Chapter 246-803 WAC

Last Update: 7/5/17

EAST ASIAN MEDICINE PRACTITIONER

WAC Sections

EAST ASIAN MEDICINE PRACTITIONERS
246-803-010Definitions.
246-803-020Advertising.
246-803-030East Asian medicine.
246-803-040Education and training for point injection therapy.
LICENSURE—APPLICATION AND ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
246-803-100Application requirements for applicants from approved schools, colleges or programs.
246-803-110Application requirements for applicants from accredited schools, colleges or programs.
246-803-120Application requirements for applicants from approved apprenticeships or tutorials.
246-803-130Application requirements for applicants from foreign schools.
EDUCATION, TRAINING AND EXAMINATION—REQUIREMENTS
246-803-200Training for East Asian medicine practitioners.
246-803-210Basic sciences.
246-803-220East Asian medicine sciences.
246-803-230Clinical training.
246-803-240Examinations.
246-803-250Documents in foreign language.
PRACTICE STANDARDS
246-803-300Patient notification of qualifications and scope of practice.
246-803-310Referral to primary health care provider.
246-803-340Mandatory reporting.
LICENSE STATUS
246-803-400Inactive status.
EAST ASIAN MEDICINE PROGRAM APPROVAL
246-803-500Application for approval of a nonaccredited school, college or program.
246-803-510Application for approval of alternative training.
FEES
246-803-990East Asian medicine practitioner fees and renewal cycle.
DISPOSITION OF SECTIONS FORMERLY CODIFIED IN THIS TITLE
246-803-330Plan for consultation, emergency transfer and referral. [Statutory Authority: Chapter 18.06 RCW and 2010 c 286. WSR 11-17-105, § 246-803-330, filed 8/22/11, effective 9/22/11.] Repealed by WSR 16-01-158, filed 12/21/15, effective 1/21/16. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.06.160 and 2015 c 60.


246-803-010
Definitions.

The definitions in this section apply throughout this chapter unless the context clearly requires otherwise:
(1) "Accredited school, college or program" is:
(a) Accredited or has candidacy status as a United States postsecondary school, college or program; or
(b) Accredited by or has candidacy status with the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM).
(2) "Approved school" is a school, college or program approved by the secretary of the department of health that meets the requirements of WAC 246-803-500.
(3) "Credit" means ten classroom contact hours on the quarter system or fifteen classroom contact hours on the semester or trimester system.
(4) "Department" means the department of health.
(5) "East Asian medicine apprenticeship" is training in East Asian medicine administered by an apprenticeship trainer that satisfies the educational requirements set out in WAC 246-803-210, 246-803-220, and 246-803-230. An apprenticeship is of limited duration and ends at the time the parties to the apprenticeship agreement have completed their obligations.
(6) "East Asian medicine practitioner" is a person licensed under chapter 18.06 RCW.
(7) "East Asian medicine program" is training in East Asian medicine offered by an academic institution that satisfies the education requirements set out in WAC 246-803-210, 246-803-220, and 246-803-230 and also offers training in other areas of study. A program is an established area of study offered on a continuing basis. An East Asian medicine program may be referred to as a program in acupuncture, acupuncture and Oriental medicine, or Oriental medicine.
(8) "East Asian medicine school" is an accredited academic institution which has the sole purpose of offering training in East Asian medicine that satisfies the education requirements set out in WAC 246-803-210, 246-803-220, and 246-803-230.
(9) "East Asian medicine tutorial instruction" is training in East Asian medicine which is offered by an academic institution or qualified instructor on the basis of a tutorial agreement between the school or instructor and the student and satisfies the education requirements set out in WAC 246-803-210, 246-803-220, and 246-803-230. A tutorial is of limited duration and ends at the time the parties to the tutorial agreement have performed their obligations under the agreement.
(10) "Primary health care provider" is an individual licensed under:
(a) Chapter 18.36A RCW, Naturopathy;
(b) Chapter 18.57 RCW, Osteopathy—Osteopathic medicine and surgery;
(c) Chapter 18.57A RCW, Osteopathic physicians' assistants;
(d) Chapter 18.71 RCW, Physicians;
(e) Chapter 18.71A RCW, Physician assistants; or
(f) RCW 18.79.050, "Advanced registered nursing practice" defined—Exceptions.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 18.06 RCW and 2010 c 286. WSR 11-17-105, § 246-803-010, filed 8/22/11, effective 9/22/11.]



