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  • April 20, 2021 10:59 AM | Shelley Dahle (Administrator)

    Your Washington Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine Association (WAEAMA) has been working hard for the advancement of our profession. Your support is important to maintain this vital policy work. 
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    WAEMA Legislative Update!
    Great News!! SB 5018 Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine bill passed the Washington State Legislature unanimously and was signed by the Governor on April 16, 2021. The bill does a variety of things such as updating the language clarifying what is currently in your scope of practice and it expands the substances that a practitioner can use for Point Injection Therapy. 
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    Continuing Education Requirements for Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine Practitioners, Explained... view pdf here.

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    The Washington Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine Association first began as the Acupuncture Association of Washington over 35 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 Eastern Medicine in Washington state. Our all-volunteer Board of Directors currently consists of 7 democratically elected professionals in the field.


  • March 29, 2021 2:48 PM | Shelley Dahle (Administrator)

    In February, the legislature passed an early action COVID-19 relief and recovery bill that included $240 million for the fourth round of small business grants, along with rental assistance and public health funding.

    Starting today, March 29th, businesses can apply for grants of up to $25,000. Grants are intended to help businesses that have been negatively impacted by the pandemic to recover. The grants will only be open for a short time, please apply before the April 9th deadline.

    Visit commercegrants.com to find out more information and view eligibility criteria.

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    The Washington Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine Association first began as the Acupuncture Association of Washington over 35 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 Eastern Medicine in Washington state. Our all-volunteer Board of Directors currently consists of 7 democratically elected professionals in the field.


  • February 02, 2021 2:40 PM | Shelley Dahle (Administrator)

    ACUPUNCTURE AND EASTERN MEDICINE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
    GOTO MEETING AGENDA


    Join us Friday, February 12, 2021
    9:00 AM

    This meeting is only available via webinar/phone.
    To join the meeting, please see the link on the last page of the agenda.

    See Agenda Here

    *Please note: The Rules Hearing for the Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine (WAC) update is February 24.

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    The Washington Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine Association first began as the Acupuncture Association of Washington over 35 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 Eastern Medicine in Washington state. Our all-volunteer Board of Directors currently consists of 7 democratically elected professionals in the field.



  • January 13, 2021 9:05 AM | Shelley Dahle (Administrator)

    Dear Licensed Health Care Provider,

    For those of you who may be eligible for COVID-19 vaccine in phase 1A according to the Department of Health Vaccine Prioritization Guidance, we are sharing information about statewide locations with vaccine inventory.

    IIS Inventory 1-11-2021.pdf

    Some of you have already received your first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and some may even have gotten both doses. Read more...

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    The Washington Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine Association first began as the Acupuncture Association of Washington over 35 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 Eastern Medicine in Washington state. Our all-volunteer Board of Directors currently consists of 7 democratically elected professionals in the field.


  • January 05, 2021 2:58 PM | Shelley Dahle (Administrator)

    Who is eligible? Where to go to get vaccinated?

    First, for information on who is eligible for the vaccine in Phase 1A, you can find information at this link: https://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/1600/coronavirus/VaccineAllocationPhase1A.pdf
    As far as how to get access to the vaccine, DOH is piloting a system for Phase 1A individuals that does the following:

    1. Assesses eligibility confirmation - and provides confirmation that can be used at a vaccine administration site in lieu of an official letter (note: providers are likely to ask for ID and/or badge)
    2. Identifies where they can go to get vaccinated

    To access the system, individuals who believe they are eligible for Phase 1A should visit this site: findyourphasewa.com. If they are confirmed to be eligible, the confirmation page will have a link to a website that includes a list of providers that are vaccinating people outside their system/facility with contact information to schedule an appointment. Please know we are continuing to work with providers to add them to this list, so hopefully it will grow over time.

    And if you or your colleagues have any feedback on the system, please share it at WAPhaseFinder@gmail.com. We are hoping to learn from this pilot to adapt the system for broader roll-out (it is currently in the “soft launch” phase).

    Lastly, if you are aware of a clinic of providers seeking to get vaccinated, please work with the hospital identified as available to schedule the providers as a group, this will ease the logistical burden on hospital personnel who are also working to get their employees vaccinated.

    Best Regards,

    Kristin Peterson, JD, Assistant Secretary
    Health Systems Quality Assurance Division, WA State Department of Health
    kristin.peterson@doh.wa.gov

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  • December 14, 2020 8:29 AM | Shelley Dahle (Administrator)

    The State Medical Telemedicine Training is now live. Access the training via the link below or on the Collaborative Website. Please note you will need to create an NRTRC Canvas account to complete the training.

    For organizations interested in developing their own internal/alternative training, please see the following guidelines.

