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  • June 12, 2019 3:43 PM | Christine Opiela (Administrator)

    Greetings Esteemed Colleagues!

    Member feedback is needed! We have received only a few responses and we need more input to make sure we are headed in the right direction and your input is heard. Your feedback is invaluable!

    Please take time to fill out our short survey. It should only take a few minutes. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PWLKF3G

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    Spring membership meeting was a success!
    Did you miss the Spring Membership Meeting but are interested in what was presented?
    You can purchase all the insurance information and editable handouts at the following link: https://weama.info/Sys/Store/Products/17022

    Cost: Member: $15, non-member: $50.

    Items included are:

    Marketing PowerPoint presentation by Tyler Martin
    Insurance PowerPoint Presentation and documents:
    Common ICD10 codes
    Financial policy
    4 easy steps to submitting claims to the VA
    Exam checklist
    Super bill
    Expanded intake

    We hope you find this information useful and helpful in building a successful practice.

    Thank you for taking the time to fill out the WAEMA survey! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PWLKF3G

    Warm regards from your WAEMA board!

  • May 30, 2019 3:31 PM | Christine Opiela (Administrator)

    USEFUL RESOURCE LINKS:
    Marketing and Insurance presentation and documents
    Legislative Report
    Fish and Wildlife presentation
    Bylaws Report
    WAEMA Survey
    Please take a few minutes to share your thoughts, ideas and desires for what you want WAEMA board to focus on during this upcoming year.

    A Happy Spring greeting to all;

    Here is an overview of topics that were covered at the spring meeting along with links to resources for those of you that didn’t make it or perhaps wanted to review.

    We started off the day with presentations of the local and national updates for the profession. Our bill HB1865 passed with flying colors and was signed into law by the Governor. The bill changed the professional name to Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine Practitioners (AEMP) as an umbrella term to include all aspects of our profession while being non-derogatory for all of our colleagues. People who prefer to go by LAc and/or EAMP are able to do so should they desire. The bill also is giving us CEU requirements which will be determined by the East Asian Medicine Advisory committee, which will now be called the Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine Advisory committee. (To obtain paying jobs in a hospital type setting, including the VA, we need to have CEU requirements.)

    The other aspects of our bill that were removed got approved for a Sunrise review process, which we are entering into now. If you wish to be involved, please contact WAEMA as soon as possible.

    Our Legislation Day on the “Hill” (in Olympia), was a huge success and generated a lot of good will. We plan on doing another one next year and would love for you to join us! The board has approved CEU based on the length of time that put towards legislation. Please get in touch with us if you would like CEU’s for your contribution!

    Hopefully all of you who are members got the email about the great new benefit we are being offered through the ASA (American Society of Acupuncturists; our national association)! The Meridians Journal, now the JASA journal is being offered to us for only $2 an issue instead of $50 an issue!

    Our national conference and legislation day is coming up at the end of the month; May 31st through June 3rd. (http://www.asacu.org) I am currently the only person going from WA state - if anyone wants to attend it isn’t too late! Please let me know, I would love to have some company. Upon returning I will report back on the exciting things that are coming up for us with legislation around the VA and Medicare as well as an update on a membership drive for 50% +1 members so the ASA can represent our profession with the AMA (American Medical Association) at the table to discuss CPT codes.

    We then had an amazing talk from two practitioners that are currently working within the healthcare system; Carly Samish who works in Hospice Care and Liz Artola who works at Seattle Children’s hospital. They both shared inspiring stories of how they got their positions as well as the learning curve they experienced while adapting to the healthcare system setting. The talk offered windows of insight into one of the avenues that we are branching into.

    A couple of months ago the board began to hear about Fish and Wildlife conducting searches into the offices of our colleagues looking through herbal products in search of animal products from animals on the endangered species list. Since then the board has reached out in order to work better with Fish and Wildlife to protect these animals while ensuring that their procedures are respectful of our practices and clients, and are also fully understood by our membership. To learn more, please see their presentation on our website.

    After lunch we went on to have two more very informative presentations from Tyler Martin and John Frostad. Tyler owns and runs a successful clinic in Ballard and came to speak with us about building your brand in a way that holds true to who you are as well as building trust with your patients so they become your greatest marketing investment. John Frostad then came and discussed the intricacies of billing as well as an update on the work going on to make sure we get paid for the services we are providing. Charis Wolf (myself) also handed out documents on common billing codes used, CPT codes we can bill for and intake forms to bill for a 99203 when the patient qualifies. Please see the link above for this information if you missed the meeting!

