Virtual Reference Committees

Participating in the policy-making process is a powerful benefit of membership in the Washington State Medical Association. You can:

Visit the WSMA Virtual Reference Committees to discuss resolutions and other proposals
Join a general discussion forum to develop policy ideas
Submit a resolution for consideration by the WSMA House of Delegates
Go directly to the discussion forums


Virtual reference committees

The WSMA Virtual Reference Committees are for members only (you will be prompted for your password to enter). Use the virtual reference committees to review and discuss resolutions and other business under consideration by the WSMA House of Delegates at its yearly meeting in the fall.

Virtual reference committees are grouped by topic. Once in the virtual reference committee, a brief summary of each item is listed so you can quickly review the items under consideration. Once you select an item, you can download the resolution for review and use the commenting function to leave input. You can also subscribe to an item being discussed and receive email alerts when others have posted replies to that topic.

Comments in these virtual reference committees are compiled and considered, along with comments given at the in-person reference committee meetings, by the members of the reference committees during their deliberations at the WSMA Annual Meeting in the fall.

Go to virtual reference committees.


About the general discussion forum

WSMA’s general discussion forum is for members only (you will be prompted for your password to enter). Use the general discussion forum to develop your policy ideas or start discussions that don’t directly relate to a resolution.

Discussions are organized by topic. You can create a new topic for discussion or reply to a topic already posted. You can also subscribe to a topic being discussed, to receive email alerts when others have posted replies to that topic.

To have your policy idea considered for adoption by the WSMA House of Delegates, you must format into a resolution and submit to the WSMA at hod@wsma.org for review.

Go to the general discussion forum.


Submitting a resolution

Visit the How to Write a Resolution page 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.

The WSMA will assign your resolution to a reference committee and then upload the resolutions into the corresponding virtual reference committee (below) for discussion by members before going to the WSMA House of Delegates for action at its annual meeting in the fall.


Forum rules

As these online forums are members-only, you will have to log 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 (including language that could potentially identify an individual), 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.