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".