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  • April 09, 2019 9:44 AM | Christine Opiela (Administrator)

    Don't miss your chance to grow your business and connect with other professionals in your industry! The WEAMA Membership Meeting is the premier event where you will learn from industry experts sharing their strategies on marketing, how to get jobs in the healthcare system, and much more! Handouts will also be made available with valuable information on general insurance questions like how to successfully take and collect insurance.

    Meet the WEAMA leadership who are providing information and resources for nearly 1,500 licensed acupuncture practitioners in Washington State. Provide feedback on how WEAMA can assist you and your growing practice and share strategies with other professionals to advance your career.

       Early Bird Rate
     (ends 4/10)
     Standard Rate
     EAMP Member  $50   $69
     Non-Member  $100   $119
     Students  $30   $30

    Register Today

  • April 02, 2019 8:19 AM | Christine Opiela (Administrator)

    Hello all practitioners and students!

    We have put together a membership meeting just for you! This meeting will focus on how to GROW and love your practice. We will have speakers sharing their strategies on marketing as well as getting jobs in the healthcare system. There will also be handouts on how to bill and we will discuss insurance information to help everyone understand how to successfully take and collect insurance. Your presence at the upcoming WEAMA Spring Membership Meeting is valuable! If you have not already registered, please know we have a special low rate to offer this valuable information to all and the student registration remains at a discounted rate of $30. We hope to see you there.

    Why Attend?

    Meet the WEAMA leadership who are providing information and resources for the nearly 1,500 licensed acupuncture practitioners in Washington state. We invite you to come and share your knowledge and questions on how to be successful. We are eager to support everyone and hear feedback on what offerings WEAMA can offer all of you in the future to advance your career. And, this is the place to network, share ideas, reconnect with friends and colleagues!

    Register Today!

  • March 14, 2019 12:12 PM | Christine Opiela (Administrator)

    WEAMA’s bill, SHB 1865 Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine (Sponsor: Rep Cody), has passed the House of Representatives and moved to the opposite house (Senate) for a public hearing.

    SHB 1865 has a public hearing scheduled in the Senate Health Care Committee on March 20th at 1:30 pm in the Cherberg Building, Senate Hearing Room 4!

    You are welcome to attend the public hearing and sign in to support the bill. The address is: 304 15th Ave SW, Olympia, Washington. The more the merrier!

    I will be meeting WEAMA members in the Prichard Building Cafeteria on the Capitol Campus around 12:30 pm. Its right next to the Cherberg building and I can help attendees sign in to support the bill and find the hearing room and seating.

    If you have live in a district with a legislator on the Senate Health Care committee, please send them a message to support the bill! Only call Senators on the Health Care Committee for now. When the bill passes to the floor of the Senate for a vote we will contact all state Senators!

    Here is a link to the members of the Senate Health care committee: http://leg.wa.gov/Senate/Committees/HLTC/Pages/MembersStaff.aspx

    If you are not sure who your State Senators are please enter your home address at: https://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/

    You might find this overview of the legislative process helpful to see how the passage of our bill moves through the legislative system: http://leg.wa.gov/legislature/Pages/Overview.aspx

    Here is a sample message for your Senator:

    Dear Senator ________,

    I am a licensed acupuncturist (East Asian Medicine Practitioner) in your home district. I am asking that you please vote in support of SHB 1865 Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine. The bill changes the name of the profession by eliminating the term “East Asian” to “Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine” which recognizes the common use of the term acupuncture and assures that the broader system of medicine is acknowledged.

    This bill is very important to our profession to align with federal efforts to include acupuncture in Medicare and to combat opioid addiction by offering acupuncture as an alternative to opioids. It also addresses concerns from members of the acupuncture community regarding the term “East Asian” which some consider offensive.

    The bill also provides authority for the Department of Health to establish Continuing Education requirements in rule and changes the name of the “East Asian Medicine Advisory Committee” to the “Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine Advisory Committee”.

    I would appreciate your support and vote for SHB 1865 in the Senate Health Care committee to keep this bill moving towards final passage! Thank you.


  • March 11, 2019 3:57 PM | Christine Opiela (Administrator)

    Our bill is moving right along in the legislative process. SHB 1865 passed out of the House Health Care Committee unanimously, passed out of the Rules Committee yesterday and is awaiting a vote on the floor of the House of Representatives.

    The bill just passed out of the House! No need to call legislators until later in process!!

