Washington State Society of Anesthesiologists

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.

Save the Date for the Fall Scientific Meeting

Join WSSA at the Museum of Flight! Don't miss out on this exciting day of educational updates and incredible learning and networking opportunities. Engage with fellow physician anesthesiologists at the Fall Scientific Meeting, and save the date for Saturday, September 8, 2018. 

Seafair Grant Program

Every two years, in odd-numbered years, WSSA solicits applications for grant funding via the Seafair Grant Program.

These grants, totaling $10,000 per cycle, are intended as seed money for physician anesthesiologist members who are beginning to conduct research. 

Applications for the next grant cycle will be accepted beginning in September 2019.

Spring Scientific Meeting Cancelled: Event Update

Instead of hosting our regular Spring Scientific Meeting, WSSA invites you to attend UW's Obsetrics and Anesthesia Conference, which WSSA is partially sponsoring. The 2nd University of Washington Obstetric Anesthesia Conference will be a joint venture with the Obstetric Department and the Anesthesiology Department. The conference will provide anesthesiologists, OB/GYNs, nurse anesthetists, residents, and fellows of both specialties with 1.5 days of CME-accredited learning. 

Save the Date! Our Fall Scientific Meeting is still on and will be hosted at an exciting new location (watch for details!) on Saturday, September 8th. 

NEEDED: Anesthesiology Volunteers

Hospitalito Atitlan - Santiago Guatemala

Due to an increased number of patients traveling from distant towns for C-sections, orthopedic surgeries and other procedures, we're doing more surgeries than ever. 

We're looking for new anesthesiology volunteers! Being a medical volunteer at the Hospitalito is life changing. You'll share your valuable skills in an enriching, challenging setting, and have the opportunity to experience the beautiful Lake Atitlán area and its amazing Mayan culture, surrounded by professionals from Guatemala and around the world. Medical volunteers are an integral part of the Hospitalito medical team. Families of medical volunteers are welcome and embraced as part of the Santiago Atitlán community. Volunteers staying for one more or more may be provided complimentary housing.

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming an anesthesiologist volunteer, get in touch today! Contact Ken Bachenberg, MD Anesthesiologist at kenbachenberg@gmail.com for more details. 

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.

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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 10-person delegation met with all of Washington State's Congressional offices on May 17, 2017, including Senator Maria Cantwell.

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