Our WASHAA (soon to be HealthAdvocateX!) team is hard at work figuring out how to make our Annual Conference November 5 -6, 2020 really interactive, special and a valuable way to spend your time.  It is hard to believe that we are just about a month away!  In fact, our Early Bird registration rates expire October 6, so remember to register right away.  See the article below for why you might want to register today!
Our topic this year is: Whole Person Advocacy: Integrating Mental Health. For more information about the agenda and our speakers, look here:
We have been delighted to welcome all major advocacy organizations as sponsors, partners and participants - which will help make this year's conference our best effort yet.  Thank you to the following organizations and professionals who are supporting us:
If you haven't yet ordered your Xperience Box, please do so as soon as possible.  An Xperience Box is a physical box of goodies that will accompany some of the sessions and activities that will happen at the conference.  We are charging to cover the costs of items we are putting in the box plus shipping.
We also will be unveiling our HealthAdvocateX logo and branding for our new organization at Session 1 of the conference, on November 5 - we hope you can make it!
  • Meet advocacy leaders (and professional and people who care about health advocacy)
  • Build your network of health advocates from across the country
  • Access to Integrating Mental Health Speakers
  • Early Bird registrations will be eligible to sign up to attend the live recordings of sessions during the month of October
  • If you purchase a ticket to the conference and can't attend all sessions, all CE and other content will be accessible through the APP for at least 3 months
  • CEs for qualifying professions, including BCPAs
  • This conference will be a positive, learning, action-oriented activity 
  • Register early, ticket prices go up October 7!
Stay safe and mask up,

Robin Shapiro
WASHAA Board Chair

Community Conversation
COVID-19 & The Future of Assisted Living
When: October 19, 2020 | 11:00am - 12:00pm (PST)
Where: Online via Zoom (Register Here)
Cost: FREE

Join WASHAA for our Community Conversation about COVID-19 and the Future of Assisted Living.  

As we have learned more about COVID-19 some of our behaviors have changed. We will explore how our current experience will inform how seniors are coping with changes to their home living situation and what the future of Assisted Living may be different. We will also have a COVID-19 update on current news, trends and projections.

Speakers Include:
  • Dale Reisner, MD, Medical Director (OB/GYN Quality & Safety) at Swedish Health Services
  • Nisan Harel, Vice President of Operations, ERA Living
Join us November 5-6, 2020 for our National Virtual Conference focused on health advocacy!

When: November 5-6, 2020 
Where: Online (Register Here)
Cost: $36-$65 (Early Bird rates through Oct. 6!)

We are looking forward to hosting advocates, providers, allied health businesses, patients and caregivers as we gather (virtually!) to explore the topic of Whole Person Advocacy: Integrating Mental Health.

Early Bird Registration is now open through October 6, along with some time-sensitive, limited opportunities related to the conference:
  • Snag an Xperience Box-- A limited number of Xperience Boxes will be available for purchase ($30 plus shipping) to help enhance your participation in the conference. These physical boxes will be filled with fun, educational and useful items to help you engage with the content and networking opportunities offered at the conference.  Boxes will be delivered about a week before the conference.
  • Attend a Recorded Session Live -- A few sessions will be pre-recorded as an on-demand offering during the conference. By buying an Early Bird Ticket, you may be offered the opportunity to attend a session live, as we record it, giving you special access to our speakers. October 16 at 10 am PT will feature Dr. Deanna Minich, MS, PhD, FACN, CNS, IFMCP session on Food & Mood: Scientific Strategies and Clinical Applications - a limited number of early registrations can attend for free.
  • Early access to the Whova App -- We will be hosting our conference through Whova, which is a desktop and phone App.  By registering early, you will have early access to look around and engage in the conference, attendees and exhibitors.

We are working hard to make this conference a really special, valuable way to connect, learn and experience advocacy.  We look forward to seeing you in November!
Mental and behavioral health issues plague our society, but it wasn't until recently that research has proven that including mental health management into clinical care can improve health outcomes and save money.  What does this mean for patient care?  Many states have a goal of integrating mental health into primary care, but is this really happening? Our 8th Annual Conference will explore innovative health care models and programs that show us how integrative health strategies can heal the whole person. While we will be meeting in a virtual environment, please plan to join us for a whole day of learning, engaging with our community and practicing techniques in an interactive and fun way.

Other Meetings & Events You Might Enjoy
The Bridge Health Advocates is offering a 4-month Keystone Program starting on October 4th. 

Fostering Psychological Resilience  
Presented by Ann Marie Roepke, Ph.D.
These are strange and frightening times. More than ever, providers need the skills and relationships that help us to be resilient. Resilience is about making it through hard times with the least suffering and the greatest well-being possible. Participants will explore strategies for building up resilience while managing the impact of 2020's challenges. Topics we will cover include reconnecting with values, meaning and purpose; finding self-compassion as we face challenges; and establishing self-care practices. This interactive training includes lecture, online interaction, and information about tools and activities to use on your own after the training.    

COST = $85 per person

TuesdayOctober 20, 6:00-8:30 PM

This program has been approved for CEUs by the NASW Washington State Chapter. Licensed Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Mental Health Counselors are eligible. Provider number is #1975-459 
Introduction to Motivational Interviewing 
Presented by Ann Marie Roepke, Ph.D.

