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  • November 25, 2020 2:18 PM | Shelley Dahle (Administrator)

    Gov. Jay Inslee announced additional financial support funds for families and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The governor was joined by Lisa Brown, Department of Commerce director, for the announcement.

    "We know this pandemic is taking an economic toll," Inslee said during a press conference Friday. "On Sunday we announced $50 million in business supports, but after more discussions with legislators and our agencies, we’ve agreed on how to more than double that."

    In addition to funds announced on Sunday, the total new economic supports amount to $135 million. Included in that total is:

    • $70 million in business support grants.
    • $30 million for the recovery loan program.
    • $20 million for rental assistance.
    • $15 million for energy bills for low-income households.

    Included in the $70 million in business support grants is $50 million for a new round of Working Washington grants focused on the hardest-hit industries. Remaining funds will go toward historically disadvantaged businesses who applied for earlier business grants and bolstering Commerce’s business resiliency network.

    "We know this is hard on these small businesses, and we know that this will not fully solve the burden so many business owners are shouldering," Brown said. "But it will help get some of them get through a difficult period. We are going to keep working with legislators, congress and other partners on securing additional support."

    The grants will be allocated first to businesses most impacted by both COVID-19 and the most recent measures taken to address public safety. Equity will also be a priority in making allocation decisions. In addition to the new funds, there will also be separate business support programs coming from local governments.

    "This is a significant relief effort," Inslee said. "I can’t say it’s going to help everyone, but I can say we are not done yet collaborating with our partners to find more funds."

    Find more information on available business assistance here.

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    About WEAMA

    The Washington Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine Association first began as the Acupuncture Association of Washington over 35 years ago. The organization helped to provide a unified legislative voice for our profession. In fact, our founders were integral in helping establish the legal practice of Eastern Medicine in Washington state. Our all-volunteer Board of Directors currently consists of 7 democratically elected professionals in the field.


  • November 23, 2020 10:54 AM | Shelley Dahle (Administrator)

    The ASA mentorship program provides opportunities for acupuncture students and new graduates to gain experience and receive guidance from an experienced acupuncturist. For more information please contact Christine Cronin at: secretary@asacu.org

    The Bastyr preceptorship program is a way to give back to the community by providing clinical shadowing for students at Bastyr University. For more information please contact: AEAMPreceptorship@bastyr.edu

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    About WEAMA

    The Washington Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine Association first began as the Acupuncture Association of Washington over 35 years ago. The organization helped to provide a unified legislative voice for our profession. In fact, our founders were integral in helping establish the legal practice of Eastern Medicine in Washington state. Our all-volunteer Board of Directors currently consists of 7 democratically elected professionals in the field.


  • October 22, 2020 11:22 AM | Shelley Dahle (Administrator)

    WAEMA Fall 2020 Virtual Meeting October 25, 10:00 am - 3:00 PM
    VIA Zoom
    Good for 3.5 PDA Credits

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    Detailed Schedule


    *Speakers & Topics

    Dr. Iman Majd. “Hospital Based Practice and Need for Certification, and CMS in Relation to Medicaid Negotiation"
    As the chair of NCCAOM, Dr. Majd will speak of the general context of adding the profession to covered providers.


    John Frostad LAc, EAMP  "Th
    e Landscape of Medicare" 
    Discussion on how Medicare works and what implications it has for acupuncturists now, and after we are included in the program.    Speaker Sponsor
              

    Dr. Jennifer Stuber  "Suicide Prevention Training - Why it Matters"

    Leslie Emerick, MPA,  Dr. Ash Goddard,  Carly Samish LAc 
    "WAEMA Public Policy Update and What to Expect in the 2021 Legislative Session!"

    Additional Details & Register Here

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    About WEAMA

    The Washington Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine Association first began as the Acupuncture Association of Washington over 35 years ago. The organization helped to provide a unified legislative voice for our profession. In fact, our founders were integral in helping establish the legal practice of East Asian Medicine in Washington state. Our all-volunteer Board of Directors currently consists of 7 democratically elected professionals in the field.


  • October 08, 2020 1:29 PM | Shelley Dahle (Administrator)

    WAEMA Fall 2020 Virtual Meeting October 25, 10:00 am - 3:00 PM
    VIA Zoom

    Register Here

    Detailed Schedule


    *Speakers & Topics

    Dr. Iman Majd. “Hospital Based Practice and Need for Certification, and CMS in Relation to Medicaid Negotiation"
    As the chair of NCCAOM, Dr. Majd will speak of the general context of adding the profession to covered providers.


