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The Washington East Asian Medicine Association (WEAMA) is the acupuncture profession's primary voice in representing and promoting acupuncture and East Asian medicine in Washington state. WEAMA was created for practitioners, the general public, students and allied professionals and legislators. 

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  • December 11, 2018 10:26 AM | Brit Kramer (Administrator)

    To participate in our December 11th meeting at 7:00 pm: Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/825229877. You can also dial in using your phone. (646) 749-3122 Access Code: 825-229-877

    Attached are the documents that we will be discussing at our WEAMA Public Policy meeting on December 11, 2018 at 7 pm. We will begin the meeting with a quick overview of the WEAMA December Legislative Report. We will discuss the draft bill that we have been working on with the House Health Care committee staff that we received on Friday. The draft bill has been sent to our attorney, DOH staff and the East Asian Medicine Advisory Committee and their Assistant Attorney General for review. This draft bill only addresses changes in RCW 18.06. A final version of the bill would be longer and include updating all references to changing the professional title throughout statute/law.

    Also attached is the requested response to the 20 questions that WEAMA Member, Jamil Shoot, posted to Facebook regarding the legislative proposal WEAMA is considering for the 2019 Legislative Session. We tried to the best of our ability to answer from a public policy perspective. We hope it will provide answers for our members with similar questions.

    Click on titles for the attachments:

  • December 08, 2018 11:10 AM | Brit Kramer (Administrator)

    WEAMA's next public policy meeting is scheduled for Tuesday December 11, at 7:00 p.m.  Please join us by dialing (646) 749-3122, code: 825-229-877.  Click here to view the agenda.

  • November 21, 2018 1:32 PM | Shelley Dahle (Administrator)

    November 2018 Public Policy Update
    Prepared by Leslie Emerick, WEAMA Lobbyist

    Legislative Overview:
    The mid-term elections were on November 6, 2018 that determined the configuration of the state legislature for the 2019 legislative session. Democrats gained seats in both the House and Senate. There are still some races that have not been decided as they are too close to call, but at last count, Democrats picked up 7 seats in the House making the split 57/41 and 3 in the Senate with a 28/21 split. Policy and fiscal committees may be restructured by the House or the Senate, such as the health care committees, adding some new members and replacing others. There will be lots of opportunities to educate new legislators on Acupuncture and East Asian Medicine!   Read more...

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    About
    The Washington East Asian Medicine Association first began as the Acupuncture Association of Washington over 33 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.


  • November 18, 2018 10:08 AM | Shelley Dahle (Administrator)

    WEAMA Business Meeting
    Sunday, November 18, 2018, 1- 4 pm
    Aegis Gardens, 13056 SE 76th Street, New Castle, WA 98056
    GoToMeeting: You can attend by calling: (646) 749-3122 Access Code: 825-229-877

    View Attached Agenda

    Survey Results

    Survey Comments

    Legislation Timeline

    By-laws Announcement

    A limited number of printed supporting documents available on site. If convenient, please print and bring hard copies with you if attending the meeting in person. Thank you!

    About
    The Washington East Asian Medicine Association first began as the Acupuncture Association of Washington over 33 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.


  • November 17, 2018 5:36 PM | Shelley Dahle (Administrator)

    WEAMA Business Meeting
    Sunday, November 18, 2018, 1- 4 pm
    Aegis Gardens, 13056 SE 76th Street, New Castle, WA 98056
    GoToMeeting: You can attend by calling: (646) 749-3122 Access Code: 825-229-877

    View Attached Agenda

    Survey Results

    Legislation Timeline

    By-laws Announcement

    A limited number of printed supporting documents available on site. If convenient, please print and bring hard copies with you if attending the meeting in person. Thank you!

    About
    The Washington East Asian Medicine Association first began as the Acupuncture Association of Washington over 33 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.



  • November 16, 2018 10:21 AM | Shelley Dahle (Administrator)

    Please join us this Sunday!

    WEAMA Business Meeting
    Sunday, November 18, 2018, 1- 4 pm
    Aegis Gardens, 13056 SE 76th Street, New Castle, WA 98056
    GoToMeeting: You can attend by calling: (646) 749-3122 Access Code: 825-229-877
    View attached agenda


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    Reminder! Important insurance claims request from Johan Frostad

    John Frostad has begun the dialogue with the Insurance Commissioner about the practice of insurers denying any EAMP-care outside of acupuncture needling. He needs all Washington practitioners to provide documentation of these practices.

