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About the WSSA

Founded in 1948, the WSSA was formed to advance the science and art of anesthesiology, and to stimulate interest and promote progress in that specialty. It is a Washington State Non-profit Corporation, and is a component society of the American Society of Anesthesiologists.


Upcoming Events

2016 WSSA and BC Anesthesiologists' Society Joint Scientific Meeting

December 2-4 at the Vancouver Renaissance Hotel in Vancouver, BC

Details coming soon!

Book your room today at the Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront.


Suicide Prevention Training CME Information

Physicians and PAs must complete this newly required training by the end of the first full continuing education reporting period after January 1, 2016, or during the first full continuing education reporting period after initial licensure, whichever is later. Suicide prevention training meeting the criteria established by the legislation taken between June 12, 2014 and January 1, 2016 can be counted toward the required six hours.

CMS Establishes ICD-10 Center and Ombudsman Role 

CMS has created a new ICD-10 Coordination Center located in Baltimore, and has named emergency room physician William Rogers, MD as its “ICD-10 ombudsman” to address stakeholder complaints regarding the code switchover. Dr. Rogers is the director of the Physicians Regulatory Issues Team at CMS, which works to reduce the regulatory burden on physicians who participate with the Medicare program. His role as ICD-10 ombudsman will be to serve as an advocate within CMS. Contact Dr. Rogers at icd10_ombudsman@cms.hhs.gov.

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WSSA’s delegation to the ASA House of Delegates in San Diego, October 2015: (front row) Vita Pliskow, MD; Louise Miller, WSSA Executive Director; Daniela Alexianu, MD, WSSA President; Aparna Ananth, MD; (back row) Robert Hsiung, MD; John Bramhall, MD; James Burkman, MD; Mark Flanery, MD; M. Sean Kincaid, MD; Peter Dunbar, MB, ChB; James Stangl, MD.