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  • November 15, 2017 8:12 AM | Shelley Dahle (Administrator)

    Legislative Overview by Leslie Emerick, Lobbyist  

    The election was held on November 7th and it is now determined that the Senate will be controlled by the Democrats in 2018 because of the Senate race in the 45th district, formerly held by Senator Andy Hill (R), who passed away from cancer last year leaving an open seat this fall. As of Tuesday night, Democrat Manka Dhingra held a double-digit lead over her 45th District Senate opponent. This means that both houses of the legislature and the Governor’s Office will be controlled by the Democrats. Read More...


  • November 14, 2017 9:48 AM | Shelley Dahle (Administrator)

    Dear Colleagues: On Wednesday, November 8th, 2017, after many months of planning by the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) and the American Alliance for Professional Acupuncture Safety (AAPAS), the acupuncture community held its first-ever “Congressional Briefing” on Capitol Hill. Sponsored by Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH), the Democratic co-chair of the Congressional Addiction, Treatment & Recovery Caucus, and Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-CA) who has introduced groundbreaking federal legislation to get acupuncture to our veterans, and held in the Rayburn House Office Building, the event was a resounding success. View document

  • October 23, 2017 9:50 AM | Brit Kramer (Administrator)

    More than 75 people attended the Fall WEAMA Membership meeting yesterday at Bastyr University.  Thank you to the board, the planning committee, our presenters, the University, and to everyone who participated and donated.  To see comments and photos, please visit the WEAMA facebook page

  • October 19, 2017 4:34 PM | Shelley Dahle (Administrator)

    More than 65 people already registered. Walk-ins welcome, but please register in advance for quicker entry/check-ing.  A full day with leading experts in the the acupuncture profession.  Qualifies for CEUs (pending).  Sunday, October 22, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Bastyr University, Kenmore, WA.  Topics include auricular therapy; opioid crisis, what's on the 2018 legislative horizon; local and national updates; and reports from the WEAMA board of directors.  
    REGISTER HERE and LEARN MORE

    Featuring a special session from 3 - 5 p.m. for participants of the new L&I Acupuncture Pilot Project.  Separate registration required, but complimentary for program participants and their office staff.  PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.
    REGISTER HERE and LEARN MORE

    TOPICS*


    Auricular Therapy

    Andy McIntyre, MSA, Cert. CHM, EAMP

    Associate Dean of CCM Clinical Education
    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 & 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. 
     
     

    FALL 2017 ACUPUNCTURE PILOT SESSION 

    When:  3 – 5 PM
    Who:  L&I Acupuncture Pilot Project participants & office staff

    TOPICS*

     
     AOM/WM Low Back Pain DDx
    Dr. Benjamin Apichai, MD (China), EAMP
    AEAM Core Faculty, Bastyr University
     

     
     L&I Acupuncture Pilot Q&A
    Megan Gale, MSAOM, Dipl. O.M., EAMP, LMT
    WEAMA L&I Committee Lead
     


    Please note, this is an optional training session for L&I Acupucture Pilot participants & their office staff.  WEAMA is offering this optional session to help pilot participants navigate the pilot.

    * topics subject to change

    ** L&I staff participation dependent upon interest.  Pre-registration is required for this session in order for us to demonstrate sufficient interest to L&I.


  • October 13, 2017 9:20 AM | Brit Kramer (Administrator)

    In this letter to the Governor, WEAMA is requesting consideration for acupuncture to be included in the state’s Medicaid program as a non-pharmacological alternative for our low-income citizens to prevent and combat opioid dependency.  Click here to read the entire letter

  • October 06, 2017 7:30 AM | Brit Kramer (Administrator)

    The $40 early bird discount expires 10/6/2017 at midnight.  WEAMA Membership Meeting: A full day with leading experts in the the acupuncture profession.  Qualifies for CEUs (pending).  Sunday, October 22, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Bastyr University, Kenmore, WA.  Topics include auricular therapy; opioid crisis, what's on the 2018 legislative horizon; local and national updates; and reports from the WEAMA board of directors.  
    REGISTER HERE and LEARN MORE

    Just added is a special session from 3 - 5 p.m. for participants of the new L&I Acupuncture Pilot Project.  Separate registration required, but complimentary for program participants and their office staff.  PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.
    REGISTER HERE and LEARN MORE

    TOPICS*


    Auricular Therapy

    Andy McIntyre, MSA, Cert. CHM, EAMP

    Associate Dean of CCM Clinical Education
    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 & 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. 
     
     

    FALL 2017 ACUPUNCTURE PILOT SESSION 

    When:  3 – 5 PM
    Who:  L&I Acupuncture Pilot Project participants & office staff

    TOPICS*

     
     AOM/WM Low Back Pain DDx
    Dr. Benjamin Apichai, MD (China), EAMP
    AEAM Core Faculty, Bastyr University
     

     
     L&I Acupuncture Pilot Q&A
    Megan Gale, MSAOM, Dipl. O.M., EAMP, LMT
    WEAMA L&I Committee Lead
     


    Please note, this is an optional training session for L&I Acupucture Pilot participants & their office staff.  WEAMA is offering this optional session to help pilot participants navigate the pilot.

    * topics subject to change

    ** L&I staff participation dependent upon interest.  Pre-registration is required for this session in order for us to demonstrate sufficient interest to L&I.

  • September 23, 2017 7:38 PM | Jamil Shoot (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 | Jamil Shoot (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 | Jamil Shoot (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 | Jamil Shoot (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

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