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Help Protect Acupuncture in Massachusetts!

There is currently a motion before the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Allied Health Professionals to
allow physical therapists to perform acupuncture with only 40 hours of acupuncture training. This training would be provided from other PTs with the same amount of experience. Moreover, acupuncture performed by PTs may be billable to insurance companies, while acupuncturists with much more sophisticated training are still fighting for that right and to increase access for our patients.To skirt the issue of it being outside their scope of practice, they are renaming the insertion of our acupuncture filiform needles as "dry needling." We as acupuncturists are required to do over 3000 hours of training over 3 years (equivalent to 4 academic years because we have summer semesters), as well as pre-med and Western biomed courses, along with having to take 3-4 national board exams. We are issued our licenses by the Board of Registration of Medicine of MA. Our training is extensive--but if PTs are allowed to practice with only 40 hours, we are concerned that the needling will no longer be safe, and as consumers, patients will not understand the difference. PTs have great skills that are extremely valuable - but acupuncture as "dry needling" is not one of them.

I do not perform physical therapy in my practice, because I am not a PT and that is not where my training, clinical expertise and experience, and medical understanding lie. PTs should not perform acupuncture for the same reason.

If you have experienced the benefits of acupuncture from a well-trained, licensed acupuncturist, please help us protect our profession, so that we may continue to offer the best possible, holistic, Traditional Chinese Medicine care to our patients.

What can you do?

Show up at the public meeting at which the vote will be taken, to show your support of acupuncture.
When: THIS THURSDAY, July, 26, 2012 at 9:00 am
Where: 1000 Washington Street, Suite 710 Boston, MA

CONTACT your State Legislators
To find them visit  http://malegislature.gov/.  
Write and call them; tell them about this vote and ask them to call Governor Deval Patrick, Secretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services Dr. Judy Ann Bigby, Commissioner of the Department of Public Health John Auerbach and Attorney General Martha Coakley to stop this vote. 

Sign this online petition that says we should preclude PTs from performing acupuncture with only 40 hours of training.

For more information, videos of PTs practicing "dry needling" (acupuncture), and other ways to help, read this press release from the Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine Society of Massachusetts.

2 Comments to Help Protect Acupuncture in Massachusetts!:

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Marcie Griffith, Lic.Ac. on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 11:00 AM
As of this morning, the AOMSM posted the following update: "Hello everyone! The calls your patients made, the actions of the lobbyist (Dan Delaney), the 1600 plus signatures on the petition and calls from many state legislators have pushed the Allied Health Board into the corner and they have taken the vote off the agenda for the July meeting. We will continue to push them to engage with the COA, the AOMSM, and NESA in this dialogue. Thank you for all your help! We have truly created a great grassroots engagement that will serve us well as this discussion goes forward."
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Jill Roberts on Monday, October 22, 2012 6:49 AM
Well, I'm not an expert of it but have a little acquaintance about by my friend who is well informed about it. I think this kind of treatment is more supportive than having too many medicines for healing. Thanks Marcie for describing a plain concept of acupuncture and its advantages.
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