|Washington Medical Case Management Association
July 2019 President's Message
Happy 4th of July! Summer is upon us with all the outdoor activities including barbecues, hiking, biking and camping. It's a great time to re-connect with friends and family. I enjoy this time of year as I get outside in my garden and travel to eastern Washington and Montana.
It's been a month since the National CMSA conference in Las Vegas. The conference is time to make connections with other chapters, re-connect with colleagues and learn new trends in case management. The keynote speakers were very inspirational and motivating. One of the biggest take-away was we take care of patients however it's very important to take time for ourselves. The educational offerings were varied making it difficult to chose what to attend. The educational sessions are available on the CMSA website in their educational section and available for CE credit. I am encouraging you all to attend next year's conference in Boston. The conference is celebrating 30 years of care transitions across the full continuum. We should have good representation from WMCMA as our chapter is one of the first chapters and I believe we will be celebrations 30 years next year.
WMCMA has several events planned through the rest of the year. The next event is our 2nd annual mini conference at the Warm Beach Conference Center in Stanwood, Thursday August 8th. There are two speakers speaking on dementia and marijuana. The drive to Stanwood is beautiful and I am looking forward to seeing you. The Annual Fall Conference will be held at a new location, the Embassy Suites in Lynnwood. The topics are legislative updates and advances in cardiac health.
WMCMA Gives Back, our Annual Holiday Party and local charity benefit will be held at the Museum of Flight again this year in December. Please mark your calendars with these events and our monthly meetings for September and November.
As I close, I want to thank everyone who supports our organization. WMCMA is a leading case management organization that promotes the case management profession.
Have a great summer and I'll see you in August.
Kathy Parry, BSN, RN, CCM
WMCMA Board President 2018-2019
Register Now for our Summer Brunch & Learn!
WMCMA August Mini-Conference 2019
"Analgesic Potential of Cannabis & Cannabinoids" 1.5 CE
"Navigating Difficult Conversations: The Magic of Language and Listening" 1.5 CE
Thursday, August 8, 2019
20420 Marine Drive, Stanwood WA 98292
$25 CMSA/WMCMA Members; $40 Non-Members
Webinar/ Call In: $20
New to WMCMA? Your First Meeting is 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 3.0 CE hours.
"Analgesic Potential of Cannabis and Cannabinoids" 1.5 CE
Rebecca M. Craft, Ph.D.
Herbert L. Eastlick Professor of Psychology Director, Experimental Psychology Doctoral Program Washington State University
Learning Objectives: Describe the quantity, quality and limitations of clinical trials and animal studies testing the efficacy of cannabis and cannabinoids in the treatment of pain. Describe the most common side-effects observed with medicinal use of cannabis and cannabinoids. Describe the known mechanisms of action of the major phytocannabinoids (THC and CBD). Describe caveats and unknowns in regard to patient use of cannabis and cannabinoids (e.g., drug interactions, use in the elderly, quality control of products).
"Navigating Difficult Conversations: The Magic of Listening and Language"
Don Desonier, JD (Ret), CSA
Learning Objectives: Understanding there can be a "power dichotomy", real or perceived, between the professional care staff in an elder care residential community, and the caregiver(s) and families of a loved one who is residing there - and learning how to bridge that gap so as to create a safe communication container. Learning how empathic listening, combined with the words they use in dialogue, are key tools professional staff can employ to diffuse stress, anger, anxiety and fear in their interaction with families. The Art of the Pause: Appreciating how emotional triggers can sabotage effective and authentic communication between caregivers, families and care staff.
For full details about this event, our speakers and to register, click on the registration link below.
Do you know someone that could benefit from this education? Please invite them! First time guests are free. Our mission is to educate as many as possible on these valuable topics.
Warm Beach Senior Community for sponsoring this special summer Brunch & Learn!
We Can't WAIT! The WMCMA Annual Fall Conference & Expo is coming and the topic is...
"New Advances in Cardiac Treatment and Legislative Updates" 6.0 CEs
Thursday, October 10, 2019
8:00 AM- 4:00 PM
20610 44th Ave W
Lynnwood, WA 98036
$85 CMSA Members; $120 Non-Members
*Register by September 1st and SAVE BIG with the Early Bird Discount*
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 6.0 CE hours.
We are pulling out all of the stops this year to educate you on the latest in cardiac treatments and legislative updates that you need to be aware of. This is an day of education that you will not want to miss! Thank you to Johnson & Johnson for helping us make this educational event possible.
