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The WSMA Policy Compendium collects all policy as passed by the WSMA House of Delegates. The compendium was last updated January 2019.

Policies are listed below by subject. To search the compendium for a specific policy, click the search icon at the top of this page and enter a keyword(s).

NOTE: Pursuant to policy adopted at the 2014 House of Delegates meeting, the WSMA adopted in 2015 a “sunsetting” mechanism through which the WSMA may remove adopted policies from the WSMA Policy Compendium after a period of 10 years, unless the House of Delegates takes action to reaffirm or amend the policy. If the House of Delegates at any time takes action to either reaffirm or amend an existing policy, such action will reset the 10-year sunset period.

WSMA Policy Compendium Index

Abortion

Abortion

Abuse

Children, Elderly Persons, Others at Risk

Domestic Violence

Access to Health Care (Health Care Reform)

Access

Administrative

Appropriate Use Criteria

Children

Costs

Community Clinics

Immigrant Health Care Coverage

Insurance

Liability (Tort Reform)

Personal Responsibility

Public Health

Public Option

Reform - General

Tort Reform

Universal Coverage

Accident Prevention

Head Protection

Life Vests

Seat Belts

Accreditation/Licensure

Credentials Applications

Criminal Background Checks

Due Process

Information/Education

Joint Commission

License Fees

Maintenance of Certification

Medical Institutions

National Practitioner Data Bank

Non-Traditional Medical Practitioners

Office Laboratory Accreditation

Physician Licensure by State

Verification Service

Adolescent Care

Access

ADHD

Adolescent Care, WSMA Commitment to

Drivers Licenses

Foster Care Children

Undocumented Immigrant Children

Aging

Injury Prevention

Long-Term Care

Nursing Home Surveys

Paperwork

AIDS/HIV

Confidentiality

Education

Ethical Responsibility to Treat

Health Care Workers

Mandatory Testing

Needle Exchange

Patient Concern and Protection

Reporting

Testing Patients

Testing Pregnant Women

Alcohol and Alcoholism

Advertisement

Impaired Driving

Reporting of Blood Alcohol Content

Taxation

Treatment

Alternative Dispute Resolutions

Alternative Dispute Resolution Processes

American Medical Association

The AMA

Assisted Reproduction

Artificial Insemination by Donor

Informed Consent, Rights of the Child

Benefits Packages

Standardized Policies and Procedures, Standardized Data System

Biomedical Research

Humane Animal Research

Birth Control

Emergency Contraceptives

Reproductive Privacy

Blood

Confidentiality

Selling Blood

Cancer

Coverage of Low-Dose CT Scans

Capital Punishment

Participation in Authorized Executions

Castration

Participation in Castration

Chiropractors

Scope of Practice

Clinical Investigation

Guidelines for Clinical Investigations

Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act

Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act

Clinical Trials

Reimbursement and Coverage Implications of

Confidentiality

Attorney-Physician Relations

Communicable Disease/Gunshot Wound Reporting

Computers

Confidentiality

Insurance Company Representative

Media

Minors

Patient-Physician Confidentiality

Physicians in Industry

Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Drug Dispensing

Contractual Relationships

Physician Dismissal

Physician-Group Practice Contractual Relations

Physician-Hospital Contractual Relations

Physician-Insurance Plan Contractual Relations

Physician-Medical Care Plan Contractual Relations

Selective Contracting

Corporal Punishment

Corporal Punishment in Schools

Data Collection

Data Collection and Analysis in Health Care

Release of Provider-Specific Information

Death/Dying

Advance Directives

Cause of Death Certification

Hospice

Living Wills

Medical Futility in End-of-Life Care, WSMA Opinion on

No Codes

Patient Choice in Managing End of Life Care

Quality of Life

Withdrawal of Life Support

Disaster Response

Disaster Response

Education

Patient Medication Supplies

Discipline and Medicine

Discipline and Medicine

Disciplinary Procedures

Disciplinary Procedures

Discrimination

Discrimination in Physician Employment

