Wishing everyone an early happy Independence Day. Our office will be open with limited massage hours on July 4. We return to our regular schedule July 5. Be safe and be well. #abwmassage #BMAM#BellinghamWA #Bellwether #chinesemedicine #health #acupuntura#wellness #massage
Today we signed a 2 year extension on A Better Way Massage & Acupuncture lease with The Port of Bellingham. This May 2017 will be 12 years strong in #BellinghamWA providing #Acupuncture and #MedicalMassage. Thank you #PortBellingham and our loyal patients/clients for being such wonderful supporters of #abwmassage. #bham #BMAM #Bellwether @abwmassage https://www.abwmassage.com/
- Access PPO
- GHO Federal
- Omni PPO
- Options PPO
- Overlake Employees
Our office is working on adding more providers to the network. If you have any questions regarding your plan and benefits, please call our office and speak to Tammy at 360-366-4216. She is available to do benefit searches for our patients. You may schedule your GHPPO acupuncture and massage treatments online at abwmassage.com.
Our clinic is a beautiful Medical Massage and Acupuncture office with treatment rooms overlooking Bellingham Bay. We provide patients with insurance verification status reports and we provide medical services for Personal Injury and Labor and Industry claims, and many In-Network insurance plans. We bill at reasonable rates, following WA State L&I pay rates.
A Better Way Massage & Acupuncture under Clinic Forms.
|Bellingham Medical Acupuncture Clinic and Massage
Bayview Medical Center
Providers on Staff:
|Shannon Freeman, LAC, EAMP, LMP – Regence and GHPPO – Acupuncture||Cethanie, Kaster, LMP
|Jamie Mulligan, LMP
|Anna Schemstad, LMP – Regence
|Satori Hanson, LMP – Regence and GHPPO
|Zach Smalley, LMP
|Tammy Kelly-Hanson, Medical Office Administration|
Insurance: We are PPO providers for:
Aetna, BlueCross BlueShield Fedral Employee Programs, BlueCard PPO/EPO and BlueCard Traditional network(s), ChoiceCare, Cigna, Commercial Insurance, Community Health Plan of WA (CHPW), Coventry Health, First Choice Health, Group Health PPO, Group Health Options, Healthways WholeHealth Network, Health Management Administrators (HMA), KPS Health Plans, Lifewise, Personal Injury Claims, Premera, Regence BlueShield, Soundpath Health, Uniform Medical, United Healthcare, Workman’s Compensation. Prompt pay discounts available for Medicare patients and Uninsured patients.
Good news! L & I is beginning the process to add East Asian Medicine Practitioners as approved providers to serve injured workers in WA State!! WEAMA has been working with the Labor and Industries (L & I) on a literature review to provide evidence on the effectiveness of acupuncture for five years. We narrowed the scope of the literature review to Low Back Pain as that is one of the highest incidents of worker injuries.
We received confirmation from Leah Hole-Marshall, L&I -Medical Administrator, that they are going to proceed with policy options for adding acupuncture for low back pain as a covered L&I service. This will initiate the agency rulemaking process. They will submit a CR 101 soon to start the official regulatory process. The process may take up to a year to complete.
They are still reviewing evidence and will have a more formal briefing ready within a week or so, but the upshot is that due to the evidence WEAMA provided a high-quality literature review, along with the AHRQ review, that shows low and moderate quality evidence for the effectiveness of acupuncture for chronic back pain. No significant adverse events are known, so safety was not a high concern.
They are also reviewing a high-quality purchasing strategy (Healthy Washington 20/20) to identify how acupuncture can fit in to both value based and best practice purchasing that ensures injured workers do not fall through the cracks. They will need to present their findings and recommendations to IIMAC and ACHIEV for their feedback which will be in January 2017.
Many thanks to Lisa Taylor-Swanson and Megan Kingsley-Gale, Jen Stone, Mercy Yule, Jacob Godwin and our whole cadre of reviewers/data extractors. We would NOT have crossed this threshold without each and every person!