246-803-020
Advertising.

(1) A person licensed under this chapter may use the title East Asian medicine practitioner (EAMP) or licensed acupuncturist (L.Ac.) in all forms of advertising, professional literature and billing.
(2) An East Asian medicine practitioner may not use the title "doctor," "Dr.," or "Ph.D." on any advertising or other printed material unless the nature of the degree is clearly stated.
(3) An East Asian medicine practitioner may not represent that he or she holds a degree from an East Asian medicine school other than that degree which appears on his or her application for licensure.
(4) An East Asian medicine practitioner shall not engage in false, deceptive, or misleading advertising including, but not limited to, the following:
(a) Advertising that misrepresents the potential of East Asian medicine or acupuncture; and
(b) Advertising of any service, technique, or procedure that is outside the scope of practice for an East Asian medicine practitioner.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 18.06 RCW and 2010 c 286. WSR 11-17-105, § 246-803-020, filed 8/22/11, effective 9/22/11.]



246-803-030
East Asian medicine.

East Asian medicine is a health care service using East Asian medicine diagnosis and treatment to promote health and treat organic or functional disorders. East Asian medicine includes the following:
(1) Acupuncture. Acupuncture includes the use of acupuncture needles or lancets to directly or indirectly stimulate acupuncture points and meridians;
(2) Use of electrical, mechanical, or magnetic devices to stimulate acupuncture points and meridians;
(3) Moxibustion;
(4) Acupressure;
(5) Cupping;
(6) Dermal friction technique;
(7) Infrared;
(8) Sonopuncture;
(9) Laserpuncture;
(10) Point injection therapy (aquapuncture):
(a) Is defined as meaning the subcutaneous, intramuscular and intradermal injection of substances consistent with the practice of East Asian medicine to stimulate acupuncture points, AHSHI points, trigger points and meridians. Substances are limited to:
(i) Saline;
(ii) Sterile water;
(iii) Herbs specifically manufactured for injection by means of hypodermic needles;
(iv) Minerals specifically manufactured for injection by means of hypodermic needles;
(v) Vitamins in liquid form specifically manufactured for injection by means of hypodermic needles; and
(vi) Homeopathic and nutritional substances specifically manufactured for injection by means of hypodermic needles.
(b) For the purposes of this section, includes trigger points as a subset of acupuncture points and AHSHI points as recognized in the current practice of East Asian medicine.
(c) Does not include injection of controlled substances contained in Schedules I through V of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act, chapter 69.50 RCW or steroids as defined in RCW 69.41.300.
(11) Dietary advice and health education based on East Asian medical theory, including the recommendation and sale of herbs, vitamins, minerals, and dietary and nutritional supplements.
Health education. Health education is educational information directed to the patient that attempts to improve, maintain, promote and safeguard the health care of the patient. Health education consists of educating the patient on how the mind, body and spirit connect in context of imbalances, emotional patterns and tendencies as defined by and treated in East Asian medicine. Health education does not include mental health counseling;
(12) Breathing, relaxation, and East Asian exercise techniques;
(13) Qi gong;
(14) East Asian massage. East Asian massage means manual techniques having originated in East Asia involving the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body for therapeutic purposes.
(a) East Asian massage consists of:
(i) Applying fixed or movable pressure;
(ii) Passive, resistive, and assisted stretching of fascial and connective tissue;
(iii) Holding or causing movement of the body; or
(iv) Tapping, compressions or friction.
(b) East Asian massage may be performed with the use of tools common to the practice and aids of superficial heat, cold, water, lubricants, salts, minerals, liniments, poultices, and herbs.
(c) East Asian massage does not include attempts to adjust or manipulate any articulations of the body or spine or mobilization of these articulations by the use of a thrusting force.
(15) Tui na. Tui na is a method of East Asian bodywork, characterized by the kneading, pressing, rolling, shaking, and stretching of the body and does not include spinal manipulation; and
(16) Superficial heat and cold therapies.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.06.230, 18.06.160, and 18.06.010. WSR 17-15-006, § 246-803-030, filed 7/5/17, effective 7/5/17. Statutory Authority: Chapter 18.06 RCW and 2010 c 286. WSR 11-17-105, § 246-803-030, filed 8/22/11, effective 9/22/11.]



