|Washington Medical Case Management Association
May 2019 President's Message
Happy Easter! I hope everyone was able to get outside and search for their eggs. I was in Spokane with the family over Easter and watching my nieces and nephews run around looking for eggs was fun. The older nephews hid eggs in interesting places throughout the yard. I have notice how beautiful the dogwood trees are in full bloom. I wish their flowers would be on the trees throughout the summer.
We had a great meeting this past month with Kim Kopp speaking on Multiple Myeloma. She was a very engaging and informative speaker. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society have multiple education topics and are interested in presenting in the future. Let us know if you are interested in other topics.
The Spring Conference is just around the corner on Thursday May 9th at the Hotel RL in Olympia. Registration will be closing soon, and I don't want you to miss out. 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 will be off June and July and return with a mini-conference at Warm Beach Conference Center in Stanwood in August. Stay tuned for the speakers and topics.
I'm hoping that you are taking advantage of the new CE offerings by CMSA. Their monthly webinar series has been very interesting, and the topics are timely.
We continue to plan events for 2019 and into 2020. If you have ideas let me know or anyone on the board. You can email us at
In the next president's message, I will have updates and highlights from the National CMSA conference in Las Vegas. I am looking forward to seeing my colleagues from across the country and attending the conference which I always find rewarding.
Thanks for taking the time to read the newsletter and hope to see you at the Spring Conference.
Kathy Parry, BSN, RN, CCM
WMCMA Board President 2018-2019
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: $85 CMSA Members; $105 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.
April 2019 Meeting Report
by Kimberly Kopp, RN, BSN, OCN®
We learned some valuable information on Multiple Myeloma, and treatments with quality of life in mind.
This meeting was a great success with a great speaker, great networking and great conversations.
We loved seeing some new attendees this month and look forward to seeing you in the future!
"Excellent speaker, made a complex disease process and treatment understandable."
T"he speaker was excellent and her use of analogies made the topic more interesting and easier to remember specifics."
"THIS IS EXCELLENT INFORMATION FOR ME. MY MAJOR AREA IS BEHAVIORAL HEALTH AND THIS WILL HELP ME UNDERSTAND THOSE DEALING WITH MYELOMA. PRESENTER WAS EXCELLENT"
Guest Speaker and Lunch Sponsored by Takeda!
We want to thank
Lynnwood Convention Center
for the facility and service. 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 event planning committee, please contact us at contactWMCMA@gmail.com.
WMCMA Member Spotlight
Robyn is a Professional Medical Outreach Specialist with Rehab Without Walls NeuroSolutions/ResCare. There she is a Community Relations Manager on behalf of adult and pediatric patients who are in need of neuro rehab care following catastrophic and complex medical events. The Northwest including Alaska is her territory.
She is currently a Licensed Physical Therapist, Certified Case Manager, Certified Pharmaceutical Sales Representative, Certified Grant Writer, and Certified Athletic Trainer. As a Medical Educator she enjoys communicating with patients and their families at all levels, students, and healthcare and related professionals.
Have a member you wish to nominate for the WMCMA Spotlight? Send your nomination to email@example.com
Are you taking full advantage of your
CMSA and WMCMA membership?
We often hear from members due to renew their WMCMA membership that being required to join the national CMSA organization makes the yearly dues so expensive.
I encourage you to recognize the education opportunities that are available to you as a WMCMA/CMSA member and how inexpensive these CEUs are to renew your license and certifications when you compare to other CEU offerings in our community.
Your WMCMA provides:
- 6 monthly meetings per year with 1 hour CEU plus lunch at $20 each, EVEN LESS if you register early! The Remote CEU option is available for $10.
- 2 all day conferences (Spring / Fall) with 5-6 CEUs PER EVENT at minimal cost, EVEN LESS if you register early! REGISTER HERE for the Spring Conference May 9, 2019!
- 1 summer mini-conference with 3 CEUs. August 8, 2019 8am - 12pm. Look to register early for a discount!
Your CMSA membership provides:
Web-based, dedicated learning platform features continuing education courses
free to members
- Pre-Approved Continuing education credits include:
- 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
Membership in WMCMA / CMSA are valuable tools for your work life and education as you grow in your case management career, whether you are a new case manager or one with years of experience.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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
8/08/2019 - 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