WA State Massage Therapy Association
Supporting Massage Therapists in WA State
Health Care Providers
The status of Healthcare Provider applies to ALL WA Licensed Massage Therapists which creates additional and unique opportunities and responsibilities when working patients/clients and running a business.
Representing massage therapist’s interests with third party payers and other healthcare professions. Addressing licensing and legislative issues, State Board of Massage rule making, and media outreach.
Connecting Massage Therapists at a local level to create support for your career. Local Groups are the key to sustainability and longevity in the massage profession. Click to find your community.
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Working for better pay, better working conditions, and career longevity in the massage profession. Get the support you need on your career path.
Mission and Impact Statement
Promote and ensure the accessibility and financial viability of massage therapy as a reimbursed healthcare service through advocacy and communication with government entities (agencies), third-party insurance payers and allied healthcare organizations .
Provide necessary resources for practitioners of massage therapy, including advanced education in manual therapy and healthcare business development as well as advanced credentialing avenues.
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Building a Better Future in WA State
Simple membership requirements and benefits allow us to work more for you
100 % of your membership fee stays in WA State
We work for WA State Massage Therapists
Notice of Filing of CR-103P for Chapter 246-830 WAC—Massage Practitioners This notice is to inform you that the Washington State Board of Massage (board) and the Secretary of the Department of Health (department) adopted new and amended rules to chapter 246-830 WAC— Massage Practitioners. These rules will become effective on July 30, 2017, with[…]
Report from the State of WA Board of Massage July 7 2017 Board meeting The most important part of the BOM meeting was the discussion of…does the board want to begin another round of Rule writing, and if so, which Rules do they want to look at. During the last Rule writing, the board had[…]
The Board of Massage began this particular rule writing process in August of 2014! The reasons for this lengthy and arduous undertaking was to…clarify, streamline and modernize the rule language, to make sure that current best practices with regards to public health and safety are reflected in the rules and to comply with several pieces[…]
Prior Authorization, also known as pre-authorization, has been around in health care for some time now. Medicare and Medicaid have long had prior authorization requirements for many services. Prior authorization has also been around for a long time for many procedures in allopathic care, think surgeries, etc….We are now seeing an expansion of the prior[…]
From Maxey, Megan (DOH) <Megan.Maxey@doh.wa.gov> Nov 10 Dear Interested Parties: Attached is the draft rule language that was approved by the Board of Massage (board) on October 21st. The first document shows all the changes that have been made since we began this process. The second document reflects those changes without the mark ups. The board endorsed[…]
Updates from a very short (2hrs.) Washington State Dept. of Health Board of Massage meeting (11/4/2016) School program review: NW Academy for the Healing Arts, a deficiency letter was sent. Day Spa Academy (Spanish Program), Approved Therapeutic Connections School of Massage, Approved Allied Health Careers Academy, Approval was removed Policy review: The board reviewed three[…]
Update: 07/27/2016 From the BOM: Dear Interested Parties: Attached is DRAFT language for revisions to chapter 246-830 WAC – Massage Practitioners Please submit comments by August 17th. We are seeking additional input from all interested stakeholders as we continue to refine the language of the draft rules. Once we have completed the drafting process, we[…]
From Megan Maxey, Program Manager, WA State Board of Massage Therapy. Dear Interested Parties: Attached ( found below) is a survey regarding the most current draft rule revisions to chapter 246-830 WAC—Massage Practitioners. The Department of Health is seeking your input on the financial impact(s) the draft rule revisions may have on you and/or your[…]
Report from Washington State Board of Massage Meeting – July 8 2016 Marybeth Berney, WSMTA President. Two Directors on the WSMTA Board (Marybeth Berney and Amy Thomason) attended the morning portion of this meeting on behalf of WSMTA members. This is the report from that meeting….. First I will say that neither Amy nor I[…]
Premera Blue Cross will be requiring pre-authorization for massage therapy services starting July 1, 2016 through eviCore healthcare. Many of you are familiar with eviCore because of Regence Blue Shields pre-authorization requirements. The Premera pre-authorization will be a little different than what is now required by Regence. Providers must request a medical necessity review authorization[…]