246-803-040
Education and training for point injection therapy.

East Asian medicine practitioners employing point injection therapy shall use only those substances and techniques for which they have received training.
(1) The education and training for point injection therapy must:
(a) Consist of a minimum total of twenty-four contact hours of training in the topics required in this section;
(b) Include at least eight hours of clinical practical experience; and
(c) Be administered by an instructor that meets the requirements of subsection (4) of this section.
(2) A curriculum for a point injection therapy training program must include:
(a) Review of physical examination, contraindications and universal precautions, and differential diagnosis;
(b) Compounding and administration of the substances authorized for point injection therapy under WAC 246-803-030, including aseptic technique, recordkeeping and storage of substances authorized for use in point injection therapy;
(c) Emergency procedures;
(d) Point injection therapy techniques and contraindication within the East Asian medicine scope of practice relative to the authorized substances listed in WAC 246-803-030 (10)(a)(i) through (vi).
(3) Except for the training in the use of intramuscular epinephrine, the training must be delivered in person and not through webinar or other online or distance learning method.
(4) An instructor for point injection therapy must have:
(a) A health care credential in good standing with a scope of practice that includes point injection therapy; and
(b) At least five years of experience in a health care practice that includes point injection therapy.
(5) In addition to point injection therapy meeting the requirements of subsections (1) and (2) of this section, East Asian medicine practitioners using point injection therapy must complete training in the use of intramuscular epinephrine.
(a) Training in the use of intramuscular epinephrine must be according to RCW 70.54.440(4).
(b) This training may be taken separately from the training in point injection therapy.
(c) Up to two hours of training in the use of intramuscular epinephrine count in meeting the requirement for twenty-four hours of training.
(d) An East Asian medicine practitioner who holds an active credential with a scope of practice that includes the authority to prescribe, dispense or administer epinephrine does not need to meet the requirements of (a) of this subsection.
(6) To qualify under this section, the training program shall provide each successful student with a:
(a) Certificate of successful completion of the program; and
(b) Course syllabus outlining the schedule and curriculum of the program.
(7) The requirements of subsections (1) through (6) of this section do not apply to an East Asian medicine practitioner who has provided point injection therapy prior to July 1, 2017. East Asian medicine practitioners using point injection therapy prior to July 1, 2017, must have completed training and education in point injection therapy.
(8) Any East Asian medicine practitioner performing point injection therapy must be able to demonstrate, upon request of the department of health, successful completion of education and training in point injection therapy.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.06.230, 18.06.160, and 18.06.010. WSR 17-15-006, § 246-803-040, filed 7/5/17, effective 7/5/17.]



246-803-100
Application requirements for applicants from approved schools, colleges or programs.

An applicant for an East Asian medicine practitioner license who has graduated from an approved school, college or program must submit to the department:
(1) A completed application.
(2) The application fee required under WAC 246-803-990.
(3) Verification of academic or educational study and clinical training at a school, college or program approved by the secretary. The school, college or program verification must include one of the following:
(a) Original copy of school transcript evidencing completion of a program in East Asian medicine that includes the required basic sciences sent directly from the school, college or program; or
(b) If the school no longer exists, a copy of the transcript and a sworn affidavit stating the school no longer exists.
(4) Verification of clinical training as required in WAC 246-803-230.
(5) Verification of successful completion of the examinations as required in WAC 246-803-240.
(6) Verification of all East Asian medicine practitioner or health care licenses held, submitted directly from the licensing agency. The certification shall include the license number, issue date, expiration date and whether the East Asian medicine practitioner has been the subject of final or pending disciplinary action.
(7) Verification of completion of seven clock hours of AIDS education as required in chapter 246-12 WAC, Part 8.
(8) Verification of current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification. The training in CPR shall consist of a minimum of one quarter credit or equivalent. Red Cross certification or documentation of equivalent training may be substituted for the one quarter credit.
(9) Any additional documents requested by the secretary.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.06.160 and 2015 c 60. WSR 16-01-158, § 246-803-100, filed 12/21/15, effective 1/21/16. Statutory Authority: Chapter 18.06 RCW and 2010 c 286. WSR 11-17-105, § 246-803-100, filed 8/22/11, effective 9/22/11.]



