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The Washington East Asian Medicine Association (WEAMA) is the acupuncture profession's primary voice in representing and promoting acupuncture and East Asian medicine in Washington state. WEAMA was created for practitioners, the general public, students and allied professionals and legislators. 

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  • April 04, 2018 5:11 PM | Shelley Dahle (Administrator)

    Your online access to current, authoritative clinical information and educational resources. Christina Pryor, MLIS, of HEALWA, will be a featured speaker at the WEAMA Spring Membership Meeting, May 20th. Learn how to fully utilize this wonderful online tool available to all licensed health care practitioners in Washington State.

    Did you know? WEAMA has a direct link to “HEALWA” your on-call library on our website homepage. 


    WEAMA Spring Membership Meeting, Sunday, May 20th, Bastyr University, Kenmore, WA. Take advantage of our deeply discounted Early Bird registration rates through May 1st!
    More information & Register here

    About WEAMA
    The Washington East Asian Medicine Association first began as the Acupuncture Association of Washington over 25 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 currently consists of 7 democratically elected professionals in the field.


  • March 28, 2018 4:39 PM | Shelley Dahle (Administrator)

    Just in time for the L & I Pilot Project, Dr. Jiangeng Yang, LAc, MAc, OMD will be a featured speaker presenting “Using TCM Comprehensive Approaches to Treat Lower Back Pain” at the WEAMA Spring Membership Meeting on May 20, at Bastyr University. All EAMPs would value this session as a great refresher on how to treat this common problem.

    Leslie Emerick, WEAMA Lobbyist, will share 2018 legislative post session results that impact EAMP practitioners. She will share forecasts for the future and strategies for navigating the 2019 legislation. We need your voice and your stories to effectively influence policy that affects EAMP practitioners. Learn how you may get involved and make a difference.

    “I think it is essential to attend Membership Meetings. It keeps you up to date on what is happening in our profession. It introduces you to other members of our profession, so we may collaborate.” Barbara Paul-Mayer, WEAMA member.

    Register for just $50 ($150 value) with our deeply discounted Early Bird member incentives through May 1st! Plan to participate with your Washington East Asian Medicine Community at our Spring Membership Meeting, 9 am – 3 pm, Sunday May 20, 2018, Bastyr University, 14500 Juanita Drive, Kenmore WA 98028-4966.

    Contact: Shelley Dahle at info@weama.info with questions or inquiries for sponsorship or vendor opportunities. Sponsorships range from $250 - $775
     
    About WEAMA
    The Washington East Asian Medicine Association first began as the Acupuncture Association of Washington over 25 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 currently consists of 7 democratically elected professionals in the field.


  • March 22, 2018 3:32 PM | Shelley Dahle (Administrator)

    WEAMA Spring Membership Meeting Registration Now Open! Register for just $50 with our deeply discounted Early Bird incentives through May 1st! We invite you to participate to learn what’s trending in acupuncture locally and nationally, and opportunities to engage with the association. May 20th, 2018, Bastyr University, 14500 Juanita Drive, Kenmore WA 98028-4966. Hope to see you there! 
    More information & register here                      


  • March 22, 2018 8:04 AM | Shelley Dahle (Administrator)

    WEAMA Spring Membership Meeting Registration Now Open! Register for just $50 with our deeply discounted Early Bird incentives through May 1st! We invite you to participate to learn what’s trending in acupuncture locally and nationally, and opportunities to engage with the association. May 20th, 2018, Bastyr University, 14500 Juanita Drive, Kenmore WA 98028-4966. Hope to see you there! 
    Register Here                                             

  • March 19, 2018 8:40 AM | Shelley Dahle (Administrator)

    Legislative Overview
    By Leslie Emerick, WEAMA Lobbyist
    March 8th was the last day of the 60-day, short session of the Washington State 2018 Legislative Session. Washington State has a biennial legislature, meaning that the budget and the bills introduced live for two years. 
    WEAMA March 2018 Legislative Session Summary. 

  • March 16, 2018 9:12 AM | Shelley Dahle (Administrator)

    Sunday, May 20 at Bastyr University, Kenmore, WA
    Spend a full day with leading experts in the acupuncture profession. This is the premiere education and networking program for EAMPs in Washington State. Special attention L & I Pilot Project Participants: Dr. Jianfeng Yang, LAc, MAc, OMD, will speak on the topic “Using TCM Comprehensive Approaches to Treat Lower Back Pain.” Other topics include 2018 Legislative debrief and reveal of whats anticipated for 2019 along with national updates specific to EAMPs and hear from your WEAMA board leadership. Registration Opens March 22!