    We are offering these documents to members for a small fee of $15 and to non- members for $50. Please respect the work that has been put into this by your peers and their years of experience, and don’t share for free. Remember all this comes back to all of you through the efforts of an entirely volunteer board that is working hard for you!

    The board then went on to vote Carly Samish, a new member onto the board as well as renewing another term as a board member for Dr Jianfeng Yang and Dr Catherine Dayhoff (DAOM).

    The next vote was to change the name of the association to align with the new bill language to Washington Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine association, which passed as well.

    The last hour of the board meeting went into presenting the new bylaws worked on by the bylaws committee over the last 4 months which also passed. While the new bylaws were passed, further revisions were presented to the membership that warrant more consideration. It was decided that the bylaws committee will continue and we will keep refining with further input from our colleagues.

    THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR INVOLVEMENT AND CONTINUED SUPPORT!

    WAEMA Survey
    Please take a few minutes to share your thoughts, ideas and desires for what you want WAEMA board to focus on during this upcoming year.

  • May 10, 2019 2:40 PM | Christine Opiela (Administrator)

    Hello fellow acupuncturist colleagues who have participated in:

    • The WA State L&I Acupuncture Pilot as providers these past couple years
    • Or, didn’t get in on the 2-week registration crush in August 2017 but still participated in the L&I Pilot learning resources

    I have a time-sensitive request:
    Would you complete this survey this week? https://forms.gle/C6YFQQ8ckMxiGN2a9

    What this is:
    I worked with Lisa Taylor-Swanson, PhD, LAc, to create this survey for the acupuncturists who participated in the WA state L&I Acupuncture Pilot. Lisa will be doing a poster presentation on the Workers’ Comp Pilot at the late June 2019 Society of Acupuncture Research (SAR) conference. The goal is to have the data finished in the next couple weeks so she can have the numbers crunched and useful for her poster or verbal presentation information.

    I drafted this as a post-course survey to help me learn what, of the resources I created, was most useful to those who engaged with them. Then, Lisa made the survey better and relevant to the Pilot as a whole. The survey collects some basic demographics and then dives into: what resources you used and had access to, what you found most helpful, and room to share your experiences of the Pilot.

    What I will do with the survey results
    I’ll share the de-identified (removed names and email addresses) with Lisa, the WEAMA board, and Zach Gray (the WA State L&I Acupuncture Pilot Lead), when the results/data are finished.

    How you can help

    1. Fill out the survey yourself about your experience this week.

    2. Please share this survey link with other colleagues who participated in the L&I Acupuncture Pilot and/or the Pilot education resources: https://forms.gle/C6YFQQ8ckMxiGN2a9

    Due date: ideally, this week. However, no later than May 20th, 2019.

    I think the survey takes about 15 minutes to fill out. However, when you get a chance at it, please let me know a better time estimation. You can email me at megankgale@outlook.com

    Thank you for participating in the pilot and being an important part of the work to change workers’ comp policy in WA state!!

    I am looking forward to learning from your feedback!

    Thank you for filling out this time-sensitive survey.

    ~Megan Kingsley Gale, MSAOM, EAMP/LAc, LMT

    Creator of the extra resources for LAc s in the WA state L&I Acupuncture Pilot (10.2017 WEAMA L&I workshop at Bastyr University, Tuesday Trainings, Workers’ Comp Toolkit: A Practitioner perspective)

    You can still access all these resources for no cost (with the WEAMA coupon code) at https://hospital-practice-basics.teachable.com/p/lni-acupuncture-pilot-project-wa-state-documentation-training


  • April 23, 2019 12:53 PM | Christine Opiela (Administrator)

    Hello all practitioners and students!

    We have put together a membership meeting just for you! This meeting will focus on how to GROW and love your practice.

    • Speakers sharing their strategies on:
      • Marketing and getting more patients
      • Branding; what makes your practice special
      • Jobs in the healthcare system
      • Navigating the start of your practice as well as developing your practice
    • Handouts on how to bill and we will discuss insurance information to help everyone understand how to successfully take and collect insurance
    • Speaker from Fish and Wildlife to cover the endangered species laws for WA state
    • Scope expansion discussion and the Sunrise review coming this summer

    Your presence at the upcoming WEAMA Spring Membership Meeting is valuable! If you have not already registered, please know we have a special low rate to offer this valuable information to all and the student registration remains at a discounted rate of $30. We hope to see you there.

