News You Can Use
  This is a bi-weekly blog to keep you informed of issues and events pertaining to the osteopathic profession in Washington. We invite you to submit topics or articles of interest to your colleagues for consideration. Submissions may be emailed to kitter@woma.org.
WOMA Welcomes Incoming Executive Director

Jodi Perlmutter, former CEO/Executive Director of the Western Washington Area Health Education Center (WWAHEC) has been chosen to replace retiring Executive Director Kathie Itter.  Ms. Perlmutter’s experience in non-profit management and program development brings with her proven expertise in healthcare, human services and education.  She is a trusted team builder and collaborator with an exceptional reputation across a wide network of professional contacts in Washington, the Pacific Northwest and throughout the US.  She is a strong, savvy leader with compelling entrepreneurial vision for equity and reform in healthcare services. Ms. Perlmutter started on March 15th. She will be working with Kathie Itter through the convention and assuming full reign upon Kathie’s retirement on May 31st. If you would like to contact her, you can do so at jperlmutter@woma.org.


Social Security Number Removal Initiative: New Details

Updated Social Security Number Removal Initiative Home and Provider webpages will help you prepare to transition to Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers next year. Find new information including:

  • How to identify railroad retirement board beneficiaries
  • Coordination of benefits with other payers
  • Where to direct your patients to correct their addresses so they receive new Medicare cards
NOMF Founders Evening

Congratulations to David Escobar, DO who was chosen to receive the Rising Star award from the Northwest Osteopathic Medical Foundation.  The NOMF Annual Founders Evening will take place in Yakima on Saturday, April 1st.  If you would like to attend, or need more information, please visit www.nwosteo.org/programs/wellnessconf

Semiahmoo Room Deadline March 28th

If you are planning to attend the 104th Annual NW Osteopathic Convention, be sure to get your room reservation in by March 28th.  Go to www.semiahmoo.com/rooms or call 360-318-2000 and use the Group Code WOMA2017 for the best rate and waiver of the resort fee. (Do not use Expedia, Travelocity or other reservation sites.)


Foundation Seeks
Items to Auction

The WOMA Convention Saturday night festivities include awards, prizes and an auction to benefit the Washington Osteopathic Foundation.  This is always an enjoyable event, full of laughs and good times, to benefit osteopathic education in Washington.  Items are need for the live and silent auctions.  If you have sports or event tickets, a weekend cabin retreat, a theme basket, artwork, jewelry, a unique experience or hand-made items you are willing to donate as a tax-deductible contribution, contact Kathie Itter at 206-937-5358 or email kitter@woma.org.  


  Governor Seeks Applicants
  Governor Jay Inslee is accepting applications for appointment to the Board of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery. One term being vacated in May will expire in July 2019.   If HB 4132 is signed into law, two more DOs will need to be appointed to the Board.  The current Board is made of six DOS and one public member appointed by the Governor. With the passage of HB 1431 two DOs, an osteopathic Physician Assistant and a second public member will be added.  Because of WOMA’s efforts, the bill also provides for an upgrade from a Class 3 to a Class 5 Board, increasing compensation from $50 to $250 a day, equivalent to what the MDs are paid. Physician members must have been in active practice for at least five years immediately preceding appointment. All members must be citizens of the United States and residents of Washington State. Interested, eligible DOs are encouraged to submit an application now. For more information and an application go to http://www.governor.wa.gov/boards/application/default.aspx.
104th Annual NW Osteopathic Convention
Registration is Now Open!
  Please join us for the 2017 WOMA Convention at Semiahmoo Resort May 4-7, 2017. Click the link below register online. 
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