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  • January 07, 2019 1:56 PM | Shelley Dahle (Administrator)

    Hi All,

    Please join us for our next Public Policy Meeting scheduled for tomorrow evening, January 8th, 7:00 - 8:30pm. Attached you will find the meeting agenda.

    Public Policy Committee Meeting Agenda

    Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/825229877

    You can also dial in using your phone. United States:
    +1 (646) 749-3122 Access Code: 825-229-877

    The 3 documents below are accessible to our Public Policy Committee members. 
    Draft Bill Suggestions from DOH
    WEAMA January 2019 Legislative Update
    Draft Table

    If you wish to join the Public Policy Committee, please contact Shelley at:
    info@weama.info

    Talk soon!

    Leslie Emerick
    WEAMA Lobbyist

    lesemerick@lkemerick.com
    360-280-6142

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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.


  • 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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    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.


  • December 27, 2018 10:27 AM | Shelley Dahle (Administrator)

    SAVE THE DATE: February 26, 2019 7am-4pm

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

    WEAMA has reserved the Washington Room in Prichard Building on the Capital Campus for our very first 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!

    Would you like to be one of the practitioners demonstrating auricular acupuncture on interested legislators and their staff! Please email Shelley at: info@weama.info to sign up!

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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.


  • 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

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WA DOH:  "The department does not support the applicant’s proposal to add dry needling to the physical therapy scope of practice. The proposal as submitted does not meet the sunrise criteria for increasing a profession’s scope of practice."  Download DOH Draft Report

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