    Guidelines for Alternative Telemedicine Training
    For more Information and Resources on the Telemedicine Training requirement on the Telehealth Collaborative Training Site.

    WA State Telehealth Training Information

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    The Washington Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine Association first began as the Acupuncture Association of Washington over 35 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 Eastern Medicine in Washington state. Our all-volunteer Board of Directors currently consists of 7 democratically elected professionals in the field.


  • December 03, 2020 8:21 AM | Shelley Dahle (Administrator)

    As a follow-up to the recent email regarding Gov. Inslee's recent proclamation on non-urgent healthcare, we are providing you with a couple resources. The Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) has drafted a checklist-style presentation of the current non-urgent care requirements. You may find this a much better formatted copy of the proclamation language. We have also provided a pdf of weblinks that will point you to current COVID rules and protocols which should be all the source material you need to comply with the proclamation. Find both of these documents attached.

    WSMA Guidance 
    Proclamation Guidance

    In regards to the Expansion and Contraction Plan, we are still awaiting further guidance on what the contents of this document should be. We will share more information when we get it.

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    The Washington Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine Association first began as the Acupuncture Association of Washington over 35 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 Eastern Medicine in Washington state. Our all-volunteer Board of Directors currently consists of 7 democratically elected professionals in the field.


  • November 29, 2020 12:44 PM | Shelley Dahle (Administrator)

    On Wednesday, Governor Inslee released an updated Proclamation:
    20-24.2 Requirements for Non-Urgent Medical and Dental Procedures.

    This update is a response to the escalating number of COVID positive tests around the state. WAEMA has been working with other stakeholder groups on the language of this document in the last few weeks. The new directives will be effective on Thursday, December 3rd. Please read the attached Proclamation document for the complete language. Proclamation

    Practitioners are allowed to continue providing non-urgent healthcare, but only if they meet and follow the procedures and criteria in the Proclamation. Non-urgent healthcare services are those that, if delayed, are not anticipated to cause harm to the patient in 90 days. Non-urgent care is further defined in the document.

    WAEMA is asking the Department of Health for an updated draft of their guidance specifically for AEMPs. We would like the new guidance to be compatible with the last few months of information and this new proclamation. We will also be asking for an outline of the “expansion and contraction plan” required by this Proclamation.

    Please read and familiarize yourself with the Proclamation. Please also take the time to read any applicable documents linked in the proclamation which contain additional guidance and rules. Contact us with any questions you may have. There is a Facebook thread in the WAEMA discussion group available.

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    The Washington Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine Association first began as the Acupuncture Association of Washington over 35 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 Eastern Medicine in Washington state. Our all-volunteer Board of Directors currently consists of 7 democratically elected professionals in the field.


  • November 25, 2020 2:18 PM | Shelley Dahle (Administrator)

    Gov. Jay Inslee announced additional financial support funds for families and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The governor was joined by Lisa Brown, Department of Commerce director, for the announcement.

    "We know this pandemic is taking an economic toll," Inslee said during a press conference Friday. "On Sunday we announced $50 million in business supports, but after more discussions with legislators and our agencies, we’ve agreed on how to more than double that."

    In addition to funds announced on Sunday, the total new economic supports amount to $135 million. Included in that total is:

    • $70 million in business support grants.
    • $30 million for the recovery loan program.
    • $20 million for rental assistance.
    • $15 million for energy bills for low-income households.

    Included in the $70 million in business support grants is $50 million for a new round of Working Washington grants focused on the hardest-hit industries. Remaining funds will go toward historically disadvantaged businesses who applied for earlier business grants and bolstering Commerce’s business resiliency network.

    "We know this is hard on these small businesses, and we know that this will not fully solve the burden so many business owners are shouldering," Brown said. "But it will help get some of them get through a difficult period. We are going to keep working with legislators, congress and other partners on securing additional support."

    The grants will be allocated first to businesses most impacted by both COVID-19 and the most recent measures taken to address public safety. Equity will also be a priority in making allocation decisions. In addition to the new funds, there will also be separate business support programs coming from local governments.

    "This is a significant relief effort," Inslee said. "I can’t say it’s going to help everyone, but I can say we are not done yet collaborating with our partners to find more funds."

    Find more information on available business assistance here.

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  • November 23, 2020 10:54 AM | Shelley Dahle (Administrator)

    The ASA mentorship program provides opportunities for acupuncture students and new graduates to gain experience and receive guidance from an experienced acupuncturist. For more information please contact Christine Cronin at: secretary@asacu.org

    The Bastyr preceptorship program is a way to give back to the community by providing clinical shadowing for students at Bastyr University. For more information please contact: AEAMPreceptorship@bastyr.edu

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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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