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Online Reference Committees and Forum

The WSMA's virtual reference committees and general discussion forum give members an opportunity to discuss topics of interest, develop policy ideas and provide feedback on proposed policy prior to the WSMA Annual Meeting.

Virtual reference committees

Access the members-only WSMA Virtual Reference Committees below. Use the virtual reference committees to review and discuss resolutions and other business that will be considered by the House of Delegates during the WSMA Annual Meeting in the fall (comments in these virtual reference committees are compiled and considered by the members of the reference committees when making their recommendations to the House during the annual meeting).

About the general discussion forum

Access the members-only general discussion forum below. Use the general discussion forum to develop your policy idea before you submit your resolution for consideration by the House of Delegates. Tapping the expertise of your colleagues can help you hone your proposal and increase its chances for adoption. You can also use the general discussion forum to start discussions that don’t directly relate to a resolution.

Submitting a resolution

To submit a resolution to be considered by the House of Delegates during the WSMA Annual Meeting, you must organize your proposal into the required resolution format and identify a sponsor (resolutions must be sponsored by a WSMA delegate, alternate delegate or member of the board of trustees). Review How to Write a Resolution for more information on formatting your policy idea into a resolution and how to find a sponsor and submit to the WSMA for review. Resolutions can be submitted to hod@wsma.org at any time during the year.

Once accepted, the WSMA will assign your resolution to a reference committee and then upload the resolutions into the corresponding virtual reference committee for discussion by members before going to the WSMA House of Delegates for action.

Forum rules

As these online forums are for members only, you will be prompted to sign in to enter the forum. When you post a topic or a reply, your name will appear with your post or reply. If you are speaking on behalf of an organization, please include that information in your post/reply.

The WSMA encourages lively debate, but please behave courteously and responsibly. Comments that include profanity, personal attacks or inappropriate, offensive or illegal material will be removed.

If you have questions or feedback about the virtual reference committees, please contact the WSMA at hod@wsma.org or 206.441.9762.

Discussions

  • General Forum
    This is a general discussion forum, open year-round, to develop policy ideas or start discussions that don’t directly relate to a resolution. The WSMA encourages lively debate, but please behave courteously and responsibly.

  • Virtual Reference Committee B: Professional services, internal affairs, budget, membership
    Medical licensing and discipline; peer and utilization review; continuing medical education; ethics; medical staff; quality assessment; board of trustees; bylaws; budget/finance; nominations; status of House actions; community health; public affairs.

  • Virtual Reference Committee C: Legislative affairs, health care economics, ACA
    State and congressional legislation and regulations; federal and state agencies; Medicare; Medicaid; industrial insurance; political action; medical practice and reimbursement issues; AMA.

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