|Washington Medical Case Management Association
The decorations are popping up everywhere and I am amazed how popular the decorations are now. One of the homes in my area keeps adding to their yard on a weekly basis. It will be a spooky site on Halloween.
Fall is marching forward, and we are seeing some beautiful colors. I visited family outside of Toronto recently and the fall colors were at their peak with bright red maple and beautiful yellow oak trees. This is a great time of year to reflect on the changing seasons and take a deep breath as we move into the busy holiday season. In this process let's look at how we touch patients in our care and how we help them move forward in managing their healthcare.
I want to thank everyone for attending the Annual Fall Conference on October 10th. We were at a new venue this year and want your feedback on the venue. The speakers were dynamic and engaging and several of you commented on the relevant topics and information presented. Thank you for attending the partners booths. They are a big support to WMCMA, and this conference cannot happen without them.
As we move into November it's time for our annual elections for the board. This is your chance to become more involved and support the chapter. There are 4 directors at large positions as well as a secretary and treasurer open. Please take time to consider volunteering. I have been involved for several years and it's been very rewarding.
Our monthly November Lunch & Learn is at Lynnwood Convention Center on November 14. Dr. Chowdhary with be speaking on S-I bone joint. This will be a very informative talk.
As we move into the busy holiday season, I want to remind everyone of our Annual WMCMA Gives Back and Holiday Party on Thursday December 5th at the Museum of Flight. It is a time for us to celebrate and share our experiences over this past year. We will be collecting food donations for the Food Bank and will have our annual silent auction with the proceeds going to a local charity in the area the membership votes on. WMCMA has been very generous with our charities in the past and we hope this continues. Please consider sending a charity near and dear to your heart and donate an item to support the charity. Send submissions to Rebekah Burdick at
. I am working on my donation.
We will have a changing of guard and introduce the new board and a few other surprises. I hope to see you there.
It is not easy being a case manager, but your unique skillset allows you to navigate and manage difficult care transitions in our changing healthcare environment. You are a valuable resource to your organization and to the patients and families you serve. You truly make a difference every day
Thank you for supporting WMCMA
Kathy Parry, RN BSN, CCM
WMCMA President 2018-2019
! The WMCMA Annual Fall Conference & Expo 2019 Was Epic!
What a great turnout at the Annual Fall Conference on October 10th! The focus this year was "New Advancements in Cardiac Treatments and Legislative Updates" Our speakers gave valuable presentations on current developments with medicare and delved into new advanced cardiac treatments. Our Partners in Education also presented their valuable services and some gave additional education through the poster presentations. 6.0 CEs were offered. Thank you to all that participated and shared!
The Speakers and What They Presented:
, 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
Thank you to our speakers for giving so generously of their time and expertise!
Thank you PLATINUM Partners in Education Sponsors
We couldn't bring events like this to you without our Sponsors!
Register! WMCMA November Lunch & Learn
"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! The $5 Early Bird Discount ends 10/31/19*
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
"WMCMA GIVES BACK!" Save Your Seat
Come celebrate and make your 2019 WMCMA Holiday Party & Charity Auction the best ever!
Our annual "WMCMA Gives Back" Holiday Party & Charity Auction ends our year and is truly our favorite event!
Block your calendar now to be at the Museum of Flight on December 5
from 1:30 pm-4:30 pm. We will celebrate our chapter accomplishments over the past year, all of you, our valued members and have a silent auction which raises money for a local charity. This holiday event is free to WMCMA members and at a nominal cost to our non-member friends and supporters.
We Need Your Help! We are asking for the the following:
- Your nominations for a local non-profit organization to recognize their charitable works and donate the proceeds of the charity auctions. Medical industry preferred. Must be local to WA and a 501 (c) 6 charity.
- Auction Items! Email us if you have a charitable donations of a gift basket or item for the Silent and Raffle Auctions
Please send your charity nominations, donation and sponsorship commitments and inquiries to
. Let's make this year's Holiday Party & Charity Benefit our best ever!
Thank you Valued Event Sponsors!
We Need You! Serve on the WMCMA 2020 Board of Directors. Submit Your Application Today!
WMCMA Board Nominations 2020
WMCMA 2019 Board of Directors
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?
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.
There are four open Board of Director positions. Here are the following committees you could consider serving on as a general board member:
- Social Media & Communications
- Conference & Special Events
- Public Policy
There are two executive officer positions that are up for re-election:
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!
To run, simply complete this board application form:
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 email@example.com when you wish to use your free CE.
If you don't use it, you lose it!
WMCMA Monthly Meetings & Events Schedule for 2020
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 MBK Northgate Plaza, Seattle 1.0 ce
11:00am - 1:00pm at Madison House, Kirkland 1.0 ce
11:00am - 1:00pm at MBK Northgate Plaza, Seattle 1.0 ce
11:00am - 1:00pm at Madison House, Kirkland 1.0 ce
5/14/2020 8:00am - 4:00pm
WMCMA Annual Spring Conference
Tukwila, WA 6.0 Ce
6/2019 - NO JUNE MEETING
7/2019 - NO JULY MEETING
8/13/2020 - 8
:00am - 11:30pm Summer Mini-Conference,
at Warm Beach Community Center 3.0 Ce
11:00am - 1:00pm MBK Northgate Plaza, Seattle WA
, 1.0 Ce
8:00am - 4:00pm
WMCMA Annual Fall Conference & Expo
at Lynnwood, 6.0 Ce
11:00am - 1:00pm Madison House, Kirkland 1.0 Ce
12/10/2020 12:00pm - 4:30pm
Holiday Party & Silent Charity Auction at
Museum Of Flight
Presentation/ Charity Auction 1
:30 pm-4:30 pm. Free Self-Guided Tours:12:00 - 2:00 pm
2019 Annual Special Events:
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
WMCMA Holiday Party & Silent Charity Auction:
Thursday, December 5th, 2019 at
Museum Of Flight
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm - open museum tours
1:30 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