Dr. Brian Seppi has been elected president of the Washington State Medical Association.
Seppi, 51, an internal medicine physician who practices in Spokane and is part of not-for-profit Providence Health & Services, said in a release his main priorities over the next year will be addressing physician shortages, and funding medical education and behavioral health. He replaced Dr. Dale Reisner,
a maternal-fetal medicine physician who will stay involved with the association as a committee chairman.
Washington state saw an influx of lowincome people enroll in Medicaid in the past year, as part of the program’s expansion under the Affordable Care Act. About 300,000 state residents gained Medicaid coverage. But now officials are looking to see if there are enough primary-care doctors in the state to handle the increased patient volume.