Washington Medical Case Management Association
Washington Medical Case Management Association

January 2020

In This Issue
Meet Your New 2020-2022 President
Register! January Lunch & Learn
Special Report: WMCMA GIVES BACK
WMCMA's Meetings & Events for 2020
Welcome New WMCMA Members
Missing Your CEUs?
Do You Have a Position to Fill? Advertise with WMCMA
Do you need more CEs? Other Events / Educational Offerings

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President's Message
Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2020. I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays with their family and friends. I was fortunate to spend Christmas with my daughter and her husband in Montana where we enjoyed a white Christmas. It was fun and relaxing to have some down time.

What a fabulous time we had at the Annual Holiday Party and WMCMA Gives Back at the Museum of Flight. I hope everyone was able to take advantage of touring the museum. It was great to see everyone having fun with the bidding on the auction items and raffles. Everyone was so generous during the silent auction and raffle and we raised $2654 for the Alzheimer's Association. Roxanne Gossard was an excellent speaker and it's wonderful to support an organization that is passionate about research and treatment of disease that is so devastating. The food that was donated was taken to the Whidbey Island Food Bank. Thanks to Laura Opson who delivered the food and to all who were generous to donate.

As I reflect on the past year WMCMA had some challenges however as case managers we rallied and had a successful year. We were creative in February by attending an all virtual meeting due to the snow. We had 3 successful conferences and 5 enlightening lunch and learns.

We are planning for 2020 and have several topics in the pipeline and the plans for the Spring Conference are underway. If you have ideas for a topic of interest, please email us at contactwmcma@gmail.com. We are excited to be at 2 new venues this year MBK at Northgate and Madison House in Kirkland. Our Spring conference will be at the Embassy Suites in Tukwila. The August mini conference will be held at Warm Beach and Fall conference will be at the Lynnwood Convention Center.

My term as president has come to an end and as I reflect on the past two years it has been an honor to serve as your president of such a great professional organization. I will still be an active participant both locally and nationally. As case managers we need to promote the profession of case management.
As I close, I want you to ponder on this challenge: Take a moment and reflect on how you treat others in your life, not just those closest to you but everyone.
See you at the next meeting.

Kathy Parry, RN BSN CCM
WMCMA Past President 2018-2019
The Changing of the Guard. Meet Your New WMCMA 2020-2022 President

Laura Opson, RN-D, LNCC, CCM
Happy 2020 Case Managers, WMCMA Members, Supporters and Sponsors!
As I take of the gavel, thank you all for your support in professional Case Management and certification.
As we move to 2020, I reflect on the educational goals accomplished by WMCMA in 2019.  WMCMA sponsors two, full day conferences and one mini, half day conference each year, six Lunch-and-Learns and one holiday giving event.
Did you know if you attend all WMCMA events, you would obtain upward of 20 CEUs applicable to your Case Management certification and many of those apply to your other certifications including Registered Nurse and Social work.  While we hope each of you can attend the conferences and Lunch-and-Learns in person, you can also attend by phone and still earn the same credits.
WMCMA and CMSA have always been the voice of the Professional Case Manager.  Our Hats are off to the many talented Case Managers.  WMCMA would not be what it is today without our members, Committee Chairs and board members and volunteers.  Let's make 2020 our best year by starting with marking your calendars for our meetings and conferences here in the northwest but also for the CMSA Annual National Conference, June 28 to July 2, in "Bean Town", Boston, MA.
Looking forward to seeing you on January 9, 2020 and beyond!
Laura T. Opson,  RN-D, LNCC, CCM
President WMCMA 2020-2022
Register! WMCMA January Lunch & Learn

"Understanding the Role & Function of the LTC Ombudsman"  1.0 CE
Thursday, January 09, 2020

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 
Check-In 11:15 ~ Networking
Program/Lunch 11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

The Creekside, MBK Senior Living
18200 Woodinville Snohomish Rd, Woodinville, WA 98072

$15 CMSA/WMCMA Members; $30 Non-Members
Webinar/ Call In: $10
First Time Attendees and Current Nursing Students Attend for Free  

This program has been pre-approved by The Commission for Case Manager Certification to provide continuing education credit to CCM® board certified case managers for a total of 1.0 CE hours.

