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  • 13 Feb 2018 10:35 AM | Henry Buchtel (Administrator)

    The document below was prepared to help clarify the language and intent of the grandfathering and exemptions sections in the acupuncture licensure bill (SB 683).


    MAAOM_SB683_FAQ_18_04_25.pdf


    Acupuncture Licensure Bill

    SB 683


    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


    (Updated 4/25/18, replaces 2/18/18 version)



    List of Questions and Answers (see below for detailed response)


    Q: Is acupuncture licensed in other states?


    A: Yes, a license is required to practice acupuncture in 46 out of 50 states.


    Q: If I am practicing acupuncture in Michigan but do not meet the national standards for licensure, will SB 683 stop me from practicing acupuncture?


    A: You may be qualified to be grandfathered into licensure.


    Q: Will SB 683 prevent me from doing acupressure, cupping, homeopathy, dietary counseling, and other un-regulated activities?


    A: No, it will not affect previously un-regulated activities.


    Q: Will SB 683 allow ADS’s to continue performing the NADA protocol for substance abuse?


    A: Yes, ADS’s can continue to perform NADA.


    Q: Will acupuncture be covered by insurance after SB 683 passes?


    A: SB 683 will remove barriers to insurance, but does not require it.



    Q&A with explanations and references


    Q: Is acupuncture licensed in other states?


    A: Yes, acupuncture is a licensed profession in 46 out of 50 states.


    Nevada was the first state to legalize acupuncture in 1974, and Kansas was the most recent state, passing legislation in 2017. The remaining 4 states are Oklahoma, South Dakota, Alabama, and Michigan.


    Q: If I am practicing acupuncture in Michigan but do not meet the national standards for licensure, will SB 683 stop me from practicing acupuncture?


    A: You may be qualified to be grandfathered into licensure.


    The grandfathering section of SB 683 was written to include individuals who have been practicing legally in the state, but whom did not graduate from an ACAOM-accredited program and cannot sit the NCCAOM national board exams.


    These individuals will have a 12-month window to apply to the state board and demonstrate through written documentation that:

    • 1.     They have completed a systematic acupuncture education.
    • 2.     That in the 3 years preceding the application, they have used acupuncture to treat an average 250 patient visits per year.
    • 3.     That they have used acupuncture to treat patients with general health conditions.

    The intent of this section is to allow individuals meeting these requirements to be grandfathered into licensure.


    See Section 16515(2)(B) and the corresponding portion of Section 16525.


    Q: Will SB 683 prevent me from doing acupressure, cupping, homeopathy, dietary counseling, and other un-regulated activities?


    A: No, it will not affect previously un-regulated activities.


    Although many of these activities will be included in the scope of a licensed acupuncturist, the intent of SB 683 is to create broad exemptions for the performance of previously un-regulated procedures, and will not affect the ability of unregulated professions such as life coaches, dieticians, nutritionists, naturopaths, homeopaths, and herbal medicine practitioners to continue doing their jobs. SB 683 will only restrict the performance of acupuncture and moxibustion to licensed acupuncturists.

    See Section 16513(2)(D)


    Q: Will SB 683 allow ADS’s to continue performing the NADA protocol for substance abuse?


    A: Yes, ADS’s can continue to perform NADA.


    SB 683 creates a specific exemption for certified Acupuncture Detoxification Specialists (ADS) to continue performing the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) protocol for the prevention and treatment of substance use disorder.

    See Section 16513(C)


    Q: Will acupuncture be covered by insurance after SB 683 passes?


    A: SB 683 will remove barriers to insurance, but does not require it.


    This bill does not require 3rd party or workers comp. reimbursement, but its passage will remove some of the barriers to insurance coverage for acupuncture.


    Insurance companies in most other states include some degree of coverage for acupuncture. In Michigan, some insurance companies cover acupuncture when performed by a physician, but not when performed by an acupuncturist. Licensure will remove the barriers that contribute to this situation and bring Michigan up to the level of other states in the Great Lakes region.


    If you have further questions please don’t hesitate to contact the MAAOM Legislative Committee members below:


    Henry Buchtel, Chair

    Email: henry.buchtel@gmail.com; cell: 734-845-8550

    Gigi Cristache, Vice-chair

    Email: 5acupuncturewellness@gmail.com; cell: 248-790-4061

    Kristin Whitfield, Member

    Email: kvwhitfield@gmail.com; cell: 774-722-3218


  • 08 Jan 2018 3:23 PM | Mathew Kulas (Administrator)

    You may have been receiving letters in the mail, phone calls, or emails as of late. Make no mistake, we have been reaching out to old members and new alike.


    This is a very important time as on Nov 30, 2017 legislation was introduced to give acupuncturists the full rights and protections of licensure. This legislation will create revenue-neutral regulation of the profession, remove barriers that discourage acupuncturists from moving to and investing in Michigan, and make it possible for insurance companies to cover acupuncture.


    We need your support to make Michigan the 47th state to license acupuncture! Please join our association, donate, and call your representatives. If you're already a member and wish to help, please email us at maaomstaff@gmail.com. Thank you!

  • 11 Oct 2017 10:35 AM | MAAOM Staff (Administrator)

    We are honored to receive the recognition of the Governor in proclaiming Oct. 24, 2017 as "Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Wellness Day" in the state of Michigan!


