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Health Equity Advisory Committee


Review Washington Medical Commission (WMC) rules, policies, procedures and guidelines to ensure healthcare equity for all patients regardless of race, ethnicity, language, religion, age, spiritual practice, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, socioeconomic class and mental or physical status. You can view our statement of work for more information and upcoming meeting topics. All policies can be reviewed on the WMC policies and rules page.

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Date Topics to be Discussed


Meeting took place on June 16, 2021


  • Delegation and the use of Laser
  • Laser, Light, Radiofrequency, Plasma Device: WAC 246-919-605
  • Delegation of Decision-Making Authority to Health Law Judges
  • Personal Appearance
  • Nonsurgical Cosmetic Procedures: WAC 246-919-606
  • Office Based Surgery: WAC 246-919-601
  • Overlapping and Simultaneous Elective Surgeries
  • Communicating Test Results to Patients
  • Transmission of Time Critical Information
  • Self-Treatment or Treatment of Immediate Family Members
  • Treating Partners of Patients with STDs

Meeting took place on September 15, 2021

  • Telemedicine
  • Telemedicine and Continuity of Care
  • Policy Development
  • Applications and Examinations WAC 246-919-300 through 246-919-396
  • Physician Assistants Ordering Restraint and Seclusion
  • Physician Assistants' Use of DEA Waiver for Buprenorphine
  • Ownership of Clinics by Physician Assistants
  • Pain Management: WAC 246-919-850
  • Opioid Prescribing & Monitoring for Allopathic Physicians and Physician Assistants
  • Opioid Prescribing & Monitoring for Patients
  • Exempting Patients in Nursing Homes and Long-Term Acute Care Hospitals from the Opioid Prescribing Rules
  • Approved Pain Management Specialist Entities

Meeting took place on November 16, 2021

  • Medical Marijuana Authorization Guidelines
  • A Collaborative Approach to Reducing Medical Error and Enhancing Patient Safety
  • Complainant Request for Reconsideration - Closed Cases
  • Impact Statement
  • Newsletter Review
  • Processing Complaints Against Licensees Enrolled in the WPHP
  • Processing Complaints Against Medical Students, Resident, and Fellows
  • Whistleblower Protection
  • Adjudicative Procedures WAC 246-919-520