Benefits of Membership
WAEPS is a member-driven organization with a very active team of physicians who volunteer a considerable amount of time to help ensure you can concentrate on patient care.
The Washington Academy is your voice in state legislation and regulatory affairs. We proactively protect your practice in Olympia. We engage two lobbying firms that monitor all health-related legislation and regulation which could remotely affect ophthalmologists in the state. They help us strategically defend against legislation that could be harmful to our members’ ophthalmic practices.
Recent successful advocacy efforts include:
As a member, you and your staff receive special discount pricing on the following educational programs offered by WAEPS:
WAEPS Annual Meeting
This physician CME program is one of the country’s best state meetings, featuring nationally renowned faculty.
Also held annually in conjunction with the WAEPS Annual Meeting:
For more information about the 2015 Annual Meeting, please visit our annual meeting page.
Free of charge to members, this meeting series runs from October through May. It features speakers from across the country lecturing on a variety of clinical topics and offers AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credits. WAEPS members may attend in person (at Harborview Hospital’s training auditorium in Seattle) or via webinar. For more information about our 2015-2016 Monthly Meeting Series, please visit our monthly meeting page.
Health Plan Relations
WAEPS represents you with payers. Member volunteers sit as liaisons on the Medicare Advisory Committee and the WSMA Interspecialty Council. Information on payer updates and alerts are shared with members in the In-Focus newsletter and special e-broadcasts. A WAEPS board member attends these meetings to monitor for changes important to all ophthalmologists in the state.
WAEPS members receive the quarterly e-newsletter, In-Focus, plus as-needed e-broadcasts to help you and your staff keep up-to-date on educational opportunities and practice alerts.
Public Education & Awareness
WAEPS hosts a consumer-driven website that provides empowering resources and information for the public to take charge of their eye health.
WAEPS members are eligible for up to 8% off their annual malpractice rates through OMIC (Ophthalmic Mutual Insurance Company) by attending risk management seminars, phone conferences, or webinars.
The WAEPS website maintains a robust membership database, accessible by consumers to help them find a physician. In addition, the WAEPS office handles referral requests generated by Google Ad Words and other WAEPS social media initiatives.
EyePAC is the most successful physician specialty political action committee in the state.
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WAEPS Refund Policy
Membership dues do not renew automatically. When a member wishes to terminate membership, no refund of the prepaid dues will be provided.