Non-Discrimination Laws

Professional Discrimination

Drugs

Child Resistant Containers

Errors

Governmental Group Purchase

Imprint Coding/Labeling

Involuntary Administration of Drugs

Marijuana

Medication-Assisted Treatment

Methadone

Narcotics and Drug Use

Post Marketing Surveillance/Drug Sampling

Prescribing Practices

Physician Drug Testing

Safe-Injection Facilities

Single Name Identifier

Substance Use Disorder

Thalidomide

Treatment

Treatment, Correctional Facilities

Education

CPR/AED Training

Health Education Alliance

Public Education

School Start Times

Work Hours

Education - Medical

Condom Education and Access for Teens

Continuing Medical Education

CME Fees for Retired Physicians

End of Life Patient Care

Financing Medical Education

Medical Student Seats

Student Loan Deferments

Promoting Transparency in Medical Education and Access to Training

Emergency Medical Services

Emergency Clinics

First Aid/Treatment for Overdose Victims

Poison Control

Scene of Emergency

Environmental Health

Clean Air

Climate Change

Environmental Protection

Hazardous Substances in the Work Place

Infectious Medical Waste

Medical Waste

Mercury

Nuclear – Hanford

Fees

Charity Care

Competition

Collection Agencies

Fee-for Service as an Effective Model for the Practice of Medicine

Fee Splitting: Clinic or Laboratory Referrals

Fee Splitting: Drug Prescription Rebates

Fee Splitting: Purchase of Medical Practice on a Percentage Basis

Fee Splitting and Hospitals

Fee Splitting: Rentals

Group Practice

Interest Charges and Finance Charges

Medical Cost Containment

Medical Services

Surgical Assistant's Fee

Fetal Research

Guidelines for Fetal Research

Fireworks

Abolition of Fireworks

Foods and Nutrition

Antibiotic Use in Agriculture

Food Irradiation

Fluoridation of Municipal Water Supplies

Genetically Modified Foods

Genetics

Counseling

Engineering

Genetic Counseling Information for Physicians

Guns and Weapons

Background Checks and Waiting Periods

Children

Extreme Risk Protection Orders

Gun Control

Gun Safety Education

Guns as Public Health Issue

Safe Storage

Trauma Prevention

Weapons-free Zone for Health Care Facilities

Health Care

Allocation of Limited Resources

Cost Disclosure

Financing, Health Care

Health Care Policy Principles

Health Equity

Mandated Benefits

Medical Home

Medical Savings Accounts

Preventive Health Care

Quality, Cost Effectiveness

Quality, Definition

Quality Improvement Programs

Reform

Role of the Consumer/Provider

Universal Coverage

Health Care Workforce

Health Care Workforce

Medical Schools

Rural Deficiencies

Health Plan Activities/Policies

“All Products” Clauses

Compensation Schedules

Conversion to For-profit Status

Dispute Resolution

Electronic Data Interchange

Fee Schedules in Capitation Provider Contracts

Health Plan Networks

Health Plan Provisions

Medical Necessity

Premium Payment Cycles

Term and Termination in Provider Contracts

Home Health Care

Medicare Reimbursement

Planned Home Births

Hospitals

Admission Fee

Assessments, Compulsory

Billing for Housestaff Services

"Corporate Practice of Medicine" Doctrine

Emergency Coverage

Health Facility Ownership by Physician

Hospital Utilization Review

Medical Staff

Medical Staff Self Governance

Physician Relations

Protections for Whistleblowers

Record Authentication

Staff Privilege

Immunizations

Availability

CHILD Profile System

Flu

Hemophilus Influenza Type B Immunization

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis B - Adolescent

HPV

Immunizations - General

Liability

Mandatory Health Care Worker Vaccination

Mandatory Long-Term Care Worker Vaccination

New Vaccines

Pharmacy Vaccination Records

Vaccine Exemptions for Personal Reasons

Impaired Physicians

Reporting of

Washington Physicians Health Program

Informed Consent

Informed Consent

Insurance

Care Coverage

Equal Pay for Equal Work

Hospital Staff Requirement

Prior Authorization

Reimbursement

Standardized Remittance Advice

Take-back Periods

Third-party Carriers

Labor and Industries

Independent Medical Examinations

Injured Workers

Labor and Industries Payment

Legislation

Children’s Access Prevention (CAP)

