We offer self-directed online learning, in-person seminars, and occasional conferences. Topics range from billing for staff to evidence based clinical topics for providers. Some allow you to meet our program requirements, some describe our processes, and some offer FREE Category 1 Continuing Medical Education (CME).
All educational activities are listed in the Training Catalog. Check out all the choices that are available to you, and send us your feedback anytime!
The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries is accredited by the Washington State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Our CME mission is to advance provider knowledge, competence, and /or performance so Washington State's injured workers receive high quality evidence based care, and provider's interactions with L&I are timely and effective.
Our goals are to:
- Provide current evidence-based recommendations for treating injured workers.
- Share best practices to close treatment gaps and improve patient outcomes.
- Assist providers in their practice management by understanding the medical-legal environment of workers’ compensation.
Our program offers a variety of FREE self-directed trainings, videos, seminars, and workshops. Some qualify for free Category 1 CME* credit(s). You will find all of our offerings, links, dates, times and locations on the Training Catalog tab.
*After each completed activity you will be able to generate your own CME or CE certificate. Print or save them as needed because L&I cannot reproduce them.
Please note: Medical Examiner’s Handbook (MEH) and Certification Test, 2015 Interagency Guideline on Prescribing Opioids for Pain modules, and self-reported modules are not affected.
Self Directed Learning:
- 2021 Consultant Education - A three part series of presentations for providers giving second opinion consultations. Topics include rules, definitions, and the importance of tracking functional improvements. Additionally, both clinical and administrative components of performing a consultation and submitting it are covered. This course is one component to qualify for application or renewal as a Chiropractic Consultant. Additional requirements are listed here. (Physicians and Chiropractors) Three (3) Continuing Education Credits in total, one credit each.
- 2019 Reducing Disability: Psychosocial Determinants Influencing Recovery (PDIR) - This resource focuses on routine screening and methods to address psychosocial determinants influencing recovery -PDIR-. PDIR includes normal reactions to- and behavioral factors associated with work injuries that can affect recovery. Many factors contribute to their development including individual distress tolerance and coping skills. These are highly variable and affect workers differently. - Physicians and Chiropractors - Three -3- AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ *
- 2018 Conservative Care of Occupational Knee Conditions - An evidence based resource for the conservative management of occupational knee conditions. It includes best practices on diagnosis and practical resources to help inform treatment options and patient shared decision-making. (Physicians and Chiropractors) Three (3) AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ *
- Surgical Guideline for Work-related Knee Injuries - This guideline reflects a best practice standard for surgical treatment of certain knee conditions sustained by injured workers treated in the Washington State worker’s compensation system under, Title 51 Revised Code of Washington (RCW). (Physicians and Chiropractors) Three (3) AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ *
- Medical Examiner’s Handbook (MEH) and Certification Test - Describes requirements for quality independent medical examinations and impairment rating examinations. (Physicians) Three (3) AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ *
- IME General Training and Extremity Impairment Assessment for AMA Guides 5th Ed - This complementary training is for Independent Medical Examiners who may need continuing education on IME topics, as well as Chiropractic Consultants looking for training to become an IME. The password for both trainings is: lni.wa.gov
- Independent Medical Evaluations
- Extremity Impairment Assessment using AMA Guides 5th Ed
- WA State Brigham Differences - Overview of the Four Rating Systems for Washington State.
- 2017 Active Rehabilitation for Work-Related Low Back Conditions Describes best practices in Low Back Conditions. (Physicians and Chiropractors) Three (3) AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ *
- Opioid Prescribing Guideline for Injured Workers - Specific to opioid prescribing for injured workers in Washington state; includes prior authorization requirements. (Opioid prescribers) Two (2) AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ *
- 2015 Interagency Guideline on Prescribing Opioids for Pain - Produced by: Agency Medical Directors Group (AMDG) Describes best practices in opioid prescribing; updated and expanded from the 2013 guideline. (Opioid prescribers) Three (3) AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ *
- 2015 Primary Pain Care Conference - Produced by: Agency Medical Directors Group (AMDG) Videos and slides from presenters and panelists at this conference held June 2015. (Opioid prescribers) Self-report
- Attending Provider Resource Center - Basics of workers' compensation in WA State, plus linkages to programs, policies, and processes, making it easier for you to work with the system. (All attending providers) Three (3) AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
- Doctors play a key role in Return to Work - 3 minute video on helping injured workers return to their jobs as soon as medically possible; an occupational medicine physician explains. (All physicians) Self-report
None at this time.