246-803-110
Application requirements for applicants from accredited schools, colleges or programs.

An applicant for an East Asian medicine practitioner license who has graduated from an accredited school, college or program must submit to the department:
(1) A completed application.
(2) The application fee required under WAC 246-803-990.
(3) Verification of academic or educational study and clinical training at a school, college or program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM). The school, college or program verification must include one of the following:
(a) Original copy of school transcript evidencing completion of a program in East Asian medicine that includes the required basic sciences sent directly from the school, college or program. If all of the required basic sciences were not included as a part of the curriculum, then the applicant must also provide official transcripts where the basic sciences were obtained; or
(b) A notarized affidavit or statement signed by an officer of the school, college or program certifying the applicant's satisfactory completion of the training and designating the subjects and hours; or
(c) If the school no longer exists, a copy of the transcript and a sworn affidavit stating the school no longer exists.
(4) Verification of clinical training as required in WAC 246-803-230.
(5) Verification of successful completion of the examinations as required in WAC 246-803-240.
(6) Verification of all East Asian medicine practitioner or health care licenses held, submitted directly from the licensing agency. The certification shall include the license number, issue date, expiration date and whether the East Asian medicine practitioner has been the subject of final or pending disciplinary action.
(7) Verification of completion of seven clock hours of AIDS education as required in chapter 246-12 WAC, Part 8.
(8) Verification of current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification. The training in CPR shall consist of a minimum of one quarter credit or equivalent. Red Cross certification or documentation of equivalent training may be substituted for the one quarter credit.
(9) Any additional documents requested by the secretary.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.06.160 and 2015 c 60. WSR 16-01-158, § 246-803-110, filed 12/21/15, effective 1/21/16. Statutory Authority: Chapter 18.06 RCW and 2010 c 286. WSR 11-17-105, § 246-803-110, filed 8/22/11, effective 9/22/11.]



246-803-120
Application requirements for applicants from approved apprenticeships or tutorials.

Prior to applying for an East Asian medicine practitioner license, an applicant must have on file an approved application for apprenticeship or tutorial. The application must meet the requirements set out in WAC 246-803-510. An applicant for an East Asian medicine practitioner license who has completed an apprenticeship or tutorial program approved by the secretary must submit to the department:
(1) A completed application.
(2) The application fee required under WAC 246-803-990.
(3) Verification of academic or educational study and clinical training at an approved apprenticeship or tutorial. Verification must include a notarized affidavit or statement signed by the apprenticeship trainer certifying the applicant's satisfactory completion of the training and designating the subjects and hours.
(4) Verification of clinical training as required in WAC 246-803-230.
(5) Verification of successful completion of the examinations as required in WAC 246-803-240.
(6) Verification of all East Asian medicine practitioner or health care licenses held, submitted directly from the licensing agency. The certification shall include the license number, issue date, expiration date and whether the East Asian medicine practitioner has been the subject of final or pending disciplinary action.
(7) Verification of completion of seven clock hours of AIDS education as required in chapter 246-12 WAC, Part 8.
(8) Verification of current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification. The training in CPR shall consist of a minimum of one quarter credit or equivalent. Red Cross certification or documentation of equivalent training may be substituted for the one quarter credit.
(9) Any additional documents requested by the secretary.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.06.160 and 2015 c 60. WSR 16-01-158, § 246-803-120, filed 12/21/15, effective 1/21/16. Statutory Authority: Chapter 18.06 RCW and 2010 c 286. WSR 11-17-105, § 246-803-120, filed 8/22/11, effective 9/22/11.]



246-803-130
Application requirements for applicants from foreign schools.

