SB 6038

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Synopsis as Enacted

Brief Description: Concerning acupuncture and Eastern medicine.

Sponsors: Senators Rivers, Cleveland, Keiser, Short, Conway, Kuderer, Saldaña and Wilson, C.

Senate Committee on Health & Long Term Care

House Committee on Health Care & Wellness

Background: In 2010, the Legislature changed the profession of acupuncture to East Asian medicine, and expanded the scope for a licensed East Asian medicine practitioner. In 2019, references to "East Asian medicine" were changed to "acupuncture and Eastern medicine" and references to "East Asian medicine practitioner" were changed to "acupuncturist" or "acupuncture and Eastern Medicine Practitioner." Acupuncture and Eastern medicine practitioners (acupuncturists) are licensed by the Department of Health (DOH).

Scope of Practice. Acupuncture and Eastern medicine means a health care service utilizing diagnosis and treatment to promote health and treat organic or functional disorders and includes:

Summary: Acupuncture and Eastern medicine means a holistic system of medicine which includes a variety of traditional and modern therapeutic treatments, such as the practice of acupuncture techniques and herbal medicine to maintain and promote wellness; prevent, manage, and reduce pain; treat substance use disorder; and promote health and treat organic or functional disorders. Acupuncture and Eastern medicine includes:

Prior to administering local anesthetics, epinephrine, or oxygen in providing point injection therapy services, an acupuncturist must satisfy education and training requirements established by DOH. DOH must adopt rules establishing these training requirements by July 1, 2021.

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