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  • September 23, 2017 7:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The following message came through the listserv this week from L&I's Program Lead, Zachary Gray, MPH:

    "The acupuncture pilot start date of October 1st, 2017 is rapidly approaching, and we have a few updates for you.

    • Timing:  We are on track to start October 1st
    • Applications:  We are processing all applications received by the priority processing deadline, even though the number exceeded our 150 participant projection. We have finished processing a majority of the 215 applications.
    • Participants:  Most applications were complete and participant notification letters began mailing out September 19th. Applicants need participation confirmation through this letter in order to begin treating and billing. Applications with missing information will be processed once the missing information is received. We cannot set up a payment account until that information is received, so if we have alerted you to missing information please do not delay in responding. 
    • Finding a Pilot Provider:  Anyone looking for information about who is an approved pilot participant can find this using the “Find a doctor or provider” feature on the L&I website:  http://lni.wa.gov/ClaimsIns/Claims/FindaDoc/.  To use the search engine, look under “all providers,” and select “acupuncturist” under the specialist type (on the left side of the screen) to locate an enrolled acupuncture provider in the area of interest. 
    • Documentation Resource:  Pilot participants agreed to submit functional scores as well as chart notes. While the functional scales are free and already identified, additional resources on how to fill out the scales and where to send information will be posted to the website prior to October 1st. 
    • Again we would like to emphasize that October 1st, 2017 is the start date of the acupuncture pilot, and services rendered before this date will not be paid. For other questions please refer to the pilot website at http://lni.wa.gov/acupuncturepilot."

    Announcement from WEAMA: L&I Documentation Toolkit

    Stay tuned for more Resources for the Pilot!  Megan Kingsley Gale, our current volunteer WEAMA L&I Project lead, has spent the last several months designing and beta-testing the "L&I Documentation Toolkit:  Practitioner Perspective".  Beta-testing is nearly complete.  

    To help support the work of this Documentation Toolkit and offset some of the costs, donate to WEAMA at https://www.weama.info/support/sponsordonate with the comment "L&I project".

  • September 23, 2017 4:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Department of Health, Health Systems Quality Assurance, is accepting applications to fill a vacancy on the East Asian Medicine Advisory Committee (EAMAC). We have a vacancy for a public member position. We are looking for public-spirited people willing to study the issues and to make decisions in the public’s best interest.

    We seek diversity in committee members. We recognize the value variety brings in understanding and serving the people of Washington State. We seek candidates with diverse backgrounds and those who provide geographic representation throughout the state.

    The East Asian Medicine Advisory Committee consist of 5 members appointed by the Secretary.  Membership is as follows:  Members must be residents of this state.  Four committee members must be licensed East Asian medicine practitioners who have not less than five years' experience in the practice of East Asian medicine and who have been actively engaged in practice within two years of appointment.  The fifth committee member must be appointed from the public at large and must have an interest in the rights of consumers of health services.

    The East Asian Medicine Advisory Committee meets about four times a year. Meetings have been scheduled on a Friday in the months of February, April, July, and October. The East Asian Medicine Advisory Committee operates under legislative mandate to protect the health and safety of the public, and to promote the welfare of the state by regulating the competency and quality of health care providers under its jurisdiction.

    If you are interested in applying for an appointment to the East Asian Medicine Advisory Committee, please see our website at:  http://www.doh.wa.gov/AboutUs/ProgramsandServices/BoardsandCommissions.aspx. Please note on the application you are applying for the East Asian Medicine Advisory Committee. Application materials must be submitted by October 30, 2017.

    We appreciate your consideration of this request.  If you have any questions about serving on the East Asian Medicine Advisory Committee, please contact me at 360-236-4865 or at vicki.brown@doh.wa.gov.

    Vicki Brown, Program Manager
    East Asian Medicine Practitioner Program

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  • September 20, 2017 1:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)



    Please join us to learn about what's going on with your profession locally and nationally, and how to participate.  
    Reconnect with friends and colleagues!   

    Date:  October 22, 2017
    Place:  Bastyr University, 14500 Juanita Drive, Kenmore WA 98028-4966
    Registration:  8 – 9 AM
    Event:  9 AM – 3 PM
    Session for L&I Acupuncture Pilot Project participants:  3 PM – 5 PM

    Cost:
    EAMP Early Bird Registration Fee (WEAMA Members only until October 6th) – $50.00

    After October 6th:
    EAMP Registration Fee (WEAMA Members Only) – $90.00
    EAMP First Year Registration Fee (WEAMA Members Only) – $70.00
    Non-Member Registration Fee – $150.00
    Student Registration Fee – $30.00

    Registration Includes:
    CEUs (pending), Organic Lunch Buffet, Free Parking, Vendor Tables! 

