The Action Potential – May 2024

A bi-annual newsletter from the Washington State Neurological Society

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Presidents Message

May 16, 2024

Dear friends,

I am honored to serve as President of the Washington State Neurological Society (WSNS) and would like to take this opportunity to welcome you all to lend your voice to the society’s educational and legislative efforts by becoming members. Together we can advocate effectively for neurological care, and continuous education of our community and the next generation of neurologists.

The WSNS is a member-driven organization which represents our interests at the state and national levels by partnering closely with the Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) and the American Academy of Neurology (AAN). We must provide an opportunity to every practicing adult and pediatric neurologist in our state to become a WSNS member to ensure the society’s outreach and educational efforts are impactful.

This newsletter Action Potential is one way of connecting with our colleagues and encouraging neurology providers and trainees at all levels to become part of the WSNS community. We also hope to expand WSNS’s access to our colleagues in the states of Alaska, Idaho, and Montana. As a member, you have the opportunity to contribute to the newsletter by submitting an educational clinical case, highlighting a significant scientific breakthrough in neurology, communicating important legislative issues that affect our practice, or sending us ideas for content improvement.

I am fortunate to work with an enthusiastic and creative board whose members are introduced in this newsletter. We are excited to announce the date of the next WSNS annual CME conference slated for Friday, November 1, 2024 at the Cedarbrook Lodge by the SeaTac airport. We sincerely hope you will attend the conference as a WSNS member. Please click this button for membership and conference details.

WSNS Website

Best wishes

Pravin Khemani, MD, FAAN

WSNS Board of Directors

Pravin Khemani, MD, FAAN

Swedish Neuroscience Specialist-Movement Disorders
Seattle, WA

Dr. Khemani is a neurologist who treats patients with movement disorders at Swedish Neuroscience Institute in Seattle, WA. Dr. Khemani received his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, MI and completed a residency in neurology at UT Southwestern, Dallas, TX. He then completed two fellowships – the first in neuromuscular diseases at UT Southwestern and the second in movement disorders at Stanford University. He joined Swedish Neuroscience Institute’s Movement Disorder division in 2018 and serves as its medical director. He treats movement disorders such as Essential tremor, Parkinson disease, atypical parkinsonism, dystonia and cerebellar ataxia. He is also actively engaged in educational outreach, clinical research and training medical students, residents, and fellows.

Ye Hu, MD

Multiple Sclerosis Center-Virginia Mason Franciscan Health
Seattle, WA

Dr. Hu hails from the state of Michigan where she spent the majority of her early life before embarking on a career in medicine. She obtained her medical degree from St. George’s University through the Keith B. Taylor Scholars Program where she had the wonderful experience of studying abroad. She completed her neurology residency at the University of Miami followed by a fellowship in Clinical Multiple Sclerosis at the University of Washington.

She currently practices at the Virginia Mason Medical Center as a full-time neurologist. Her clinical subspecialty focuses on the diagnosis and management of Neuro-immunological disorders. Her current research interest is in multiple sclerosis treatments and treatment related risk mitigation. She also has special interests in improving physician wellness and patient care.

Away from work, she enjoys traveling, exploring new restaurants, ballroom dancing, and watching a plethora of TV and movies.

She is excited to join the board at Washington State Neurological Society in hopes of contributing to the neurology community, collaborating with peers, and supporting continued advancement in neurological care.

Erin Eddington Alden, ARNP

Stroke Program Manager-Valley Medical Center
Renton, WA

Erin received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma in 2000 and graduate degree in nursing from University of Washington, Seattle in 2009. Erin’s first position in neurology was as a stroke coordinator in 2012. She is currently the Stroke Program Manager and ARNP at Valley Medical Center, a thrombectomy capable troke center in Renton, WA. She is stroke fellowship trained and certified as an Advanced Neurovascular Practitioner and Advanced Stroke Coordinator with the Association of Neurovascular Clinicians. She is a current member of ANVC, AANN, AHA and WSNS. She enjoys coordinating stroke patient care, teaching, community engagement and learning about vascular neurology.

She is native to the Northwest and has a son and daughter in elementary school. She enjoys spending time at the Puget Sound, kayaking, and watching her kids participate in sports, ballet, and gymnastics.

Jason Aldred, MD

Owner of Selkirk Neurology, PLLC and Inland NW Research LLC
Spokane, WA

Dr. Aldred is a neurology specialist practicing in Spokane Washington. He is the owner at Selkirk Neurology, PLLC and Inland NW Research, LLC. He conducts clinical trials for neurodegenerative diseases specifically focused on Parkinson’s disease & Movement disorders. He serves as clinical associate professor of neurology at the University of Washington WWAM program in Spokane as well as clinical assistant professor of the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine at Washington State University in Spokane. He mentors medical students for research projects locally and teaches psychiatry and internal medicine residents at Sacred Heart Hospital residency programs in Spokane.