Evaluation of Legislation

Legislative Priorities

Washington Physicians Health Program

Liability

Insurance

Liability

Liability-Induced Stress

Liability Reform

Volunteer Physicians

Liability Reform Positions

Certificate of Merit

Collateral Source Rule

Contingent Attorneys' Fees

Expert Testimony

Government Standards Defense

Joint and Several Liability

Offers of Settlement

Tax Consequences of Damage Awards

Managed Care

Ethical Issues

Guidelines for Managed Care

Maternal and Infant Health Care

Access

Breast Milk

Chemical Abuse

Infant Mortality

Prenatal Care

Sickle Cell Anemia

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

Testing of Neonates

Medicaid

Access

Hospice Care

Reform

Reimbursement

Medical Boards

Authority

Governor Appointments

Physician Assistant on Board of Medical Examiners

Medical Directors

Accountability

Medical Directors

Medical Ethics

Medical Ethics

Medical Students

Medical Students

Medicare

Anti-Emetic Reimbursement in Conjunction with Chemotherapy

Nursing Home Services

Payment Reform

Reform

Regulation

Men’s Health

Access to Health Care for Men

Mental Health Care

Benefits

Involuntary Administration of Drugs

Involuntary Treatment Act

Minority Health Care

Minority Health Care

Non-Scientific Practitioners

Non-Scientific Practitioners

Nursing

Education/Training

Nursing in Public Schools

Physician-Nurse Relationship

Optometry

Optometrists

Organs

Allocation of Organs and Other Scarce Medical Resources

Donation

Organ Transplantation

Patient

Choice

Patient Informed Consent

Patient Voice

Principles of Patient Care

Peer Review

Confidentiality

Included in Practice of Medicine Definition

Peer Review, WSMA Principles of

Physician Assistants

Physician Assistants

Physicians

Jury Duty

Referral of Patients

Sale of Health-Related Goods from Physicians’ Offices

Sale of Non-Health Related Goods from Physicians’ Offices

Secret Remedies

Unnecessary Services

Worthless Services

Young Physicians

Physician Advertising and Publicity

Guidelines Regarding Physician Advertising and Publicity

Physician Health Plan Participation

Physician-Health Plan Relations

Physician Practice

Addiction Medicine

Appointment Charges

Billing

Case Management

Clinical Practice Parameters

Clinics

Consultation

Contingent Physician Fees

Definition of "Primary Care"

Definition of "Primary Care Physician"

Definition of "Non-physician Primary Care Provider"

Definition of "Managed Care"

Doctor/Physician, Use of the Term

Imaging, Reimbursement of

Laboratory Services

Lien Laws

Practice Parameters

Providers, Use of the Term

Psychiatric Services

Second Opinions

Testing

Physician Profiling

Principles on Physician Profiling

Physician Records

Availability to Other Physicians

Body Mass Index (BMI), Inclusion of

Discoverability

Electronic Medical Records

Health Services Information System

Information and Patients

Records of Physicians on Retirement

Sale of a Medical Practice

Records on Termination of a Partnership

Physician Rights and Responsibilities

AMA Code of Ethics

Civil Rights and Responsibilities

Conflict of Interest – Physician Self-Referral

Domestic Violence

Due Process

Expert Witness Standards

Expert Witness Testimony - Revelation of Financial Arrangements

Family Violence

Free Choice

Gifts from Industry

Harassment

Medical Testing

Patent for Surgical or Diagnostic Instrument

Physician-Patient Relationship, Sanctity of

Professional Corporations

Refusal to Serve a Class of Patients

Right of Conscience

Sexual Harassment

Sexual Misconduct

Surgical Procedures Donated for Charity Auction

Treatment of Immediate Family

Utilization and Cost, Policies Related to

Political Action

Campaign Finance Reform

Political Action, WSMA Commitment to

Prescribing Practices

Conscientious Refusal to Fill a Legal Prescription

Denial of Prescribed Pharmaceuticals

Prescribing Practices - General

Prescription Drugs

Pharmaceutical Coverage

Pricing of Pharmaceuticals

Purchasing by Government

Prisons

Choke and Sleeper Holds

Hepatitis-C

Public Health

Coal Exports and Oil Transport and Storage in Washington State, Opposition to

Community Health Clinics

DDT

Fast Flux Test Facility

Fertilizers, Labeling

Funding

Harmful Chemicals in Consumer Products

Lead

Needles and Syringes

Obesity

Oral Health of Children

Public Health Department

Public Health Nurse Dispensing

School Based Health Care

Sleep Disorder Screening

Translators/Interpreters

Tuberculosis Control

Resolutions

Resolutions Separate from Reports

Retired Physicians

CME Fees

Rural Health Care

Incentivizing Rural Practice

Washington Rural Health Association

Scope of Practice

Acupuncture

Manual and Manipulative Procedures

Neuromuscular Electrodiagnostic Medicine Consultation

Physical Therapists

Prescriptive Authority

Scope of Practice - General

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDS)

Chlamydia Screening

Patient-Delivered Partner Therapy

Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Control

Specialists

Specialists

Sports

Boxing

Physician Role in

Sports Exams

Surgery/Invasive Procedures

Definition of

Laser Surgery

Risks to Health Care Team

Tax Reform

Fair and Equitable Taxation

Tax on Alcohol

Television

Social Responsibility

Tobacco

Addiction Treatment

Advertising

Cessation Programs

Combustible Cigarettes, Elimination of

Definition

E-cigarettes

Education

Labeling

Legislation

Public Places

Regulation

Taxes

Tobacco Settlement

WSMA Meetings

Veterans Medical Care

Veterans Administration Health Care Program

War

Nuclear War/Weapons

Washington Medical Commission

Complaints

Organizational Structure

Women's Health Care Issues

Mammography

Wrongful Birth/Wrongful Life

Wrongful Birth/Wrongful Life

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