    TOPICS*

    Auricular Therapy
    Andy McIntyre, MSA, Cert. CHM, EAMP
    Associate Dean of Clinical Education, College of Classical Chinese Medicine, National University of Natural Medicine

    Legislative Update
    WEAMA Lobbyist, Leslie Emerick, MPA
    – ARNPs Practicing Acupuncture Advisory Opinion
    – PTWA Facilitated Discussions on dry needling
    – Acupuncture Medicaid Update
    – L & I Rulemaking on Acupuncture 

    Opioid Crisis Update and Workshop
    Kathleen Lumiere, DAOM, EAMP
    Associate Professor, Bastyr University, DAOM Program Director

    Treasurer’s Report
    WEAMA Treasurer, Curt Eschels, EAMP  

    Local & National Update
    WEAMA President Emeritus, Ash Goddard EAMP/L.Ac. 

    L&I Workshop (optional) 3-5pm: 
    For L&I Acupucture Project Participants
    Megan Gale, MSAOM, Dipl. O.M., EAMP, LMT 

    *topics subject to change

  • August 28, 2017 12:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello All,

    We are sending this message as notification that L&I received enough applications to fill the acupuncture pilot. We will no longer be accepting applications for the length of the pilot, and ask that no applications be submitted.

    Due to the high interest in participating in the acupuncture pilot, all qualified applicants who submitted applications by close of business on August 21st will be accepted into the pilot. Processing of applications is ongoing, and letters will be sent to accepted providers in the coming weeks.  

    While we know that excitement for this new treatment is high, we would again like to stress that no acupuncture treatment for injured workers is covered or reimbursed until the beginning of the pilot on October 1st. Any bills submitted prior to this date will not be paid.

    For any remaining questions regarding the pilot, please refer to the webpage at www.lni.wa.gov/acupuncturepilot

    Best,
    Labor & Industries

  • August 19, 2017 10:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    There was a link missing in our previous email.  Here are the links to the applications again as well as some other helpful links.  

    Please note:  special expedited application processing ends Monday, Aug 21st.  If an EAMP is accepted into the program, they will be able to start treating referred worker comp cases as early as October 1st, 2017.  Any Pilot Project applications received after that date will be processed in the usual manner, with a minimum of 30 calendar days processing time. 

    1) Take time to ensure that your application is complete and correct, and that all necessary forms are filled out. This includes:

    Non-network provider application

    Acupuncture Pilot Supplemental Application

    Please be sure to read and fill out both forms correctly and fully, and to pay special attention to the supplemental application, as it provides the terms and conditions for participation in the pilot.

    2) Please submit both forms via fax to 360-902-4484
    1. Non-network provider application
    2. Supplemental application) 

    3) L&I will NOT accept forms that have been crossed out or whited out. Please be sure to start over if you have any mistakes in your form.

    Other links:

    LNI Acupuncture Provider Enrollment Training

    L&I Acupucture Pilot Listserv

    L&I Acupuncture Pilot website


    Sincerely, 
    WEAMA Board

  • August 18, 2017 3:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear EAMPs, 

    The following message came through on the L&I Listserv yesterday:

    "We would like to guide those interested in applying to the acupuncture pilot to a new training video posted on our acupuncture pilot website. This video, produced by L&I staff, provides helpful information on what is needed for applying to the acupuncture pilot, as well as information on the pilot. This video can be found here:http://lni.wa.gov/ClaimsIns/Providers/TreatingPatients/ByCondition/Acupuncture/Articulate/story.html

    Further information on the acupuncture pilot, as well as links to the required applications and information on treating patients once the pilot begins October 1st, can be found at the website as well (lni.wa.gov/acupuncturepilot).
    As a further update, the expedited application period continues through August 21st, and we encourage providers who wish to be considered for the pilot to submit applications prior to this date to ensure timely processing.

    Best,
    Zachary Gray
    Labor & Industries"

  • August 16, 2017 10:44 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As a reminder, this important message was sent via the Listserv:  
    With Application processing for the acupuncture pilot beginning tomorrow, August 8th, we wanted to give you a few tips to help you ensure your application is processed and that you have the chance to enroll in the L&I Acupuncture Pilot.


    1) Take time to ensure that your application is complete and correct, and that all necessary forms are filled out. This includes:

    -the Non-network provider application
    -the acupuncture pilot supplemental application 

    Please be sure to read and fill out both forms correctly and fully, and to pay special attention to the supplemental application, as it provides the terms and conditions for participation in the pilot.