    Continuing Education Credits
    WEAMA has been approved to offer 5 CE credits for our Spring Membership Meeting program.We are always striving to not only offer you education you can use to grow yourself and your business, but also ways for you to maximize the number of continuing education credits you receive.

    Review Our New Program Guide

    Register Today!

  • April 12, 2019 4:14 PM | Christine Opiela (Administrator)

    WEAMA Legislative Alert!

    Please call your state Senator and ask for a yes vote on SHB 1865 Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine!

    WEAMA’s bill, SHB 1865 Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine (Sponsor: Rep Eileen Cody) is near the finish line! The bill has passed the House of Representatives (96 yeas, 2 nays), passed the Senate Health Care Committee unanimously, passed out of the Rules Committee and is on the Consent Calendar waiting to be pulled to the floor of the Senate for a final vote. Once the bill passes the Senate it will go to the Governor for signature into state law. The bill:

    • Changes the name of the profession from "East Asian medicine" and "East Asian medicine practitioner" to "acupuncture and Eastern medicine" and "acupuncturist (or acupuncture) and Eastern medicine practitioner."
    • Directs the Department of Health to adopt a rule requiring completion of continuing education for acupuncturists.
    • Repeals laws related to the approval of applications and requiring an examination fee for East Asian medicine practitioners and application of the East Asian medicine chapter to previously registered acupuncture assistants.

    We need our profession to call their State Senators! If you are not sure who your State Senator is, please enter your home address at: https://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/

    Here is a sample message for your Senator:

    Dear Senator ________,

    Thank you for all your hard work this legislative session! I am a licensed acupuncturist (East Asian Medicine Practitioner) in your home district and am asking for your support for SHB 1865 Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine, which is on the Consent Calendar and waiting for a vote on the floor of the Senate.

    The bill changes the name of the profession by eliminating the term “East Asian” to “Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine” which recognizes the common use of the term acupuncture and assures that the broader system of medicine is acknowledged.

    This bill is very important to our profession to align with federal efforts to include acupuncture in Medicare and to combat opioid addiction by offering acupuncture as an alternative to opioids. It also addresses concerns from members of the acupuncture community regarding the term “East Asian” which some consider offensive.

    The bill also provides authority for the Department of Health to establish Continuing Education requirements in rule and changes the name of the “East Asian Medicine Advisory Committee” to the “Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine Advisory Committee”.

    I would appreciate your support in getting this important bill, SHB 1865 Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine pulled to the floor of the Senate for final passage! Thank you.

    Sincerely,

  • April 09, 2019 9:44 AM | Christine Opiela (Administrator)

    Don't miss your chance to grow your business and connect with other professionals in your industry! The WEAMA Membership Meeting is the premier event where you will learn from industry experts sharing their strategies on marketing, how to get jobs in the healthcare system, and much more! Handouts will also be made available with valuable information on general insurance questions like how to successfully take and collect insurance.

    Meet the WEAMA leadership who are providing information and resources for nearly 1,500 licensed acupuncture practitioners in Washington State. Provide feedback on how WEAMA can assist you and your growing practice and share strategies with other professionals to advance your career.

       Early Bird Rate
     (ends 4/10)
     Standard Rate
     EAMP Member  $50   $69
     Non-Member  $100   $119
     Students  $30   $30

    Register Today

  • April 02, 2019 8:19 AM | Christine Opiela (Administrator)



    Hello all practitioners and students!

    We have put together a membership meeting just for you! This meeting will focus on how to GROW and love your practice. We will have speakers sharing their strategies on marketing as well as getting jobs in the healthcare system. There will also be handouts on how to bill and we will discuss insurance information to help everyone understand how to successfully take and collect insurance. Your presence at the upcoming WEAMA Spring Membership Meeting is valuable! If you have not already registered, please know we have a special low rate to offer this valuable information to all and the student registration remains at a discounted rate of $30. We hope to see you there.

    Why Attend?


    Meet the WEAMA leadership who are providing information and resources for the nearly 1,500 licensed acupuncture practitioners in Washington state. We invite you to come and share your knowledge and questions on how to be successful. We are eager to support everyone and hear feedback on what offerings WEAMA can offer all of you in the future to advance your career. And, this is the place to network, share ideas, reconnect with friends and colleagues!

    Register Today!


  • March 14, 2019 12:12 PM | Christine Opiela (Administrator)

    WEAMA’s bill, SHB 1865 Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine (Sponsor: Rep Cody), has passed the House of Representatives and moved to the opposite house (Senate) for a public hearing.