Linda Krause

Association Executive

Linda has been with the WSNS since 2021 and a WSMA employee since 2002. She considers herself to be a Washingtonian and has resided in Seattle, Tacoma and Olympia for over 33 years. When not working on medical conferences and planning board meetings, Linda enjoys spending her time gardening, travelling and trying to corral her dogs.


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National and State Advocacy News


In 2024, with the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), the top priorities are access to care, reducing regulatory and administrative burdens and strengthening to neurology workforce. These priorities were set based on the feedback by members.

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Advocacy- Washington state

May 10, 2024
Sean Graham
Director of Government Affairs
Washington State Medical Association (WSMA)

New state law related to Paid Family Medical Leave requests

On June 6th, 2024, House Bill 2102 will go into effect which requires certification of a serious health condition qualifying a patient for Washington’s Paid Family & Medical Leave program within seven calendar days of a request. Importantly, the seven-calendar day timeline begins at the point the physician or health care practitioner has the necessary patient information to complete the certification, such as following an office visit for a new or existing health condition.

The new law stipulates that physician or other health care practitioners cannot charge a fee to complete the certification, however, a fee can still be charged for the associated office visit to obtain the necessary patient information to certify the serious health condition. SHB 2102 also clarifies that if a health care facility requires administrative review of information or documentation before allowing a serious health condition certification, the facility must implement and maintain policies and practices to align with the seven-calendar day timeline. More information on the new law can be found at

Department of Labor and Industries issues CR-103P defining the recording notification process for IME Recording

Effective April 26. 2024, the Department of Labor & Industries has created new rules in chapter 296-23 WAC and amended one existing rule, WAC 296.23-362. The new rules define the recording notification process for when a worker wants to record independent medical examination requested by L&I and self-insured employers. As currently written, WAC 296-23-362 states that an observer may not attend a psychiatric examination. This rule is being updated because the amended statute, RCW 51.36.070, includes that an observer may be present for all examinations.

WSMA 2024 Annual Meeting: September 28-29, 2024

Davenport Hotel, Spokane WA
For more meeting information:

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Save the date and join us! Friday, November 1, 2024
Cedarbrook Lodge

18525 36th Ave South, Seattle WA 98188
We will start breakfast and open registration at 8:00 am. Join us for breakfast. Greet old colleagues and meet new ones.

Discounted Hotel Rate is good until October 12, 2024
Our group code is 48355.

Hotel Reservations

Keynote Speaker

Christof Koch, PhD

photo credit: Erik Dinnel-Allen Institute


We have the following speakers and topics or lecture titles to date! (In alphabetical order)

  • Rebecca Allen, MD Pharmacotherapy
  • Jason Aldred, MD Drug Induced Movement Disorder
  • Alipi Bonm, MD Neuro-oncology
  • Noah Eby, MD University of Washington Medical Center Resident
  • Ye Hu, MD MS Talk
  • Zachary Janatpour, MD Madigan Army Medical Center Resident
  • Christof Koch, PhD Consciousness Does Not Need Prefrontal Cortex *Keynote Speaker
  • Eric Kraus, MD Why is a “cramp” not always a cramp?
  • Bay Leslie-Mazwi, MD Stroke topic
  • Eugene May, MD Neuro Opthalmology
  • Michael Weiss, MD Neuromuscular Diseases

+ resident presentations by Madigan Army Medical Center and the University of Washington.

Registration is Open!


Pamper yourself at The Spa at Cedarbrook Lodge. After the meeting, relax and rejuvenate!

Spa treatments include massage therapy, body brilliance and Vichy treatments, facial treatments and various hand and foot options.

Copperleaf Restaurant and Bar

Copperleaf Restaurant & Bar is a gathering spot serving seasonally-inspired authentically Northwest cuisine. Driven by the bounty of our region, the team is committed to sustainable practices and bringing the best of the season to your table. Our chefs hand select products from small local farms, fishermen, ranchers and artisans as well as ingredients from our own on-site chef’s garden. Our talented and passionate bartenders deliver scratch-made drinks featuring local spirits and ingredients. The restaurant features an extensive wine and spirits list, alongside Cedarbrook-exclusive wine, whiskey and beer! A true hidden gem just south of Seattle but hidden away in a lush oasis, our setting evolves with the seasons just as the menu does.

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