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  • October 29, 2018 10:39 AM | Anonymous

    Dear lovers of acupuncture,

    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.

    What we need:

    1. Practitioner testimonials: Please write a testimonial describing how payment of CPT codes by insurers has affected your ability to deliver care to your patients. Are you having to make patients pay for services that should be paid by the insurer? Are you not offering patients services that they need as part of their care because the insurer will not pay for it? Mention specific insurers if you can. Please keep your complaints specific to non-payment of codes and not issues with pre-authorizations and such.

    2. Copies of claims: Send claims that show denials for non-acupuncture needling codes. This includes things like cupping, tuina, and other services, but also necessary re-evaluations and herbal consultations, etc.

    a. Please make sure to remove/black out all patient information on the claims before sending them.

    b. If possible, please also send an explanation of specifically what it was you billed that was denied. Why was a re-evaluation needed? If a code needs explanation, what was the service it was specifically billed for?

    c. Make sure all reason codes are sent also. These usually occur on the last page of the EOBs. The reason it was denied by the insurance is very important.

    d. Please send denied claims for as many different insurers as possible. We will be addressing claims handling insurer by insurer.

    3. Patient testimonials: Testimonials from your patients are also very important. If patients can complain to the Insurance Commissioner about having to pay for services out of pocket that should have been covered, that would be very helpful. Please make sure their specific insurer and service is included. Make sure they clearly address the letters to the Insurance Commissioner and sign them, so they can be forwarded on.

    Send documents and questions to john_frostad@hotmail.com. If you cannot scan and send the documents, you can mail them to 3217 Meridian Ave E, Edgewood WA 98371.

    Select the link below to view the text of John Frostad’s presentation to the OIC outlining our concerns as to how our practice scope is being handled.

    "Ongoing Issues with Patient Access to EAMP Services."

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    About WEAMA
    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 currently consists of 7 democratically elected professionals in the field.


  • October 19, 2018 10:55 AM | Anonymous

    Greetings,

    We are sending you this White Paper to advise you that the WEAMA board has a recommendation for your consideration. WEAMA recommends a change to the name of our association from "Washington East Asian Medicine Association" to "Washington Acupuncture Medicine Association." 

    For your review, attached is a White Paper, the petition from the Chinese community and personal statements from WEAMA board members. The White Paper is a summary of issues that have prompted the proposal of a name change and the petition from the Chinese community details their concern with our current name. WEAMA membership discussed the name change at our Fall Membership Meeting on Sunday October 21st and it was decided to hold a separate meeting to discuss this potential name change. WEAMA will send out more information about that meeting as soon as possible. Stay tuned!

    Please give this your consideration and feel free to contact us at weama@info.com and please come to the meeting to further discuss in person. Thank you for your time and commitment to our profession!

    If you would like to have the opportunity to place a vote on this important name change, please become a member of WEAMA today. In accordance with WEAMA bylaws, only paying members of WEAMA can submit votes. Becoming a paying member of WEAMA goes directly to support LAc legislative efforts like the preauthorization bill that just passed requiring preauthorization after the 6th visit. We need all Washington LAc to join forces. We need YOU! Add your voice today and help shape the future of our profession!

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    The WEAMA Board Open Letter to Membership
    Chinese Community Petition

    Board of Directors personal responses

    Tyler Martin Response.pdf

    Jeremy Gilsoul Response.pdf

    Charis Wolf Response.pdf

    Catherine Dayhoff Response.pdf

    Brenda Lowe Response.pdf

    Respectfully,

    WEAMA Board of Directors

    About WEAMA
    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 currently consists of 7 democratically elected professionals in the field.


  • October 18, 2018 2:10 PM | Anonymous

    WEAMA October 2018 Public Policy Update
    Prepared by Leslie Emerick, WEAMA Lobbyist

    Legislative Overview: Dozens of races across Washington state will determine if Democrats maintain — or possibly even increase — their control of the Legislature. All 98 seats in the House are up for election Nov. 6, and voters will decide 25 of the Senate's 49 seats. While Democrats hold most statewide offices in Washington, the political split in the Legislature is much narrower: Democrats currently hold a one-seat advantage in the Senate and a two-seat advantage in the House.   WEAMA October 2018 Legislative Report (1) (2).pdf



  • October 04, 2018 11:09 AM | Anonymous

    Only 2 days left to take advantage of Early Bird incentives through October 6th!

    Let your voice be heard! Important panel discussion and membership participation taking place to reach a consensus on WEAMA position on Trigger Point Needling legislation in the 2019 Legislative session.

