WSMA’s Healthy Doctors, Healthier Patients initiative to improve physician satisfaction and decrease burnout seeks to reduce the administrative burdens that get in the way of providing optimal patient care.

Healthy Doctors, Healthier Patients' two most notable successes since being introduced in 2015 are helping to streamline and standardize prior authorization of medical services and physician credentialing. But there have been many other achievements, large and small, and many more to come, all with the same goal: to give you more time to do what you do best: provide excellent patient care.

Prior Authorization

State rules to streamline the process for medical services took effect in January 2018. Find out what you need to know to incorporate into your practice--and how you can help ensure the new rules are enforced. Learn more.

Physician Credentialing

Starting June 2018, new state rules go into effect that will standardize and streamline physician credentialing. Make sure you make the most of these requirements. Learn more.

Other Healthy Doctors, Healthier Patients successes and resources

Prescription monitoring program

In partnership with the WSHA, we brought forth successful legislation making it easier for groups of physicians to use the state’s prescription monitoring program and increasing incentives to boost participation. As a result:

  • The Department of Health is on track to make the state’s prescription monitoring program accessible to prescribers without a DEA license who prescribe legend drugs, extending access to this valuable prescribing data to approximately 14,000 additional providers.
  • The legislation authorizes clinics and facilities with five or more prescribing providers to register with the program on behalf of individual providers.
  • Interim measures currently allow facilities and clinics to send requests using the license of a medical director with an active Prescription Review account.

In our comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services regarding its proposed rule on MACRA (the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015), the WSMA urged CMS to give priority weight to all physician use of state prescription drug monitoring programs when calculating scores for the new Merit-Based Incentive Payment System, to increase financial incentives for physicians to use these important programs.

Smooth workflow

Workflows of clinics and facilities that use medical assistants to retrieve medication were at risk, due to a misinterpretation of language in the MA scope-of-practice statute. During the 2016 legislative session, we focused on minimizing unnecessary interruptions in practice operations. As a result:

  • Beginning June 1, 2016, the “administering” of a drug, including both retrieval and application of medication, by a medical assistant, is now in statute—meaning groups that use medical assistants to retrieve medication can retain their current workflows.

Physician health and wellness

Professional training has in many cases not adequately prepared clinicians to manage stressors that place their emotional and physical well-being at risk. We introduced a physician wellness center, which provides an array of CME and resources designed to cultivate the components of physician well-being: resilience, stress management, mindfulness, compassion cultivation, life balance, workflow efficiency and leadership development.