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2018_wsma_annual_meeting_registration_information_and_important_deadlines2018 WSMA Annual Meeting registration information and important deadlinesLatest_NewsShared_Content/News/Membership_Memo/20180711/2018_wsma_annual_meeting_registration_information_and_important_deadlines<div class="col-md-12"> <div class="col-md-5 pull-right"><img alt="" src="/images/Events/2018-Annual-Meeting-Graphic-645px%20version%202.jpg" class="pull-right" /></div> <h5> July 11, 2018 </h5> <h2>2018 WSMA Annual Meeting registration information and important deadlines</h2> <p> Registration is now available for the 2018 Annual Meeting of the WSMA House of Delegates, scheduled for Oct. 13-14 at the Historic Davenport Hotel in Spokane. The annual event brings together nearly 200 voting delegates of the association to debate and determine policy, elect officers and network with colleagues. All are welcome to attend the meeting (free for WSMA and WSMGMA members) to participate in the policymaking, attend the educational offerings, socialize with colleagues and learn more about the association. </p> <p> Visit the <a href="">meeting webpage</a> for a full agenda and to register for the meeting. Discounted rooms are available at the Davenport; Sept. 12 is the deadline to receive the WSMA special room rate. Other important deadlines: </p> <ul> <li>Aug. 17 – Deadline for reports and resolutions to be received at the WSMA Seattle office for publication in the delegate handbook. Email resolutions to <a href=""></a>. </li> <li>Aug. 31 – Delegate handbook—the compilation of resolutions and other business to be considered by the House of Delegates—will be available for download. Delegates may order the handbook on flash drive by emailing <a href=""></a>. </li> <li>Sept. 13 – 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.</li> <li>Oct. 13-14 – 2018 WSMA Annual Meeting.</li> </ul> <p> If you want to serve as a delegate at the 2018 WSMA Annual Meeting, please contact your local county society or state specialty society. WSMA members wishing to submit a resolution (a proposal asking the WSMA to take a position or act on an important issue) to be considered by the House of Delegates at the meeting may refer to the How to Write a Resolution section on the <a href="">meeting webpage</a> for more information. </p> <p> The WSMA would like to thank our corporate partners for helping make the 2018 Annual Meeting possible: Exclusive premier partner <a href="">Physicians Insurance A Mutual Company</a>, and silver partners <a href="">Premera Blue Cross</a>, <a href="">First Choice Health</a>, <a href="">Hall Render</a> and <a href="">Kaiser Permanente</a>. </p> </div>7/11/2018 12:00:00 AM1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM
department_of_health_launches_prescription_opioid_awareness_ad_campaignDepartment of Health launches prescription opioid awareness ad campaignLatest_NewsShared_Content/News/Membership_Memo/20180711/department_of_health_launches_prescription_opioid_awareness_ad_campaign<div class="col-md-12"> <div class="col-md-5 pull-right"><img alt="" src="/images/Concepts/11008_CDC_RxAwareness_SocialMedia_Facebook_Billboard-v0-645px1.jpg" class="pull-right" /></div> <h5> July 11, 2018 </h5> <h2>Department of Health launches prescription opioid awareness ad campaign</h2> <p> The Department of Health has launched a media campaign warning about the dangers of opioid prescriptions and targeting primarily those rural counties hit hardest by the opioid epidemic. The campaign, which will run through the summer, uses a mix of ads and videos developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Audiences include rural Central and Eastern Washington residents ages 25-54, family members of adults who might use prescription opioids, and people who have used opioids at least once for medical or non-medical use. Several counties in Western Washington with a high rate of overdose will also be included as part of the campaign. An overview of the ad campaign and related resources can be found on the <a href="">CDC website</a>. The DOH has also set up a <a href="">dedicated webpage for its opioid overdose prevention information</a>. For questions on the DOH campaign, contact Rachel Meade at <a href=""></a>. </p> </div>7/11/2018 12:00:00 AM1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM
health_care_mobilizes_to_defend_coverage_for_pre_existing_conditionsHealth care mobilizes to defend coverage for pre-existing conditionsLatest_NewsShared_Content/News/Membership_Memo/20180711/health_care_mobilizes_to_defend_coverage_for_pre_existing_conditions<div class="col-md-12"> <div class="col-md-5 pull-right"><img alt="" src="/images/Concepts/ACA_stock.image_645px.jpg" class="pull-right" /></div> <h5> July 11, 2018 </h5> <h2>Health care mobilizes to defend coverage for pre-existing conditions</h2> <p> Health care organizations in Washington and across the nation are speaking out in defense of the Affordable Care Act's pre-existing condition protections, in response to the unusual, but not unexpected, news that the Trump administration will not defend the ACA in a lawsuit arguing the health care reform law is unconstitutional. </p> <p> If successful, the plaintiff's case in Texas vs. the United States would return federal health care policy to the pre-ACA era and end many of the health reform law's popular, bipartisan coverage provisions, including coverage for pre-existing conditions. The AMA, joined by national specialty societies, has filed <a href=""> an amicus brief </a> in the case urging the court to reject the lawsuit. </p> <p> Here in Washington, Sen. Maria Cantwell, WSMA members and leaders of prominent health care organizations have called on the public to ask lawmakers to support the ACA and its coverage for pre-existing conditions, hosting press events across the state. Preserving access to care under the ACA and essential insurance market reforms like coverage of pre-existing conditions are included in <a href=""> WSMA's principles for health care reform</a>. </p> <p> The lawsuit is being heard in a federal district court in Texas and is expected to be appealed. The WSMA is tracking this issue and will keep its members apprised of developments. </p> </div>7/11/2018 12:00:00 AM1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM
doh_begins_work_to_implement_statewide_drug_take-back_programDOH begins work to implement statewide drug take-back programLatest_NewsShared_Content/News/Membership_Memo/20180627/doh_begins_work_to_implement_statewide_drug_take-back_program<div class="col-md-12"> <div class="col-md-5 pull-right"><img alt="" src="/images/Concepts/Generic_Rx_645px.jpg" class="pull-right" /></div> <h5> June 27, 2018 </h5> <h2> DOH begins work to implement statewide drug take-back program </h2> <p> After years of legislative attempts, this year finally saw the passage of legislation, <a href="">House Bill 1047</a>, which creates a statewide drug-take back program, a key tool in decreasing diversion and a top priority for the WSMA. The Department of Health is currently drafting rules necessary to implement the take-back program, and has announced several rules workshops, open to anyone interested in providing input on the program's creation. </p> <p> The following workshops are scheduled: </p> <ul> <li> Aug. 2 at the Department of Health, Tumwater. </li> <li> Aug. 30 at the Spokane City Council chambers, Spokane. </li> <li> Sept. 24 at the Department of Health, Tumwater. </li> </ul> <p> The DOH will also post the rule language online for comment. For specific times and locations for these workshops and more information on the rulemaking, <a href="">visit the DOH website</a>, where you can also subscribe to receive updates from the DOH on the program’s development. </p> </div>6/27/2018 12:00:00 AM1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM
wsma_joins_other_health_organizations_in_urging_public_health_approach_to_preventing_gun_violenceWSMA joins other health organizations in urging public health approach to preventing gun violenceLatest_NewsShared_Content/News/Membership_Memo/20180627/wsma_joins_other_health_organizations_in_urging_public_health_approach_to_preventing_gun_violence<div class="col-md-12"> <div class="col-md-5 pull-right"><img alt="" src="/images/Concepts/Gun-Violence-Press-Conf-645px.jpg" class="pull-right" /></div> <h5> June 27, 2018 </h5> <h2> WSMA joins other health organizations in urging public health approach to preventing gun violence </h2> <p> The WSMA joined state and local health care provider organizations in a new collaboration with a renewed commitment to decrease firearm-related injury and death, calling on physicians and other health care providers to take a public health approach to the issue. The collaboration was announced at a press event last week. </p> <p> In a <a href="">blog post</a>, Dr. Jeff Duchin, health officer for Public Health Seattle & King County, urged the medical community to "address prevention of firearm-related injuries in the same way we do for other types of injuries, poisonings, and infectious and chronic diseases, using a public health approach that includes: </p> <ul> <li> Screening to identify patients with risk factors for firearm-related injury. </li> <li> Educating patients and families about risk factors, firearm safety and injury prevention as we do for other diseases and causes of injury - gun owners and non-gun owners alike understand the importance of firearm safety. </li> <li> Gathering data and conducting research on risk and protective factors for firearm related injury and death in order to make evidence-based recommendations and strategies. </li> <li> Promoting the adoption of successful prevention strategies, including those addressing upstream drivers of violence, such as childhood abuse, neglect and trauma, poverty, substance use disorders, disrupted families and communities, and being a victim of violence. </li> <li> Fostering multidisciplinary and community collaborations with stakeholders interested in reducing firearm-related injury and death, including gun-owners."</li> </ul> <p> The group <a href="">released a statement</a> providing background on the issue and outlining what physicians, nurses and other health care providers can do to support a public health approach. </p> <p> The press event, which featured WSMA President Donna Smith, MD, was live streamed by Public Health Seattle & King County on its <a href="">Facebook page</a>. </p> </div>6/27/2018 12:00:00 AM1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM
