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WSMTA Annual Meeting. April 29, 2018

  • 29 Apr 2018
  • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM (PDT)
  • Discovery Point School of Massage Therapy, Seattle
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Understanding Health Care Networks: Reading & Understanding Provider Contracts, Credentialing and Regulation of Health Care Networks.

 April 29, 2018  10 am to 3 pm

4 CE
Discovery Point School of Massage
420 E. Pike Street, Suite 3
Seattle, Washington 98122

10am-1pm Educational Presentations

  • Evolution of Massage Therapy as a Healthcare Profession in WA State
    ~Brief History of the RCW's that define and affect us as health care providers.
    ~Regulation, recognition and responsibilities
    Presented by Leslie Goldstein, Attorney and former Code Reviser and Susan Rosen, WSMTA director and Clinical Practices Program Chair, clinic owner.
  • Historical recount and importance of the Every Category of Provider Statute (ECOP). Explore issues of Fair Pay (how do we get it) and hear about the latest successes with Prior Authorizations.
    Presented by Lori Grassi, Executive Director and Lobbyist for the WA State Chiropractic Association
  • The Creation, Management and Regulation of Health Care Networks
    ~Insights into the insurer creation and management of health care networks
    ~Practical Advice on reading and understanding provider network participation agreements.  Address medical necessity, what it is and what it is not.
    ~Overview of regulatory standards for health care networks
    Presented by: John S. Conniff, PLLC

 1pm-2pm Lunch- Provided by WSMTA

  2pm-3pm-WSMTA Annual Business Meeting

  • Q and A from Presentations
  • Election Results
  • Program Reports
  • Volunteer Positions that are available
  • Washington Massage Alliance for Health (WAMAH)


Lori Grassi - Executive Director and Lobbyist

Lori joined the WSCA in 2001 and is the WSCA Executive Director and the Lobbyist. Lori is responsible for managing the WSCA staff and Board of Directors as well as lobbying state government. Prior to joining the WSCA Lori worked 4 years as a Policy Analyst for the Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC). Lori brings a broad background of information, to include experience testifying before the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy, health care and insurance policy and volunteer board work. Prior to working at the OIC Lori was a licensed massage therapist in private practice in Seattle for six years. While in practice, Lori became involved in the American Massage Therapy Association and actively lobbied all levels of government throughout the country, holding both state and national positions. Her personal interests include traveling to Italy, Italian ceramic painting and bicycle riding.

John Conniff PLLC

John Conniff combines his broad background and practical knowledge to help his clients find workable solutions to difficult problems. For over 25 years, he has counseled individuals, businesses, professionals, legislators, and government officials.

His wide range of experience provides him with insight into the complicated connections between business and law. He has worked extensively on insurance regulation, health information privacy and security standards, health care regulatory compliance, managed health care, ERISA, and business transactions.

He represents diverse organizations, businesses and professionals including trade associations, employer health plans, insurers, and health care practitioners.

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