Our Speaker:  
Amy Freeman
Attorney for Washington State LTC Ombudsman

Amy Freeman is an attorney in private practice in Seattle.
Since 2013, she has represented the WA State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program-a private program that advocates for the rights of people who live in long-term care facilities.  She is on the executive committee of the Elder Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association. Before representing the Ombudsman Program, she worked as an elder law attorney with Columbia Legal Services in Seattle, providing representation to low-income clients and community education to social workers and other advocates for seniors. Before relocating to Seattle, she practiced employment law and class action litigation in the Los Angeles office of O'Melveny & Myers. 

Prior to law school, Ms. Freeman worked for a variety of organizations that serve low-income seniors.

Do you know someone that could benefit from this education? Please invite them! First time guests and students are free. Our mission is to support the professional advancement of Case Managers, RNs and Social Workers and to educate as many as possible on these valuable topics.

THANK YOU Valued Sponsor for making this meeting possible !


What a great turnout at the Annual Holiday Party and Charity Auction, WMCMA GIVES BACK! Thank you to all that participated and shared in making this event a success by attending and bringing silent auction and raffle auction items. We had more donations than we have ever had and over $2600 was raised for our charity recipient The Alzheimer's Association of WA.

Kathy Parry, 2018-2020, transfers the gavel to Laura Opson, 2020-2022
Welcoming the new WMCMA Board Members

So many lovely items filled the raffle tables!

The silent auction tables were bursting with bid items!

Thank you to our Table Sponsors! Below is a special feature on each of them.

Thank you GCU for being a key sponsor!

AMR supports our Charity Auction every year. Thank you!

Just a few of WMCMA's valued members and friends!

A HUGE THANK YOU to our Sponsors who made this charity event possible.

Gold Sponsors
AMR logo American Medical Response   https://www.amr.net/home
Patient Focused. Customer Centered. Caregiver Inspired.
AMR is committed to making a difference by caring for people in need. Our national reach and extensive experience allows us to deliver a wide range of services to communities nationwide, from managing entire emergency medical systems to private-public partnerships that best serve an area's needs.

Grand Canyon University is a private non-profit Christian University. We are dedicated to helping our students change their lives for the better through education. We offer both undergraduate and graduate options with over 150 online programs to ensure you reach your goals. Programs in healthcare, education, business, nursing and more. Learn about GCU today from our Local WA State Rep and WMCMA partner Wendy Overend, PhD -  wendy.overend@gcu.edu  - 206 771 1495.

Table Sponsors
Advanced Lifeline Respiratory Services  http://alsvents.com/
Specialists In Long-Term Care Ventilator and Respiratory Care Programs
Advanced Lifeline Respiratory Services (ALRS) has been providing respiratory care services through skilled nursing facilities since 1989. Working in facilities across multiple states, we give superior care to patients with ventilator management, tracheotomy care or other respiratory needs. Our role as independent contractors allows us to remain at the forefront of respiratory treatment practices.

Arris Healthcare  https://arrishealth.com/
Your Partner in Respiratory Care
We are a team of dedicated professionals with more than 30 years of experience in subacute unit start-up, compliance, respiratory staffing and profitability. We offer the most up-to-date subacute services, with a traditional, personal business relationship.  

Dispatch Health is the new mobile urgent care service in Washington state - we are bringing back the house call by delivering high acuity medical services to the home or office. We are covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most third party insurances. We do not require any sign-up or membership and we are easily accessible by phone, fax or our APP. Please call 425.553.0937 Option #1 to request care. We are open every day of the week including all holidays from 8am -10pm. We look forward to sharing in your care.
Interim Healthcare  https://www.interimhealthcare.com/
First in Compassion. First in Comprehensive Care. First in Home Care. When taking the first step towards finding care, you likely have many questions.  The one thing you do know is that you want only the very best. As the first nationwide home care company, we've put over 50 years of experience into our signature standard of care, HomeLife Enrichment®. It is the most comprehensive approach to home care available, designed to encompass care for the whole individual - mind, body and spirit, in addition to care for the family. That's why Interim has been the first choice for so many families for over five decades.  

