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Medical Assistant Legislation Work Session Scheduled

WSMA has been working with a coalition of clinics to pass legislation to clarify the role of  Medical Assistants.  HB 2009 was introduced during the 2011 legislative session and is now undergoing a “Sunrise Review” which is a study of … Continue reading

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Continuing Education Credits for Pain Management

Four FREE continuing education credits are now available to help providers comply with new statewide rules on pain management and the prescribing of opioids for chronic, non-cancer pain.    Go to the “CME Activities” tab on the Opioid Guideline page … Continue reading

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Mercury Limits Law Temporarily Suspended

Secretary of Health Mary Selecky has extended the temporary suspension of Washington’s limit on the amount of mercury (thimerosal) in influenza vaccine allowed for pregnant women and children younger than three years old. The suspension is extended through June 30, … Continue reading

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New State Agency Formed to Govern Medicaid

OLYMPIA – Governor Chris Gregoire’s vision of consolidating the two major state health care purchasers becomes a reality on Friday, July 1, when the Washington State Medicaid program and the Health Care Authority merge together in a single state agency … Continue reading

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Washington State fails to meet immunization goals

Data from a 2009-2010 school year CDC report of school immunization coverage and exemption show that Washington kindergartners do not meet the 95% state and national goal for coverage for any vaccine required for school entry and that we have … Continue reading

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Legislation gives Medicaid clients access to low-cost eyeglass lenses and frames

Medicaid providers can now obtain low-cost eyeglass frames and lenses for Medicaid clients who otherwise might not be able to afford vision hardware because of state budget cuts. Legislation passed this year and signed by Governor Gregoire allows Airway Heights’ … Continue reading

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2011 WSMS Annual Meeting-The New Normal

Saturday, September 10-Sunday, September 11 The Davenport Hotel, Spokane The deadline for reports and resolutions is July 22. Submit your reports and resolutions to Shannon McGeoy at slm@wsma.org.  More information on reports and resolutions on the meeting webpage.  The Annual … Continue reading

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