    Details here!


    About
    The Washington East Asian Medicine Association first began as the Acupuncture Association of Washington over 33 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.



  • November 12, 2018 8:22 AM | Shelley Dahle (Administrator)

    The WEAMA Bylaws last major overhaul was in 2010. As is often the case with laws and regulations, it is sometimes hard to predict a problem in advance. The bylaws have served the association relatively well for the past 8 years but need to be updated. To update the bylaws, WEAMA hired an attorney to review the current bylaws as they stand since 2010. After a cursory review with Attorney John Peick, we have found ambiguity in the language and a lack of clarity. The board does support a transparent process for elections and the process for vetting new board members. We want clear and consistent guidelines for the association that is consistent with state law.

    This process will take some time for review, crafting new language, membership stakeholder input and the drafting of a final document. For the current volunteer board members to complete this extensive task and we are asking for your patience during the time it takes to accomplish this goal. Here is the timeline and plan for updating the bylaws:

    1. WEAMA is in the process of firming up the contract with the attorney for the review and development of appropriate bylaws for the association. The goal is to have a contract with an attorney in place by mid-December, or sooner if possible, to begin working with us on updating the bylaws.

    2. The Board will initiate a bylaws task force that includes 2 WEAMA members outside of the board and 2 board members who can participate in the development of the bylaws when the contract with the attorney is finalized.

    3. The WEAMA Board will receive and review member applicants to be on the bylaw revision task force. If there are more than two applicants, bylaw task force members will be decided based on resumes and letter of intent as to why they want to participate.

    4. The next step is to begin the review of the bylaws by the bylaw task force and the attorney, item by item, to determine whether it is still appropriate or needs to be updated. This process may take several months depending on how complicated the process is and time constraints of the bylaw taskforce.

    5. After the draft bylaws are developed, we will request membership input on the suggested changes and followed by additional legal review of the suggested changes. The timing will depend on how quickly the task force and the attorney can come up with a draft document for the membership to review.

    6. The draft bylaws will then be presented for review by the current WEAMA Board. Once the current board approves the draft of the updated bylaws, the bylaws will then be presented to the greater membership for additional review and comment to taken into consideration.

    7. If possible, we would like to share a draft of the bylaws with the membership at least 30 days, if not sooner, before the WEAMA 2019 Spring Meeting in May.

    8. It is the intent of the WEAMA Board to have a consensus from the membership on a final draft to present for final approval at our Spring Business Meeting in May 2019. (The date and location for the meeting has not been determined yet.)

    We will provide plenty of advanced notice for the business meeting and want as many members as possible to attend and vote on the updated bylaws for the state association. If you are interested in reviewing the current bylaws, please go to: https://weama.info/about/bylaws If you are interested in being on the Bylaws Task Force, please forward your CV and letter of intent to info@weama.info. Thank you and we look forward to working with our membership on the development of these important provisions for our state association!

    Legislative Alert!!
    WEAMA is organizing a legislative day at our state capital for the first time in our associations history!

    Please join WEAMA for our Acupuncture & East Asian Medicine Day in Olympia! We are going to be offering auricular acupuncture treatments in the Capital Building as a demonstration for legislators, committee and legislative staff and maybe even lobbyists, depending on who gets in line for a treatment!

    Please mark your calendars for February 26, 2019. Orientation and review of talking point starting at 7 am! Let us know if you would like to be one of the practitioners demonstrating auricular acupuncture on interested parties!

    WEAMA has reserved the Washington Room in Prichard Building on the Capital Campus for our legislative day. We will work with you to set up meetings with your local legislators to advocate for acupuncture. More info to come as we get closer to the date!

    Sincerely,

    The WEAMA Board

  • November 09, 2018 5:00 PM | Catherine Dayhoff (Administrator)

    WEAMA Name Change Proposal Meeting

    November 18th, 2018

    1pm-4pm
    Aegis Garden

    13056 SE 76th Street
    New Castle, WA 98056

    This meeting is being held to gather stakeholder feedback from all WA LAc. WEAMA sent out a survey via email to all Washington acupuncturists to get stakeholder feedback prior to the meeting on Nov 18th. The survey included supporting documentation to give background information of why WEAMA is recommending this name change. If you haven't taken the survey yet, please do so. We need as much feedback as possible. 

