|Washington Medical Case Management Association
Summer is ending. I can't believe how fast the summer went this year. My summer started with attending the CMSA National Conference in Las Vegas in June followed by vacation time in Montana in July and August. I hope everyone was able to have some fun this summer and get out and do something you enjoy. If you have never attended the national conference I would highly recommend attending. The conference is in Boston next year June 28 to July 2. If you have never been to Boston it is a fabulous city with significant history of the country's early beginnings. Consider extending over the 4th of July as Boston is known as one of the best fireworks in the nation.
School has started as we get used to seeing the school buses on the road and we get back into our fall routines. We had a great meeting at Cedar Creek Memory Care Community. I want to thank Terri Wilson for hosting WMCMA and providing tours of the community. It is a beautiful community. Please consider visiting if you have a chance. Dr. Jeff Skolnick gave an engaging presentation The SatoriWest Method: A New Approach to Mental Illness and Chemical Dependency. Thank you to Cascade Behavioral Health who supported WMCMA with the presentation.
WMCMA is gearing up for our busy fall season. We have two events that happen every fall that offer information and inspiration as well as an opportunity to grow your case management skills and practice. The first event is our annual Fall Conference on Thursday October 10th at the Embassy Suites in Lynnwood. This year's theme is "New advances in Cardiac Treatment and Legislative Updates". The Fall Conference is during National Case Management Week and the theme this year is Transitioning Patients and Case Managers to Greatness. As Case Managers we are experts at care transitions and assisting our patient to achieve greatness.
Our annual WMCMA Gives Back in December ends our year. This year we are celebrating at the Museum of Flight on December 5th from 12-5. We celebrate our accomplishments over the past year and have a silent auction which raises money for a charity. We are looking for an agency to recognize their charitable works and donate the proceeds of the silent auction. You can send suggestions to contactWMCMA@gmail.com. Members will vote in November to select the agency.
Our board elections happen in November. You are all invited and strongly encouraged to participate in our upcoming Board Member nomination and election process. There are positions for the 2019 officers and general board seats available. The opportunity to serve on the board is a great experience and many say it enhances their case management practice. Please take a moment to consider this opportunity either for you or if you know someone who might be interested, please reach out to them.
If you are considering running for the board and have questions, please do not hesitate to email me or call me directly at email@example.com or 425-503-7157.
As I close, I want to leave you with this thought and challenge as we head towards Case Management Week.
Thought: When things don't go your way or when you are challenged by seemingly insurmountable obstacles, remember it's how you react to these challenges that shapes who you are.
Challenge: When bad things happen think about how you want to deal with it. Improve your attitude by changing your frame of reference and gain strength is dealing with the issue.
Thanks for taking the time to read this and I'll see you at the Fall Conference on October 10th.
WMCMA President 2018-2019
Register Now! The WMCMA Annual Fall Conference & Expo couldn't be more timely!
"New Advances in Cardiac Treatment and Legislative Updates"
Thursday, October 10, 2019
8:00 AM- 4:00 PM
20610 44th Ave W
Lynnwood, WA 98036
$85 CMSA Members; $120 Non-Members
NEW: $50 Students
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!
Let's Talk Topics!
, Healthcare Policy & Advocacy Director, Johnson & Johnson
"Legislative Updates - So Much is Happening!"
-Better Understanding of Changing Medicare
-Areas Where Case Management can Strengthen Success in Medicare Quality Reporting
-An Understanding of What is going on in the Federal Healthcare Environment
MSW, MBA, CSA, CFE, Executive Vice President of National Strategic Partnerships; CEO, CarePatrol Franchise Systems, LLC
"Is Patient Choice A Pre-Existing Condition?"
- To understand what Patient Choice really is
- To gain insight on the legalities and fine lines of Patient Choice
- To understand how to advocate for true Patient Choice
- To make the decision if Patient Choice defies the goals of future healthcare initiatives
, MN ARNP, ACNP, Swedish Heart and Vascular Institute
"DOAC's Update Review: New Indications, Reversal Agents"
-Review the pharmacologic properties, indications and side effects of the DOACs
-Discuss the latest indication for use
-Identify the reversal agent for each DOAC, including the correct dosage and route of administration and other interventions to control bleeding
-Discuss the strategies of holding the DOAC for planned interventions and surgeries
, RN, UWMC
"Mechanical Circulatory Support Today"
-Who is a candidate?
