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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 13, 2018 10:12 AM | Anonymous

    Three great reasons to attend: 1) Meet the WEAMA rockstars representing the nearly 1,500 licensed acupuncture practitioners in Washington state. 2) Learn what’s trending in acupuncture locally and nationally and, 3) Discover opportunities to engage with the association.

    “Organizing for collective action is the best way to achieve institutional change, and we should all support WEAMA as the best way to do that for our profession in our state”. Active WEAMA Member

    Joining a committee is the fastest way to realize return on investment for membership dues!  Expanding your network of contacts within the practice is the number one strategy for advancing your career.  And, this is the place to reconnect with friends and colleagues! 
    Registration Includes: CEUs, Organic Lunch Buffet, Free Parking, Vendor Tables! 
    Early bird registration is now open for WEAMA members. Regular member rate is $90: Save $40 until May 1st! 
    REGISTER today! 

    WEAMA SPRING 2018 MEMBERSHIP MEETING
    May 20, 2018
    9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Bastyr University, 14500 Juanita Drive, Kenmore WA 98028-4966


  • April 08, 2018 5:47 PM | Anonymous

    WEAMA worked hard this session with other rehabilitative therapies to reduce the prior authorization requirements by insurers. Governor Inslee signed ESSB 6157 Prior Authorization on March 22, 2018. The bill goes into effect on June 6, 2018. Health carriers will be prohibited from requiring prior authorization for: initial evaluation and management visits; and up to six consecutive treatment visits in a new episode of care of chiropractic, physical therapy, occupational therapy, east Asian medicine, massage therapy, and speech and hearing therapies that meet the standards of medical necessity.
    Bill information website: Prior Authorization ESSB 6157


  • April 04, 2018 5:11 PM | Anonymous

    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 | Anonymous

    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 | Anonymous

    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 | Anonymous

    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 | Anonymous

    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 | Anonymous

    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 | Anonymous

    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 | Anonymous

    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,


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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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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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