|Washington Medical Case Management Association
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
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
WMCMA April CE Luncheon 2019
WMCMA April Monthly Meeting & Luncheon
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.
For full details about the event and to register, click on the registration link below.
Seats are filling up!
WMCMA Spring Annual Conference 2019!
WMCMA Spring Annual Conference 2019
"Advancements in Case Management
-from Cell to Limb"
Thursday, May 9, 2019
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.
"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"
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"
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
ABOUT THE 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.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
March is Social Worker Appreciation Month!
NOMINATE A DESERVING SOCIAL WORKER FOR
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?????
with a social worker you would like to win a free meeting and the reason you are choosing him/her to be recognized.
Are You are WMCMA Member?
JOIN. RENEW. SAVE MONEY, EARN REWARDS!
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,
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 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.
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.
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
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
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
8/09/2019 - 8
:00am - 11:30pm Summer Mini-Conference,
at Warm Beach Community Center 3.0 Ce
11:00am - 1:00pm at
Lynnwood Convention Center, 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:
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
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