MBK Senior Living has six Independent and Assisted Living Communities in this local area.   At MBK we have a company philosophy called Yoi Shigoto, which translated means "The Good Work".  At MBK it is a way of life for us.  We support and honor nurses, case managers and all of the hospital and clinic administration who we feel epitomize our philosophy every day.  As a new member of the WMCMA, MBK is pleased to be hosting three seminars next year.  We are also proud to announce that MBK Senior Living is the new co-sponsor of "The DAISY Foundation" Nurse Awards, at the Evergreen Health Care Hospital in Kirkland.  We would like to thank the WMCMA and DAISY Foundation for the opportunity to express our appreciation and support for all of the good work that they do for our seniors.
Mukilteo Memory Care  is a new community purposely designed and built to care for Residents with Alzheimer's and other related memory impairments. Our personal care Resident-centered program, life enrichment activities, as well as partnerships with healthcare professionals make Mukilteo Memory Care a leader in the Mukilteo and Harbour Pointe area. Our team members strive to provide customer service excellence,  and a friendly and warm environment where Residents and family members feel at home and well taken care of. Our Community features beautiful interior design, easy pathways for Residents, a variety of social and activity areas, restaurant-style dining room on each floor and a wonderful outdoor courtyard including gardening area, water feature and benches for relaxing and enjoying fresh air. Interested in touring? Call Sheila Snyder at
425-267-0808 or e-mail at  ssnyder@mukilteomemorycare.com

Option Care  https://optioncare.com/
Option Care is the nation's largest independent provider of home and alternate site infusion services. We are building new partnerships across healthcare, putting patients at the center of our personalized, compassionate approach to care. Together, we are increasing the quality of infusion therapy and care, reducing healthcare costs, and making a positive difference in each patient's life. We service patients of all ages from pediatrics to geriatrics. We are the company to call for all your infusion needs.  

United Healthcare  https://www.uhc.com/medicare
For four decades, UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement has served the health care coverage needs of millions of seniors and other Medicare beneficiaries with varying needs and circumstances and grown to become the preferred choice of more beneficiaries than any other company.  United Healthcare serves more than 200,000 people in Washington through its portfolio of Medicare Advantage, Medicare Supplement and Part D prescription drug plans.

Mark Your Calendars! WMCMA's 2020 Events
WMCMA meets the second Thursday of each month for our Lunch & Learn program except for the months of June and  July. Our Conference months are May, August and October. We are excited to be back at the Lynnwood Convention Center for our Annual Fall Conference in October! Our Spring Conference in May will be at the Embassy Suites near the Sea-Tac Airport and if you have not yet joined us for our August morning conference at Warmbeach in Stanwood, put it on your must-attend list now. We are excited about our educational offerings and locations this year and look forward to seeing you at as many as possible. Get ready for a great year of case management education, networking and career enhancement!

1/09/ 2020  11:30am - 1:00pm   The Creekside, MBK Senior Living, Seattle 1.0 ce
2/13/2020  11:30am - 1:00pm   Madison House, Kirkland 1.0 ce
3/12/2020  11:30am - 1:00pm   MBK Northgate Plaza, Seattle 1.0 ce
4/09/2020  11:30am - 1:00pm   Madison House, Kirkland 1.0 ce
5/21/2020 8:00am - 4:00pm     WMCMA Annual Spring Conference
                                  South Seattle, WA 6.0  Ce
6/2019 - NO JUNE MEETING,  CMSA National Conf is June 28 - July 2

8/13/2020 - 8 :30am - 11:30am  Summer Mini-Conference, 
 at Warm Beach Community Center 3.0 Ce 
9/10/ 2020  -  11:30am - 1:00pm  MBK Northgate Plaza, Seattle WA , 1.0 Ce
10/08/2020 - 8:00am - 4:00pm    WMCMA Annual Fall Conference & Expo  
                            at Lynnwood, 6.0 Ce
11/12/2020  11:30am - 1:00pm   Madison House, Kirkland 1.0 Ce
12/10/2020 1:00pm - 4:30pm      Holiday Party & Silent Charity Auction                                                                       at  Museum Of Flight

2020 Annual Special Events:

WMCMA Annual Spring Conference & Expo 6.0 CEs
Thursday, May 21  2020 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton, Seattle Tacoma Airport Hotel
8:00am to 4:00 pm

WMCMA Summer Mini-Conference 3.0 CEs
Thursday, August 13, 2020 at Warm Beach Senior Community in Stanwood, WA
8:30am to 11:30 am
WMCMA Annual Fall Conference & Expo 6.0 CEs
Thursday, October 08, 2020 at the 
Lynnwood Convention Center in Lynnwood, WA
8:00am to 4:00 pm

WMCMA Holiday Party & Silent Charity Auction:
Thursday, December 10th, 2020 at Museum Of Flight
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm - open museum tours
1:30 pm to 4:30 pm Silent Auction/Presentation & Holiday Party

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS! Are you taking full advantage of your  CMSA/WMCMA membership?

