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  • 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!

  • April 13, 2017 8:05 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Prepared by Leslie Emerick, Lobbyist

    Legislative Overview
    Today is the 92nd day of the 105-day legislative session. The last bill cut-off for fiscal committees was on April 4th. The next deadline is April 12th for a bill to pass out of the opposite house with a vote on the floor of the House or Senate. Some of the bills listed in the fiscal committees are still on the list because they may be considered necessary to implement the budget. The last day of the regular session is April 23, 2017, but I suspect that we will have at least one Special Session of the legislature to hammer out the budget proposals between the House and the Senate!

    The Senate’s $43 billion budget raises property taxes, with the most significant impact on the Puget Sound with high property values. Legislators from the west side of the state are not very happy with that proposal! The House has a $44.9 billion budget, include a B & O tax 20% surcharge on highest grossing businesses, exempts smaller businesses (under $250,000 a year) and a 7% capital gains tax from the sale of stocks, bonds and other assets. 

    WEAMA has been tracking 31 bills this session and about half of them died at the first policy committee bill cut-off. I have met with key members of the House and Senate Health Care Committee over the session to discuss issues of importance to East Asian Medicine Practitioners (EAMPs). Here is a copy of the Weekly Bill Report.  WEAMA was anticipating running legislation in 2017, but we were successful in getting Labor and Industries to accept our request to add EAMPs as practitioners so running legislation was unnecessary to accomplish our goals! Our top priorities this session were:

    Acupuncture as an Alternative to Opioids:
    WA State is facing an Opioid epidemic and acupuncture can be a low-cost alternative to manage pain without pharmaceuticals. EAMPs can also treat chemical addiction to help wean patients off opioids. The Essential Health Benefits under the OIC allow for unlimited chemical dependency treatments for acupuncture. L & I is proposing rulemaking to add acupuncture for low-back pain.

    Oppose Dry Needling/Acupuncture by practitioners who do not have adequate training for the therapeutic insertion of needles into the human body. Any practitioner who wishes to practice acupuncture needs national certification and adequate training to protect the public from harm.

    The Chair of the Senate Health Care committee, Senator Ann Rivers invited WEAMA to present in an Opioid Abuse work session early in the legislative session. Danial Cook did an excellent job presenting Acupuncture as an Alternative to the Senate Health Care Committee on the topic of Opioid Abuse. We were given a rare opportunity to present for a full 15- minutes before the committee. If you are interested in seeing his testimony, please go to this link on TVW: Senate Health Care Committee
    on January 17, 2017 10:00AM Work Session: Opioid abuse and treatment. Danial’s testimony starts at 1:07:00 on the slider at the bottom, left side of the screen. 

    We are still pursing our options to best integrate acupuncture treatments into the Opioid crisis in our state on a number of fronts such as the Bree Collaborative and the Medical Directors group. There were a number of bills trying to preserve the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in WA State that did not make the bill cut-off, but with the failure of the Congressional efforts to overturn the ACA, it should not be an issue in the near future. I will attach our latest bill update to this report for your review. You can go to look at the bills by clicking on the hyperlink on the left side of the page. 

    East Asian Medicine Advisory Committee/ Point Injection Therapy Rules Update
    The next EAMAC meeting and public hearing for point injection is on April 28, 2017 at the Department of Health, Town Center 2, Room 158, 111 Israel Rd. S.E., Tumwater, WA. The committee meeting will begin at 9 a.m. These are public meetings and anyone can attend. It will be a business meeting first with a Rules Hearing on Point Injection Therapy starting promptly at 11:30 a.m. I have attached a copy of the filed CR-102 and the proposed rule language for your review. You can submit comments personally or send your comments to Curt Eschels (curtiseschels@gmail.com) at WEAMA to be incorporated into a comment document from WEAMA. 

    If you want to send them directly to Vicki Brown at DOH or leave them on the rules comment website here.
    Vicki Brown, Program Manager, East Asian Medicine Practitioner Programs
    P. O. Box 47852
    Olympia, WA  98504-7852
    Voice:  360-236-4865  Fax:  360-236-2901
    http://www.doh.wa.gov/hsqa/

    NURSING CARE QUALITY ASSURANCE COMMISSION (NCQAC) Advisory Opinion
    Fujio McPhearson, EAMP/ARNP, submitted a proposal to the Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission (NCQAC) for a 200-hour class that would allow Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners (ARNPs) to practice acupuncture, similar to a Medical Acupuncture program. WEAMA is opposed to this proposal and sent a letter to NCQAC to express our opposition. You can download the letter here:
     WEAMA testimony to NCQAC 
    The NCQAC is in the process of developing an Advisory Opinion for this scope expansion with the advisement of WEAMA and Bastyr University. We are working with Bastyr to develop the appropriate number of hours required for a baseline dual licensure. WEAMA has set a meeting on April 14th to discuss their Advisory Opinion further. 