    *Speakers & Topics

    WA State Legislation & Public Policy Update
    WEAMA Lobbyist, Leslie Emerick, MPA
    Overview of Political Environment for 2019 Legislative Session

    • RCW 18.06 East Asian Medicine Statute Update
    • NCQAC Medical Acupuncture for ARNPs
    • DOH Rule Making on EAMP WAC

    *Non-Pharmacological Alternatives to Opioids-Governor's Decision Package.
    Update on 2019 Trigger Point Needling Legislation by Physical Therapists.

    • Current Legislative environment as it relates to Trigger Point Needling Bill
    • Overview of facilitated conversation with the Physical Therapists of WA Association (PTWA)
      *Panel discussion and membership participation to reach a consensus on WEAMA position on Trigger Point Needling legislation in 2019 Legislative session.

    The Future of Our Medicine
    Panel discussion:
    Dr. Iman Majd, Kathleen Lumiere, DAOM, EAMP, Brenda Loew, M.Ac.,EAMP, L.Ac, Dipl. AC, WEAMA Lobbyist, Leslie Emerick, MPA

    Thoughts on Palpation in Contemporary East Asian Medicine
    Daniel Bensky, DO
    Discover some of the many benefits of palpation. Learn what different types of palpation bring to the practice of East Asian Medicine and specific ideas that have gone into the fusion of osteopathic and East Asian approaches that Dr Bensky has helped to develop, that is called "Engaging Vitality". Speaker Sponsored by:


    Transformation and Integration in Healthcare
    Dr. Heather Tick
    Transformational change is needed in the medical system which continues to be the third leading cause of death in the US. Integration of evidence-based non-pharmacologic strategies offers effective, lower cost interventions which are embraced by patients and have markedly lower risks. Dr. Tick will discuss data and strategy and will welcome discussion.

    WEAMA’s Fall Membership Meeting
    Date: October 21st, 2018
    Location: Aegis Gardens, 13056 SE 76th Street, Newcastle, WA 98056
    Registration: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
    Event: 9 AM – 3:30 PM

    Register Here!

    Registration Includes:
    CEUs, Lunch Buffet, Free Parking, Vendor Tables!

    Visit our website
    Not a WEAMA member? Join Here

    It is through financial support from members that all this is possible. Please consider becoming a member or making additional contributions toward our ongoing efforts. We can't do this without your financial support!

    About WEAMA
    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 currently consists of 7 democratically elected professionals in the field.


  • September 18, 2018 8:44 AM | Anonymous

    You’re invited to take advantage of Early Bird incentives through October 6th!

    WEAMA’s Fall Membership Meeting
    Date: October 21st, 2018
    Location: Aegis Gardens, 13056 SE 76th Street, Newcastle, WA 98506
    Registration: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
    Event: 9 AM – 3:30 PM

    *Speakers & Topics

    Leslie Emerick, WEAMA Lobbyist “WA State Legislative and Public Policy Update.”
    Overview of Political Environment for 2019 Legislative Session

    • RCW 18.06 East Asian Medicine Statute Update
    • NCQAC Medical Acupuncture for ARNPs
    • DOH Rule Making on EAMP WAC

    *Non-Pharmacological Alternatives to Opioids-Governor's Decision Package.
    Update on 2019 Trigger Point Needling Legislation by Physical Therapists.

    • Current Legislative environment as it relates to Trigger Point Needling Bill
    • Overview of facilitated conversation with the Physical Therapists of WA Association (PTWA)
    • Panel discussion and membership participation to reach a consensus on WEAMA position on Trigger Point Needling legislation in 2019 legislative session

    Daniel Bensky, DO. “Thoughts on Palpation in Contemporary East Asian Medicine.”
    Discover some of the many benefits of palpation. Learn what different types of palpation bring to the practice of East Asian Medicine and specific ideas that have gone into the fusion of osteopathic and East Asian approaches that Dr Bensky has helped to develop, that is called "Engaging Vitality". Speaker Sponsored by:


    Dr. Heather Tick, “Transformation and Integration in Healthcare.”
    Transformational change is needed in the medical system which continues to be the third leading cause of death in the US. Integration of evidence-based non-pharmacologic strategies offers effective, lower cost interventions which are embraced by patients and have markedly lower risks. Dr. Tick will discuss data and strategy and will welcome discussion.

    Register Here!

    Registration Includes:
    CEUs (pending), Lunch Buffet, Free Parking, Vendor Tables!

    Visit our website
    Not a WEAMA member? Join Here

    It is through financial support from members that all this is possible. Please consider becoming a member or making additional contributions toward our ongoing efforts. We can't do this without your financial support!

    About WEAMA
    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 currently consists of 7 democratically elected professionals in the field.


