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.

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.

Upcoming Events

Save the date! 

September 10, 2016 Fall Scientific Meeting, Bell Harbor International Conference Center, Seattle, WA.

Tentative topics include:

  • Non-neurological surgery in patients with concussion
  • Perioperative management of patients with epilepsy for non-neurological surgery
  • Recent advances in anesthesia for electroconvulsive therapy and depression
  • Perioperative management of patients with stroke for non-neurological surgery
  • Update on anesthesia for neurointerventional procedures
  • Optimal anesthetic techniques for facilitating intraoperative evoked potential monitoring

Check back soon for registration details!

December 2-4, 2016 Joint Scientific Meeting, Vancouver Renaissance Hotel, Vancouver, BC

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.

Read More.

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.