Washington Medical Case Management Association
Washington Medical Case Management Association

March 2019

In This Issue
WMCMA April CE Luncheon, Register NOW
Spring Conference 2019, Register NOW
March 2019 Meeting Report
WMCMA Member Spotlight: Shelley O'Brien
Nominate a Social Worker!
Are you a WMCMA Member?
Missing Your CEUs?
Advertise your CM or RN Position with WMCMA
Other Events / Educational Offerings
WMCMA Meetings & Events for 2019

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March 2019 President's Message
Happy Spring. The longer days and sunshine has changed my mood. I have been able to get out and start cleaning out the garden. The crocuses are up in my flower box and the daffodils are popping up in the yard. 

The luck of the Irish was not with us for March. Dr. Chowdhary had an emergency so was unable to speak. He has offered to speak later in the year so stayed tuned for an upcoming date. As case managers we are flexible, and I am thankful for the understanding for the challenges we have had the last couple of months.

On a high note, we have a great topic for April on Multiple Myeloma. We will be at the Lynnwood Convention Center on April 11. If you had signed up for the March meeting, we will move your registration to April. If you are unable to attend the April meeting, we will move the registration to either September or November or you can ask for a refund. 

The registration for the Spring Conference is in full swing. This is a great opportunity to network with your colleagues and gain information on new and emerging case management trends. Jose Alejandro the current CMSA president will be speaking on the future of case management. Jose is an engaging speaker and has a wealth of information to share. Our own Laura Opson will be speaking on legal aspects of case management and you will earn an Ethics CE for her talk. Our other speakers from Touch Bionics and Osiris will present trends in stem cell research and prosthetic and amputee developments. 

We continue to plan events for 2019 and into 2020. If you have ideas let me or anyone on the board know. You can email us at  contactwmcma@gmail.com

As I close, I want to reflect on the setbacks we had over this past two months with the meetings by sharing the following quote:

Life is more than setbacks, and it's not static. Appreciate and respect where you are now. But let yourself move to the next level when it's time. Celebrate your breakthroughs when they come. Listen to that quiet voice, that fleeting thought that says, Why don't you...?, even if it's something you've never done before.

Thanks for taking the time to read the newsletter and I hope to see you at the April meeting. 
Kathy Parry, BSN, RN, CCM 
WMCMA Board President 2018-2019

Register Now! 
WMCMA April CE Luncheon 2019
WMCMA April Monthly Meeting & Luncheon

"Multiple Myeloma"

Thursday, April 11, 2019

3711 196th Street SW
Lynnwood WA, 98036

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

Our Sponsor:

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
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

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 Speakers:  
"Future Vision of Case Management" 1.0 CE

by Jose Alejandro, CMS A President, PhD , RN-BC, MBA, FACHE, FAAN

"Scientific and Clinical Overview for Grafix® & GrafixPL®: Placental Membranes for Wound Management"  1.5 CE

 By Charles Ananian, DPM 


" Bionic Upper Limb Prosthetic Devices: Overview and  Case Studies" 1.5 CE

by Kristy Powell, OT

"The Legality of Future Advancements"
1.0 CCM Ethics CE

By Laura Opson, RN-D, LNCC, CCM


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

March 2019 Meeting Report
 "WMCMA March Meeting Cancelled"

T hank you for understanding patient care is the priority for Dr. Chowdhary.

Thank you for understanding.  As much as we look forward to the topics, networking, and continuing education, it was great to hear the feedback of understanding and compassion for Dr. Chowdhary's patient and his prioritization of patient's need over speaking at the meeting. 

We look forward to seeing you all this fall to hear Dr. Chowdhary's speak about the Sacroiliac Joint!

Guest Speaker: Abhineet Chowdhary, MD, Director of Neurosurgery and Neuro-Interventional Surgery, Overlake Medical Hospital

 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.

We want to thank Aljoya Thornton Place for being hospitable and understanding during this cancellation process.  We look forward to continuing our relationship at this beautiful establishment in the future.

Thank you to the following sponsors:


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
Shelley O'Brien

Shelley O'Brien is a Clinical Social Worker a nd currently is the Area Director of Case Management for Kindred Healthcare in Seattle. Shelley's desire to help people and empower them is what led her to pursue a profession in social work. 

She believes strongly that patients and family members should be fully informed in their healthcare. Shelly is dedicated to ensuring this with a clear understanding.  She and her team strive to achieve this, using comprehensible communication of information in their work. 

When not working, Shelley stays active with her twin 14 year old son and daughter. She finds relaxation in gardening and enjoys embellishing skating dresses for her daughter, who is a competitive figure skater. 

Shelley is grateful for the opportunity to serve on the board and help represent social workers in WMCMA and is hopeful that more social workers will see the benefits of becoming a WMCMA member and JOIN!

Have a member you wish to nominate for the WMCMA Spotlight? Send your nomination to contactwmcma@gmail.com
March is Social Worker Appreciation Month!

The Social worker picked from the group of nominations 
will win a FREE April 2019 Meeting luncheon!

Don't worry if s/he is out of town or unable to attend in April.  
 The winner can choose another month to attend this year 
so nominate a social worker today!

Who will it be?????
Please send an email
with a social worker you would like to win a free meeting and the reason you are choosing him/her to be recognized. 

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.
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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