(1) An applicant for an East Asian medicine practitioner license who has graduated from a foreign East Asian medicine practitioner program not accredited, or approved by the secretary must:
(a) Have at least a bachelor's or master's degree in East Asian medicine or acupuncture from an institution of higher learning which is approved by the foreign country's ministry of education/health, or other governmental entity;
(b) Have graduated from a program of East Asian medicine or acupuncture education with requirements substantially equal to those required of graduates of secretary-approved programs; and
(c) Demonstrate fluency in reading, speaking, and understanding the English language by taking the examinations required in WAC 246-803-240 (2)(a) through (c) in English or by passage of the test of English as a foreign language in WAC 246-803-240(3).
(2) An applicant for an East Asian medicine practitioner license must submit to the department:
(a) A completed application.
(b) The application fee required under WAC 246-803-990.
(c) Original copy of school transcripts from the East Asian medicine or acupuncture program showing degree and degree date.
(d) A credentialing evaluation report from the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO). The report must be sent directly from the AACRAO to the department. Submit transcripts, fees, and other documentation to a credentialing service approved by the department and request the evaluation report be sent directly to the department. The department recognizes the AACRAO for credential evaluations.
(e) Verification of clinical training as required in WAC 246-803-230.
(f) Verification of successful completion of the examinations as required in WAC 246-803-240.
(g) Verification of all East Asian medicine practitioner or health care licenses held, submitted directly from the licensing agency. The certification shall include the license number, issue date, expiration date and whether the East Asian medicine practitioner has been the subject of final or pending disciplinary action.
(h) Verification of completion of seven clock hours of AIDS education as required in chapter 246-812 WAC, Part 8.
(i) Verification of current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification. The training in CPR shall consist of a minimum of one quarter credit or equivalent. Red Cross certification or documentation of equivalent training may be substituted for the one quarter credit.
(j) Any additional documents requested by the secretary.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.06.160 and 2015 c 60. WSR 16-01-158, § 246-803-130, filed 12/21/15, effective 1/21/16. Statutory Authority: Chapter 18.06 RCW and 2010 c 286. WSR 11-17-105, § 246-803-130, filed 8/22/11, effective 9/22/11.]



246-803-200
Training for East Asian medicine practitioners.

To become an East Asian medicine practitioner, an applicant must have training in:
(1) Basic sciences as described in WAC 246-803-210;
(2) East Asian medicine sciences as described in WAC 246-803-220; and
(3) Clinical training as described in WAC 246-803-230.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 18.06 RCW and 2010 c 286. WSR 11-17-105, § 246-803-200, filed 8/22/11, effective 9/22/11.]



246-803-210
Basic sciences.

To become an East Asian medicine practitioner, an applicant must have training in basic sciences that must consist of a minimum of forty-five quarter credits or thirty semester or trimester credits. These credits shall consist of the following:
(1) Anatomy;
(2) Physiology;
(3) Microbiology;
(4) Biochemistry;
(5) Pathology;
(6) Survey of western clinical sciences; and
(7) Hygiene.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 18.06 RCW and 2010 c 286. WSR 11-17-105, § 246-803-210, filed 8/22/11, effective 9/22/11.]



246-803-220
East Asian medicine sciences.

To become an East Asian medicine practitioner, an applicant must have training in East Asian medicine sciences consisting of a minimum of seventy-five quarter credits or fifty semester or trimester credits. These credits must include the following subjects of acupuncture/East Asian medicine:
(1) Fundamental principles;
(2) Diagnosis;
(3) Pathology;
(4) Therapeutics;
(5) Meridians/vessels and points; and
(6) Techniques, including electro-acupuncture.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 18.06 RCW and 2010 c 286. WSR 11-17-105, § 246-803-220, filed 8/22/11, effective 9/22/11.]



246-803-230
Clinical training.