    Roll Call HB 1865 Acupuncture & Eastern med. Final Passage 3/7/2019

    Yeas: 96 Nays: 2 Absent: 0 Excused: 0

    Yea: Representatives Appleton, Barkis, Bergquist, Blake, Boehnke, Caldier, Callan, Chambers, Chandler, Chapman, Cody, Corry, Davis, DeBolt, Dent, Doglio, Dolan, Dufault, Dye, Entenman, Eslick, Fey, Fitzgibbon, Frame, Gildon, Goehner, Goodman, Graham, Gregerson, Griffey, Hansen, Harris, Hoff, Hudgins, Irwin, Jenkin, Jinkins, Kilduff, Kirby, Klippert, Kloba, Kretz, Leavitt, Lekanoff, Lovick, MacEwen, Macri, Maycumber, McCaslin, Mead, Morgan, Morris, Mosbrucker, Orcutt, Ormsby, Ortiz-Self, Orwall, Paul, Pellicciotti, Peterson, Pettigrew, Pollet, Ramos, Reeves, Riccelli, Robinson, Rude, Ryu, Schmick, Sells, Senn, Shea, Shewmake, Slatter, Smith, Springer, Stanford, Steele, Stokesbary, Stonier, Sullivan, Sutherland, Tarleton, Thai, Tharinger, Valdez, Van Werven, Vick, Volz, Walen, Walsh, Wilcox, Wylie, Ybarra, Young, Chopp Voting

    Nay: Representatives Kraft, Santos

    The next step for the bill is the Senate Health Care Committee. We do not have a public hearing date yet. We will announce that information as soon as we get it and then it will be time to send a letter of support for the bill to your Senator.

  • February 19, 2019 7:15 PM | Anonymous

    Over 25 active WEAMA members in Olympia, WA working to promote the profession. Today 5 acupuncturist testified on behalf of our House Bill  HB 1865 Regulating Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine.

  • February 18, 2019 9:52 AM | Christine Opiela (Administrator)

    WEAMA Legislative Alert!

    Announcing a Legislative Hearing on HB 1865, Regulating Acupuncture & Eastern Medicine on February 19, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    Dear Washington State Acupuncturists, East Asian Medicine Practitioners and Members:

    The Washington East Asian Medicine Association (WEAMA) has been working on legislation for the past year. After many months of intensive discussions with our WEAMA Public Policy Committee members and the WEAMA Board, we were able to successfully submit legislation to be considered by the WA State Legislature.

    The bill will change the name of the profession to Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine. The Chinese acupuncture community requested a name change due to historically derogatory connotations for them over the term “East Asian”. While some members may disagree, we reached a consensus in our deliberations to use the name Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine Practitioner or AEMP. (L.Ac. and EAMP will be grandfathered in.) The bill will be introduced as a Substitute bill at the public hearing.

    Representative Cody, the primary sponsor, related to me on Friday that the bill will not include the clarifications for needle types, acupuncture points and new substances for point injection therapy included in the original bill. The bill you see highlighted below (click on link) will be different than the bill introduced at the hearing.

    The bill will be amended to be mainly a name change for the profession, includes the ability to work with DOH through rules for Continuing Education standards and misc. clean up of old language in the bill.

    HB 1865 Regulating Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine has been scheduled for a public hearing in the House Health Care Committee on February 19, 2019 at 1:30 pm in the John L. O’Brien Building in House Hearing Room A. John L.  O’Brien Building at: 504 15th Avenue SW, Olympia, WA 98504. It is on the State Capital Campus next to the Legislative Building.

    We invite anyone to attend this public hearing and hope you are able to sign in to support the bill! Another option is to contact your local House of Representative member in your district and ask them to please support HB 1865. (Please do not contact your Senator yet as the bill is in the House right now.) Here is a link to finding your local legislators (please use your home address):


    Our prime sponsors of the bill in the House are Representative Eileen Cody (D), the Chair of the House Health Care Committee and Representative Paul Harris (R) as a co-sponsor so we have bipartisan support. In addition, Representatives Pettigrew, Caldier, Tharinger and Thai have signed on as our bill’s sponsors too!

    Representative Cody has given us permission to submit a request to her by the end of April 2019 for a Sunrise Review with the Department of Health to work over the interim on a scope of practice update that can include all the items that were removed from the bill language. This will be for  bill next session and allow us to get stakeholder feedback.