-List criteria for VAD candidacy
-What can we offer patients today?
-Name the FDA approved devices most commonly used
-Name the top three (3) complications of VAD
Embassy Suites, Seattle North / Lynnwood
We will be at a new location for Fall Conference this year. Event parking will readily accessible at the Embassy Suites and if you need to stay the night, they have you covered.
We couldn't bring events like this to you without our Sponsors!
Thank you PLATINUM Partners in Education Sponsors
Want to Exhibit? We have a few booths left.
We look forward to celebrating with you at the WMCMA Annual Fall Conference & Expo!
WMCMA November Lunch & Learn. Register!
"Diagnosis & Treatment of the Sacroiliac Joint"
Thursday, November 14, 2019
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Check-In 11:00 ~ Networking
Program/ Buffet Lunch 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Lynnwood Convention Center
3711 196th St SW, Lynnwood WA 98036
Come check out Cedar Creek Memory Community!
Facility tour immediately following the Lunch & Learn
$20 CMSA/WMCMA Members; $30 Non-Members
Webinar/ Call In: $10
*Don't Delay! Save $5 with the Early Bird Discount*
New to WMCMA? Current Nursing Student? Attend for 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 1.5 CE hours.
Abhineet Chowdhary, MD
Director of Neurosurgery and Neuro-Interventional Surgery, Overlake Medical Hospital
This presentation will educate on the prevalence of SI Joint Pain; review the biomechanics and anatomy of the SI Joint; discuss standard protocol for SI Joint diagnosis based on physical exam, provocative testing and SI Joint injection, explain SI Joint surgery; review clinical results and provide an overview of reimbursement.
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.
For full details about this event, our speaker 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 and students are free. Our mission is to support the professional advancement of Case Managers, RNs and Social Workers and to educate as many as possible on these valuable topics.
THANK YOU Valued Sponsor for making this meeting
We have two new venue opportunities for our Lunch & Learns
We have been working this past year to find better locations for our monthly Lunch & Learn meetings. Based on our meeting attendee feedback we focused on lunch time accessibility and parking. We also wished to bring our meetings into facilities that are in the industry that we all serve in, not a random hotel.
MBK Northgate Plaza
11030 5th Ave NE, Seattle WA 98125
Madison House Independent & Assisted Living
12215 NE 128th St, Kirkland, WA 98034
2020 Board Nominations are
WMCMA Board Nominations 2020 - 2021
We Want You! Now accepting applications for the 2020 Board
Are you looking for an amazing professional organization to serve on?
To expand your career, meet other professionals and contribute to the practice of case management?
Our board elections happen in November. You are all invited and strongly encouraged to participate in our upcoming Board Member nomination and election process. There are positions for the 2020 officers and general board seats available. The opportunity to serve on the board is a great experience and many say it enhances their case management practice. Please take a moment to consider this opportunity either for you or if you know someone who does.
Here are the following committees you could consider serving on as a general board member:
- Social Media & Communications
- Conference & Special Events
- Public Policy
The executive officer positions that are up for re-election each year are:
If you are considering running for the board and have questions, please do not hesitate to email Kathy Parry or call her directly at
You must be a current WMCMA member in good standing to run for a board or officer position. Not a member yet but interested? Consider serving on a committee for a year!
WMCMA GIVES BACK!
Let's make our 2019 Annual Holiday Party & Charity Benefit our best yet!
Our annual "WMCMA Gives Back" Holiday Party & Charity Auction ends our year and is our favorite event!
Block your calendar now to be at the Museum of Flight on December 5
from 12-4:30. We will celebrate our chapter accomplishments over the past year and have a silent auction which raises money for a charity.
We Need Your Help!
We are looking for the following:
- A local non-profit organization to recognize their charitable works and donate the proceeds of the charity auctions.
- Your charitable donations of gift baskets and items for the Silent and Raffle Auctions.
- A Key Event Sponsor to sponsor the luncheon
- 5 Table Sponsors
Please send your charity nominations, donation and sponsorship commitments and inquiries to
. Let's make this year's Holiday Party & Charity Benefit our best yet!
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS! Are you 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.
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!
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
8:00am to 11:30 am
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
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