About this Meeting


Known for its world-renowned glass art, Tacoma’s vibrant urban core is alive with culture and excitement. Stroll through the museum district where you can explore art, glass, history, or wander amongst the eclectic mix of upbeat restaurants and music venues, or browse the unique boutiques and antique shops. Explore world-class attractions just steps from your hotel — discover creative culture, exquisite glass, timeless history, classic automobiles, and maritime heritage in Tacoma’s Museum District. Lining the city’s downtown core, here you will find the Washington State History Museum, The Tacoma Art Museum, a modern site that offers an eclectic take on art and houses a permanent Chihuly collection, and the internationally acclaimed Museum of Glass with a glass-blowing hot house, reflecting ponds and sculpture installations that change several times a year. And if that’s not enough, check out the LeMay Car Museum, a 4-story attraction on a nine acre campus, or the Foss Waterway Seaport Maritime Heritage Center.

A partnership between the Museum of Glass, legendary Studio Glass pioneer Dale Chihuly and the city of Tacoma resulted in the Chihuly Bridge of Glass, a 500-foot-long pedestrian overpass that links downtown Tacoma and its cultural corridor to the Museum of Glass. It is one of the most unique displays of art any place in the world. The blue ice, a.k.a. “rock candy,” towers are hard to miss when you drive into downtown. The bridge itself is an amazing wonder to behold. Look for the sea scene above your head and the Venetian glass gallery sheltered behind bullet proof cases.


Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center (GTCTC)

Conveniently located next door to Hotel Murano, this impressive facility will host our registration desk, opening night reception, exhibit hall and all education sessions and activities, except those held on the last day.

Hotel Murano

Wake up Inspired. This highly rated hotel is centrally located in downtown Tacoma, adjacent to the GTCTC, and just blocks from the city's most fabulous restaurants, great shopping, and the city's esteemed Museum District. Taking the name from Murano Italy - famed for the glass art it produces, the hotel’s private collection of art now garners international acclaim.


This year’s meeting begins on Sunday afternoon with Pre-Conference workshops at the Greater Tacoma and Convention Center (GTCTC) followed by an Opening Night Reception. On Monday and Tuesday all activities take place at the GTCTC, including breakfasts, luncheons, the opening address, breakout sessions, and the Exhibitor Marketplace. The reception for ACMPE members is on Monday night at the Hotel Murano, and the closing night reception on Tuesday takes place at the Museum of Glass. The conference concludes at noon on Wednesday following a breakfast and general session held at the hotel.

Getting Around

Getting around downtown Tacoma is free and easy with the Tacoma Link Light Rail. It provides complimentary service from one end of downtown to the other. Hop on it just outside the Convention Center to ride between Union Station in the Museum District, and the Theater District and Antique Row.

This Meeting is Green – This is your e-Syllabus

This syllabus will be kept up to date with all the details about the meeting, including schedule updates and speaker handouts to review before you come or view on your laptop or tablet at the meeting.

Complimentary Wi-Fi

To access the Internet and the e-syllabus during the meeting, complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout Hotel Murano and Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center.

On-Site Check-in

Upon arrival at the meeting on Sunday or Monday, please check in at the registration desk located at the GTCTC. Name badges will be issued at the time of check-in. Name badges are required for access to all educational sessions and networking activities. See the enclosed registration form to order tickets for your spouse, who will also need a name badge to access networking events.

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On-Site Notes Book

At check-in you will also be provide with a handy meeting notes book that includes an updated schedule, room locator maps, and other need-to-know information.

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What to Wear

Attire at this conference ranges from business casual to totally casual. Be sure to dress in layers since meeting room temperatures may vary, and be sure to bring a light jacket.

Professional Networking

Networking is essential to your overall success as a practice manager. We can all learn great things from each other. This meeting offers a plethora of networking opportunities including three receptions and the specialty networking session on Monday. Make the most of this conference to grow your base resources and opportunities for informational exchange.

ACMPE Credit Hours

This program is eligible for American College of Medical Practice Executive (ACMPE) Credit Hours. To apply this program toward your ACMPE continuing education requirement, simply calculate the total number of clock hours you spent in educational sessions and enter your hours online in the My Transcript area of mgma.com.

While no other accredited CME or CE hours have been arranged for this meeting, you are welcome to self-apply to claim credit with your professional organization.

Services for People with Disabilities

If under the Americans with Disabilities Act you require specific aids or services during the conference, please contact the WSMGMA office at 206-956-3646, or by emailing the WSMGMA Office at wsmgma@wsma.org. Please provide adequate time for arrangements to be made.

Job Board / Message Center

A message board will be available at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center for you to post messages and job openings.