    Labor & Industries (L & I) Update
    L & I has agreed to move forward with rulemaking on acupuncture for low-back pain. Thanks to years of work on this issue and a fabulous literature review led by Lisa Taylor-Swanson and other dedicated WEAMA members! Here is a copy of the review We were finally successful in documenting an evidence based treatment for low back pain. It may take a while longer to gain permission to treat other work related injuries, but this is a huge step forward with the most common complaint.  Here is a copy of the review.  Acupuncture for Low Back Pain: A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials

    WEAMA recently participated in the Industrial Insurance Medical Advisory Committee (IIMAC) meeting on January 26, 2017. It appears that the meeting went well and we are moving forward with the blessing of the committee towards rulemaking. L & I is trying to resolve an issue with the current WAC that prohibits acupuncture from being performed. They need to remove that language before we can proceed with new language that will allow EAMPs to treat patients. No date has been set yet for the rulemaking to begin, but hopefully sometime soon.

    Background: The Industrial Insurance Medical Advisory Committee (IIMAC) was formed by the Washington State Legislature in 2007. Chapter 51.36 RCW (app.leg.wa.gov) authorizes the IIMAC to: "Advise the department on matters related to the provision of safe, effective, and cost-effective treatments for injured workers, including but not limited to the development of practice guidelines and coverage criteria, review of coverage decisions and technology assessments, review of medical programs, and review of rules pertaining to health care issues." Here is a link to the website: http://www.lni.wa.gov/ClaimsIns/Providers/ProjResearchComm/PAC/default.asp

    Here is a link to the Proposed Rule Changes:Proposed Rule changes

    Acupuncture and Medicaid
    WEAMA has begun to research our options for becoming approved to serve the Medicaid population. We will need to develop a white paper outlining what we would like from the Health Care Authority and the legislature by June 2017. We are reviewing models and pilot projects from other states to possibly use as a model for Medicaid in WA. Meetings with the Governor’s office, the Health Care Authority, WSMA and a potential bill sponsor will happen over the summer interim. By this fall we should have a draft bill to share with stakeholders and legislators.

    Here are two additional meeting announcements of interest to our members;

    DOH Rules: Charge for searching and duplicating medical records. 
    WAC 246-08-400 sets the maximum amounts medical providers may charge for searching and duplicating medical records.  RCW 70.02.010(37) requires the Department of Health to adjust these amounts every two years according to the change in the Consumer Price Index.  A copy of the proposed rule change is attached. A public hearing will be held May 25, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at the Department of Health, Town Center 2, 111 Israel Road SE, Tumwater, Washington, 98501.

    If you would like to submit written comments, you may post them to the Department of Health Rules Comment Site at https://fortress.wa.gov/doh/policyreview/.  You may also mail them to Sherry Thomas, Department of Health, PO Box 47850, Olympia, WA, 98504-7850.  Comments are due May 25, 2017.  If you have questions, please email Sherry Thomas at sherry.thomas@doh.wa.gov. 

    Unintentional Poisoning Workgroup/Prescription Monitoring Program Meeting 

    Location: WA State Department of Health, 310 Israel Road SE | Tumwater, WA 98501~
    Point Plaza East | Room 152/153
    Date and Time: 04/25/2017 | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    FOCUS: Non-Opioid Alternatives for Chronic Pain Treatment

     TOPIC  PRESENTER
    Welcome/Introductions  
    Legislative Updates  
    Workgroup Progress Updates
    - Prevention (DBHR; LNI) 
    - Treatment (DBHR)
    - Naloxone (UW)
    - Data (DOH)
    Group Leads

    Julia Havens (DBHR) | Jaymie Mai (LNI)
    Thomas Fuchs (DBHR)
    Susan Kingston (UW)    
    Jennifer Sabel (DOH)

    Non-Opioid Pain Therapies
    Cognitive Behavioral
    Physical Therapy
    East Asian Medicine Practitioners (Acupuncture)
     
    Dr. Dawn Ehde (UW)
    Brett Neilson, DPT (PTWA)
    Fujio McPhearson (EAMP)
    Discussion (Q&A)

    Non-Opioid Treatment

    Dr. Lofy
    Analysis of Medicaid – Opioid OD risks Deborah Fulton-Kehoe (UW)

  • February 22, 2017 4:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    One of our colleagues reminded me the other day the Rooster is also portrayed as a Phoenix. I like the Phoenix’s slightly more dramatic representation of change, renewal, and hope. 

