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WEAMA L&I Committee Update 2017.08.07

August 16, 2017 10:43 AM | Anonymous member

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