  • February 27, 2018 6:56 PM | Shelley Dahle (Administrator)

    Good News!! ESSB 6157 Health plan prior authorizations passed the House of Representatives! 
    The final vote count was: Yea: 90 Nay: 8. Now the bill will go to the Governor for signature sometime in the next few weeks. 
    Thank you everyone who called their local legislator and asked for their support!  
    Here is how your Representative voted: Voting Yea: Representatives Appleton, Barkis, Bergquist, Blake, Buys, Caldier, Chandler, Chapman, Clibborn, Cody, Condotta, DeBolt, Dent, Doglio, Dolan, Dye, Eslick, Fey, Fitzgibbon, Frame, Goodman, Gregerson, Griffey, Haler, Hansen, Hargrove, Harmsworth, Hayes, Holy, Hudgins, Irwin, Jenkin, Jinkins, Johnson, Kagi, Kilduff, Kirby, Klippert, Kloba, Kraft, Kretz, Kristiansen, Lovick, Lytton, MacEwen, Macri, Manweller, Maycumber, McBride, McCabe, McCaslin, McDonald, Morris, Muri, Orcutt, Ormsby, Ortiz-Self, Orwall, Pellicciotti, Peterson, Pettigrew, Pike, Pollet, Reeves, Riccelli, Robinson, Ryu, Santos, Sawyer, Sells, Senn, Shea, Slatter, Smith, Springer, Stambaugh, Stanford, Steele, Stonier, Sullivan, Tarleton, Taylor, Tharinger, Valdez, Van Werven, Volz, Walsh, Wylie, Young, Chopp. Voting Nay: Representatives Graves, Harris, Nealey, Rodne, Schmick, Stokesbary, Vick, Wilcox

  • February 22, 2018 3:45 PM | Shelley Dahle (Administrator)

    Thanks to all the EAMPs who contacted their state Senators, SB 6157 Prior Authorization passed the Senate with a 44/4 vote!
    Now we need your help to pass ESSB 6157 Prior Authorization in the House of Representatives!!

    The bill has passed the House Health Care Committee and in on its way to the House Rules Committee. The bill has been amended to address the push back from insurers, but still prohibits a health carrier from requiring prior authorization for an initial evaluation and management visit and up to six consecutive treatment visits with a contracting provider in a new episode of care for East Asian Medicine, Chiropractic, PT and OT that meet standards of medical necessity and treatment limits of the health plan.

    The bill must pass out of the House of Representatives by March 2, 2018 or it dies. We are almost over the finish line! If it passes, it will then go to the Governor for signature.

    Please call your state House of Representatives member and let them know that you support ESSB 6157 ASAP!

    To identify your two state Representatives in your district, go to: Find Your District Enter your home address, not your workplace, and your state legislative district will pop up with their contact information. Please send them an email or call and speak with their legislative assistant. Please only contact your state Representatives as the bill has already passed the Senate.

    WEAMA Suggested Talking Points

    Dear Representative _________,

    My name is ____________ and I live in your legislative district. I am a licensed East Asian Medicine Practitioner (EAMP). I am requesting that you please support ESSB 6157 Regarding Prior Authorization.

    Prior authorizations block access to medically necessary health care services. Some insurers, using third party administrators, authorize a very small number of initial visits and require repeated reauthorizations for medically necessary additional visits. Both factors compromise the integrity and value of the very services that insurers are paying for by creating a “start/stop” treadmill that hinders patient progress and adds a substantial and unnecessary administrative burden on providers. You can add a short personal story here if you have one related to problems with prior authorizations.

    This bill would protect patients’ ability to get an initial evaluation and up to twelve consecutive treatment visits, if those treatments were medically necessary and within the quantitative limits of the health plan.

    Thank you for your support! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,


  • February 22, 2018 8:20 AM | Shelley Dahle (Administrator)

    SAVE THE DATE!  Sunday, May 20th, 2018
    Please plan to join us to learn all the exciting progress being made in our profession locally and nationally, and how to participate! Speakers scheduled to date: Dr. Jianfeng Yang, LAc, MAc, OMD; WEAMA President, Curt Eschels, EAMP; Christine Pryor, MLIS, HEALWA; Jason Taylor, EAMP, LAc, ADS; and Leslie Emerick, MPA, WEAMA lobbyist. Registration open soon!

    Location:  Bastyr University, 14500 Juanita Drive, Kenmore WA 98028-4966


  • February 15, 2018 3:02 PM | Shelley Dahle (Administrator)

    East Asian Medicine Advisory Committee
    Agenda for Friday, March 2, 2018

    Dear WEAMA Member,

    The Department of Health (DOH) is required by law to review and update Washington Administrative Code (WAC) every 5 years. The East Asian Medicine Advisory Committee at DOH will be updating the East Asian Medicine rules/WAC. The draft included below is only a draft. WEAMA and East Asian Medicine Practitioners in our state will have a number of opportunities to comment on the rules during stakeholder meetings. WEAMA would love to know what concerns or comments that you might have for the rules draft, so we can help support you during the rules process. The first stakeholder meeting is coming up on:

    DOH East Asian Medicine Advisory Committee Meeting and Rules Workshop, March 2, 2018 at 9 am.
    Location: Department of Health Creekside Two at CenterPoint 20425 – 72nd Ave. S., Suite 310, Room 307 Kent, WA

    On the agenda that day is also the NURSING CARE QUALITY ASSURANCE COMMISSION (NCQAC) ADVISORY OPINION – The committee will be presented a copy of the NCQAC response on the advisory opinion on Medical Acupuncture: Scope of Practice for Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners.

    This is a public meeting. Please feel free to join us if you can!

    Sincerely,

    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

WA State Attorney General's Opinion

The WA State Attorney General has issued his opinion stating that dry needling is not within the PT's scope of practice. Read the full opinion

Point Injection Clarification
SHB 2448 Bill Signed

Governor Jay Inslee signed our bill, SHB 2448, which helped clarify over 30 years of ambiguity. Read the Senate Bill Report

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