Washington Medical Case Management Association
Washington Medical Case Management Association

February 2019

In This Issue
WMCMA March CE Luncheon, Register NOW
Spring Conference 2019, Register NOW
February 2019 Meeting Report
WMCMA Member Spotlight: Mary Hughes
Are you a WMCMA Member?
Missing Your CEUs?
Advertise your CM or RN Position with WMCMA
Other Events / Educational Offerings
Free Continuing Education
WMCMA Meetings & Events for 2019

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President's Message,
Kathy Perry 
February has been an interesting month in the Seattle area. Snow is not our friend and many of us had a couple of feet fall in our yards and streets. I have included as couple of pictures from my home in the snow. Case managers are nothing but resourceful and I want to thank everyone for attending the last meeting via the webinar. It was very informative educational offering. I am in the process of obtaining the files we can use for patient education. 

As we move forward this year, we have lots of educational offerings. We have an exciting line up for the Spring Conference May 9th. Our topic is "Stem to Limb-Advances in Case Management". Our speakers will be focusing on the advances in case management. 

Our Keynote speaker will be Jose Alejandro the current CMSA president speaking on the future of case management. I know Jose from attending the national conference and he is an engaging speaker and will have lots of new information for us. We will have our vendor support and posters for additional CEUs. The day will be packed with educational opportunities and networking. Early bird registration is out, the link is under Spring Conference 2019 of this newsletter.

We will have 2 other conferences later in the year. A mini conference in August at Warm Beach Conference Center and our annual Fall Conference in October at the Embassy Suites in Lynnwood. Our monthly luncheons will have education as well.
As I close this newsletter, I want to remind you of the National CMSA conference in Las Vegas June 10th-14th, 2019. If you have never been, it's a great opportunity to meet case managers from other regions of the country and find out the latest trends in case management. WMCMA will be sending in a group registration at the end of March which will provide you a discount on the registration fee. The registration fee for the conference will also give you a year's membership to CMSA/WMCMA. I hope several of you will be able to attend.

We are continuing to plan our events for 2019 and if you have ideas please let me know or anyone on the board. You can email us at comtactwmcma@gmail.com.
Thanks for taking the time to read the newsletter and hope to see you at the March meeting.
Kathy Parry, BSN, RN, CCM 
WMCMA Board President 2018-2019

Photograph provided by Kathy Perry
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WMCMA March CE Luncheon 2019
WMCMA March Monthly Meeting & Luncheon

"Diagnostic and Treatment of Sacroiliac Joint"
 1.5 CE

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Aljoya Thornton Place
450 N 100th Street, Seattle, WA 98125

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 
~Check-In 11:00 a.m.
 ~ Buffet Lunch and Networking 11:20 a.m.
 ~ Program 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

WMCMA Members: $20 
Non-members: $30
Webinar/Teleconference $10

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  1.5 CE contact hour(s).

Our Speaker:  
Dr. Abhineet Chowdhary  is the Director or Neurosurgery and Neuro-Interventional Surgery at Overlake Hospital.  After receiving his degree in Genetics from the University of Wisconsin- Madison, he went on to achieve his doctorate in 2003 from Ohio State University. Dr. Chowdhary served his residency in London at the Atkinson -Morely Hospital, St. George's Trust and then at the University of Washington. From 2010-2012, he served his fellowship at Cedars -Sinai Department of  Neurosurgery.

For full details about the event and to register, click on the registration link below.

Seats are filling up!
Register Now! 
WMCMA Spring Annual Conference 2019!
WMCMA Spring Annual Conference 2019

"Advancements in Case Management
-from Cell to Limb"
Thursday, May 9, 2019
8:00 AM- 4:15 PM
Hotel Red Lion
2300 Evergreen Park Drive SW, Olympia WA 98502

Full Conference 8:00 am to 4:15 pm ~ Attendee check-in at 7:45 a.m. 
6.0 CCM CEs.
Exhibitor Fair & 1.0 Poster CEU only available from 
7:45 am to 1:30pm
Cost: $80 CMSA Members; $100 Non-Members
*Early Bird Registration Discount of $5*

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 6 CE hours, 4 contact hour(s), 1 CE for posters, 1 Ethics CE.

Our Speaker:  
"Future Vision of Case Management" 
Jose Alejandro, CMS A President, PhD , RN-BC, MBA, FACHE, FAAN
1.5 CE

  "Stem Cell Advancements" 
 By Osiris Therapeutics, Inc

"Advancements in Amputee Care"   
By Touch Bionics

"The Ethics of Future Advancements"
By Laura Opson, RN-D, LNCC, CCM
1.0 CCM Ethics CE

For full details about the event and to register, click on the registration link below.

