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WSMA and WSRS 2019 Annual Meetings

The 2019 Annual Meeting of the WSMA House of Delegates will take place Saturday, Oct. 12 and Sunday, Oct. 13 at the Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center. This year, we're pleased to welcome our friends and colleagues from the Washington State Radiological Society, which will hold its annual meeting on Saturday, Oct. 12, and has joined the WSMA in co-sponsoring a series of educational sessions throughout the day.

The WSMA and WSRS Annual Meetings are free for members. Register for the meetings online. Discounted rooms are available at the Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center (1.800.HILTONS). Sept. 11 is the deadline to receive WSMA's special room rate.

Check the WSRS website at wsrs.org for details on the WSRS business meeting.

Important WSMA Annual Meeting deadlines

Aug. 16

Deadline for reports and resolutions to be received at the WSMA Seattle office for publication in the delegate handbook. Email resolutions to hod@wsma.org. Learn more about how to write and submit a resolution for consideration at the 2019 WSMA Annual Meeting.

Sept. 5

Delegate handbook—the compilation of resolutions and other business to be considered by the House of Delegates—will be available for download from the WSMA website.

Sept. 11

Deadline to receive the special discounted room rate at the Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center.

Sept. 12

Final deadline for receipt of resolutions at the WSMA Seattle office. Resolutions received after this date must have consent of two-thirds of the House at the opening session to be considered.

Oct. 12-13

2019 WSMA Annual Meeting.

From the WSMA President

WSMA President Tom Schaaf MD

This new century has brought with it new challenges for physicians and medicine. Meeting these new challenges will require a renewed sense of purpose and commitment from physicians and the house of medicine—a community of professionals well-suited to adapt to a rapidly changing environment when given the information, tools, and support they need to respond. For our members, the Annual Meeting of the WSMA House of Delegates is that source of support and strength, providing leadership, fellowship, and a chance to come together for a common purpose.

This annual two-day gathering is where your elected WSMA representatives (representing most specialties and counties in Washington state) gather to elect leaders and determine the policy that guides your association in its work to improve Washington medicine. However, the meeting is for everyone! I encourage you to attend, to weigh in on policies being considered, and to enjoy the many educational and networking opportunities on the agenda.

The meeting begins on Saturday morning with the convening of the House of Delegates for its opening session. Immediately following, at 10 a.m., are the reference committee hearings, where WSMA members are invited to add their voices to the debate around proposed policies and other business before the House. Then enjoy an afternoon of presentations, breakout sessions, and other activities, available to all meeting attendees. The House holds a second and final session on Sunday morning, where delegates make their final decisions.

This year, we're pleased to welcome once again our friends and colleagues from the Washington State Radiological Society, which will hold its annual meeting on Saturday morning, Oct. 12, and has joined the WSMA in co-sponsoring a series of breakout sessions that afternoon. We look forward to seeing our WSRS colleagues for these special presentations.

I hope to see you at this year's annual meeting. This event, more than any other at the medical association, calls to our better natures: a community of caring, committed professionals, setting aside our differences to ensure we are delivering the best care to our patients and our communities. United together in purpose and vision, we will make Washington state the best place to practice medicine and receive care.

Sincerely,
Tom Schaaf, MD
President

P.S. If you want to serve as a delegate at the 2019 WSMA Annual Meeting, please contact your local county society or state specialty society.

Agenda

Friday, Oct. 11 (pre-meeting events)

1–5 p.m.
WSMA Effective Board Governance Course*
6–8 p.m.
Specialty Society Presidents’ Dinner
6–7 p.m.
Board of Trustees Dinner
7-10 p.m.
Board of Trustees Meeting

*Separate registration and fee required.

