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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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  • 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


  • February 13, 2018 10:43 AM | Shelley Dahle (Administrator)


    Please join us for a Chinese New Year Celebration!

    Sunday, February 18th, 2018
     1:00 pm

    Bastyr Center for Natural Health
    3670 Stone Way N. Seattle,  98103

    Hope to see you there!


  • February 09, 2018 12:34 PM | Shelley Dahle (Administrator)

    "This bill, which we support, is still in the Rules Committee. If you haven't called your Senator yet, please take the time right now to make the call."

    WEAMA Supports SB 6157 Prior Authorization. Please call your local Senator ASAP! The bill prohibits a health carrier from requiring prior authorization for an initial evaluation and management visit and up to twelve consecutive treatment visits with a contracting provider in a new episode of care of certain therapies (East Asian Medicine, Chiropractic, PT and OT) that meet standards of medical necessity and are subject to quantitative treatment limits of the health plan. The bill has bi-partisan support. Here are the bill sponsors: Sponsors: ShortKudererRiversClevelandPalumboNelsonBeckerWalshWarnickVan De Wege

    The bill had a public hearing in the Senate Health Care Committee earlier this week. WEAMA provided the attached testimony at the public hearing on the bill. We hear that the Chair of the Senate Health Care Committee plans to schedule an Executive Session vote on the bill in this week. The bill will then go to the Senate Rules Committee and wait to be pulled to the floor of the Senate for a vote. There is no House companion bill, so only call your Senator at this time.

    Please call your local Senator and let them know that you support SB 6157!

    To find out who your Senator is in your legislative district go to: Find Your District

    Enter your home address, not your workplace, and your state legislative district will pop up. The website will also provide their contact information. Please send them an email or call and speak with their legislative assistant.

    Please ONLY CONTACT YOUR STATE SENATOR as there is no bill in the House yet. When it passes the Senate, we will do another legislative alert to contact your state House of Representative members.

    Talking Points

    PLEASE SUPPORT SB 6157, re. Prior-Authorization 

    Short, Kuderer, Rivers, Cleveland, Palumbo, Nelson, Becker, Walsh, Warnick, Van De Wege

    For every day of delay, an opioid is prescribed in its place!

    • Every service listed in this bill is a non-pharmacological option to an opioid.
    • This bill gives patients access to up to eight visits of care without having to seek prior authorization. 
    • This bill does NOT require additional benefits be covered. 
    • This bill does NOT remove medical necessity. 
    • This bill does NOT remove prior-authorization completely! 
    • Prior authorizations drive up costs by requiring unnecessary evaluation visits at intervals that are too soon 
    • Prior authorizations shift administrative burden to providers and delay care.

    This bill simply gives patients up to 8 consecutive visits of their already existing benefits, for the same episode of care, without going through the administrative burden of prior authorization.

    Third party companies from out-of-state, who are unregulated, are hired by insurers to interfere with the DrPatient relationship.

    This bill follows a House Health Care work session from the 2017 session. Insurers had several years to correct the issues related to this process and have taken no action. The administrative shifts continue and the delays get longer.

    PLEASE VOTE YES ON SB 6157

    Lori Grassi, Washington State Chiropractic Association, 253-988-0500 Melissa Johnson, Physical Therapy Association of Washington, WA Speech Language and Hearing Association, 360-2806429 Kate White Tudor, WA Occupational Therapy Association, 360-402-1272 Melanie Stewart, American Massage Therapy Association-Washington Chapter, 360-556-8280 Leslie Emerick, East Asian Medicine Association, 360-280-6142


  • February 08, 2018 9:35 PM | Brit Kramer (Administrator)

    The Journal of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine.  In this issue... Treatment of Long-Term Migraine Utilizing Balance Acupuncture:: A Case Report; Pain Management Using Acupuncture and Herbs for Rheumatoid Arthritis; Acupuncture’s Role in Solving the Opioid Epidemic – White Paper 2017; and more. View this issue

  • February 01, 2018 8:31 AM | Shelley Dahle (Administrator)

    WEAMA Supports SB 6157 Prior Authorization. Please call your local Senator ASAP! The bill prohibits a health carrier from requiring prior authorization for an initial evaluation and management visit and up to twelve consecutive treatment visits with a contracting provider in a new episode of care of certain therapies (East Asian Medicine, Chiropractic, PT and OT) that meet standards of medical necessity and are subject to quantitative treatment limits of the health plan. The bill has bi-partisan support. Here are the bill sponsors: Sponsors: Short, Kuderer, Rivers, Cleveland, Palumbo, Nelson, Becker, Walsh, Warnick, Van De Wege

    The bill had a public hearing in the Senate Health Care Committee earlier this week. WEAMA provided the attached testimony at the public hearing on the bill. We hear that the Chair of the Senate Health Care Committee plans to schedule an Executive Session vote on the bill in this week. The bill will then go to the Senate Rules Committee and wait to be pulled to the floor of the Senate for a vote. There is no House companion bill, so only call your Senator at this time.

    Please call your local Senator and let them know that you support SB 6157!

    To find out who your Senator is in your legislative district go to: Find Your District

    Enter your home address, not your workplace, and your state legislative district will pop up. The website will also provide their contact information. Please send them an email or call and speak with their legislative assistant.

    Please ONLY CONTACT YOUR STATE SENATOR as there is no bill in the House yet. When it passes the Senate, we will do another legislative alert to contact your state House of Representative members.

    Talking Points

    Dear Senator _________,

    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 SB 6157 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,


  • January 22, 2018 9:40 AM | Shelley Dahle (Administrator)

    The February 9, 2018 meeting of the East Asian Medicine Advisory Committee has been rescheduled to Friday, March 2, 2018. The meeting location will be the Department of Health offices at Center Point in Kent. The meeting will be in room 307 and start at 9:00 a.m. and go until approximately 2:00 p.m. If there are any questions or concerns regarding this change, feel free to contact this office.

    Vicki Brown, Program Manager
    East Asian medicine practitioner program
    P. O. Box 47852
    Olympia, WA 98504-7852
    Voice: 360-236-4865
    Fax: 360-236-2901
    vicki.brown@doh.wa.gov
    http://www.doh.wa.gov/hsqa/
    Public Health - Always Working for a Safer and Healthier Washington


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