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Acupuncture Pilot

Chapter 296-20, WAC

All updates for this rule:

Acupuncture Rule ( Chapter 296-23 WAC, Radiology, radiation therapy, nuclear medicine, pathology, hospital, chiropractic, physical therapy, drugless therapeutics and nursing Drugless therapeutics, etc.; Chapter 296-20 WAC, Medical Aid Rules)

This rulemaking creates a new rule for Acupuncture, WAC 296-23-238, and adopts amendments in Chapter 296-20 WAC, Medical Aid Rules. This adoption allows the department and self-insurers to pay for acupuncture as specified in WAC 296-23-238 as of June 1, 2019. When this rule is effective, the Acupuncture medical coverage decisions approved conditions will only list low back pain related to an accepted condition on the claim. Other conditions may be considered at a later date based on the departments review of the available scientific and clinical evidence. The department used a pilot project as authorized by RCW 34.05.313 to determine how acupuncture treatment can best be incorporated into the workers compensation setting. The changes were adopted 4/30/2019 and became effective on 6/1/2019.808.


Rule Changes Effective


PDF: Adoption (Rule-Making Order CR-103)

PDF: Adopted Rule Language

PDF: Response to Public Comments (CES)


Public Hearing


Comments Due


PDF: Proposed Rulemaking (CR 102)

PDF: Proposed Rule Language


PDF: Preproposal (CR-101)

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