    2) Please submit both forms (non-network provider application, supplemental application) via fax to 360-902-4484

    3) We can’t accept forms that have been crossed out or whited out. Please be sure to start over if you have any mistakes in your form.

    Regards,
    Labor and Industries

    Please sign up for the Listserv here.  

  • August 16, 2017 10:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This message was originally sent out on 8/7/17, but we had a technical problem on our end.  We are sorry for the delay of this time-sensitive information.  

    WEAMA's multi-year efforts to allow EAMPs to be reimbursed for treating worker comp claims has reached a new milestone this week.  The WA State L&I Acupuncture Pilot Project webpage has been launched on the state's website.

    From this page you can review more of the materials for the project and download the application to participate as a practitioner in the pilot.  L&I will have extra staff on hand to do a special expedited processing of applications from August 8th - August 21st, 2017.  Any Pilot Project applications received after that date will be processed in the usual manner, with a minimum of 30 calendar days processing time. 

    • Only EAMPs who are accepted into the L&I Acupuncture Pilot Project (which runs for 2 years) will be able to be reimbursed for qualified worker comp cases. 
    • EAMPs who submit an error-free application between August 8th and August 21st and are accepted into the program will be able to start treating referred worker comp cases as early as October 1st, 2017. 
    • maximum of 150 qualified EAMPs will be accepted into the program for the 2 year pilot. 
    • Geographic preference can be given to rural providers (outside of the Seattle metro area) if they apply during the August 8th-21st time period.   


    Thank you to our WEAMA L&I data extraction team:  
    Jessica Martens, Fuji McPherson, Chris Huson, Amanda Gaitaud, Jen Stone, Megan Kingsley Gale, Lisa Taylor-Swanson, Jacob Godwin, and Mercy Yule
    for their time and work on the literature review in 2015-2016. 

    We would like to thank Jen Stone of Meridians:  Journal of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and Lisa Taylor-Swanson for writing up the literature review and Lisa for presenting it to the WA State L&I medical committee this fall (2016).  It was only with this major lit review of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) on acupuncture for low back pain that we were able to get the ball rolling on the process that has now led to the L&I Acupuncture Pilot Project.

    Thank you to Lisa Taylor-Swanson (lead) and Megan Kingsley Gale (assistant coordinator) for leading the WEAMA L&I committee work in 2016- 2017.  For a review of the work that lead to EAMPs being approved to start the process of joining the worker comp system (which is not yet 100% complete, just 50%--we are only starting the pilot project phase this fall), please read Megan's PowerPoint lecture notes, "WEAMA L&I Committee Work 2016-2017) from the May WEAMA semi-annual meeting. 

    Access to past meeting speaker notes is a WEAMA membership benefit (log in and go to MEMBERS). This includes electronic versions of the scientific journal Meridians. To become a WEAMA member, go here.

    Stay tuned for more announcements!  Megan has been pulling together the documentation toolkit training, The Practitioner Perspective, for the L&I Pilot Project. More to come!

    Previous posts about the WEAMA L&I committee work located here:
    July 2017 L&I Listserv Announcement:  https://weama.info/4975820
    Fall 2016 L&I Approves Acupuncture for Low Back Pain based on WEAMA Team's Literature Review:  https://weama.info/4394315 

  • July 13, 2017 9:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    East Asian Medicine Practitioners will soon have an opportunity to apply for participation in a pilot project sponsored by the WA State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I).

    WEAMA is currently working with L&I to provide feedback and to help create guidelines, documentation toolkits, and orientation training webinars around the pilot project. 

    Only EAMPs who are successfully enrolled and accepted in the L&I Acupuncture Pilot project will be compensated for their acupuncture services under the terms of the pilot project. If you are not enrolled in the L&I pilot project, you are not eligible for compensation/reimbursement for workers’ compensation claims for acupuncture.

    To stay tuned on the progress, please join the L&I Acupuncture Pilot Project listserv http://lni.wa.gov/Main/Listservs/LNI-Acupuncture.asp. When L&I is ready to begin enrolling acupuncture providers into the pilot project, it will be announced on the L&I listserv (enrollment in the listserv does not constitute enrollment in the pilot). So if you want to learn more, be prepared to apply to be an acupuncture provider in the L&I pilot project, or follow this work, join the listserv and subscribe to the WEAMA bloghttps://weama.info.

  • July 07, 2017 5:23 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear EAMPs,

    Rules for Point Injection Therapy were filed yesterday and became effective at the same time.  Please review our WAC and pay particular attention to the new section which outlines the education requirements to perform PIT.  Here is a link to what was filed:

    http://bit.ly/WA-PIT

    WEAMA’s Board of Directors would like to warmly thank everyone involved in this effort!  Thank you for your dedicated service to our profession!

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