together we worked through to resolve this. Thereafter I was asked if I would accept a nomination for Chief of Surgery but this would have taken away time from my practice and declined.


For more than a year, I hosted a biweekly call-in radio show “CancerChat with Dr. Rege” where our goal was to encourage healthy behavior such as promoting screenings, encouraging community members to get insurance coverage, debunk myths about cancer and treatments, etc.

2012

The company I worked for had an 18 year old contract and long standing relationship with the local hospitals. This was terminated without cause; and my partner and I elected to remain practicing in town. We transitioned from working with the hospitals to a small group (3 physicians). We did not have student loans which enabled us to get a bank loan to begin our own private practice clinic.


Patients approached me about financial hardships they were incurring. I helped one community member establish a 501-3C nonprofit which they named “Northwest Cancer Foundation”. This foundation has successfully obtained a Susan Komen grant; and partners with the American Cancer Society to provide funding for co-pays, medications, wigs, transportation etc.

2012 - 2015

I mentor multiple residents who rotate through the clinic; and have had several residents stay at my home while doing rotations at the local hospital or my clinic.

2013

Breast cancer patients asked for my help in creating a local event to honor breast cancer patients, survivors and loved ones. Physicians and other community leaders joined patients on an hour long hike up Badger hill carrying pink balloons. Patients have asked for resources to help them integrate back into the community after cancer treatments. I spear-headed formation of a nonprofit survivor organization. We are in the process of getting grants for this.

2015

Young physicians working in large health systems within WA state have seen their employment contracts renegotiated to incorporate metrics for quality. I have become the go-to person for helping young physicians get information available via our AMA and other sources.

Present

Several young physicians have had inquiries from MQAC (the State agency responsible for investigating the complaint’s merit and when appropriate, disciplining the physician). I am able to work through the local medical society and our local state insurance company to provide access to resources and give advice to help resolve these.


My husband and I are involved at the local Boys and Girls Club; where a group of us mentor young children who generally come from households facing difficulty (e.g. alcoholism, drug use, homelessness). Previously, my husband and I volunteered at the ARC which is for handicapped children including autism.

Other

  • For more than a year, I hosted a biweekly call-in radio show “CancerChat with Dr. Rege” where our goal was to encourage healthy behavior such as promoting screenings, encouraging community members to get insurance coverage, debunk myths about cancer and treatments, etc.
  • Editor, Western Regional Newsletter (while at UCLA Medical School)