We encourage you to recognize the education opportunities  that are available to you as a WMCMA/CMSA member and how affordable and accessible these CEUs are to renew your license and certifications. 
In addition to great education and professional networking through our onsite lunch events, you can also learn about open positions from local employers first or share a position that you are looking to fill.

We know that it can be hard to leave the office! We have worked hard this past year to transition to a great Live Webinar/ Call-In option that also qualifies for the CE credit. Make sure you take advantage of this added benefit.

WMCMA provides 20+ CEs each year
  • 6 monthly meetings per year with 1 hour CEU plus lunch/networking for $15 - $20. Can't leave the office? The remote CEU option is available for $10.
  • 2 all day conferences in Spring (May)/Fall (October) 5-6 CEUs per event for less than $100 each.
  • 1 summer mini-conference with 3 CEUs in August for $30
Your CMSA membership provides: 
  • Web-based, dedicated learning platform features continuing education courses  free to members !
    • Pre-Approved Continuing education credits
    • Commission for Case Manager Certification (CCMC)
    • California Board of Nursing
    • Association of Social Work Board (ASWB)
    • A huge variety of case management topics
    • Use your CMSA.com website
Don't Forget!
Every year WMCMA Members get one free lunch meeting and CE or webinar CE. Make sure you email contactwmcma@gmail.com when you wish to use your free CE. 
If you don't use it, you lose it!  

Not Getting your CEUs from WMCMA? 
WMCMA sends all WMCMA program evaluations and CEs online via email. Attendees should receive an email with the link to the program evaluation and CE instructions within a few days of the CE presentation.  Attendees have one week to complete the evaluation.  Once that one week deadline has passed, attendees who requested a CE will receive the CCM certificate via email.  If you attended our programs and did not receive the evaluation email within a few days, contact us at contactWMCMA@gmail.com or (425) 329-9456.

Please note that while MOST of our educational programs have CEs attached to them, some don't due to restrictions by the speaker/sponsor. This will be noted in the event information. 
Do you have a position to offer? Advertise your Case Management Position with WMCMA
Did you know that WMCMA is able to advertise job opportunities directly to our members and other case management professionals who are on our email list? Do you have a position to offer?

We've had many employers tell us that they fill their positions based on the advertising done through us.  Our members appreciate hearing about job opportunities available to them and employers feel they are really able to gear their open positions towards their intended audience.
Do You Need More Continued Education Units (CEUs)?
Other Events of Interest / Educational Offerings

Online Educational Resources:  
  • CMSA logo
      CMSA offers free current CE credited webinars! 
    Click HERE to access to CMSA's current webinar offerings.

  • PRIME® provides CCM and other CE credited programs online at little or no cost. If you are looking for CCM hours, click here for a list of CCM programs through PRIME®.   
  • AAACEUs.com also provides CE credited programs including CCM.  Most of these courses do have a fee attached but there are some free courses available as well. Click here to visit the CCM credited programs listed on their website.
If your company or organization is holding an event that would be of interest to our audience, or if you hear of one that you think would be of interest to this group, we will include that in our quarterly newsletter free of charge.  Send the details of the event to contactWMCMA@gmail.com.
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Washington Medical Case Management Association (WMCMA) is a not-for profit organization dedicated in supporting the development of the profession of case management by providing its members with networking and continuing education offerings. WMCMA is the WA-1 affiliate chapter of the Case Management Society of America, CMSA, a nationally recognized case management organization. Both WMCMA and CMSA are committed to education, research, and networking. As well, both are dedicated to legislative tracking through grassroots efforts.

Through the support of a certification program, CMSA continues to enhance the level of case manager professionalism - furthering the development of a new, higher level of industry expertise. As well, CMSA/WMCMA provides to its members nationally recognized Standards of Practice for Case Management and a peer-reviewed Ethics Statement on Case Management. 
2020 WMCMA Board of Directors 
President: Laura Opson 2020-2022
Past President: Kathleen Parry
Secretary: Sherry Carpenter
Treasurer: Faith Holland

Board Members/Directors: 
Michelle Burton
Jean Burdick
Stacy Canada
Mary Hughes
Janet Mott
Mary McDaniel
Shelley O'Brien
Carel Peterson
Terri Wilson

Executive Director:
Rebekah Burdick, rebekahb.wmcma@gmail.com

To contact us:
Phone:  (425) 329-9456
FAX:  (206) 577-5078
Mail:  WMCMA, PO Box 98104, Seattle WA 98198
Web:  www.wmcma.org

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