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Proposed Language and CR-102 for Acupuncture Rules - Posted 1/4/19

January 04, 2019 2:39 PM | Shelley Dahle (Administrator)

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries sent this bulletin at 01/04/2019 01:12 PM PST
*Bulletin resent with updated link to proposed acupuncture rule language (1/7/19)

Proposed Language and CR-102 for Acupuncture Rules

This message is to inform you of the next steps in acupuncture pilot rulemaking proposed by the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I).

You can find the proposed acupuncture rule language, the CR-102 and the opportunities to provide comments at
L & I proposed acupuncture rule language

L&I has reviewed the best available scientific and clinical evidence related to the efficacy of acupuncture and concluded that acupuncture may be effective for treating low back pain. L&I initiated a pilot to collect information to better inform the provision of acupuncture treatment for injured workers with an open claim with accepted conditions that result in low back pain.

The pilot began October 1, 2017 and will continue through June 1, 2019 or up to a two-year period or as otherwise specified. Pilot program results have been considered in developing this proposed rule language.

Data gathered through the course of the pilot include functional questionnaires, billing data, and discharge reasons.

The proposed changes are scheduled to be adopted April 30, 2019 with an effective date of June 1, 2019. The formal comment period is now open.

Thank you for your interest!

For questions related to the rulemaking process, please contact:
Jami Lifka at (360) 902-4941 or Jami.Lifka@Lni.wa.gov

For questions related to the pilot project, please contact:
Zachary Gray, MPH at (360) 902-5025 or Zachary.gray@Lni.wa.gov


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