We will also be at a brand new location for Fall Conference. Event parking is a dream at the Embassy Suites and if you need to stay the night, they have you covered!
Full details about the event and our speakers will be emailed out soon.
We are currently registering exhibitors for the Partners in Case Management Vendor Fair portion of the conference. Space is limited this year to only 60 so if you want your company to be represented, register your vendor booth now!
Attendee Pre-registration is also open. So reserve your seat now to save up to $20 with the Early Bird Discount!
Highlights! Annual WMCMA Spring Conference 2019
We capped off our winter and spring education track with our best WMCMA Spring Conference & Expo to date! The theme was "
Future Innovations in Case Management: From Cell to Limb".
This one day course provided 5.0 regular CCM CEUs and 1.0 Ethics CEU.
Jose Alejandro, PhD, RN-BC, MBA, CCM, FACHE, FAAN, President, Case Management Society of America (CMSA) gave valuable and very inspiring instruction on the Future Vision of Case Management. His energy and passion for case management is infectious. If you have not heard him speak yet, we encourage you to mark your calendars for May 14, 2020. He will be speaking again at our 2020 Spring Conference!
Grafix - Osiris Therapeutics Inc
, brought us fascinating education on new advances in wound care.
"Scientific and Clinical Overview for Grafix & Grafix PL: Placental Membranes for Wound Management" By Charles Ananian, DPM
gave detailed and valuable instruction on
"Bionic Upper Limb Prosthetic Devices" - by Kristy Powell, OT.
The advances in prosthetics that are available for our amputee patients is very inspiring!
Opson Legal Nurse Consulting
provided ethics instruction with
"The Case Management Lawsuit; Prevention & Preparation Through the Eyes of a Case Manager & Legal Nurse Consultant" - by Laura Opson, RN-D, LNCC, CCM
Partners in Case Management Exhibitors brought their valuable services directly to the audience during the vendor fair and poster presentation portion.
What a great time of networking and learning. We loved seeing new attendees and vendors this spring and look forward to seeing you in the future!
"This was a very interesting presentation. I was in awe of the technology."
"Yes, this was an informative and well planned conference."
"These presentations were most helpful. It had been years since I had had any "formal" training on upper extremity prosthetic devices and training."
"Excellent WMCMA seminar."
"it was great conference with good material"
"the advances in wound care were most enlightening."
THANK YOU Attendees and Exhibitors for coming and participating in this "Day of Education" with us!
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 event planning committee, please contact us at contactWMCMA@gmail.com.
WMCMA Monthly Meetings & Events Schedule for 2019
WMCMA meets the second Thursday of each month except for the months of
July. Please note the meeting dates and locations below:
11:00am - 1:00pm at Embassy Suites North Seattle/Lynnwood, 1.0 ce
11:00am - 1:00pm at
Embassy Suites North Seattle/Lynnwood,1.25 ce
11:00am - 1:00pm at Aljoya Thornton Place, 1.0 ce
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
6/2019 - NO JUNE MEETING
7/2019 - NO JULY MEETING
8/08/2019 - 8
:00am - 11:30pm Summer Mini-Conference,
at Warm Beach Community Center 3.0 Ce
11:00am - 1:00pm at Cedar Creek Memory Care Community, Edmonds WA
, 1.0 Ce
8:00am - 4:00pm
WMCMA Annual Fall Conference & Expo
at Embassy Suites Lynnwood, 6.0 Ce
11:00am - 1:00pm at Lynnwood Convention Center 1.0 Ce
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
WMCMA Annual Spring Conference & Expo 6.0 CEs
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
WMCMA Annual Fall Conference & Expo 6.0 CEs
Thursday, October 10th, 2019 at the
Embassy Suites in Lynnwood, WA
8:00am to 4:00 pm
REGISTER HERE - Exhibitors
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
Are you REALLY taking full advantage of your
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 are.
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
Every year WMCMA Members get one free lunch meeting and CE or webinar CE. Make sure you email firstname.lastname@example.org when you wish to use your free CE.
If you don't use it, you lose it!
WELCOME NEW WMCMA MEMBERS
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 email@example.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.
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.
Questions about joining? Contact Mary McDaniel or Contactwmcma@gmail.com.
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.
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
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 offers free current CE credited webinars!
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
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
To contact us:
Phone: (425) 329-9456
FAX: (206) 577-5078
Mail: WMCMA, PO Box 98104, Seattle WA 98198