Saturday, Oct. 12

7:30 a.m.
Registration
7:30–8:30 a.m.
Continental breakfast (with exhibitors)
AMA Delegation Breakfast
Reference Committee Orientation Breakfast
First-time Attendee/Early Career Physician Breakfast
8 a.m.
Credentialing
8:30–9:30 a.m.
House of Delegates Opening Session
8:30–8:45 a.m.
WSRS Annual Meeting Welcome with Ruben Krishnananthan, MD, WSRS President
9–9:45 a.m.
Challenges and Opportunities for Radiologist Empowerment: An ACR Update with Richard Duszak, MD
9:30–10 a.m.
Break (with exhibitors)
10 a.m.
Reference Committee Hearings
10–10:45 a.m.
Radiology's Cost Conundrum: Who Pays? Richard Duszak, MD**
10:45¬–11:30 pm
High-Value Imaging. Craig Blackmore, MD, MPH**
11:30 a.m.–noon
AI Applications in Radiology and Medicine. Nathan Cross, MD**
Noon-12:30 p.m.
Protecting Access to Medicare Act and Clinical Decision Support Update. Jeffrey Robinson, MD, MBA, FACR **
12:30–2 p.m.
WAMPAC Luncheon***
12:30–2 p.m.
WSRS Residents & Fellows Lunch Program and Student Lunch Program
2–3 p.m.
Keynote Presentation: Healthcare 3.0: How Technology is Driving the Transition to Prosumers, Platforms, and Outsurance. Rubin Pillay, MD, PhD
3–3:30 p.m.
Break (with exhibitors)
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Top 10 EHR Pitfalls. Elizabeth Leedom**
3:30-4:30 p.m.
WSRS Annual Business Meeting
4:30-5:30 p.m.
Physician Leadership and the Urgency of the Moment in Medicine. AMA President Patrice Harris, MD
5:30-7 p.m.
Reception and WSMA President’s Inauguration
7 p.m.
WSMA Foundation Dinner***

**Co-presented with the Washington State Radiological Society

***Requires ticket purchase to attend. Tickets may be purchased when registering.

Sunday, Oct. 13

7 a.m.
Past Presidents’ Breakfast
Early Career Physician Section Breakfast
County Medical Society Caucus Breakfast
7:30 a.m.
Continental breakfast
8 a.m.
House of Delegates Final Session

Activities

Keynote Presentation: Healthcare 3.0: How Technology is Driving the Transition to Prosumers, Platforms, and Outsurance

Over the coming decades, humanity will encounter some of the greatest transitions any generation has ever had to face. Technological disruption is reshaping every part of our lives: every business, every industry, every society, even what it means to be "human." Exponential technologies are on the cusp of solving some of humanity's biggest challenges and health care is set to be one of the chief beneficiaries.

In this interactive and animated keynote featuring real-time demonstrations, Rubin Pillay, MD, PhD explores some of the key exponential technologies that are set to impact health care, including artificial intelligence, robotics, 3D printing, sensor technology, AR/VR, and the "omics," including genomics. When two or more of these technologies are used in combination—converging exponential technologies—we will begin to unlock unfathomably productive capabilities and begin to understand how to solve the world's most challenging problems—including those facing health care.

The thread that runs through the presentation is Pillay's succinct explanation of how the convergence of these technologies is set to transform patients to "prosumers" (producers of care), current pipeline approaches to care-delivery systems to platform-based systems, and finally, a payment transformation from the current insurance-based approach to an "outsurance" (getting paid to maintain health) -based approach.

Rubin Pillay, MD, PhD is the assistant dean for global health innovation and the chief innovation officer of the health system at the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham. A family physician and clinical pharmacologist with degrees in business administration and health management, Dr. Pillay's resume boasts a 28-year career of impressive successes in health care as a clinician, academic, leader, and innovator/entrepreneur.

Following his presentation, Dr. Pillay will be available to sign copies of his new book, "Art of The Heal. Leadership Skills for the New Health Economy," available for purchase at the meeting.