To become an East Asian medicine practitioner, an applicant must complete a minimum of five hundred hours of supervised clinical training including no more than one hundred hours of observation which includes case presentation and discussion. At least four hundred hours must be patient treatment.
(1) Qualified instructors must observe and provide guidance to the student as appropriate. Instructors must be qualified to provide instruction in their areas of specialization in East Asian medicine as demonstrated by possession of the following:
(a) Broad and comprehensive training in East Asian medicine; and
(b) Two years of relevant current work experience or teaching experience in East Asian medicine.
(2) Qualified instructors must be available within the clinical facility to provide consultation and assistance to the student for patient treatments. Prior to initiation of each treatment, instructors must have knowledge of and approve the diagnosis and treatment plan.
(3) "Patient treatment" includes:
(a) Conducting a patient intake interview concerning the patient's past and present medical history;
(b) Performing East Asian medicine examination and diagnosis;
(c) Discussion between the instructor and the student concerning the proposed diagnosis and treatment plan;
(d) Applying East Asian medicine treatment principles and techniques; and
(e) Charting of patient conditions, evaluative discussions and findings, and concluding remarks.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 18.06 RCW and 2010 c 286. WSR 11-17-105, § 246-803-230, filed 8/22/11, effective 9/22/11.]



246-803-240
Examinations.

(1) The examinations administered by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) are the official examinations for licensure as an East Asian medicine practitioner.
(2) An applicant for licensure as an East Asian medicine practitioner must pass the following examinations:
(a) Foundations of Oriental medicine examination;
(b) Acupuncture with point location examination;
(c) Biomedicine examination; and
(d) Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM) clean needle technique course.
(3) If the applicant takes the examinations listed in subsection (2) of this section in a language other than English, they must also take and pass the test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL) internet-based (IBT) examination. This is done by obtaining scores on the TOEFL IBT of at least:
(a) 24 on the writing section;
(b) 26 on the speaking section;
(c) 21 on the reading section; and
(d) 18 on the listening comprehension section.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 18.06 RCW and 2010 c 286. WSR 11-17-105, § 246-803-240, filed 8/22/11, effective 9/22/11.]



246-803-250
Documents in foreign language.

All documents submitted to the department in a foreign language must be accompanied by an accurate translation in English. Each translated document must bear the affidavit of the translator certifying that the translator is competent in both the language of the document and the English language and that the translation is a true and complete translation of the foreign language original. Translation of any document relative to a person's application is at the expense of the applicant.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 18.06 RCW and 2010 c 286. WSR 11-17-105, § 246-803-250, filed 8/22/11, effective 9/22/11.]



246-803-300
Patient notification of qualifications and scope of practice.

East Asian medicine practitioners in the state of Washington must provide to each patient prior to or at the time of the initial patient visit the qualifications and scope of practice form. The form must include:
(1) The East Asian medicine practitioner's education. The degree obtained or if the education was by apprenticeship, the dates and locations of the didactic and clinical training.
(2) License information, including state license number and date of licensure.
(3) A statement that the practice of East Asian medicine in the state of Washington includes the following:
(a) Acupuncture, including the use of acupuncture needles or lancets to directly and indirectly stimulate acupuncture points and meridians;
(b) Use of electrical, mechanical, or magnetic devices to stimulate acupuncture points and meridians;
(c) Moxibustion;
(d) Acupressure;
(e) Cupping;
(f) Dermal friction technique;
(g) Infrared;
(h) Sonopuncture;
(i) Laserpuncture;
(j) Point injection therapy (aquapuncture);
(k) Dietary advice and health education based on East Asian medical theory, including the recommendation and sale of herbs, vitamins, minerals, and dietary and nutritional supplements;
(l) Breathing, relaxation, and East Asian exercise techniques;
(m) Qi gong;
(n) East Asian massage and Tui na (which is a method of East Asian bodywork); and
(o) Superficial heat and cold therapies.
(4) A statement that side effects of the treatments listed above may include, but are not limited to, the following:
(a) Pain following treatment;
(b) Minor bruising;
(c) Infection;
(d) Needle sickness; and
(e) Broken needle.
(5) A statement that patients must inform the East Asian medicine practitioner if they have a severe bleeding disorder or pacemaker prior to any treatment.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 18.06 RCW and 2010 c 286. WSR 11-17-105, § 246-803-300, filed 8/22/11, effective 9/22/11.]



246-803-310
Referral to primary health care provider.

