Protecting the house of medicine is the Washington State Medical Association's specialty.
We are the largest medical professional association in the state at more than 11,000 physicians strong and we're growing. We represent all
physicians, physician assistants, residents, and medical students, regardless of specialty or practice setting.
Our vision is to make Washington state the best place to practice medicine and receive care. We are stronger and more effective together.
Read on for a look at our efforts in 2020. With your partnership, we'll do even more now and in the future.
How we represented the physician's voice to influencers, prepared
medical professionals for changes coming to health care, and
provided service and value in 2020.
40 news stories, 6 op-eds, 1 television and 3 radio interviews,
and 13 public service announcements spotlighting the WSMA and the
6 Excel Awards recognizing WSMA’s flagship publication,
WSMA Reports, for design excellence, general excellence, magazine feature
article, magazine opinion article, and magazine redesign.
More than 200 physicians and providers attended one or more of
WSMA’s leadership development courses in the last 12 months. The
WSMA Center for Leadership Development
has nearly 1,000 total graduates.
Addressed more than 300 questions from members around physician
practice, legal, payment, and policy issues.
Expedited WSMA member license applications during Washington
Medical Commission backlog.
WSMA's advocacy before the Legislature, regulatory agencies, the courts, and others protected
physicians, the profession, and patients in 2020.
Tracked or engaged with hundreds of the more than 3,400 bills that were in play during the 2020 legislative session.
Tracked more than 245 rules and formally submitted comments on items of importance to medical practice.
95% of candidates supported in the last election cycle by
WAMPAC, WSMA's nonpartisan campaign arm, won their elections.
The WSMA's advocacy had immediate impact during the pandemic. We successfully:
A look at how WSMA's initiatives created real change in the lives
of physicians and patients in 2020.
Promoting safe prescribing guidelines for patients on acute
49 hospitals, health systems, and medical groups enrolled,
representing over 10,773 prescribers.
Achieved a 15% reduction in acute prescriptions above guidelines
over the last 12 months (and a 40% reduction since early 2018).
Strengthening physician wellness and restoring the joy of
Supporting eight health care organizations, in partnership with
the AMA and Physicians Foundation, to research the effectiveness
of wellness interventions.
Ensuring CME presented by our accredited providers meets
the highest standards.
The WSMA was awarded Accreditation with Commendation by the ACCME.
The WSMA and WSMA-accredited providers provided 800 CME activities,
61% of all CME activities in Washington state.
Leading the region on advance care planning conversations.
Facilitators from over 42 health care organizations and 13
community groups held over 20,000 advance care planning