    Also, the Physical Therapists Intramuscular Needling bills ( SB 5642/HB 1260) did not get scheduled for a public hearing and died for the session! Thankfully, one less skirmish between our professions this year…

    Thank you!
    The WEAMA Board

  • February 15, 2019 1:51 PM | Christine Opiela (Administrator)

    WEAMA's bill has a hearing scheduled in the Health Care & Wellness (House) Committee - HHR A, John L. O'Brien Building - Feb. 19 @ 1:30pm Public Hearing on HB 1865 Regulating the practice of acupuncture and Eastern medicine!

    The bill has an amendment pending that will address some concerns from DOH and the WA State Medical Association, so stay tuned for the update version when its posted! I will be working on another legislative alert to call your local House of Representative members to go out later this week to support HB 1865!!

    We need to get as many people down to Olympia as we can, especially from our Chinese acupuncture community who support the name change for the profession!! Please join us and sign in at the hearing to support our bill.

    Thank you,
    Leslie Emerick
    WEAMA Legislative Director

  • January 29, 2019 12:52 PM | Anonymous

    The Washington East Asian Medicine Association
    invites you to participate in our:
    Acupuncture & East Asian Medicine Day
    Tuesday, February 26, 2019
    at the State Capitol in Olympia, WA!

    For the first time ever, the Washington East Asian Medicine Association is organizing an Acupuncture and East Asian Medicine Day in Olympia. Come meet your legislators and create a presence for our profession in Washington state! 

    We will also be hosting a complimentary auricular acupuncture treatment for legislators and lobbyist. We need providers who are interested in providing this treatment and have experience with auricular acupuncture between 10:00 am and 2 pm in the Capitol Building on the 3rd floor Mezzanine.

    To participate in our legislative day please register at no cost to the WEAMA Website: https://weama.info/event-3133667

    If you want to be one of the providers who does auricular acupuncture treatments, please send email to: info@weama.info
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  • January 16, 2019 1:18 PM | Anonymous

    Your presence, participation and comments are encouraged...see details and meeting dates below...

    State Agency Regulatory Update
    Prepared by Leslie Emerick, WEAMA Lobbyist

    ARNPs Medical Acupuncture Advisory Opinion Discussion with NCQAC:

    The Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission (NCQAC) has submitted a CR 101 to begin the rulemaking process on how they expand their scope of practice for the nursing profession. These rules are mainly due to the effort that WEAMA has put into pushing back on their Medical Acupuncture decision. CR101_NCQAC_ScopeofPractice.pdf

    The nursing commission received a petition on April 3, 2018 from Representative Eileen Cody in response to its Advisory Opinion on Medical Acupuncture: Scope of Practice for Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners (NCAO 12.00), requesting the commission to allow for additional stakeholder involvement and consider adopting enforceable rules. In response to the petition, the commission voted to open the rules to discuss concerns raised regarding nursing scope of practice and practice standards. While advisory opinions offer the commission's interpretation of rule, they are not enforceable and, therefore, do not meet the definition of a rule. Opening the rule would provide the opportunity for additional stakeholder engagement, rule clarification, and possible amendments to address the identified concerns. WEAMA has met with the NCQAC twice and has emphasized that the number of training hours is far too low for what they are proposing learning in their Advisory Opinion. We asked that the

    procedures they practice be narrower and more limited in scope. More like an introductory class on acupuncture and when it would be appropriate to refer out to a licensed acupuncturist.

    The Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission (NCQAC) will be holding a series of workshops with interested stakeholders to discuss rules relating to nursing scope of practice for licensed practical nurses, registered nurses, and advanced registered nurse practitioners. The workshops will be held:

    January 22, 2019
    11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    Spokane Public Library (Downtown Branch) Meeting Room 1A
    906 W Main Ave. Spokane, WA 99201

    January 23, 2019
    10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
    Richland Public Library Conference Room 955 Northgate Dr.
    Richland, WA 99352

    January 24, 2019
    10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
    Federal Way Public Library Meeting Room 2 34200
    1st Way S Federal Way, WA 98003

    I plan to attend the meeting in Federal Way. You may attend any of these workshops in person. You may also attend from your computer, tablet or smartphone using the following link. https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/712071413

    You may also dial in using your phone.
    United States: +1 (646) 749-3122
    Access Code: 712-071-413

    Your participation and comments are encouraged. Please feel free to contact Amber Zawislak at amber.zawislak@doh.wa.gov with any questions you may have.

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    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 07, 2019 1:56 PM | Anonymous

    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:

    Talk soon!

    Leslie Emerick
    WEAMA Lobbyist



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PT dry needling Sunrise Review Draft Report

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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