    SHB 1865 has a public hearing scheduled in the Senate Health Care Committee on March 20th at 1:30 pm in the Cherberg Building, Senate Hearing Room 4!

    You are welcome to attend the public hearing and sign in to support the bill. The address is: 304 15th Ave SW, Olympia, Washington. The more the merrier!

    I will be meeting WEAMA members in the Prichard Building Cafeteria on the Capitol Campus around 12:30 pm. Its right next to the Cherberg building and I can help attendees sign in to support the bill and find the hearing room and seating.

    If you have live in a district with a legislator on the Senate Health Care committee, please send them a message to support the bill! Only call Senators on the Health Care Committee for now. When the bill passes to the floor of the Senate for a vote we will contact all state Senators!

    Here is a link to the members of the Senate Health care committee: http://leg.wa.gov/Senate/Committees/HLTC/Pages/MembersStaff.aspx

    If you are not sure who your State Senators are please enter your home address at: https://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/

    You might find this overview of the legislative process helpful to see how the passage of our bill moves through the legislative system: http://leg.wa.gov/legislature/Pages/Overview.aspx

    Here is a sample message for your Senator:

    Dear Senator ________,

    I am a licensed acupuncturist (East Asian Medicine Practitioner) in your home district. I am asking that you please vote in support of SHB 1865 Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine. The bill changes the name of the profession by eliminating the term “East Asian” to “Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine” which recognizes the common use of the term acupuncture and assures that the broader system of medicine is acknowledged.

    This bill is very important to our profession to align with federal efforts to include acupuncture in Medicare and to combat opioid addiction by offering acupuncture as an alternative to opioids. It also addresses concerns from members of the acupuncture community regarding the term “East Asian” which some consider offensive.

    The bill also provides authority for the Department of Health to establish Continuing Education requirements in rule and changes the name of the “East Asian Medicine Advisory Committee” to the “Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine Advisory Committee”.

    I would appreciate your support and vote for SHB 1865 in the Senate Health Care committee to keep this bill moving towards final passage! Thank you.

    Sincerely,

  • March 11, 2019 3:57 PM | Christine Opiela (Administrator)

    Our bill is moving right along in the legislative process. SHB 1865 passed out of the House Health Care Committee unanimously, passed out of the Rules Committee yesterday and is awaiting a vote on the floor of the House of Representatives.

    The bill just passed out of the House! No need to call legislators until later in process!!

    Roll Call HB 1865 Acupuncture & Eastern med. Final Passage 3/7/2019

    Yeas: 96 Nays: 2 Absent: 0 Excused: 0

    Voting:
    Yea: Representatives Appleton, Barkis, Bergquist, Blake, Boehnke, Caldier, Callan, Chambers, Chandler, Chapman, Cody, Corry, Davis, DeBolt, Dent, Doglio, Dolan, Dufault, Dye, Entenman, Eslick, Fey, Fitzgibbon, Frame, Gildon, Goehner, Goodman, Graham, Gregerson, Griffey, Hansen, Harris, Hoff, Hudgins, Irwin, Jenkin, Jinkins, Kilduff, Kirby, Klippert, Kloba, Kretz, Leavitt, Lekanoff, Lovick, MacEwen, Macri, Maycumber, McCaslin, Mead, Morgan, Morris, Mosbrucker, Orcutt, Ormsby, Ortiz-Self, Orwall, Paul, Pellicciotti, Peterson, Pettigrew, Pollet, Ramos, Reeves, Riccelli, Robinson, Rude, Ryu, Schmick, Sells, Senn, Shea, Shewmake, Slatter, Smith, Springer, Stanford, Steele, Stokesbary, Stonier, Sullivan, Sutherland, Tarleton, Thai, Tharinger, Valdez, Van Werven, Vick, Volz, Walen, Walsh, Wilcox, Wylie, Ybarra, Young, Chopp Voting

    Nay: Representatives Kraft, Santos

    The next step for the bill is the Senate Health Care Committee. We do not have a public hearing date yet. We will announce that information as soon as we get it and then it will be time to send a letter of support for the bill to your Senator.

  • February 19, 2019 7:15 PM | Jeremy Gilsoul (Administrator)

    Over 25 active WEAMA members in Olympia, WA working to promote the profession. Today 5 acupuncturist testified on behalf of our House Bill  HB 1865 Regulating Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine.

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