    Whether or not you can attend the meeting, please take time to read the supporting documentation to familiarize yourself with this proposal to potential name change. WEAMA will be sending out mail-in ballots for your voice to be heard. Please become a member of WEAMA if you would like to place a vote, as per the bylaws, only members of WEAMA can place a vote.

    Please remember that everyone is allowed their opinion and WEAMA asks everyone to be respectful of other opinions. We can agree to disagree and still show respect for one another. That is true democracy.


  • November 06, 2018 11:53 AM | Shelley Dahle (Administrator)

    Fall edition now available to members on our website!


    https://weama.info/memberbenefits/meridiansjournal
    Meridians: The Journal of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine is the official journal of the American Society for Acupuncturists (ASA).

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    About WEAMA

    The Washington East Asian Medicine Association first began as the Acupuncture Association of Washington over 25 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 5 democratically elected professionals in the field.


  • October 29, 2018 8:11 PM | Shelley Dahle (Administrator)

    WASHINGTON ACUPUNCTURIST CALL TO ACTION!!

    Mark your calendars and plan to attend and engage at these upcoming events!

    ARNPs Medical Acupuncture Advisory Opinion Discussion with NCQAC - Acupuncture Workgroup meeting

    November 13, 9:45am -11:15 am
    Center Point Corporate Park Conference Center
    20425 72nd Ave S, Suite 310
    Kent, WA 98032
    Mt. Adams Room

    The Advisory Opinion significantly expands ARNP scope of practice into our highly regulated profession that is highly trained to practice acupuncture and requires NCCAOM board certification.

    WEAMA strongly believes that there is a need for additional public review and clarification of this significant scope expansion. Please remember when representing our profession, it is imperative to be respectful.

    WEAMA Name Change Proposal Meeting

    November 18th, 2018 1pm-4pm
    Aegis Garden 13056 SE 76th Street
    New Castle, WA 98056

    This meeting is being held to gather stakeholder feedback and a final vote will be held through mail-in ballots. WEAMA will send out a survey via email to all Washington acupuncturists to get stakeholder feedback prior to the meeting on Nov 18th. The survey will include supporting documentation to give background information of why WEAMA is recommending this name change.

    Whether or not you can attend the meeting, please take time to read the supporting documentation to familiarize yourself with this proposal to potential name change. WEAMA will be sending out mail-in ballots for your voice to be heard. Please become a member of WEAMA if you would like to place a vote, as per the bylaws, only members of WEAMA can place a vote.

    Please remember that everyone is allowed their opinion and WEAMA asks everyone to be respectful of other opinions. We can agree to disagree and still show respect for one another. That is true democracy.

    East Asian Medicine Advisory Committee (EAMAC)

    November 9th, 2018
    Department of Health
    Creekside Two Center Point Room 307
    20425 72nd Ave. South
    Bldg. 2, Ste. 310, Kent, WA

    This is a public meeting and you are welcome to attend. Attending the EAMAC meetings allows our profession to be part of the decision-making and input for the WAC/Rules impacting your profession. The department is reviewing chapter 246-803 WAC to begin the rule drafting process. The public is welcome to take part in helping write rules. Rules are also known as regulations, Washington Administrative Code, or WAC.

    2019 Acupuncture & East Asian Medicine Day

    February 26, 2019 7am-4pm
    Meet and greet with legislators.  Auricular acupuncture demo for legislators.

    Join WEAMA for our Acupuncture & East Asian Medicine Day in Olympia! Come meet our legislators and create presence for our profession in Olympia.

    WEAMA has reserved the Washington Room in Prichard Building on the Capital Campus for our legislative day. We will work with you to set up meetings with your local legislators to advocate for acupuncture. We are going to be offering auricular acupuncture treatments in the Capital Building as a demonstration!

    Orientation and review of talking point starting at 7am! Let us know if you would like to be one of the practitioners demonstrating auricular acupuncture on interested legislators and their staff!

    More info to come as we get closer to the date!

    Important insurance claims request from Johan Frostad

    John Frostad has begun the dialogue with the Insurance Commissioner about the practice of insurers denying any EAMP-care outside of acupuncture needling. He needs all Washington practitioners to provide documentation of these practices.

    Details here!

    Visit our website
    Not a member! Join or renew here

    About WEAMA
    The Washington East Asian Medicine Association first began as the Acupuncture Association of Washington over 33 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.



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