    John Frostad LAc, EAMP  "Th
    e Landscape of Medicare" 
    Discussion on how Medicare works and what implications it has for acupuncturists now, and after we are included in the program.    Speaker Sponsor
              

    Dr. Jennifer Stuber  "Suicide Prevention Training - Why it Matters"

    Leslie Emerick, MPA,  Dr. Ash Goddard,  Carly Samish LAc 
    "WAEMA Public Policy Update and What to Expect in the 2021 Legislative Session!"

    Additional Details & Register Here

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    About WEAMA

    The Washington East Asian Medicine Association first began as the Acupuncture Association of Washington over 35 years ago. The organization helped to provide a unified legislative voice for our profession. In fact, our founders were integral in helping establish the legal practice of East Asian Medicine in Washington state. Our all-volunteer Board of Directors currently consists of 7 democratically elected professionals in the field.

  • September 30, 2020 1:25 PM | Shelley Dahle (Administrator)


    WAEMA Fall 2020 Virtual Meeting
    October 25, 10:00 am - 3:00 PM
    VIA Zoom

    The meeting will be live online and qualify for continuing education hours, all are welcome!
    Your participation matters, let's connect and support one another during this time.

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    About
    The Washington Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine Association first began as the Acupuncture Association of Washington over 35 years ago. The organization helped to provide a unified legislative voice for our profession. In fact, our founders were integral in helping establish the legal practice of East Asian Medicine in Washington state. Our all-volunteer Board of Directors consists of not less than 5 democratically elected professionals in the field.


  • September 21, 2020 5:34 PM | Anonymous

    Joint Hazard Alert - Helping employers prevent workplace injuries 

    Introduction

    The rise in transmission of COVID-19 in hospital workers has demonstrated the need for refocusing, clarification and guidance regarding prevention measures. This Hazard Alert from the Washington State Departments of Labor & Industries (L&I) and Health (DOH) provides key areas for focus by hospital employers and health care workers.  Read more...

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    The Washington Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine Association first began as the Acupuncture Association of Washington over 35 years ago. The organization helped to provide a unified legislative voice for our profession. In fact, our founders were integral in helping establish the legal practice of East Asian Medicine in Washington state. Our all-volunteer Board of Directors consists of not less than 5 democratically elected professionals in the field.


  • March 26, 2020 10:16 AM | Anonymous

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    News Release

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    MARCH 26, 2020

    Commerce announces $1.8 million to rural counties for COVID-19 pandemic response

    Food, rental assistance, small business support, health services among eligible uses of funding to 17 rural Washington counties

     

    OLYMPIA, WA --- Washington State Department of Commerce Director Lisa Brown today announced $1.8 million in additional state Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) to rural counties to assist people and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Awarded through the Economic Opportunity Grant program, these funds can be used at the discretion of county authorities to meet a variety of emerging local needs, such as providing food and rental assistance, small business support and health services. Counties provide for these and other urgent needs through partnerships with local service providers. 

    Funding to the following counties is estimated, pending approval of state and local distribution plans.

     

    County

    Service Area

    Grant amount

    Asotin

    Asotin

    $ 46,397

    Benton

    Benton, Franklin

    $ 79,061

    Chelan

    Chelan, Douglas

    $ 71,990

    Cowlitz

    Cowlitz, Wahkiakum

    $ 83,951

    Grant

    Grant, Adams

    $145,270

    Grays Harbor

    Grays Harbor, Pacific

    $127,912

    Jefferson

    Jefferson, Clallam

    $132,517

    Kittitas

    Kittitas

    $100,280

    Klickitat

    Klickitat, Skamania

    $ 83,819

    Mason

    Mason, Lewis

    $126,878

    Okanogan

     Okanogan

    $101,585

    Skagit

    Skagit

    $  77,155

    Stevens

    Stevens, Ferry, Lincoln, Pend Oreille

    $108,325

    Walla Walla

    Walla Walla, Columbia, Garfield

    $ 53,821

    Watcom

    Watcom

    $154,946

    Whitman

    Whitman

    $118,927

    Yakima

    Yakima

    $187,165

     

    The state CDBG program receives an annual funding allocation from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to assist rural communities to meet local priority needs. Since 1982, the state CDBG program has awarded over $525 million in grants to over 1,500 locally prioritized community development projects. Larger cities and counties receive CDBG funding directly from HUD, and are not a part of the state CDBG program.

     

    For detailed information about CDBG, please visit http://www.commerce.wa.gov/cdbg. Contact Kaaren Roe, CDBG Section Manager, at (360) 725-3018 for assistance.

    Contact

    Barbara Dunn

    Commerce Communications, 360-725-2805

     

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  • March 25, 2020 11:58 AM | Anonymous

    Greeting colleagues,
     
    These are unprecedented times and we understand that many of you are grappling with the difficult decisions around how to best serve your patients.
     
