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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!!

Current news:

LET’S ALL WORK TOGETHER FOR NATIONAL AOM DAY!


Once again, October 24th is Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day.

AOM Day is observed nationally on October 24th as part of an effort designed to increase public awareness of the progress, promise, and benefits of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
 

AOM Day is supported through a unique international partnership of organizations including the United States, Canada, Mexico and Pakistan. The partnership includes professional associations, research organizations and educational institutions. Click here AOM Day for more information. 


 

AOMSM would like to see as many events in Massachusetts as possible all month. AOMSM will celebrate at New England School of Acupuncture on October 24 from 10 to 2PM. 

http://nesa.edu/calendar/event/1241  

We would love you to join us.


You don’t have to stick with one day! Several marketing packets have been put together to help you generate campaigns. Consider putting an event together yourself, or join with other practitioners in your area. In these toolkits are helpful descriptions for setting up health fairs and how to re-activitate your patient contacts. You can download them all at this site, Free Toolkits, or individually in the links below.


SAVE THE DATE, OCTOBER 1ST 3:00 PM
 for a free webinar on how to reactivate your contacts. 

Registrationhttp://webinarjam.net/webinar/go/949/18549c88a2 


The Council of State Associations has prepared materials to help us all implement a NATIONAL AOM DAY OUTREACH CAMPAIGN. Click here to download the Council of State Association Outreach Toolkitprovide your link to document, attached to this email. Acupuncture Media Works has been a generous supporter of this event.  They have been key in the creation of the free marketing kit offered below and has offered to donate profits to the Council of State Associations from the sale of AOM Day brochures which you can personalize with your clinic name. 

 

Let’s see how big an impact we can make!
 

If you are not a member, please JOIN US 

http://aomsm.onefireplace.org/Join to fully represent every practitioner in the state. 

 

Get your event listed on the AOM DAY website. http://www.aomday.org/submission.html

 

Good luck!

Linda Robinson-Hidas LicAc

President AOMSM

Member CSA Public Education Committee

CALL TO ACTION FOR JULY 2014

Our bill, H3972, is just about ready to go on to the floor of the Massachusetts House of Representatives for a vote, thanks to you and your patients' support and the efforts of our legislative advocate, Dan Delaney, and Smitty Pignatelli (State Rep). It just has to be released from the House Ways and Means Committee.

In order to make our legislative initiative a success, We NEED YOU to take action before July 15th!

Dry needling definitions have been removed from this bill by legislators. We will pursue this portion of the bill as our next course of action.
Please contact your State Representatives to make it happen!!!

When: before July 15

Please contact your state representative and ask them to contact the Speaker's office and the Committee on Ways and Means to request that the bill be released from committee for a floor vote before the legislative session ends. (July 31st)

Here's How:

1. Find your State Representative:

a. Type in your zip code here https://malegislature.gov/people/findmylegislator
or here www.wheredoivotema.com

b. Or call the state house switchboard at 617-722-2800 and ask for your state representative by name.

2. State your name, that you are one of their constituents, and ask them to support H3972Â "An Act Relative to the Practice of Acupuncture"

3. Ask them to contact the Speaker's office and the Committee on Ways and Means to bring H3972 up for a vote. You may speak to legislative staff instead of the legislator directly. That is perfectly fine and often as effective, if not more effective, than speaking to the legislators directly. If there are specific questions about the legislation, feel free to refer them to the AOMSM legislative advocate, Daniel Delaney, at ddelaney@delaneypolicygroup.com or at 617-251-6774.

The Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Society of Massachusetts (AOMSM) submitted two identical bills to the Massachusetts Legislature at the beginning of 2013 legislative session. These bills seek to accomplish three goals, but the last, the dry needling definition was taken out of the bill, our bill now seeks to accomplish the following two important goals:
1. Ensure that acupuncturists are able to be fairly reimbursed for their services by insurance plans in Massachusetts. Prohibit differentiation of reimbursement rates for acupuncture by provider types. Prohibit third party payer reimbursement for acupuncture services by anyone other than licensed acupuncturist or medical doctor
2. Prompt the Department of Public Health to convene a special commission to investigate the effective integration of acupuncture and oriental medicine into new practice models and payment methodologies under the health care reform
This is the first time that an AOMSM legislative initiative has progressed this far. In order to make this legislative initiative a success, you must take action or risk having it fizzle out in committee as previous initiatives have done! Please call or email your state representative. Ask them to support "An Act Relative to the Practice of Acupuncture" as stated above.

Please print this out and share it with your clients and family and friends ask them to also make a call!

CONGRATULATIONS, 

AOMSM members, 

acupuncturists, patients and supporters

 

Tuesday, March 25th 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

Representative William Smitty PignatelliSmitty.Pignatelli@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2582 
 
Senator Daniel A. Wolf 
Daniel.Wolf@masenate.gov, 617-722-1570 
 

Chairman Representative Sanchez 

Jeffrey.Sanchez@mahouse.gov 617-722-2130  

 

Chairman Senator Keenan
John.Keenan@masenate.gov, 617-722-1494 

 

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.)

AOMSM.org

Bill Summary

Complete Wording of the Bill

Fact Sheet

Dry Needling Fact Sheet

  

 

Donate below to help support our general or legislative fund. Let us know what AOMSM activities you would like to support by indicating general fund or legislative fund.

AOMSM is a 501c6 organization.  Please consult your accountant for tax-deduction purposes. 


CALL TO ACTION!!

 

Our bill, H3972, is just about ready to go on to the floor of the Massachusetts House of Representatives for a vote, thanks to you and your patients' support and the efforts of our legislative advocate, Dan Delaney, and Smitty Pignatelli (State Rep). It just has to be released from the House Ways and Means Committee, ASAP. Otherwise the bill will start the two year process of submitting and passing a bill all over again in January 2015.

 

Please contact your State Representatives to make it happen!!!

 

When: before July 15

 

Please contact your state representative and ask them to contact the Speaker's office and the Committee on Ways and Means to request that the bill be released from committee for a floor vote before the legislative session ends. (July 31st)

 

Here's How: 

 

1. Find your State Representative:

 

a. Type in your zip code here  https://malegislature.gov/people/findmylegislator       

or here www.wheredoivotema.com  

 

b. Or call the state house switchboard at 617-722-2800 and ask for your state representative by name.

 

2. State your name, that you are one of their constituents, and ask them to support H3972 "An Act Relative to the Practice of Acupuncture

 

3. Ask them to contact the Speaker's office and the Committee on Ways and Means to bring H3972 up for a vote. You may speak to legislative staff instead of the legislator directly. That is perfectly fine and often as effective, if not more effective, than speaking to the legislators directly. If there are specific questions about the legislation, feel free to refer them to the AOMSM legislative advocate, Daniel Delaney, at ddelaney@delaneypolicygroup.com or at 617-251-6774.


The Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Society of Massachusetts (AOMSM) submitted two identical bills to the Massachusetts Legislature at the beginning of 2013 legislative session. These bills seek to accomplish three goals, but the last, the dry needling definition was taken out of the bill, our bill now seeks to accomplish the following two important goals:

  • 1.   Ensure that acupuncturists are able to be fairly reimbursed for their services by insurance plans in Massachusetts. Prohibit differentiation of reimbursement rates for acupuncture by provider types. Prohibit third party payer reimbursement for acupuncture services by anyone other than licensed acupuncturist or medical doctor
  • 2.   Prompt the Department of Public Health to convene a special commission to investigate the effective integration of acupuncture and oriental medicine into new practice models and payment methodologies under the health care reform
This is the first time that an AOMSM legislative initiative has progressed this far. In order to make this legislative initiative a success, you must take action or risk having it fizzle out in committee as previous initiatives have done! Please call or email your state representative. Ask them to support "An Act Relative to the Practice of Acupuncture" as stated above.

 

Please print this out and share it with your clients and family and friends ask them to also make a call!

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