(1) When an East Asian medicine practitioner sees a patient with a potentially serious disorder, the East Asian medicine practitioner shall immediately request a consultation or written diagnosis from a primary health care provider.
(2) Potentially serious disorders include, but are not limited to:
(a) Cardiac conditions including uncontrolled hypertension;
(b) Acute abdominal symptoms;
(c) Acute undiagnosed neurological changes;
(d) Unexplained weight loss or gain in excess of fifteen percent body weight within a three-month period;
(e) Suspected fracture or dislocation;
(f) Suspected systemic infection;
(g) Any serious undiagnosed hemorrhagic disorder; and
(h) Acute respiratory distress without previous history or diagnosis.
(3) In the event a patient with a potentially serious disorder refuses to authorize such consultation or provide a recent diagnosis from a primary health care provider, East Asian medical treatments, including acupuncture, may only continue after the patient signs a written waiver acknowledging the risks associated with the failure to pursue treatment from a primary health care provider.
(4) The written waiver must include:
(a) A statement acknowledging that failure by the patient to pursue treatment from a primary health care provider may involve risks that such a condition can worsen without further warning and even become life threatening;
(b) An explanation of an East Asian medicine practitioner's scope of practice, to include the services and techniques East Asian medicine practitioners are authorized to provide; and
(c) A statement that the services and techniques that an East Asian medicine practitioner is authorized to provide will not resolve the patient's underlying potentially serious disorder.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 18.06 RCW and 2010 c 286. WSR 11-17-105, § 246-803-310, filed 8/22/11, effective 9/22/11.]



246-803-340
Mandatory reporting.

All individuals credentialed under this chapter must comply with the mandatory reporting rules in chapter 246-16 WAC.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 18.06 RCW and 2010 c 286. WSR 11-17-105, § 246-803-340, filed 8/22/11, effective 9/22/11.]



246-803-400
Inactive status.

(1) An East Asian medicine practitioner may obtain an inactive license by meeting the requirements of WAC 246-12-090.
(2) An inactive license must be renewed every year on the East Asian medicine practitioner's birthday according to WAC 246-12-100 and 246-803-990.
(3) If a license is inactive for three years or less, to return to active status an East Asian medicine practitioner must meet the requirements of WAC 246-12-110 and 246-803-990.
(4) If a license is inactive for more than three years and the East Asian medicine practitioner has been actively practicing in another state of the United States or its major territories, to return to active status the East Asian medicine practitioner must:
(a) Provide certification of an active East Asian medicine practitioner license, submitted directly from another licensing entity. The certification shall include the license number, issue date, expiration date and whether the East Asian medicine practitioner has been the subject of final or pending disciplinary action;
(b) Provide verification of current active practice in another state of the United States or its major territories for the last three years; and
(c) Meet the requirements of WAC 246-12-110 and 246-803-990.
(5) If a license is inactive for more than three years, and the East Asian medicine practitioner has not been actively practicing in another state of the United States or its major territories, to return to active status the East Asian medicine practitioner must provide:
(a) A written request to change licensure status;
(b) The applicable fees according to WAC 246-803-990;
(c) Proof of successful completion of the examinations as required in WAC 246-803-240 (2)(a), (b), and (c) within the past year;
(d) Written certification of all East Asian medicine practitioner or health care licenses held, submitted directly from the licensing agency. The certification shall include the license number, issue date, expiration date and whether the East Asian medicine practitioner has been the subject of final or pending disciplinary action; and
(e) Proof of AIDS education according to WAC 246-803-100, 246-803-110 or 246-803-120.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 18.06 RCW and 2010 c 286. WSR 11-17-105, § 246-803-400, filed 8/22/11, effective 9/22/11.]



246-803-500
Application for approval of a nonaccredited school, college or program.