  • September 06, 2018 1:38 PM | Anonymous

    American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) worked in collaboration with Lhasa OMS to produce this document. Please share widely and use it as a tool to educate and advocate. (NOTE: if you join WEAMA, you automatically gain membership to ASA!)
    Click link below to view document



  • August 14, 2018 3:38 PM | Anonymous

    You’re invited to take advantage of deeply discounted Early Bird incentives through October 6th!

    WEAMA’s Fall Membership Meeting
    Date: October 21st, 2018
    Location: Aegis Gardens, 13056 SE 76th Street, Newcastle, WA 98506
    Registration: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
    Event: 9 AM – 3:30 PM

    *Speakers & Topics

    Daniel Bensky, DO. “Thoughts on Palpation in Contemporary East Asian Medicine.”
    Discover some of the many benefits of palpation. Learn what different types of palpation bring to the practice of East Asian Medicine and specific ideas that have gone into the fusion of osteopathic and East Asian approaches that Dr Bensky has helped to develop, that is called "Engaging Vitality". Speaker Sponsored by: 

    Dr. Heather Tick, “Transformation and Integration in Healthcare.”
    Transformational change is needed in the medical system which continues to be the third leading cause of death in the US. Integration of evidence-based non-pharmacologic strategies offers effective, lower cost interventions which are embraced by patients and have markedly lower risks. Dr. Tick will discuss data and strategy and will welcome discussion.

    Leslie Emerick, MPA, WEAMA lobbyist will share current legislative happenings. Please plan to join us to learn about the legislative progress being made for our profession locally and nationally, and how you can participate!

    Local & National Update
    L & I Pilot Project Update & Treasurers Report

    Register Here!

    Registration Includes:
    CEUs (pending), Lunch Buffet, Free Parking, Vendor Tables!

    Visit our website
    Not a WEAMA member? Join Here

    About WEAMA

    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 currently consists of 7 democratically elected professionals in the field.


  • August 02, 2018 9:48 AM | Anonymous

    Summer edition now available to members on our website!


    https://weama.info/memberbenefits/meridiansjournal
    Meridians: The Journal of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine is the official journal of the American Society for Acupuncturists (ASA).

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    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.




  • July 30, 2018 3:05 PM | Anonymous

    SAVE THE DATE! Sunday, October 21st, 2018 
    Greetings from WEAMA,

    WEAMA will host a fall meeting on October 21st!
    Speakers & topics scheduled:
    Daniel Bensky, DO. “Thoughts on Palpation in Contemporary East Asian Medicine.” Dan has a long-term interest in Chinese and Chinese medicine, having obtained a diploma in Chinese medicine from the Macau Institute of Chinese Medicine in 1975, a Masters in Classical Chinese from the University of Washington in 1996, and a Doctorate in the Discussion of Cold Damage from the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences in 2006. He also graduated with a Doctor of Osteopathy from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1982, where he was a research assistant for John Upledger. He has studied with many notable osteopathic practitioners, including Robert Fulford and Jean-Pierre Barral.

    Dr. Heather Tick, “Transformation and Integration in Healthcare.” Transformational change is needed in the medical system which continues to be the third leading cause of death in the US. Integration of evidence-based non-pharmacologic strategies offers effective, lower cost interventions which are embraced by patients and have markedly lower risks. Dr. Tick will discuss data and strategy and will welcome discussion. Heather Tick, M.A., M.D., is the first holder of the Gunn-Loke Endowed Professorship of Integrative Pain Medicine at the University of Washington. She has been an integrative pain practitioner for over 20 years. She is a UW clinical associate professor in both the Departments of Family Medicine, and Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine.

    Leslie Emerick, MPA, WEAMA lobbyist will share current legislative happenings. Please plan to join us to learn about the legislative progress being made for our profession locally and nationally, and how you can participate!

    More details to come, CEU pending…. early bird registration opens soon!

    Meeting Location: Aegis Gardens, 13056 SE 76th Street, Newcastle, WA 98056

    Visit our website
    Not a WEAMA member? Join 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.


  • July 04, 2018 9:48 AM | Anonymous

    TCMAAA/ATCMA Annual Meeting 2018 International TCM and Acupuncture Forum in Seattle, WA
    Dear supporter of acupuncture,
    Just announced! Very special rates for WEAMA members to attend the TCMAAA/ATCMA Annual Congress, which is $280 for the faculties and $250 for the students for both days of the conference (regular registration fee is $430 for practitioners). 

    If you would like to take advantage of these deeply discounted rates, please email Shelley at: info@weama.info
    Link Directly to Forum Information 

    See Invitation addressed to Dr. Yang, WEAMA Board President!

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    Not yet a member of WEAMA? More information here
    Want to get involved? Email Shelley: info@weama.info

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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 currently consists of 7 democratically elected professionals in the field.


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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

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