    Read more about AOM Day at www.AOMDay.org


    Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day is designed to increase public awareness of the progress, promise, and benefits of acupuncture and Oriental medicine. Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day is supported by a unique international partnership of organizations in the United States, Canada and Mexico. These organizations include professional associations and educational institutions.

     

    Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day offers a rare opportunity to focus attention on the long and rich history of this traditional form of health care.

     

    The MAAOM is participating in this year's Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day by organizing events all over the state, from Traverse City to Grand Rapids to Detroit.


    Find an Acupuncturist in your area by clicking on this link:


    http://michiganacupuncture.org/page-1799802
  • 22 Sep 2017 12:59 PM | MAAOM Staff (Administrator)

    In response to the opioid crisis, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette joined 36 other attorneys general in urging the health care industry to promote the use of physical therapy, acupuncture, massage, and chiropractic as an alternative to opioid drugs for pain.


    The undersigned State Attorneys General are sending you this letter to urge America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) to take proactive steps to encourage your members to review their payment and coverage policies and revise them, as necessary and appropriate, to encourage healthcare providers to prioritize non-opioid pain management options over opioid prescriptions for the treatment of chronic, non-cancer pain.


    [...]


    When patients seek treatment for any of the myriad conditions that cause chronic pain, doctors should be encouraged to explore and prescribe effective non-opioid alternatives, ranging from non-opioid medications (such as NSAIDs) to physical therapy, acupuncture, massage, and chiropractic care.


    20170918_NAAG-Opioid-Letter-to-AHIP.pdf

  • 07 Jun 2017 10:46 AM | MAAOM Staff (Administrator)

    May, 2017


    The Food and Drug Administration has released new guidelines intended to address the crisis of prescription opioid abuse. For the first time, these guidelines now include a recommendation that physicians educate their patients about the benefits of acupuncture.


    According to the FDA, an effective treatment plan should include non-pharmacological therapies as part of a multidisciplinary approach to chronic and acute pain.


    This recommendation is part of a trend to deal with the opioid crisis by treating non-opioid therapies - like acupuncture - as a first-line treatment for pain. Institutions and organizations like the Joint Commission and the American College of Physicians have also released similar recommendations in the past years.

  • 04 Oct 2016 9:51 PM | MAAOM Staff (Administrator)

    We are honored to receive the recognition of the Governor in proclaiming Oct. 24, 2016 as "Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Wellness Day" in the state of Michigan!


    Read more about AOM Day at www.AOMDay.org


    Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day is designed to increase public awareness of the progress, promise, and benefits of acupuncture and Oriental medicine. Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day is supported by a unique international partnership of organizations in the United States, Canada and Mexico. These organizations include professional associations and educational institutions.

     

    Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day offers a rare opportunity to focus attention on the long and rich history of this traditional form of health care.

     

    The MAAOM is participating in this year's Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day by organizing events all over the state, from Traverse City to Grand Rapids to Detroit.


    Find an Acupuncturist in your area by clicking on this link:


    http://michiganacupuncture.org/page-1799802

  • 29 Jul 2016 9:23 AM | MAAOM Staff (Administrator)

    Based on BLS data, O*Net online recognizes Acupuncture as a "Bright Outlook" occupation that is expected to grow rapidly in the next several years.

    Bright Outlook occupations are expected to grow rapidly in the next several years, will have large numbers of job openings, or are new and emerging occupations.


    Every Bright Outlook occupation matches at least one of the following criteria:

    • Projected to grow much faster than average (employment increase of 14% or more) over the period 2014-2024
    • Projected to have 100,000 or more job openings over the period 2014-2024
    • New & Emerging occupation in a high growth industry

    Growth and job openings source: Bureau of Labor Statistics external site 2014-2024 employment projections. Projected growth represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). Projected job openings represent openings due to growth and replacement.


    SOURCE: http://www.onetonline.org/help/bright/29-1199.01

  • 29 Jul 2016 8:22 AM | MAAOM Staff (Administrator)


    Spearheaded by NCCAOM®, the New Designation Means Greater Recognition Across Federal Agencies and Access to Programming


    "Earning a distinct Standard Occupational Code for Acupuncturists is a milestone moment for the acupuncture and Oriental medicine profession. This event positions acupuncturists for a number of new opportunities," said Kory Ward-Cook, Ph.D., CAE, chief executive officer of NCCAOM. "The classification of 'Acupuncturists' as its own federally-recognized labor category both validates and bolsters the profession and positions the industry for growth."


    The new code for Acupuncturists -- SOC - 29-1291, will be included in the next edition of the BLS Occupational Handbook, which will be published in 2018.


    Read the official announcement here: BLS Occupational Code for Acupuncturists



  • 02 Jun 2016 6:39 PM | MAAOM Staff (Administrator)

    Why try acupuncture before pills?


    Here are the facts: there are 17,000 prescription opioid deaths and 80,000 NSAID and acetaminophen-related ER visits per year.


    Acupuncture is a non-addictive, low-cost, and effective treatment for pain.


    Download and share this factsheet from the American Society of Acupuncturists!



    Acupuncture_Before_Opioids.pdf

  • 21 Jan 2016 1:27 AM | Henry Buchtel (Administrator)
    The winter issue of Meridians JAOM, Vol.3, No.1, is now online! Free online access to all AOM state association members. 


    If you are a current MAAOM member, you can download the PDF by logging into this website and clicking on the MEMBERS page.


    Alternately, you may self-register and then log into the MJAOM website.


    All other readers please register with MJAOM, then subscribe to both print and online access (or online access only).


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