WSMA Effective Board Governance Course

Now more than ever, physicians are being asked to serve on the board of their clinic, medical group, or integrated system. Learn how to be an effective board member with the WSMA Effective Board Governance Course, which provides in-depth education about governance and will help you bring a powerful voice and perspective to any board. This pre-annual meeting event takes place on Friday, Oct. 11, from 1-5 p.m. Separate registration and fee required (registration info will be available shortly).

First-time Attendee/Early Career Physician Breakfast

First-time attendees and early career physicians (students, residents/fellows, or physicians in the first 10 years of practice) are welcome to join us at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday for an orientation breakfast, sponsored by the WSMA's Young Physician Section, Resident and Fellow Section, and Medical Student Section. Learn the nuts and bolts of how policy is made at the meeting and have a chance to ask questions of seasoned delegates. Advance registration required (no charge for members). Register for the breakfast when registering for the WSMA Annual Meeting.

Breakout Sessions

Challenges and Opportunities for Radiologist Empowerment: An ACR Update with Richard Duszak, MD

As the leading organization representing the socioeconomic interests of radiologists and their patients, the ACR has a complex agenda embracing the economics of radiology practice, quality of care, lifelong learning, and research. Few members, however, are familiar with all of those activities. The core mission of the ACR will be reviewed and its leadership structure highlighted. A variety of current high priority initiatives will be discussed. Richard Duszak, MD is professor and vice chair for health policy and practice in the department of radiology and imaging sciences at Emory University.

Radiology's Cost Conundrum: Who Pays? with Richard Duszak, MD

Radiologists provide services to many patients, but few know how much those services actually cost and have little knowledge about patient co-pays and deductibles. As many insurance plans move toward higher deductibles and co-pays, patient financial responsibility for imaging services has skyrocketed. Differences between charges, costs, and prices will be detailed, and benchmarks provided for radiologists to estimate relative costs for various imaging services. The implications for patients of costs of imaging will be highlighted. Richard Duszak, MD is professor and vice chair for health policy and practice in the department of radiology and imaging sciences at Emory University.

High-Value Imaging with Craig Blackmore, MD, MPH

Presentation description to come. C. Craig Blackmore, MD, MPH, is the director of the Center for Health Care Improvement Science at Virginia Mason

AI Applications in Radiology and Medicine with Nathan Cross, MD

Presentation description to come. Nathan Cross, MD, MS. is a board-certified radiologist at Harborview Medical Center, UW Medical Center and the VA Puget Sound and a UW assistant professor of radiology.

Protecting Access to Medicare Act and Clinical Decision Support Update with Jeffrey Robinson, MD, MBA, FACR

The Protecting Access to Medicare Act mandates the use of Clinical Decision Support for all Medicare patients beginning in January 2020. Despite this impending change, many healthcare providers are unaware of the program and its impact on their daily practice. This presentation will briefly review the rationale and history of the program, it's intent and implications, and the unanswered questions that remain a few short months before the program is set to begin. Jeffrey Robinson, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.C.R., is a board-certified radiologist in the emergency department at Harborview Medical Center and is a UW associate professor of emergency and trauma radiology.

Top 10 EHR Pitfalls with Elizabeth Leedom

Presentation description to come. Liz is an experienced trial lawyer who has represented hospitals, physicians and other providers in medical malpractice cases for over 28 years.

WAMPAC Luncheon

Recent policy decisions at the state and federal levels have made it clear that lawmakers don't have a clear understanding of what's important for physicians and the practice of medicine. During the 2019 legislative session, taxes were increased on physicians, costly IT mandates were imposed on health care facilities and a new state "public option" bill will cap reimbursement to providers. Meanwhile, actions at the federal level have destabilized the health insurance market and negatively impacted access to care.

Now more than ever, physicians need to engage in the political process and speak with a unified voice. Join us at the 2019 WAMPAC Luncheon, where special guests will help us sort through what's happening and what we can do about it.

