The Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Society of Massachusetts (AOMSM) is a non-profit professional organization that promotes and protects the practice of acupuncture and Oriental medicine in Massachusetts.
AOMSM is only as strong as its members so if you aren't yet a member, please join today. This is a time of important growth in our profession - get involved!!
We are in the midst of a membership drive until April 1, 2014. Currently renewals and membership is $150 a year. As of April 1, 2014 membership will be $195. Student are free.
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acupuncturists, patients and supporters!
This past Tuesday marked the first major victory of a long legislative effort to ensure that acupuncture and acupuncturists are recognized and remunerated for the valuable role we play in our evolving health care system. In the Massachusetts State House, the Joint Committee on Public Health favorably reported (voted to pass) legislation sponsored on our behalf by Rep. Smitty Pignatelli and Senator Daniel Wolf. Feel free to contact them and thank them as well as any legislators that you have called.
The bill Bill (H2051 & S1107) establishes a blue ribbon state commission to work on integrating acupuncture into the broader health care system. It also requires public and private insurers to pay for acupuncture services for pain management, substance abuse treatment, PTSD and other conditions.
This is a major step forward but our work isn't done. The bill will get referred to another committee which needs to be successfully engaged so that we can bring the bill to the Floor for a vote and eventual passage into law.
In order for it to be voted to pass, the bill had to be redrafted without the inclusion of a redefinition of the legal definition of acupuncture to clarify that "dry needling" is the practice of acupuncture. Our lobbyist is currently working with legislators and regulators to advance the legislation and clarify the scope of practice issues.
For now, we should be pleased with our success thus far and get ready to gear up for the next big push.
If you wish to call and thank the representatives here are there emails and numbers
Senator Daniel A. Wolf
Chairman Representative Sanchez
Chairman Senator Keenan
For more information on the bill. (Please note that all the links in this eblast are in the process of being updated to reflect the changes made to the bill by the Public Health Committee.)
Complete wording of the bill
Dry Needling Fact Sheet
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