new_dates_and_locations_and_online_option_for_buprenorphine_waiver_trainingsNew dates and locations (and online option) for buprenorphine waiver trainingsLatest_NewsShared_Content/News/Membership_Memo/20180613/new_dates_and_locations_and_online_option_for_buprenorphine_waiver_trainings<div class="col-md-12"> <div class="col-md-5 pull-right"><img alt="" src="/images/Concepts/Buprenorphine-Butrans10mcg_645px.jpg" class="pull-right" /></div> <h5>June 13, 2018</h5> <h2>New dates and locations (and online option) for buprenorphine waiver trainings</h2> <p>The Department of Health has announced new dates and locations for its series of buprenorphine waiver trainings to help physicians and other clinicians qualify for the required waiver to prescribe the partial opioid agonist. Information for free online training is also now available. All trainings are accredited. </p> <p>The following in-person trainings, some at no cost, are coming up in June and July:</p> <p> <strong>Seattle</strong> <br /> Saturday, June 16 <br /> Time TBD <br /> Virginia Mason Medical Center, Volney Richmond Auditorium <br /> 1201 Terry Ave., Seattle, WA 98101 <br /> Contact the Virginia Mason CME department to register at 206.341.0142 or <a href=""></a>. </p> <p> Thursday, July 19 <br /> 1-5 p.m. Kaiser Permanente <br /> 201 16<sup>th</sup> Ave. E, Seattle, WA 98112 <br /> Contact Dr. John Caldeiro to register at <a href=""></a>. </p> <p> <strong>Bellingham</strong> <br /> Saturday, June 16 <br /> 10 a.m.-2 p.m. <br /> St. Joseph Hospital main campus, conference rooms 5-6 <br /> 2901 Squalicum Pkwy, Bellingham, WA 98225 <br /> Contact Amanda Wren to register at 360.410.4013 or <a href=""> </a> . </p> <p> <strong> Lakewood</strong> <br /> Saturday, June 30 <br /> 9 a.m.-1 p.m. <br /> Northwest Integrated Health <br /> 9740 S Tacoma Way, Lakewood, WA 98499 <br /> Contact Kara Koehn to register at 253.328.5836 or <a href=""></a>. </p> <p> <strong>Yakima</strong> Tuesday, July 10 <br /> 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. <br /> Central Family Medicine Residency <br /> 1806 W Lincoln Ave., Yakima, WA 98926 <br /> To register, email <a href=""></a>. </p> <p> <strong> Moses Lake</strong><br /> Tuesday, July 24 <br /> Time TBD <br /> Moses Lake Clinic, conference room A <br /> 840 E Hill Ave., Moses Lake, WA 98837 <br /> Contact Dr. Eric Olson to register at <a href=""> </a> . </p> <p> For a look at dates and times after July, <a href="" target="_blank"> click here</a>. Completion of the four-hour in-person course as well as a four-hour online follow-up allows physicians to prescribe buprenorphine for office-based treatment of opioid use disorder. CME is approved by the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry or American Society of Addiction Medicine. Free training is also available online-for more information, visit the <a href="">Providers Clinical Support System website</a>. </p> </div>6/13/2018 12:00:00 AM1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM
new_medical_marijuana_authorization_form_in_effect_july_1New medical marijuana authorization form in effect July 1Latest_NewsShared_Content/News/Membership_Memo/20180613/new_medical_marijuana_authorization_form_in_effect_july_1<div class="col-md-12"> <div class="col-md-5 pull-right"><img alt="" src="/images/Concepts/Medical_marijuana_asclepius_645px.jpg" class="pull-right" /></div> <h5>June 13, 2018</h5> <h2>New medical marijuana authorization form in effect July 1</h2> <p> The Department of Health has released new requirements and changes to the forms physicians and other health care providers complete when authorizing the use of medical marijuana for their patients. Starting July 1, 2018, physicians and providers must use <a href="" target="_blank"> the new form</a>, now a single page, and must complete the form using tamper-resistant paper. DOH has clarified that physicians can order medical marijuana authorization form tamper-resistant paper from the same vendor they order prescription tamper-resistant paper. For more information, visit the <a href=""> Department of Health website</a>. </p> </div>6/13/2018 12:00:00 AM1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM
proposed_title_x_rule_threatens_access_to_care_and_physician-patient_relationshipProposed Title X rule threatens access to care and physician-patient relationshipLatest_NewsShared_Content/News/Membership_Memo/20180613/proposed_title_x_rule_threatens_access_to_care_and_physician-patient_relationship<div class="col-md-12"> <div class="col-md-5 pull-right"><img alt="" src="/images/Concepts/birth_control_pills_645px.jpg" class="pull-right" /></div> <h5>June 13, 2018</h5> <h2>Proposed Title X rule threatens access to care and physician-patient relationship</h2> <p> The Trump administration has moved to curtail abortions by proposing a rule that, if enacted, would eliminate federal funding for facilities such as Planned Parenthood that offer abortion services or abortion referrals. The federal dollars in question, sometimes referred to as Title X funds, are used to pay for family planning and related preventive health services, such as birth control, screenings for cancer and sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy tests, and other reproductive services. While welcome by anti-abortion advocates, many in the medical community are concerned that the rule will prevent physicians from being able to discuss medical options with their patients. </p> <p> <a href=""> The proposed rule</a> could have a profound impact on how, and whether, physicians discuss abortion information with patients. The rule would prohibit "any action that directly or indirectly facilitates, encourages or supports in any way the use of abortion as a method of family planning." Facilities would lose funding if they offered abortions or if their providers offered referrals for abortions, and some fear that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will interpret "indirectly facilitates" broadly enough to include discussions of abortion. In addition, while federal funds are currently banned from covering abortions, the new rule would go further by preventing facilities from using federal funds to subsidize other health care services. </p> <p> HHS has stated that it believes "[i]f finalized and implemented as proposed, the new regulations would contribute to more clients being served, gaps in service being closed, and improved client care that better focuses on the family planning mission of the Title X program." Critics worry that the move will increase the number of unsafe abortions performed, and disproportionately affect access to care for low-income women who depend on organizations like Planned Parenthood for other services, such as cancer screenings and birth control. </p> <p> WSMA policy supports the ability of physicians to practice within their right of conscience, but states that "a conscientious objection should, under most circumstances, be accompanied by a referral to another physician or health care facility." Additionally, WSMA policy supports the sanctity of the physician-patient relationship and opposes regulations that would prevent providers from providing evidence-based, medically accurate health care services and information to patients in all care settings. </p> <p> HHS released <a href=""> the proposed rule</a> on June 1 and is accepting public comment until the end of July. </p> </div>6/13/2018 12:00:00 AM1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM
dea_warns_against_fax_phishing_scamsDEA warns against fax phishing scamsLatest_NewsShared_Content/News/Membership_Memo/20180523/dea_warns_against_fax_phishing_scams<div class="col-md-12"> <h5>May 23, 2018</h5> <h2> DEA warns against fax phishing scams </h2> <p> The Drug Enforcement Administration is <a href="">warning physicians and pharmacies</a> to be on guard against fax-based phishing scams asking for personal identifying information or requesting payment of additional fees. The <a href="">DEAprovides examples of the falsified communications on its website</a> and advises that it does not send unsolicited faxes or emails requesting sensitive data. If you receive any suspicious communications, forward that to the DEA at <a href=""></a>. Those who may have already disclosed such information should contact their <a href="">local DEA field office</a>. </p> </div>5/23/2018 12:00:00 AM1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM
last_chance_to_provide_input_on_doh_draft_opioid_prescribing_rulesLast chance to provide input on DOH draft opioid prescribing rulesLatest_NewsShared_Content/News/Membership_Memo/20180523/last_chance_to_provide_input_on_doh_draft_opioid_prescribing_rules<div class="col-md-12"> <h5>May 23, 2018</h5> <h2> Last chance to provide input on DOH draft opioid prescribing rules </h2> <p> As reported previously, the Washington State Medical Commission (formerly the Medical Quality Assurance Commission) is accepting feedback from physicians and other stakeholders on the Department of Health's "conceptual" opioid prescribing rules. The commission is meeting to approve the draft this Friday. If you haven't yet reviewed the draft language, visit the <a href="">DOH website</a>. The WSMA and Washington State Hospital Association joint opioid task force has provided feedback after reviewing the draft rules and carefully considering their potential impact on physicians and patients-find those comments <a href="javascript://[Uploaded files/Resources/Clinical Quality/Opioids/WSMA-WSHA-comments-HB1427-opioid-rulemaking-conceptual-draft-comments.pdf]" target="_blank">here</a> . Send your comments to the Medical Commission at <a href=""></a>. </p> </div>5/23/2018 12:00:00 AM1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM
spots_available_for_this_fall_wsma_physician_leadership_courseSpots available for this fall's WSMA Physician Leadership CourseLatest_NewsShared_Content/News/Membership_Memo/20180523/spots_available_for_this_fall_wsma_physician_leadership_course<div class="col-md-12"> <div class="col-md-5 pull-right"><img alt="" src="/images/Concepts/PhysicianLeadershipCourse_image_nonstock_645px.jpg" class="pull-right" /></div> <h5>May 23, 2018</h5> <h2> Spots available for this fall's WSMA Physician Leadership Course </h2> <p> Developing core leadership competencies can strengthen resilience and improve time and stress management, helping you achieve greater workflow efficiency and combat burnout. Get started honing these skills by enrolling in the <a href="[@]WSMA/Resources/Physician_Leadership/Physician_Leadership_Course/Physician_Leadership_Course.aspx">Physician Leadership Course</a> this fall, WSMA's unique 40-hour "Leadership 101" course designed for maximum convenience for busy physicians. Enrollees are required to attend only three classes in person (Friday and Saturday, Sept. 7 and 8; and Friday, Nov. 11, all in Seattle). In between, you'll have eight weeks of online instruction and interaction. </p> <p> <a href="[@]WSMA/Resources/Physician_Leadership/Physician_Leadership_Course/Physician_Leadership_Course.aspx">Visit the course webpage for curriculum details</a> . The course is limited to 30 participants. Individuals or group/system teams are encouraged to participate. To apply, please submit a letter of interest along with your CV to Lauren Beverly at <a href=""></a> or to the WSMA Seattle office, Attn: Lauren Beverly, 2001 6th Ave., Suite 2700, Seattle, WA 98121. The deadline to apply for the fall 2017 course is Aug.10. Contact Lauren at 206.956.3622 or via email with questions. <em>This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Creditâ„¢</em>. </p> </div>5/23/2018 12:00:00 AM1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM
wphp_and_wsma_introduce_online_mindfulness_training_for_physicians_and_other_providersWPHP and WSMA introduce online mindfulness training for physicians and other providersLatest_NewsShared_Content/News/Membership_Memo/20180523/wphp_and_wsma_introduce_online_mindfulness_training_for_physicians_and_other_providers<div class="col-md-12"> <div class="col-md-5 pull-right"><img alt="" src="/images/Concepts/MIndfulness_rocks_reflection_645px.jpg" class="pull-right" /></div> <h5>May 23, 2018</h5> <h2> WPHP and WSMA introduce online mindfulness training for physicians and other providers </h2> <p> The Washington Physicians Health Program has partnered with the WSMA to offer an online version of its stress reduction and burnout prevention program, Mindfulness for Health Care Professionals, to help more physicians and providers access this important training. The four-week continuing education course includes mindfulness training exercises, guided reflections, structured conversations with peers, and practical information about resilience, stress and burnout. Both summer and fall dates have been announced and registration is now available. </p> <p> Trainings are open to all Washington health care professionals and therapists: </p> <p> <strong>Summer training: </strong>Tuesday evenings, June 5-July 3 (no session June 19), 6-8:30 p.m. Extended session June 24, 1-7 p.m. </p> <p> <strong>Fall training:</strong> Tuesday evenings, Sept. 25-Oct. 23, 6-8:30 p.m. Extended session Oct. 13, 1-7 p.m. </p> <p> <a href="">Learn more and register online</a>. <em>This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Creditâ„¢</em>. </p> </div>5/23/2018 12:00:00 AM1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM
enrollment_available_for_this_falls_wsma_physician_leadership_courseEnrollment available for this fall's WSMA Physician Leadership CourseLatest_NewsShared_Content/News/Membership_Memo/20180509/enrollment_available_for_this_falls_wsma_physician_leadership_course<div class="col-md-12"> <div class="col-md-5 pull-right"><img alt="" src="/images/Concepts/PhysicianLeadershipCourse_image_nonstock_645px.jpg" class="pull-right" /></div> <h5>May 9, 2018</h5> <h2>Enrollment available for this fall's WSMA Physician Leadership Course</h2> <div class="shrink"> <p> The WSMA is committed to helping you develop the skills you need to thrive professionally, regardless of the type or size of your organization. If you are new to leadership training, get started honing your skills by enrolling in the <a href="[@]WSMA/Resources/Physician_Leadership/Physician_Leadership_Course/Physician_Leadership_Course.aspx">WSMA Physician Leadership Course</a>  this fall, our unique 40-hour "Leadership 