Tickets to the WAMPAC luncheon can be purchased when registering for the WSMA Annual Meeting. For members of the WAMPAC Diamond Club, attendance is free—our way of saying "thank you." Not a member of the Diamond Club? Learn more at wsma.org/wampac.

WSRS Residents and Fellows Lunch Program

This program is for residents and fellows pursuing careers in radiology and radiation oncology and associated sub-specialties. This program is free of charge and includes a complimentary lunch. RFS members are encouraged to attend the entire conference, as well.

WSRS Students Lunch Program

Join medical students from around the region for a fascinating lunchtime program led by a diagnostic radiologist and the chief radiation oncology resident from the University of Washington. They’ll lead you through a case that demonstrates how diagnostic and therapeutic radiology contribute to the diagnosis and treatment of a specific patient. Complimentary lunch is included. We encourage med students to attend the entire conference, as well.

AMA President Patrice Harris, MD

Physician Leadership and the Urgency of the Moment in Medicine with AMA President Patrice Harris, MD

Join us on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. as we offer a hearty welcome to 2019-20 AMA President Patrice A. Harris, MD. A psychiatrist from Atlanta, Dr. Harris has diverse experience as a private practicing physician, public health administrator, patient advocate, and medical society lobbyist. Dr. Harris will speak to meeting attendees on the importance of physician leadership during this moment in history. No stranger to leadership, Dr. Harris has helped multiple leadership roles at the AMA and in her home state of Georgia and has been active in organized medicine throughout her career.

Reception and WSMA President's Inauguration

Join us for a free afternoon reception on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Mingle with meeting attendees and WSMA physician leaders while enjoying appetizers and a cash bar. Hear from outgoing WSMA President Tom Schaaf, MD and see the inauguration and swearing in of incoming WSMA president, William Hirota, MD.

WSMA Foundation Dinner

You are invited to join the second annual fundraising dinner on Saturday at 7 p.m. for the WSMA Foundation. At the WSMA Foundation, we believe in a future where physicians are healthy and fulfilled, where physicians and their patients are partners, and where all Washingtonians experience quality care that aligns with their needs, goals, and values. The evening will begin with the presentation of the WSMA William O. Robertson Patient Safety Awards. Tickets can be purchased when registering for the WSMA Annual Meeting. Your generous donations this evening will ensure the WSMA Foundation continues its important work to improve physician wellness and patient care through transformational health care change at all levels—individual, organizational, and statewide.

WSMA Virtual Reference Committees

Virtual reference committees and general discussion forum

The WSMA offers password-protected online reference committees, available year-round, for those members who aren't able to attend the in-person reference committees at the WSMA Annual Meeting, or who wish to review and discuss resolutions prior to the meeting. The WSMA also offers a general discussion forum, also available year-round, for members to develop their policy ideas or start a discussion on any general topic. Learn more.

About the WSMA Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the WSMA House of Delegates (or the WSMA Annual Meeting) is the WSMA's premiere policy-making event, when the approximately 200 voting members of the WSMA House of Delegates gather to debate and determine policy for the association, elect officers and network with colleagues. All are welcome to attend the WSMA Annual Meeting and take advantage of the educational offerings, network and learn more about the association.

All legislative power of the WSMA—including the power to alter, amend or repeal the bylaws—is vested in the House of Delegates. All business of the House is conducted according to parliamentary procedures as outlined in “The Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure.” The speaker of the House serves as parliamentarian. The speaker of the House is Deborah Harper, MD, of Spokane. The vice speaker of the House is Matthew Grierson, MD, of Seattle.

Policymaking at the meeting is primarily driven by resolutions. A resolution is a proposal asking the WSMA to take a position or act on an issue. Learn more about resolutions and how they help create and guide WSMA policy.

How the House of Delegates operates

The House convenes its opening session on Saturday morning of the WSMA Annual Meeting. At this time, guests are invited to speak to the delegates and all reports and resolutions are referred to reference committees. This is followed by meetings of the reference committees on Saturday.