How can we help our clients make positive changes in their behavior - without nagging, shaming, persuading or arguing? Motivational interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based approach to communication that can help individuals change behaviors they might feel ambivalent about, such as exercising, quitting or changing alcohol/drug use, adopting safer sex practices, taking important medications, starting psychotherapy, or pursuing other personally meaningful goals. In this interactive training, participants have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of MI in a variety of ways including lecture, demonstrations, discussions, and experiential role-play exercises.

COST = $175 per person

·  Part I - Tuesday, October 27, from 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM 
·  Part II - Tuesday, November 3, from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

This program has been approved for 6 CEUs by the NASW Washington State Chapter. Licensed Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Mental Health Counselors are eligible. Provider number is #1975-459.
Law and Ethics Webinar
Recordkeeping for Mental Health Providers | Serve Clients, Protect Providers, and Follow the Law 
Presented by Frances Schopick, JD, MSW
This interactive presentation invites attendees to regard recordkeeping as an opportunity to not only serve clients' needs but to also protect themselves in the event of an audit or legal action.  Attendees learn how to optimize documentation in order to maintain records and write notes that support clinical practice, survive scrutiny, and serve clients as best they can.  
Telehealth questions about the impact and risks of mental health practices rapidly 'going virtual'  will be addressed.

COST = $175 per person

·  Part I - Thursday, October 29, from 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
·  Part II - Thursday, November 5, from 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

This program has been approved for 6 CEUs by the NASW Washington State Chapter. Licensed Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Mental Health Counselors are eligible. Provider number is #1975-459 
Jim deMaine, MD, recently launched his book Facing Death: Finding Dignity, Hope and Healing at the End

Order your signed copies by emailing info@brickandmortarbooks.com.
About the book:
Many books look at end of life and how to die with dignity. In this beautifully written memoir, physician Jim deMaine presents stories-lessons learned from patients and caregivers who taught him about dying. His medical career began in the era when little could be done for what remain our two greatest killers-heart disease and cancer. There were iron lungs but no ventilators. ICU's and CCU's had not yet evolved. Possibly the most distressing was seeing his patients die without the benefit of hospice care. With amazing rapidity, medical science brought us life-saving advances such as hemodialysis and organ transplants.
The progress of medical science is both marvelous and problematic. The advances continue to outpace our ability to thoughtfully and ethically bring new technologies to the bedside. When should they be used? How do we decide how to allocate these advances when resources are scarce or prohibitively expensive? Dr. deMaine's stories are about hopes and fears, about the ethical dilemmas he encountered, about advance care planning, about physician aid in dying, about medical mistakes, and about modern hospice and palliative care. He shares stories that taught him hard, humbling lessons. He shares thoughts about the future and leaving a legacy to our loved ones.
Learn more by reading Jim deMaine's Blogspot
Rules Workshop Announcement
*CR-101 for Telemedicine Rules
WAC 246-919-XXX Physicians
WAC 246-918-XXX Physician Assistants
The Washington Medical Commission (commission) has officially filed a CR-101 with the Office of the Code Reviser on September 17, 2019. The WSR# is 19-19-072.

The commission is considering rulemaking to address the practice of physicians and physician assistants engaging in telemedicine with Washington patients. Possible subjects the commission may address are: what, if any requirements for licensure; record keeping requirements; establishing a patient-practitioner relationship; prescribing issues; and standard of care. Regulating the use of telemedicine would place the commission in an active patient safety role.

Proposed Telemedicine Rules Workshop Meeting

In response to the filing, the Commission will conduct an open public rules workshop on Friday, October 9, beginning at 1:00 pm via GoToWebinar:

Please join this meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (571) 317-3112
Access Code: 767-475-165

This meeting will be open to the public.

In response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, and to promote social distancing, the Medical Commission will not provide a physical location for this meeting. A virtual public meeting, without a physical meeting space, will be held instead.

The purpose of the rules workshop will be to:
  • Explain the state's rulemaking process and timeline;
  • Invite committee members and members of the public to present draft rule language; and
  • Consider possible dates, times, and locations of proposed rules workshops to be scheduled.
Interested parties, stakeholders, and the general public are invited to participate in the rules workshops or provide comments on draft rules.

For more information, please contact Amelia Boyd, Program Manager, Washington Medical Commission at (360) 236-2727 or by email at amelia.boyd@wmc.wa.gov.

See proposed draft language here: TeleMed Draft Language

WASHAA Calendar
October 7: Case Review (Members Only)
October 19: COVID-19 & The Future of Assisted Living (Register Here)
November 5-6: WASHAA Annual Conference - Whole Person Advocacy: Integrating Mental Health (Register Here)
December 6: Professional Networking Meeting

Although WASHAA speakers can give presentation on many topics, here are a few of our popular presentations: 
  • Advance Care Planning (In partnership with Honoring Choices)
  • Taming Your Medicine Cabinet
  • The ABCs of an Effective Doctor Visit
  • Patient Know More...Patient No More!
  • The Emerging Field of Health Advocacy 
  • Safe & Sound in the Hospital: A Short Course in Patient Safety 
  • Volunteer Health Advocate Training: Understanding the Role & Skills to Be Effective
To schedule a speaker for your community, please submit your request here: http://www.washaa.org/request-a-presentation.html

Have a topic you wish we offered? Let us know - let's talk!
Do you have something you would like to share with the WASHAA community?

Please submit ideas to 

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