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Avoid Fraud Claiming to be State Regulators

An ongoing fraud ring has been preying on healthcare practitioners for the last year. The fraudulent behavior includes using the Washington Medical Commission (WMC) phone number, email and web URL; pretending to be Drug Enforcement Administration agents; posing as a Department of Health officials in order to make providers think they are in trouble with regulators or the law and may be in danger of discipline or loss of license. 

These people are researching specific practitioners and attempting to exploit them with personal information. If they are successful, they will move forward with requests for money or information to help them carry out additional scams. Do not be a victim!

Recent Near-Victims of This Scam Were:

  • Sent papers with official looking letterhead from the WMC and U.S. Department of Justice - the letters contained forged signatures of WMC officials and fictional investigative staff
  • Called by someone claiming to be looking into their “over-prescribing of opioids”
  • Told they were under official investigation for drug related charges and that their license was immediately suspended
  • Told not to check our website because that would mean they are guilty
  • Recipients of emails that had wmc.wa.gov in the address

What is NOT a Legitimate Communication?

  • Real regulatory agencies will not ask you for money
  • Real regulatory agencies will not ask you to respond to any action in less than twenty days
  • Real regulatory agencies will not advise against speaking with your own lawyer
  • Real regulatory agencies will not ask you to confirm personal details, passwords, or social security numbers

How Can I Protect Myself from These Attacks?

  1. Never click on links or download suspicious attachments
  2. Don't fall prey to a manufactured urgency. A vital component of this fraud is the urgency of request or demand. If you are contacted by a regulatory agency, you will have a legally protected amount of time to respond
  3. Verify requests before you act. Verify with us that paperwork of any kind has been sent to you by calling: (360) 236-2750
  4. Restrict your personal information online. Scammers leverage personal information from social media accounts or other public forums

Take action! If you have verified that you are being attacked, file a complaint with the State Attorney General or file a complaint with the FBI Internet Crimes Unit and contact your local police department right away!

Please help spread the word about this scam by sharing this information with your friends, family and colleagues. 

The WMC promotes patient safety and enhances the integrity of the medical profession through licensing, rulemaking, discipline, and education. Learn more about the commission at WMC.wa.gov. Follow the WMC on Facebook and Twitter.
 
2022 Primary Care Review CME-Recordings Available
2022 Lecture Schedule

Thank you for attending the Spring 2022 Conference. We hope you enjoyed your time with us.
Did you miss the meeting? We recorded our sessions and they are worth 26 category I hours of enduring CME credit. 

2022 Spring Recording Registration

This activity is designated for 26 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation. Approval is valid from 6/6/2022 to 6/1/2023. AAPA reference number: CME-206288

 

Future WAPA CME's

2023 Fall 2023: NEW VENUE! Marcus Whitman Hotel, Walla Walla | October 26-28, 2023

 
Collaborative Practice Laws in Washington State - What does that look like?

Collaborative Practice Laws in Washington State - What does that look like?

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WAPA PA LAWS EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2021

Update on Physician Assistants: Upcoming PA Law Changes effective July 1, 2021

During the last legislative session, SHB 2378 was passed, authorizing the following changes to Physician Assistant (PA) Laws:

  1. Moves the Delegation Agreements to the practice level; you only need to send a copy to the Washington Medical Commission (WMC). Existing practice agreements submitted before July 1, 2021 do not need to be updated to reflect the changes required in SHB 2387.

     
    Washington Medical Commission Practice Agreements
  2. The MD/DO to PA ratio is 10:1; if your practice already has a “waiver” for more, you do not need to resubmit.

  3. It removes remote site restrictions; removing duplicate regulatory structures for PAs working with MDs and DOs. It places all PAs under the Medical Commission. There will no longer be a separate licensing section for Osteopathic Physician Assistants. Chapter 18.71A RCW will replace the Osteopathic Physician Assistant license found in chapter 18.57A RCW.

WMC Newsletter on new PA Practice Updates
Senate House Bill 2378
August 26 2021 | Changes in PA practice laws during COVID 19 pandemic under Gov. Inslee