*Early Bird Registration receives $5 off!*
February 2019 Meeting Report
 "WMCMA February Meeting Weathers the Storm"
What a fantastic time to live in a world of technology where we can still have our WMCMA February 2019 meeting during inclement weather conditions!  Even though we had to cancel our on-site event, we were still able to attend a live teleconference and learn some valuable skills and information.

Photograph provided by Kathy Perry

"E.M.A: Tools for Successful Behavior Change. Empowerment, Motivational Interviewing and Adult Behavior Change"

with Mary Ann Hodorowicz, RND, MBA, CDE, Certified Endrocinology Coder, as our special guest speaker

February 14, 2019 was a fabulous way to experience a live webinar while learning theses great tools.

There was great feedback for the meeting.  So much of this information could be applied not just to case management but for many areas of our life.  

"Great examples that were practical and could be implemented same day!"

"I have studied and practiced MI and this was by far the best, accessible information yet.  Breaks down principles of adult learning!"

We had wonderful success for this live teleconference/webinar! 

T hank you for your webinar attendance and  for understanding the safety of our members, guests, and speaker is our first priority. 

We especially want to thank 

Mary Ann Hodorowicz, 
RND, MBA, CDE, Certified Endrocinology Coder, 

Mary gave an outstanding presentation  and was flexible given the inclement weather conditions.

We also want to thank 
Embassy Suites-Lynnwood for being so gracious and accommodating with us cancelingl the event.  They have agreed to be the venue for the Fall Conference so we look forward to working with them in the near future.

Thank you to the following sponsors  that helped make this event a success!


Thank you Option Care for sponsoring our beautiful event centerpieces! 

WMCMA is a volunteer-driven organization and relies on volunteers like yourself to help bring quality programs and events like this to our professional community. Thank you to all our volunteers who gave so much of their own time to put together such a great event. If you are interested in volunteering for next year's Charity Auction planning committee, please contact us at contactWMCMA@gmail.com.

WMCMA Member Spotlight
Mary Hughes

"Case Management" by Mary Hughes

I started in case management in 1993 by accepting a position with a well-known commercial insurer. Not having had any "formal" case management experience, I quickly sought out a relatively new group called 'Case Management Association'.  The group in Seattle had started with brown bag lunches around a fountain at noon.   By the time I started, they were meeting in the Rainier Club.   I quickly learned it was the go-to place for networking and learned  "the basics" of case management while  networking round the table.  

I soon began to gain confidence, and developed my own network of individuals to "go-to"  for advice, resources, etc.  I soon began to feel the success of ensuring someone had quality care through advocacy, helping a client work with their physician or ensuring quality care. 
I realized that I had probably been a case manager since graduation, wanting to be sure everything was in place, that they had everything they needed, for someone going home, for example.
Case management is all about the person, not just money saved.  By ensuring quality of care, savings always follows.  The Case Manager educates, not only the patient, but those who are caregivers as well.  The Case Manager ensures; the team is supporting the patient and family.  The Case Manager is the pivotal role in the healing of the patient by ensuring that all is being done for this patient, that someone is looking out for them.  There may be a dog at home, unattended.  Getting a rescue for that animal, can help its owner get better, for example.

I am passionate in assuring quality care for patients.  Taking an extra minute or two with a patient can mean the difference between worry and relaxation, knowing someone took time to listen and help solve a problem that was a worry to the patient/family or loved one and impeding progress in recovery.
By attending the Washington Medical Case Management Association monthly luncheons, of which 2 of these are all day workshops, all offering continuing education, we are able to keep our certifications current, and education up to date.
I am passionate about case management because I know that improved health care means a "win-win" for everyone.   

Have a member you wish to nominate for the WMCMA Spotlight? Send your nomination to contactwmcma@gmail.com
Are You are WMCMA Member?

WMCMA members are a group of collaborative professionals who are in the business of advocating for patient's well-being and improving health outcomes.  An informed case manager is the link that provides cohesion to the interdisciplinary care that is so essential to assisting clients to achieve their health goals.

WMCMA meetings and conferences give you the opportunity to earn 20+  CCM CEs annually.   Member's receive a greatly reduced fee for the monthly luncheon meetings as well as one free luncheon and CE a year. If you are unable to attend in person there is a teleconference/webinar option that will also earn the CEs.  

Attending meetings is a great way to network with your peers, learn about immediate job openings and share your interests with us.  We also have great volunteer opportunities through service on one of our special committees.
To learn more about joining this great organization and  to start your registration process,  CLICK HERE  or visit the CMSA membership webpage . The success of WMCMA relies on the involvement of people just like you.  Questions about joining? Contact Mary McDaniel or Contactwmcma@gmail.com.

