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February 2014
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Mar 15, 2014 - Annual Membership Meeting, Officer & HOD Elections @ The Golf Club at Echo Falls, Snohomish

May 1-3, 2014 - Chapter Convention @ Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center

Massage Awareness Day Photos
Below are photos from the January 28th Massage Awareness Day in Olympia.

Glyn Desmond, LMP

Linda Williams, LMP and Courntey Forthuber, LMP

Marybeth Berney, LMP

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Welcome to the latest edition of e-news - the bi-monthly newsletter from AMTA Washington. In each issue we keep you up to date on the latest industry news and AMTA Chapter events.  We hope that you enjoy our newsletter and feel free to contact us with any questions or comments.

AMTA Washington Chapter
Chapter Fee Change
Invest in Your Future Fund

AMTA-WA members now have the choice to give an additional amount toward your chapter, at any time, in any amount, and as many times as you wish throughout the year. This means members will have the choice to provide direct financial support to their chapter, rather than a chapter fee being a requirement of AMTA membership.

Like thousands of AMTA-WA members, you have likely come to depend upon the many free and low cost programs, communications and events WA Chapter provides that help you sustain your practice and your profession. Your AMTA membership and support of the WA Chapter make this exceptional service possible.

Your Connection to Communications
  • Assistance from AMTA massage therapist volunteers and chapter office staff-person is only a phone call or email away. You can find us 24/7 on our chapter website
  • Up-to-date information on state and local regulations and laws affecting you and your practice.
  • Washington Massage Journal four times a year, bi-monthly E-News, timely e-mail notifications and calls to action throughout the year.

Your Connection to Advocacy  

  • Member-elected massage therapists in your state who understand and represent your concerns - who amplify your voice to AMTA's House of Delegates and to state policy makers.
  • AMTA-WA's chapter-funded lobbyist protects your interest at the state level.
  • Free legal assistance for members from Peick/Boyer Law Group P.S. regarding issues such as insurance contracts, billing, employer/employee issues and business structures. 
Your Connection to Community
  • Access to an existing network of ethical AMTA massage therapists who draw upon their wealth of experience in the profession to provide you with guidance and support.
  • Reduced-cost continuing education, organized by your peers.
  • Community service opportunities that can help build your skills and network.
  • Social Media connection through Facebook and Chapter website. 
Three ways to contribute:
  1. When you renew your AMTA membership dues, add an additional contribution that will be directed to the Washington Chapter
  2. Click here to contribute anytime on the AMTA National website
  3. Click here to contribute anytime on our AMTA Chapter website 
Not an AMTA Member?

You can still support our profession in Washington State by supporting the work of the AMTA Washington Chapter. Make a financial contribution to AMTA-WA in an amount this is significant to you and participate in your future.

Click here to contribute anytime on our AMTA Chapter website

Please note: contributions are not tax deductible.  
Massage Awareness Day

Seventeen volunteers made their way to the Legislative Building on January 28 to provide massage to legislators and their staff.  Parking was particularly challenging as former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords was on campus to testify in support of gun control, drawing many to the capital on both sides of the gun control issue. A total of 159 massages were provided. Thank you volunteers! One more MAD is scheduled for February 13. A list of all 2014 MAD volunteers will appear in the Spring issue of the Washington Massage Journal.
Call for Candidates
Fri. February 28: Application Deadline

Elections for Chapter Board Members and for House of Delegates will take place at the Annual Meeting on March 15.  Positions up for election are President, 2nd Vice President, Secretary, 2 House of Delegates positions and 5 Alternate House of Delegate Positions.

Click here for job descriptions and candidate applications on our website.
Chapter Annual Meeting, HIPAA Compliance and Ethics Workshop
Sat. March 15 from 10am-5pm
The Golf Club at Echo Falls

This event has sold out in the past, so register as soon as possible to ensure your spot. Save money by registering before March 1. 

Attending both CE sessions will meet your ethics requirement for state license renewal.

Click here for more information and to register online.

Can't attend this event? Then check out the Chapter Convention coming in May, where both HIPAA and Ethics workshops will be offered.
Chapter Convention
May 1-3, 2014
Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center

Registration is now open!

Click here for complete convention details and a link to register online. Brochures will be mailed to AMTA -WA members in mid-February.
ICD-10 Codes
Some of you are asking questions about the new ICD-10 codes that are coming in October. In Washington state, LMP's are not billing Medicare or Medicaid for massage therapy services but the info below and on the website mentioned below is informative for us anyway.