The House holds a second session on Sunday morning. The reference committees present their reports for consideration by the House on Sunday.

Learn more about the House of Delegates.

Learn more about delegate duties.

Reference committees

The in-person reference committees scheduled at the WSMA Annual Meeting are the key to the deliberations of the House of Delegates. Members of the House and individual members of the WSMA are invited and encouraged to attend these meetings to discuss and debate reports and resolutions due to be considered by the House for action.

Each reference committee is made of three members of the House appointed by the speaker and vice speaker.

The chair of the reference committee has the prerogative to permit non-members of the WSMA to present testimony. Committee meetings are open to the press.

When offering testimony before the reference committee, or on the floor of the House, please identify yourself and the society or organization which you represent. It is helpful, unless raising a point of order or asking a question, if you indicate you are speaking in favor of, or in opposition to, the resolution or report under discussion.

Remember, the reference committee is the most appropriate place for you to express your opinions and those of your constituents. Discussion on the floor of the House on Sunday is generally in response to the recommendations made by the reference committee and is not intended as a replay of more extensive testimony given at the committee hearings.

Most reference committees complete their business in two to three hours on Saturday. The committee reports are published under the direction of the speaker and vice speaker and are available on the WSMA website by Saturday evening and in hard copy by 7 a.m. on Sunday.

Virtual reference committees and general discussion forum

The WSMA offers password-protected online reference committees for those members who aren't able to attend the in-person reference committees, or who wish to review and discuss resolutions prior to the WSMA Annual Meeting. The WSMA also offers a general discussion forum, also available year-round, for members to develop their policy ideas or start a discussion on any general topic. Learn more about these forums.

Washington State Radiological Society Annual Meeting

The WSRS will hold its annual meeting on Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center during the WSMA Annual Meeting. The WSRS has joined with WSMA to provide educational programs throughout day available to attendees of both the WSMA and WSRS annual meetings. Information on these sessions can be found on this page.

For information on the WSRS business meeting, visit the WSRS website .

Exhibit

Connect with physician leaders at the WSMA Annual Meeting

Exhibit your product, promote your job opportunity, or demonstrate your technology at the 2019 Washington State Medical Association Annual Meeting, Oct. 12 at the Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center.

The WSMA Annual Meeting offers industry leaders an opportunity to meet directly with your market. We anticipate more than 300 health care professionals to be in attendance during the meeting. Exhibit space is limited to maximize your exposure to providers.

If you have any questions please contact Lauren Beverly at 206.956.3622 or lauren@wsma.org.

Corporate Partners

The WSMA wishes to thank the following corporate partners for their generous contributions. For more information on becoming a partner, review our corporate partners brochure or contact Lauren Beverly at 206.956.3622 or lauren@wsma.org.

EXCLUSIVE PREMIER PARTNER

Physicians Insurance
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SILVER PARTNERS

Premera Blue Cross’ mission is to provide peace of mind to our members about their healthcare. We provide health insurance and related services to 1.9 million people in Washington and Alaska. Premera Blue Cross has operated in Washington since 1933 and Alaska since 1952 and is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.

 

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Hall Render is the largest health care-focused law firm in the country, with over 40 years of experience in health law business and 200 attorneys serving health care clients.

 

Washington Permanente Medical Group is a multi-specialty group practice of nearly 1,400 physicians, physician assistants, optometrists, midwives and psychologists in Washington state, united by a commitment to excellence, collaboration, compassion, stewardship and innovation.

Disclaimer

Please note that the WSMA may have a photographer and/or videographer on-site at this event to gather imagery for use by the WSMA in its communications materials and channels, as well as for media outreach. These images will be the property of the WSMA, and the WSMA will not sell or otherwise market event imagery. If you have any questions regarding imagery taken at a WSMA event, please contact Milana McLead at 206.441.9762 or milana@wsma.org.

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