The Monitor - September 2022

President's Message

Eileen Ravella, PA-C


Fall is upon us, Flu vaccines are due, COVID is waning, but here to stay and monkey pox has arrived.  AND the good news is WAPA fall conference at Suncadia starts October 26th! This is your opportunity to attend high quality CME, including a workshop on point of care US. We have assembled a group of great presenters who will fill your cup of knowledge. Please join your colleagues in Suncadia for family time and well-deserved relaxation. Thanks, to Amy Ohlinger our Executive Director and our CME Chair Troy Bender, for all your hard work. 

We are beginning to ramp up our legislative effort to pass collaborative practice during the 2023 the session. YOU are important to this process. The legislative committee will carry the weight, but your involvement is essential for success. We are asking all PAs in Washington to send an email to their legislature to encourage and educate and garner their support on the bill. They want to hear from you.

The bill will eliminate the delegation agreement filed with the commission, allow for direct billing for PA services, improve telehealth access for PAs and establish a collaborative agreement at the site. A recurring concern from supervising physicians is their increased liability for PA decisions. This bill will eliminate that risk and PAs will assume liability for their decisions.

This bill simply reflects how we practice. Opposition will be strong from some sectors of healthcare, that is why your voice is needed. Many of you are comfortable in your practice as I am and believe this message doesn't apply to you. It does. Many of your colleagues, especially new graduates, are struggling to find jobs due to supervision requirements and are being displaced by NPs. A recent poll noted the PA profession will grow 10% over the next 10 years. NPs will grow by 40% in the same time frame. We must level the playing field.

I cannot emphasize the importance of your role in passing this bill. We will be sending out talking points so we can establish consistent messaging to your legislators and colleagues, and we will be hosting lege day at the capital in February. We cannot do this alone. Please talk to your colleagues and invite their support, send us names of supporting physicians and encourage nonmembers to join to support our lobbyist. By all means, please contact me or Linda Dale, our legislative chair, with your questions. Our future depends on your involvement!

HAPPY PA WEEK Oct 6-12! See you at Suncadia.

WAPA Fall CME - Suncadia Resort, October 26-28, 2022

WAPA's 2022 Fall CME is approaching quickly. We can't wait to see you there!

Make sure to register ASAP and book your lodging before the room block closes on Monday, Sept. 26th to reserve your spot at Fall CME!!! 

Wed. October 26th 

Neuro-Spine Radiologic Imaging by Troy Bender, PA-C

Telehealth by Christi Dahlgren, PA-C

End of Life | Death with Dignity by Eileen Ravella, PA-C

Gender Affirming Care by Joshua Lumsden, PA-C, MA, MCHS

Cardiac Health by Pierre Leimgruber, MD

Thurs. October 27th

Addiction and Difficult Patients, by Laura Katers, PA-C
Eating Disorders by Marissa Parsons, PA-C

Approach to the Suicidal Patient, by Stacey Whitaker, DMSc, MMS, PA-C, CAQ-PSYCH
TIA and Stroke by Arielle Davis, MD

Food as Medicine: A Dietary Approach to Reducing Inflamation, by Johanna Eager, M.Ed, CHWC (Certified Health and Wellness Coach)  

Implicit Bias in Healthcare by Lorena Casas Wright, MD

Fri. October 28th 
Legal and Illegal Drugs by Genevieve Pagaliluan MD

Infectious Disease Updates: Monkeypox, COVID, and everything in between, by Leah Yoke, PA-C
Thyroid Nodules by Nicole Zern, MD

We are thrilled to be adding some workshops into our Fall CME Agenda. More information will be coming soon. Here is a preview of what we are working on for our workshops: 

POCUS Basics Workshop, by Dr. Maria O'Rourke, MD, FACEP

$300 for WAPA Members
$400 for Non-Members

If you are interested in attending the POCUS Workshop, please email ASAP to [email protected]. Amy will add you to the waitlist for when registration opens. 

The finalized agenda will be distributed in the next week, and the brochure along with CME accreditation by AAPA to follow.

Register Today
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Things To Do in Cle Elum & at Suncadia Resort

PA Volunteers Opportunities Available

PA Volunteer Opportunities with MedEx are available!

Three of the volunteer opportunities are clinical reasoning assessments, basic clinical skills checkoffs, and volunteering with students at outreach sites. 

For more information about these opportunities, please email [email protected].

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Inslee Announces Pending Rescission of Proclamation 20-32

Inslee announces pending rescission of Proclamation 20-32: Waivers ending, and CME requirements being reinstated
On July 29, 2022, Governor Inslee announced his intent to rescind 12 Proclamations, including Proclamation 20-32, which have been in place during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

When these 12 healthcare-related emergency orders terminate this fall, approximately 87% of all COVID emergency proclamations will have ended.

To ensure that allopathic physicians (MDs) and physician assistants (PAs) have ample time to resume pre-COVID licensing and regulatory requirements Proclamation 20-32’s rescission will become effective on October 27, 2022.

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