(1) Clinical and didactic training of a school, college or program may be approved separately.
(2) The department may consider for approval didactic training which meet the requirements outlined in WAC 246-803-210 and 246-803-220. Clinical training must meet the requirements outlined in WAC 246-803-230.
(3) Application for approval of a school, college or program is made by the authorized representative of the school, college or program.
(4) The authorized representative may request approval of the school, college or program as of the date of the application or retroactively to a specified date.
(5) The application for approval of a school, college or program shall include documentation required by the department pertaining to:
(a) Educational administration;
(b) Qualifications of instructors;
(c) Didactic and/or clinical facilities; and
(d) Content of offered training.
(6) An application fee as required under WAC 246-803-990 must accompany the completed application.
(7) The department will evaluate the application and, if necessary, conduct a site inspection of the school, college or program prior to approval by the department.
(8) After completing the evaluation of the application, the department may grant or deny approval, or grant approval conditioned upon appropriate modification to the application.
(9) If the department denies an application or grants conditional approval, the authorized representative of the applicant school, college or program may request a review within ninety days of the department's adverse action. After ninety days the contesting party may only obtain review by submitting a new application.
(10) The authorized representative shall notify the department of significant changes with respect to educational administration, instructor qualifications, facilities, or content of training.
(11) The department may inspect an approved school, college or program at reasonable intervals for compliance. Approval may be withdrawn if the department finds failure to comply with the requirements of law, administrative rules, or representations in the application.
(12) The authorized representative must immediately correct deficiencies which resulted in withdrawal of the department's approval.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 18.06 RCW and 2010 c 286. WSR 11-17-105, § 246-803-500, filed 8/22/11, effective 9/22/11.]



246-803-510
Application for approval of alternative training.

(1) Clinical and didactic training of any apprenticeship or tutorial instruction may be approved separately.
(2) The department may consider for approval didactic training which meets the requirements outlined in WAC 246-803-210 and 246-803-220. Clinical training must meet the requirements of WAC 246-803-230.
(3) Application for approval of an apprenticeship or tutorial instruction is made by the apprenticeship or tutorial trainer.
(4) A request for approval of the apprenticeship or tutorial instruction may be as of the date of the application or retroactively to a specified date.
(5) The apprenticeship or tutorial instructor must be licensed as an East Asian medicine practitioner in the state of Washington and have no less than seven out of the last ten years of experience in full-time practice as an East Asian medicine practitioner.
(6) The application for approval of an apprenticeship or tutorial instruction must include documentation required by the department pertaining to:
(a) Educational administration;
(b) Qualifications of the apprenticeship or tutorial trainer;
(c) Didactic and/or clinical facilities; and
(d) Content of offered training.
(7) An application fee as required under WAC 246-803-990 must accompany the completed application.
(8) The department will evaluate the application and, if necessary, conduct a site inspection of the apprenticeship or tutorial instruction prior to approval by the department.
(9) After completing the evaluation of the application, the department may grant or deny approval, or grant approval conditioned upon appropriate modification to the application.
(10) If the department denies an application or grants conditional approval, the apprenticeship or tutorial trainer may request a review within ninety days of the department's adverse action. After ninety days the contesting party may only obtain review by submitting a new application.
(11) The apprenticeship or tutorial trainer shall notify the department of significant changes with respect to educational administration, trainer qualifications, facilities, or content of training.
(12) The department may inspect an approved apprenticeship or tutorial instruction at reasonable intervals for compliance. Approval may be withdrawn if the department finds failure to comply with the requirements of law, administrative rules, or representations in the application.
(13) The apprenticeship or tutorial trainer must immediately correct deficiencies which resulted in withdrawal of the department's approval.
(14) An apprenticeship or tutorial is of limited duration and ends at the time the parties to the agreement have completed their obligations.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 18.06 RCW and 2010 c 286. WSR 11-17-105, § 246-803-510, filed 8/22/11, effective 9/22/11.]



246-803-990
East Asian medicine practitioner fees and renewal cycle.

(1) Licenses must be renewed every year on the practitioner's birthday as provided in chapter 246-12 WAC, Part 2.
(2) The following nonrefundable fees will be charged:
Title of Fee
Fee
License application
$100.00
License renewal
196.00
Inactive license renewal
50.00
Late renewal penalty
105.00
Expired license reissuance
50.00
Expired inactive license reissuance
50.00
Duplicate license
15.00
Certification of license
25.00
East Asian medicine training program application
500.00
UW library access fee
9.00
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 18.06 RCW and 2010 c 286. WSR 11-17-105, § 246-803-990, filed 8/22/11, effective 9/22/11.]