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Upcoming Webinars

The following free educational sessions are available to all Washington physicians and physician assistants regardless of membership in the WSMA. Practice staff are also encouraged to attend.

Membership helps support our work on behalf of physicians, patients and the profession. Learn more and become a member today.

ERISA and Payment of Healthcare Claims

Wednesday, Nov. 28, noon–1 p.m. Free.


The WSMA is collaborating with the Seattle office of the U.S. Department of Labor to offer this free lunchtime webinar, which will provide an overview of ERISA Title I, explain fully-insured vs. self-insured health plans, claims procedures and participants’ rights, and the role of the Department of Labor’s role and assistance.

ERISA, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, affects self-insured health plans. Claims payments and denials with ERISA plans are becoming increasingly problematic for physician practices. In years past, only very large companies took on self-insured health care coverage; now, insurers are marketing TPA / “administrative services only” to companies as small as 50–100 employees. As the employers bear full financial risk, these arrangements are not “insurance” products regulated by the state Office of the Insurance Commissioner, meaning the OIC cannot intervene to protect those patients. However, the US Department of Labor does have oversight of ERISA arrangements.

Please join us for this important presentation. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Understanding New State Opioid Prescribing Rules

Wednesday, Dec. 19, noon–1 p.m. Free.


New opioid prescribing rules for physicians and physician assistants treating all phases of pain (acute, subacute, and chronic) go into effect on Jan. 1. Plan now to attend this one-hour lunchtime webinar, designed to help you understand how to comply with the new requirements. For questions, contact Jeb Shepard at

CME Information:

The WSMA is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The WSMA designates this Live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity meets the criteria for up to 1 hour(s) of Category I CME credit to satisfy the relicensure requirements of the Washington State Medical Quality Assurance Commission.

Disclosure Information:

The planner for this activity, Jeb Shepard, has indicated no relevant financial relationships with an ACCME-defined commercial interest. Their planning contributions were evidence-based and unbiased.

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