Welcome to the WSMTA
Massage Therapy became a licensed health care profession in Washington State in 1987 regulated under the Washington State Department of Health (DOH). Since the mid 1990’s with inclusion under the “Every Category of Provider” statute Massage Therapists have had the ability to bill patient’s health plans for covered conditions treatable within the massage therapy scope of practice. The mission of WSMTA is to Advocate for massage therapy as a recognized and respected healthcare profession.
Our goal is to promote and ensure the accessibility and financial viability of massage therapy as a reimbursed health care service through advocacy and communication with government entities (agencies), third-party insurance payers and allied healthcare organizations . We also will provide necessary resources for practitioners of massage therapy, including advanced education in manual therapy and healthcare business development as well as advanced credentialing avenues.
The ongoing legal and regulatory changes in our healthcare delivery system bring constant changes to health plans, health plan providers and their administrative policies that affect how massage therapy is integrated into the healthcare system.
The WSMTA’s strategic objectives with our State based association are twofold:
Advancing the profession
Due to Washington State’s uniqueness which allows LMT’s to bill health care insurance companies, our goal is to address these issues at the local level by bringing our voice, our knowledge, and our cooperative attitude and teamwork approach to the many regulatory, legislative, insurance panels, and other stakeholder work groups that exist here in Washington State.
We are grateful for your support and participation! We are forming programs and workgroups now to work on these important issues. If you would like to help please send us your resume and areas of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you!