    To stay open or not
    Acupuncturists (as "alternative healthcare providers") are listed in the essential workforce by Governor Inslee. This means that acupuncturists in Washington state are allowed to continue to practice, if the treatment is essential.

    If you do see patients it is advised to follow the CDC guidelines for healthcare practitioners.

    All types of healthcare providers including dentists, medical doctors, and surgeons have stopped non-essential treatments. The primary goal is to decrease the surge in in hospitals and lower the rate of transmission to lower the burden on the healthcare system.

    This is not business as usual; you should only see patients that would otherwise end up in the hospital, do not treat if the service you are providing can wait.

    Here are some resources on how to safely practice if you choose to see patients:

    Financial impact
    A big concern is the financial impact to all of our practices. There is not a clear solution to this at the moment and a lot of efforts are in motion to help. Here are some resources:

    We are healthcare practitioners and we want to be of service
    As acupuncturists we feel the need to assist our communities, especially in these times when so many can benefit from the medicine we offer.

    We will shine with the recovery phase, patients will need our care more than ever.

    We are all in this together!
    Please continue to share your thoughts on the WAEMA Facebook group and check out our COVID-19 resource page for information for links to credible sources and information you can share.
     
    Thank you,
    WAEMA Board


  • January 17, 2020 11:16 AM | Anonymous

    Join WAEMA for a special Chinese New Year celebration with a traditional menu honoring the Year of the Metal Rat. Enjoy the camaraderie and presentations on insurance updates, Chinese astrology predictions, exclusive benefits of WAEMA, and the power of our PAC.

    This event is open to all friends of acupuncture so bring your spouses and friends who love and support our profession!

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    Saturday, January 25, 2020
    4:00 – 7:00PM

    WHERE
    Aegis Gardens
    13056 SE 76th St
    Newcastle, WA 98056

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    Register yourself and any guests before Friday, January 17th online or by emailing info@weama.info.

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  • October 11, 2019 10:28 AM | Anonymous

    Dear WAEMA Members;

    During the 2019 legislative session WAEMA was the proponent of a bill that passed the state legislature, SHB 1865 Regulating the practice of acupuncture and Eastern medicine. The bill was amended in the House Health Care Committee by Representative Cody who sent a portion of the bill that dealt with scope expansion and clarification to a Sunrise Review at DOH. This is where a profession’s scope expansion is reviewed by the department for public safety and other criteria.

    WAEMA has been working diligently over the summer on the Acupuncture Sunrise Review, submitting the initial Proposal to Increase Scope of Practice for Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine by the end of June. The public hearing for the Sunrise Review was on Friday, August 2, 2019 and we had the opportunity to provide additional follow-up until August 9th to address some of the issues that came up at the public hearing.

    The draft Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine Scope of Practice Sunrise Review is now available for rebuttal comments. You can also access the report on the DOH Sunrise Review Web Page.

    WAEMA believes that the report is positive for the Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine profession. It recommends that WAEMA work with stakeholders regarding their concerns and we have been successfully doing that since the public hearing to gain their support! Here are the department’s recommendations.

    The department recommends expanding the scope of practice to add local anesthetics, oxygen, and epinephrine for use in point injection therapy. These are appropriate additions to the acupuncture scope of practice and the applicant group established a need for these substances to increase patient safety by preventing adverse reactions.

    The department recommends WAEMA, Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians (WANP), Washington State Medical Association (WSMA), the Washington Orthopedic Association, and other appropriate organizations work together to propose alternate language to ensure the amended definition of acupuncture and Eastern medicine in the draft bill remains a clarification, rather than an increase in the scope or practice.

    The department is not making recommendations regarding the remainder of the changes in the draft bill because they are outside the scope of a sunrise review. The purpose of the sunrise criteria is to establish guidelines for unregulated health professions or “those licensed or regulated health professions which seek to substantially increase their scope of practice.” The remainder of the changes in the bill are clarifications, not expansions of the scope of practice.

    This is your opportunity to provide support for the draft recommendations before DOH finalizes the report for the legislature. Please send a comment supporting the draft report to DOH!

    Comments are due October 16, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. You may email your comments to sunrise@doh.wa.gov, attention: Sherry Thomas, Policy Coordinator.

    The final draft of the Acupuncture Sunrise Review report will be used as the basis for running a bill in the 2020 legislative session which begins January 14, 2020. A draft of the bill will be coming soon as we finalize stakeholder work on the final details of the bill language!

    Thank you!

    Sincerely,
    Leslie Emerick
    WAEMA Lobbyist

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