The main thing for LMPs to be alert to is making sure that our patient's referrals contain the new ICD-10 codes from the referring provider. Since we do NOT diagnose we are not responsible for providing new codes for our patients.

ICD-10 in 2014

With less than one year to go until the October 1, 2014, ICD-10 compliance date, now is the time to assess your progress. CMS continues to work with health care organizations to develop and distribute a variety of resources to help you with your ICD-10 planning and preparation.

No matter where you are in your transition, there are ICD-10 resources available to you. Check the provider resources page on the CMS website frequently for news and information to help you prepare. These resources can help you:
  • Plan your journey - Look at the codes you use, prepare a budget, and build a team
  • Train your team - Many options and resources are available
  • Engage your partners - Talk to your software vendors, clearinghouses, and billing services
  • Test your systems and processes - Test within your practice and with your partners 
2014 is the year of ICD-10. The ICD-10 transition will affect every part of your practice, from software upgrades, to patient registration and referrals, to clinical documentation and billing. With everyone in health care working toward a successful transition, now is the time to make sure you are ready too.

Keep Up to Date on ICD-10. Visit the CMS ICD-10 website for the latest news and resources to help you prepare for the October 1, 2014, compliance date. Sign up for CMS ICD-10 Industry Email Updates and follow CMS on Twitter.
News from Department of Health
WA DOH logo On January 9, 2014, the Department of Health (department) amended WAC 246-10-701, regarding the administrative review of health law judges' initial orders. Last year, the Washington State Legislature enacted Engrossed Substitute House Bill (ESHB) 1381 (chapter 109, Laws of 2013), which allows a party to petition the Secretary of Health for review of a health law judge's initial order in cases where the Secretary is the disciplining authority, or by other law, is identified as the final decision-maker in an adjudicative proceeding. The new law does not apply to cases where a board or commission is the disciplining authority. The adopted rule was filed with the Code Reviser's Office as WSR #14-03-049.

WAC 246-10-701 now specifies that if neither party, nor the Secretary of Health, requests review of a health law judge's initial order within the 21 days currently allowed for in rule, the initial order becomes final. ESHB 1381 permits the Secretary to adopt rules to allow cases to become final without further agency action if no review is requested.

No changes have been made to the rule as proposed and presented at the public hearing. The department received one comment in opposition to the rule. The individual believed that the information provided on the rules comment site was unclear and uninformative. No alternative language was provided. When reading the rule language in its entirety and understanding the context for the rule, it is believed that there are no other alternatives to revising the rule language. There is no other known opposition to the rule.

The adopted rule becomes effective on February 9, 2014 and a copy of the adopted rule language is attached.

Any person may petition the department requesting the adoption, amendment or repeal of any rule (RCW 34.05.330).

Tami Thompson
Regulatory Affairs Manager
Department of Health
Policy, Legislative and Constituent Relations
MS:  7890
101 Israel Rd SE - Town Center 1
Tumwater, WA  98501
Ph:  360.236.4044

Click here for the WAC 246-1-701 document (pdf)
Sign In to the AMTA Chapter Website
We've established website accounts for all current members of AMTA Washington on our Chapter site -

When you Sign In you'll be able to take advantage of the many member benefits we offer online.  For example, you can register for events at member pricing, gain access to members-only pages such as Legal Assistance and member forums.

In December 2013, we sent an e-mail to all members containing Sign In instructions. If you haven't signed in yet, or you don't have the e-mail, follow the instructions below. 
  • Go to the website home page
  • Click on Forgot your password?
  • Enter your e-mail address
  • Enter the validation code
  • Click on Reset Password 
You'll receive an e-mail with a link to reset your password. During the reset process your Username will appear on the screen. Please make note of this as you'll need it to Sign In.

If you don't receive the Password Reset e-mail or you're encountering any other difficulties, contact our webmaster for assistance.

We've also posted several help pages on the website so that you'll be able to utilize all of the features we offer.
Update Your Website Profile
After you've Signed In to the Chapter website, the first thing you should do is update your profile.  Your profile will determine what information is visible to other members and the public.

The profile page is where you'll also determine if you would like to be included in our "Find a Therapist" search feature. This is where the public can search for LMP's by city, region or specialty, such as Hot Stone, or Reflexology.

To configure your profile -
  • Sign In to the website
  • Click on Manage Profile (right side of screen)
  • Click on Edit Bio (left side of screen)
Click here for the Edit Bio help page with detailed instructions on how to configure your profile (sign in required)