    We are staying busy on the WEAMA board and always looking for your help, no matter what you can contribute in time, talent, or treasure.

    Member Benefits Reminder--new Meridians issue is available 
    First, a reminder of one of your WEAMA member benefits, access to the scientific journal in our field, Meridians. As a WEAMA member access to the electronic version of this journal is free. After going to the weama.info website, log in, then go to the “Members” tab, and scroll down to Meridians Journal. The most recent issue is toward the bottom of the page, http://www.weama.info/memberbenefits/meridiansjournal

    The beautiful print edition of Meridians comes in my mailbox this year, and I just read the Winter 2017 issue. I enjoyed the discussions on the use of sham acupuncture as a “placebo”—no longer recommended and “how to prepare a scientific paper poster presentation” as well as an article about how Tai Chi decreases fear of falling in the elderly. To read my review, see the blogpost at https://hospitalhandbook.blogspot.com/

    Volunteers Needed
    We can’t have a professional organization without volunteers. So, please give of your time, whether it is 5 hours a year or 5 hours a week. If you don’t see something you want to do listed, no worries. I didn’t list every possibility and am always interested in new ideas. Please contact me at m.gale@weama.info

    Here are some areas we are currently recruiting volunteers:
    Under the Membership and Outreach Committee, we need help to fill the following subcommittees:

    • Regional Outreach—need at least one volunteer leader to represent their region of the state
      • Regional outreach and volunteer coordinator
    • Student and School Outreach
    • Disaster Relief
    • Events Committee
    • Volunteer Coordinator—coordinates and tracks all WEAMA volunteers and helps match needs to people and people to their interests


    Check out your “Member Benefits” tab this month and review all those features that have been updated. And, please consider volunteering. Volunteering is always more fun when your friends work with you, so join up and tell me where you want to help.

    Washington State Survey of Professional EAMP Practice
    The state just rolled out a survey a few months ago to collect workforce data on the practice of EAMPs in our state. This data helps to understand education and training level, where you work, type of practice (such as private practice), and any specialty area of practice you may have (vs. general practice). This is useful baseline data to have for our profession. Please fill out the survey—it takes about 10 minutes or less. The more EAMPs who can respond, the more representative the results will be. Please complete within the next 2 months. Sounds like they are due to publish results later this summer.

    Thank you for filling out the survey. Here is the link that describes the reasoning for the survey:
    http://www.doh.wa.gov/ForPublicHealthandHealthcareProviders/HealthcareProfessionsandFacilities/WashingtonHealthWorkforce.

    You can take the survey from there or you can go to this link (below) and click on “East Asian Medicine Practitioner”:
    http://www.doh.wa.gov/ForPublicHealthandHealthcareProviders/HealthcareProfessionsandFacilities/WashingtonHealthWorkforce/SurveyedProfessions 

    Looking forward to hearing from you!

    Megan Kingsley Gale, MSAOM
    WEAMA board member
    Membership and Outreach Committee Chair

  • February 17, 2017 7:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)



    Dear EAMPs,
    WEAMA recently added a few new forums so that our members can interact with each other easier.  We encourage you to subscribe to the following forums if you want to participate.  Members can subscribe to an entire forum or to any thread in a forum. If you don't subscribe, you won't be notified at all. 

    • Member forum:  Please use this forum to communicate with other WEAMA members on topics relating to the practice of East Asian Medicine.  
    • Classifieds Employment:  Post and view employment opportunities 1
    • Classifieds Continuing Ed:  Post and view upcoming classes 2
    • Classifieds For Sale:  Post and view items for sale  
    • Click SUBSCRIBE in a forum.
    • Click SUBSCRIBE TO TOPIC in a single topic to follow only one thread.  
    • UNSUBSCRIBE:  Unsubscribe yourself at any time by clicking the UNSUBSCRIBE button.  
    • Notifications:  Once subscribed, members will receive email notifications of updates to any of the topics in the forum/thread with links to new or updated topics.
    • Forums may be infrequently monitored by WEAMA board members, they are only provided as a service to our members.  
    • The MEMBER FORUM has to be a safe place where members can share ideas with each other freely. If a member uses the MEMBER FORUM, the member agrees to abide by the following rules:
    1. Only members have permission to access the forum.   If I use the MEMBER FORUM, I will not allow a non-member to access content from the MEMBER FORUM in any way.
    2. I will NOT share any other member’s posts in any form without expressed written permission.

     You can access the forums in our MEMBER section.  Log in with your email address in the MEMBER LOGIN box at http://weama.infoUse the password reset if needed. After you log in, navigate to our MEMBER section.
    Please remove your posts when..
    1 The job is filled.
    2 Your events are complete.
    3 You sell the item.

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