Welcome to the new WMCMA members who have recently joined or renewed.  Every year, you will receive one complimentary lunch presentation on us. (To claim your free luncheon and CE, email us at contactwmcma@gmail.com)

We're glad to have you join us and be a part of this great professional organization. If you have any questions regarding our local chapter, please feel free to contact us or talk with one of the Board members at any of our events. Make sure to join our Event Invitation List  and add ContactWMCMA@gmail.com to your safe recipient list.

New WMCMA members will receive our chapter pin and a CMSA pin that you can pick up at one of the monthly meetings. Your membership also entitles you to CMSA's quarterly magazine and monthly newsletters.  Included in the email communications from WMCMA, are career announcements from local employers who are hiring.

Check out our calendar at  https://www.wmcma.org/calendar.php   and join us for a monthly lunch meeting. You can also find us on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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. 
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.  To learn more about our simple classified advertising process, click here.   
Other Events of Interest / Educational Offerings

Online Educational Resources:  
  • CMSA's online educational resource, offering programs to case managers and allied health professionals serving the case management industry.  Click here to get to CMSA's Educational Library. 
  • Dorland Health, who partners with CMSA and brings us Case In Point, provides pre-approved continuing education programs for professionals involved in case management. Click here to access their CE programs.
  • Nurse.com offers CE hours for case management as well. Click here to access their CE programs.
  • 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.
Earn FREE Continuing Education!

Tips on How to Recognize Patient Needs Post-Acute Care 
What a great time to read, learn and earn a couple of free CEU's!  This supplement article for ACCM (Academy of Certified Case Managers) was recently highlighted and we want you to know about it. We encourage you to continue the journey of learning and professional development by taking a few minutes to read and learn on a very important and complex topic. These free CUE's are funded by ACCM partner grants and available for all.  

WMCMA Monthly Meetings & Events Schedule for 2019
WMCMA meets the second Thursday of each month except for the months of June 
and July. Please note the meeting dates and locations below:
1/10/ 2019  11:00am - 1:00pm   at Embassy Suites North Seattle/Lynnwood, 1.0 ce
2/14/2019  11:00am - 1:00pm   at Embassy Suites North Seattle/Lynnwood,1.25 ce
3/14/2019  11:00am - 1:00pm   at Aljoya Thornton Place, 1.0 ce
4/11/2019  11:00am - 1:00pm   at Lynnwood Convention Center, 1.0 ce
5/09/2019 8:00am - 4:00pm     WMCMA Annual Spring Conference
                                     at Hotel RL, Olympia, WA, 6.0  Ce

8/09/2019 - 8 :00am - 11:30pm Summer Mini-Conference, 
    at Warm Beach Community Center 3.0 Ce 
9/12/ 2019  -  11:00am - 1:00pm at  Lynnwood Convention Center, 1.0 Ce
10/10/2019 8:00am - 4:00pm  WMCMA Annual Fall Conference & Expo  
                               at Embassy Suites Lynnwood, 6.0 Ce
11/14/2019  11:00am - 1:00pm  at Lynnwood Convention Center 1.0 Ce
12/05/2019 12:00pm-4:30pm     Holiday Party & Silent Charity Auction                                                                 at  Museum Of Flight 
                               Presentation/ Charity Auction 2:00 pm-4:30 pm.                                    Free Self-Guided Tours:12:00 - 2:00 pm 

Annual Special Events:

WMCMA Annual Spring Conference & Expo:
Thursday, May 09, 
2019 at the Hotel RL in Olympia, WA 
8:00am to 4:15 pm


WMCMA Summer Mini-Conference 3.0 CEs
Thursday, August 08, 2019 at Warm Beach Senior Community in Stanwood, WA
8:00am to 11:30 am

WMCMA Annual Fall Conference & Expo:
Thursday, October 10th, 2019 at the 
Embassy Suites in Lynnwood, WA
8:00am to 4:00 pm


WMCMA Holiday Party & Silent Charity Auction:
Thursday, December 5th, 2019 at Museum Of Flight
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm - open museum tours
2:00 pm to 4:30 pm Silent Auction/Presentation & Holiday Party

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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. 
2019 WMCMA Board of Directors 
President: Kathleen Parry
Vice President/President-Elect: Laura Opson
Secretary: Sherry Carpenter
Treasurer: Faith Holland

Board Members/Directors: 
Jean Burdick
Mary Hughes
Janelle Jensen
Darlene Madenwald
Janet Mott
Mary McDaniel
Shelley O'Brien
Kathleen Quiniola

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

Assistant Director:
Joselyn Hardwick, joselynh@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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