5 Ways to Save Time When Applying for your WA state MD / PA License
Navigating the medical licensure process can be daunting, but proactive planning can help you save time and ease stress. Join the WMC for an educational opportunity on the top tips to save time when applying for your medical license. The webinar will also explain that licensees should plan for a 30-day period from the time they submit a complete application for license and the actual date licensure is granted. In addition, April through September is generally the peak period for volume of licensure applications, so if you’re applying for a license at that time, temper any hurried expectations and properly prepare. More Information
Buprenorphine for OUD and Chronic Pain
This webinar will provide a framework for clinicians to address clinical scenarios regarding buprenorphine use. It will address the misconceptions and provide clinical recommendations on the appropriate use of buprenorphine for chronic pain, including conversion strategies for transitioning from a full opioid receptor agonist to buprenorphine. These recommendations should be used by health care providers seeking an alternative to Schedule II opioids. The Federation of State Medical Boards designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. More information and registration can be found here.
Changes to Physician Assistant Practice in Washington
In the 2019-2020 legislative session the WA State Legislature passed HB 2378 – Concerning Physician Assistants. Join the WMC for a webinar that outlines the changes and how they will affect your practice and your PA license. This event is a learning opportunity for MDs and PAs.
Error Reduction and the Future of Communication and Resolution Programs
Despite the best intentions, health care does not always go as planned, which can result in harm to patients. Unintended patient harm remains a leading cause of death in the US and can happen for many reasons. CRPs offer health care organizations a compassionate, patient-centered response that ultimately improves safety for patients. A series of steps, taken by providers, risk managers, quality improvement leaders, health care leaders, and the WMC, guide health care organizations in moving towards reconciliation for everyone involved. More Information
Healthcare 101: How to be an Informed Patient
In this webinar we addressed some of the most common questions and misconceptions received by the WMC. Some topics we discussed:
- How do I find reliable information about health care and my provider?
- What heath related information is confidential?
- What exactly is a HIPAA violation?
- Common terms found in your health record.
How can the WMC Help You?
This Webinar will provide attendees an overview of the Washington Medical Commission (WMC) and our mission and duties the specific services the WMC can provide for patients. Topics covered include: Understanding the WMC patient toolkit and the patient bill of rights, common billing issues and how to resolve them, how to request your medical records, how to submit a complaint, understand why some complaints are not investigated, when should I file a complaint with a hospital vs. WMC? More Information
How to Research your Healthcare Provider - PowerPoint Slides
This webinar focuses on patient needs and aiding them in gathering the information needed to effectively learn more about their healthcare provider. We will discuss the differences between the Washington Medical Commission (WMC) and the Washington Board of Health. We will show you, in a live demo, how to use the provider credential search and provide some useful tips to make the process easier. We will also discuss how to access your Electronic Health Record (EHR) and its common elements.
The Least of Us: True Tales of America and Hope in the Time of Fentanyl and Meth.
The Least of Us deepens the story of our nation opioid epidemic, including now the spread of mass supplies of synthetic drugs (fentanyl and meth). It also delves into the neuroscience of addiction, concluding we live in a soup of legal substances and services whose addictiveness is ever-refined by consumer-product corporations. More information
LGBTQ+ Healthcare Needs
Dr. Diana Currie and Dr. Chelsea Unruh will discuss the gaps in healthcare amongst LGBTQ+ patients. This free webinar will educate providers on strategies to align care delivery with existing evidence-based, culturally sensitive standards of care for LGBTQ+ people to decrease health disparities. More information.
Opioid Prescribing Best Practices: Updates for 2021 and Beyond
Practitioners in Washington continue to struggle with the rules and regulations surrounding opioid prescribing. This issue has only been exasperated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Join us for an opioid refresher and update. More Information.
Practicing as a Physician Assistant in Washington
The relationship between a Physician Assistant (PA) and their supervising physician (MD) can often be confusing. The WMC is hosting a webinar to dispel myths and provide best practices for communication and professionalism. More Information
Safety First: The Importance of Interpreters & Translated Documents in Preventing Patient Harm
Jamilia Sherls-Jones, DNP, MPH, RN, CDP, CPN and Deborah Rader will address the language and cultural needs of patients that can directly impact safety, outcomes and health equity. In this one-hour webinar, you will learn to recognize safety issues related to language and culture and apply strategies to provide accommodation to those with language and cultural needs. More information.
Telehealth Delivered Multidisciplinary Pain
UW TelePain is a free service funded by the Washington State Legislature for community providers intended to increase knowledge and confidence in chronic pain management, and to present difficult chronic pain cases for consultation. This program brings together a network of interprofessional specialists with expertise in the management of challenging chronic pain problems. However providers are unsure of how to access the program and it's benefits. This webinar will provide attendees with the knowledge and skills of community practice providers who treat patients with chronic pain. More Information.
Transforming Primary Care for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People: A Collaborative Quality Improvement Initiative
Dr. B. W. Furness, CAPT of US Public Health Service and CDC Medical Epidemiologist will discuss Transforming Primary Care for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People and the findings of his paper Transforming Primary Care for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People: A Collaborative Quality Improvement Initiative and CDC recommendations regarding LGBTQ primary care. More information.
UW Studies COVID-19 Presence to Inform Smart Policy Decisions
Dr. Keith Jerome will be discussing research at UW to determine the percentage of Washingtonians who have been infected by COVID-19. UW Medicine’s Virology Laboratory will conduct the study in close partnership with state and local public health agencies, sampling across rural and urban populations throughout the state and within racially, ethnically and socioeconomically diverse communities. Dr. Jerome will provide a one hour webinar on the study methods and preliminary findings, and discuss how these findings may impact policy decisions. More information.
- Opioid usage and pain management contracts.
- Your rights to translation services.
- Medical service consent and medication refusal.
- The value of a second opinion.
- How to prepare for a routine visit.
- What to expect during a telemedicine visit.
The Washington Medical Commission gratefully acknowledges the unrestricted educational grant from the FSMB Foundation in the amount of $10,000 to support this activity.