101" course designed for maximum convenience for busy physicians. </p> <p> The fall 2018 course will be held Sept. 7 through Nov. 9. Enrollees are required to attend only three classes in person (Friday and Saturday, Sept. 7 and 8; and Friday, Nov. 11, all in Seattle). In between, you'll have eight weeks of online instruction and interaction. </p> <p> Visit the <a href="[@]WSMA/Resources/Physician_Leadership/Physician_Leadership_Course/Physician_Leadership_Course.aspx"> course webpage for curriculum details</a>. The course is limited to 30 participants. Individuals or group/system teams are encouraged to apply. To apply, please submit a letter of interest along with your CV to Lauren Beverly at <a href=""></a> or to the WSMA Seattle office, Attn: Lauren Beverly, 2001 6th Ave., Suite 2700, Seattle, WA 98121.The deadline to apply for the fall 2017 course is Aug.10. </p> <p> Contact Lauren at 206.956.3622 or at the email above if you have questions. <em> This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Creditâ„¢. </em> </p> </div> </div>5/9/2018 12:00:00 AM1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM
major_credentialing_changes_begin_june_1_prepare_your_practiceMajor credentialing changes begin June 1 - prepare your practiceLatest_NewsShared_Content/News/Membership_Memo/20180509/major_credentialing_changes_begin_june_1_prepare_your_practice<div class="col-md-12"> <div class="col-md-5 pull-right"><img alt="" src="/images/Concepts/Stock.image_2018.hands%20and%20computer-645px.jpg" class="pull-right" /></div> <h5>May 9, 2018</h5> <h2> Major credentialing changes begin June 1 - prepare your practice </h2> <div class="shrink"> <p> The process of credentialing-the evaluation of a physician's qualifications and practice history-used by insurers is often lengthy and unwieldy, frustrating physicians and creating barriers to patient care. To ease the impact on physicians and patients, the WSMA supported legislation in 2016 (<a href="">House Bill 2335</a>) that, for the first time in our state's history, streamlines and standardizes insurers' credentialing applications and limits the turnaround time for insurers to approve or deny credentialing requests. The WSMA is strongly advising physicians and practices to prepare now for the coming changes to credentialing, which are set to go into effect on June 1.</p> <p> HB 2335 resulted in two major changes to insurer credentialing in Washington state: </p> <ol> <li>Insurers must credential physicians and other providers within 90 days (and an average of 60 days, beginning in 2020).</li> <li>Insurers, physicians and other providers must use ProviderSource to submit and process credentialing applications. ProviderSource is a free health care credentialing tool operated by OneHealthPort, the state's lead health information technology provider.</li> </ol> <p> The key to streamlining the process is the use of one dedicated source for credentialing, rather than systems and processes unique to each insurer, each requiring the same information from physicians. By using ProviderSource, you will be able to build a comprehensive professional profile that functions as a secure, universal credentialing and enrollment application. As all parties are required to use ProviderSource, we anticipate a reduction in the back-and-forth that tends to slow credentialing down, resulting in turnaround times even faster than the new 90-day maximum. </p> <p> To prepare for the June implementation date, visit OneHealthPort's <a href=""> credentialing webpages</a> for step-by-step instructions for setting up your profile before logging into ProviderSource. Also available are <a href=""> training videos and guides</a> provided by OneHealthPort to help you understand how to use the ProviderSource features. </p> <p> WSMA efforts to improve physician credentialing are part of our <a href="[@]WSMA/Resources/Administrative_Simplification/Healthy_Doctors__Healthier_Patients/Healthy_Doctors__Healthier_Patients.aspx">Healthy Doctors, Healthier Patients initiative</a> to address the causes of physician burnout and improve clinician satisfaction. For questions, contact Jeb Shepard at <a href=""></a>. </p> </div> </div>5/9/2018 12:00:00 AM1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM
submissions_for_the_2018_william_o_robertson_patient_safety_award_due_june_25Submissions for the 2018 William O. Robertson Patient Safety Award due June 25Latest_NewsShared_Content/News/Membership_Memo/20180509/submissions_for_the_2018_william_o_robertson_patient_safety_award_due_june_25<div class="col-md-12"> <h5>May 9, 2018</h5> <h2>Submissions for the 2018 William O. Robertson Patient Safety Award due June 25</h2> <div class="shrink"> <p> The yearly William O. Robertson Patient Safety Award gives the WSMA a chance to recognize innovative patient safety initiatives in the ambulatory care setting. To have your patient safety initiative considered for the award, please <a href=""> submit information on your initiative online</a> by Monday, June 25. </p> <p> The WSMA established the award in honor of its past president, the late William O. Robertson, MD, who was a champion for patient safety, risk management and quality improvement throughout his long and distinguished career. The award winner will be announced at the 2018 WSMA Annual Meeting, Oct. 13-14 in Spokane. If you have any questions, contact Brendan Cox at <a href=""></a> or 206.956.3628. </p> </div> </div>5/9/2018 12:00:00 AM1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM
healthInsight_and_qualis_health_finalize_mergerHealthInsight and Qualis Health finalize mergerLatest_NewsShared_Content/News/Membership_Memo/20180425/healthInsight_and_qualis_health_finalize_merger<div class="col-md-12"> <h5>April 25, 2018</h5> <h2> HealthInsight and Qualis Health finalize merger </h2> <div class="shrink"> <p> The governing boards of <a href="">HealthInsight</a> and <a href="">Qualis Health</a> have approved a formal agreement to merge the two organizations and their operations, effective April 16. <strong>Hugh Straley, MD</strong>, formerly the chair of the Qualis Health board, has been named as inaugural chair of the new board. Marc Bennett, CEO of HealthInsight, will serve as CEO of the merged organization. Qualis Health staff advised the WSMA that it will continue to support its operations under its current name until a new identity is launched at a future date. </p> </div> </div>4/25/2018 12:00:00 AM1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM
prescription_monitoring_program_offers_new_prescribing_reportsPrescription monitoring program offers new prescribing reportsLatest_NewsShared_Content/News/Membership_Memo/20180425/prescription_monitoring_program_offers_new_prescribing_reports<div class="col-md-12"> <h5>April 25, 2018</h5> <h2> Prescription monitoring program offers new prescribing reports </h2> <div class="shrink"> <p> As a result of WSMA advocacy, House Bill 1427 from 2017 authorized the Department of Health to create the Prescriber Feedback Report, a new opt-in feature now available as part of Prescription Review, the state's prescription monitoring program. Using this new tool and improving prescribing practices will help fend off well-intended yet problematic legislative and regulatory approaches to reducing risks associated with opioid medications. </p> <p> To access the Prescriber Feedback Report, you'll need to <a href=""> set up an account with Prescription Review</a> (if you haven't already), then opt-in to receive the report. The report gives prescribers metrics on their own controlled substance prescribing presented alongside peer group averages. Users will self-input their licensing and specialty information used to create the report and peer comparison during Prescription Review account registration. </p> <p> The Prescriber Feedback Report is available for the prescriber's reference to encourage best practices in prescribing and will not be used for regulatory review. </p> </div> </div>4/25/2018 12:00:00 AM1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM
wsma_sends_letter_to_sen_murray_on_new_federal_opioid_legislationWSMA sends letter to Sen. Murray on new federal opioid legislationLatest_NewsShared_Content/News/Membership_Memo/20180425/wsma_sends_letter_to_sen_murray_on_new_federal_opioid_legislation<div class="col-md-12"> <div class="col-md-5 pull-right"><img alt="" src="/images/Concepts/Opiod_Clinical_Guidance_prescription_pad_645px.jpg" class="pull-right" /></div> <h5>April 25, 2018</h5> <h2> WSMA sends letter to Sen. Murray on new federal opioid legislation </h2> <div class="shrink"> <p> The WSMA and Washington State Hospital Association have <a href="javascript://[Uploaded files/Resources/Clinical Quality/Opioids/WSHA_WSMA_Letter_Patty_Murray_4-20-18.pdf]" target="_blank">sent a joint letter</a> to Sen. Patty Murray detailing our support for a number of proposals within the <a href="[%22Health%2C+Education%2C+Labor%2C+and+Pensions%22]%7D&r=4"> Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018</a>, new legislation introduced by Murray and Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander and currently under consideration by Congress. </p> <p> In the letter, the WSMA shared its support for federal funding to improve our state's prescription monitoring program, increase access to medication-assisted treatment, and align federal substance abuse confidentiality regulations 42 CFR Part 2 with HIPAA requirements to provide better coordinated care for substance use disorder. We also offered caution when considering prescribing limits at the federal level, noting that prescribing policies being considered by our state Department of Health as per House Bill 1427 are more appropriate for implementation at the state level. </p> <p> Congress plans to vote on opioid proposals before the Memorial Day weekend. </p> </div> </div>4/25/2018 12:00:00 AM1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM
groundbreaking_uw_study_illuminates_health_disparities_among_statesGroundbreaking UW study illuminates health disparities among statesLatest_NewsShared_Content/News/Membership_Memo/20180411/groundbreaking_uw_study_illuminates_health_disparities_among_states<div class="col-md-12"> <h5>April 11, 2018</h5> <h2>Groundbreaking UW study illuminates health disparities among states</h2> <div class="shrink"> <p> The years of life lost in Washington due to opioid use disorders increased more than 400 percent over the last several decades; however, years of life lost to motor vehicle road injuries dropped more than 30 percent over the same period. Nationally, Washington is seventh in the nation for lowest rates of years of life lost, with lower rates found only in Minnesota, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, New York and Massachusetts. These findings are just several of many in a new ambitious study from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington that represents the most comprehensive state-by-state health assessment ever undertaken. </p> <p> The study, published in JAMA, is part of the Global Burden of Disease study, a comprehensive effort to attempt to quantify health internationally, covering 333 diseases and injuries and 84 risk factors. The study includes estimates of prevalence, incidence, death, life expectancy and several other summary health metrics for all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the nation overall. </p> <p> Other Washington state findings include: </p> <ul> <li>Low back pain topped the list of problems causing Washington residents to live with years of disability in 2016, followed by major depression and other musculoskeletal disorders.</li> <li>While diabetes ranked fifth on this list, at 154 percent, it represents the largest increase in nonfatal health loss in the state over the 26-year period.</li> <li>In addition, years of life lost from cirrhosis due to alcohol use and cirrhosis due to hepatitis C both increased more than 140 percent between 1990 and 2016.</li> <li>High body-mass index remained the number one risk factor causing both death and disability in Washington in 2016. Others in the top five are (in order) smoking, high fasting plasma glucose, high systolic blood pressure, and drug use.</li> </ul> <p> Access the study via the <a href=""> JAMA Network website </a> and read the <a href=""> press release from the IHME </a> . Stay tuned for more coverage of this insightful look at the state of our state and national health in the July/August issue of WSMA Reports. </p> </div> </div>4/11/2018 12:00:00 AM1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM
hub_and_spoke_opioid_use_disorder_resources_for_physicians_and_practicesHub and spoke opioid use disorder resources for physicians and practicesLatest_NewsShared_Content/News/Membership_Memo/20180411/hub_and_spoke_opioid_use_disorder_resources_for_physicians_and_practices<div class="col-md-12"> <h5>April 11, 2018</h5> <h2>Hub and spoke opioid use disorder resources for physicians and practices</h2> <div class="shrink"> <p> Washington state continues to build out resources to help physicians and communities fight opioid use disorder (OUD). As part of its Washington State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis effort, the state is implementing a "hub-and-spoke" model for expanding access to medication-assisted treatment (naltrexone, buprenorphine and methadone) to serve Medicaid-eligible or low-income adults with opioid use disorder. Hub-and-spoke networks are now available in 12 of the state's 39 counties and an updated network directory is available. </p> <p> The state's hub-and-spoke networks offer collaborative, tiered levels of behavioral and physical health care to address OUD. The care is provided at the regional level by a "hub" agency supported by five or more contracted behavioral health treatment, primary care, warp around or referral agencies (the "spokes"). The networks receive federal grant funding to employ nurse care managers and care navigators who help patients navigate the network and assist with medication-assisted treatment, reducing the administrative and clinical burdens of the physicians prescribing medications for OUD. In addition, the hubs are working to train more providers within some spokes to prescribe and administer medication-assisted treatment, expanding the availability of these treatments. </p> <p> The available networks are primarily located on the west side of the state, though new funding in the state's supplemental budget will go toward adding more sites in Eastern Washington. <a href="javascript://[Uploaded files/Resources/Clinical Quality/Opioids/Washington_State_Hub_Spoke_Project_2017-2018_Directory.pdf]" target="_blank">Download an updated network directory</a> with information on the available networks, their geographic reach and detailed contact information for referrals . </p> </div> </div>4/11/2018 12:00:00 AM1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM

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