Welcome to the AOMSM website

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:

AOMSM's Annual Membership Meeting

Sunday, March 22nd, 10-2 PM 


Location:  New England School of Acupuncture 

   150 California Street, 3rd Floor

   Newton, MA 02458

   (THANK YOU NESA for donating the space)

 

RSVP REQUESTED

 Four CEU's available free to members.  

RSVP to receive CEU's.  Click here to register. 

 

Help determine the future of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine for the State of Massachusetts

 

Annual Meeting Agenda: 

  • AOMSM Business Meeting, including electing board members for the coming year
  • Legislative discussion and update
  • MassHealth discussion and update
  • Dry needling discussion and update
  • Presentation TBA
  • Free Lunch

AOMSM BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

Linda Robinson-Hidas President

Cynthia McMahon King, Vice President & Fundraising

Rebecca Schirber, Past President, Secretary, & Membership 

Elaine Walsch, Treasurer 

Tim Eng, Insurance Task Force, 

Kathy Timilio-Awed, 

Robin Sessa

Jen Fowler, Admin Ass.

Thanks to Jimmy Chung Van Duong for participating on the board over the past year. 

 

AOMSM is looking for individuals to join the AOMSM Board. If you are passionate about the profession of acupuncture and have the energy to help move it forward in Massachusetts, AOMSM wants you! 

 

Having a state professional society is a necessity for the security of our profession and it requires that each of us as acupuncturists, at some point, step up and take on the responsibility of working for the State Association in some capacity. 

Working on the board entails 1 monthly meeting: 4 in person meetings and up to 8 phone teleconference meetings a year. The work you do depends upon your interests and the work you choose to take on. There are issues in our profession that you want addressed, join AOMSM in tackling them! For more about these positions Contact us with your nominations.  Self nominations are encouraged.

Join the AOMSM at the Massachusetts State House for meetings scheduled with individual legislators on February 24 & 25, 2015

This is a significant opportunity for acupuncturists to make our presence known to the legislators. We want to educate the legislators about our two bills "An Act relative to the practice of acupuncture", HD501 and "An Act Relative to the Safe Treatment of Pain" HD740.

This is the first chance for us to make an impact in 2015, regarding the new bills.

We invite acupuncturists to attend meetings with the lobbyist and to deliver information packets to legislators.

This will be an opportunity for acupuncturists to meet legislators who are key players in health care policy decision making. This will be the beginning of our efforts as acupuncturists to develop relationships with legislators and other parties related to health care. You will be given instructions on how to speak to the legislators if you like.

Meetings have been scheduled with key legislators.
The AOMSM has arranged for the opportunity for legislators to see the face of Oriental Medicine through one on one meetings. The objective of these meetings is to educate and inform legislators about the purpose and value of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine as an important component in the comprehensive health care act, as well as to educate them of the public health risks posed by non-acupunctursts or physicians using acupuncture needles.

Here's to schedule with your legislator.

Locate and call both of your legislators, state your name, that you are one of their constituents, Ask for a 10 minute appointment to speak with them about "An Act Relative to the Safe Treatment of Pain" HD740 and "An Act relative to the practice of acupuncture", HD501. It is fine to only meet with staff, this is sometimes more beneficial.

Please go to the Event/Reservation page at
aomsm.org. Let us know how which day you can attend, and which legislators you want to visit.

Options include attending a morning training session with our lobbyist, outlining a procedure, including materials and talking points for morning meetings with key legislators. Please plan to stay for lunch. We encourage acupuncturists who can, to schedule meetings with your own legislators for the afternoon. You will have the inspiration and materials to meet with your legislators on your own. Please go to aomsm.org for a script for your use when scheduling an appointment to meet with your legislator.

Come join the AOMSM and add your energy to the wave of excitement about Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Help us to create a "buzz" and connect with legislators at the State House! Let's show them why acupuncture is important. Think about how powerful it will be to have dozens of acupuncturists meet individually with legislators so early in this new legislative session.

Questions? Comments? Call or email Naomi Alson, 413-243-8255, naomifalson@gmail.com

January 15, 2015 Legislative Update

Bills for the 2015 Legislative Session will be submitted by January 16, 2015 and co-sponsors need to be on board by the end of the month.

AOMSM is submitting two bills this year. One bill (Acupuncture Insurance) will be the same bill that survived the last session. Follow this link to see a draft of this bill. A second bill (Dry Needling) will outline needling language to define dry needling as acupuncture in the state of MA. Follow this link to see a draft of this bill. This language was removed from the Acupuncture Insurance Bill last session, we still feel it is very important.

Both of these issues; the Insurance Mandate and Needling Language are issues that all of us in the profession could be concerned about.

Why: The insurance mandate will allow patients to access acupuncture for a few conditions that acupuncture has been demonstrated by studies to be far and away a treatment of choice. Often those most in need do not know how effective acupuncture can be. They are not referred for treatment by their physicians, and even if they were may not be able to pay for it.

The Needling language is a public health issue. Having inadequately trained individuals performing acupuncture while calling it something else can result in real harm to patients. Some groups are looking to do this with less hours training than acupuncturists have in clean needle technique alone.

All too often in our culture, we don't pay enough attention to our State Legislators, and we don't question the ways they're doing the work on our behalf. Things slip in that we would rather not be passed. And other things that we care deeply about get pushed aside and not dealt with. It's really up to us, all of us, to pay attention to what's happening in Boston, to ensure that our profession is supported by our laws. This is what AOMSM is all about, and we ask you to join us in holding our legislators accountable to the needs of the acupuncture profession, patients and the community at large.

AOMSM invites you to step up and help with these efforts. Here's how you can jump in:

Become a member now so that you can be an active participant working for change for our profession.

Make a donation to ensure that we have the finances to follow these two important bills through to passage

Enter your name as someone willing to step up and physically participate in this or otherAOMSM initiatives. Email Linda Robinson-Hidas at Robinsonhidas@gmail.com.

December, 2014

We start a new legislative session in less than a month. AOMSM is preparing for that legislative session and is also planning to continue the work to change MassHealth Regulations so acupuncturists will be able to directly bill for acupuncture.

 

You may remember from our past eblasts that although we did not see our proposed legislation enacted into law. We did see it move successfully through several substantive committees (public health, health care financing, House Ways and Means). Unfortunately our bill was lumped together in a group of other mandate bills and from last year's Massachusetts budget committee it was sent to the Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA) our bill was sent for statistical analysis of its cosr effectiveness where it has sat since August. We have now been advised by Dan Delaney our political adviser that the work of the CHIA analysis has been delayed due to the substance abuse omnibus legislation that passed earlier this year and that has a number of mandates that they are studying.  


There's much more work to do, and it's important that we use the resources of the AOMSMstrategically. First, we need to expand our membership and base. Second, we need to decide how to allocate our efforts regarding insurance reimbursement, scope of practice protection, and MassHealth regulatory change. Third, we should think more broadly about strategic allies outside of the practice of acupuncture.


The board is presently planning for the upcoming legislative session we are considering submitting two bills this year Bill#1 would be the same bill that we championed last year including all the needling language. Bill#2 would be a bill to cover needling language.


 

To be an effective force for our profession we need every acupuncturists to step up and become a member of AOMSM. To those of you who are members, thank you and please reach out to your colleagues and inform them of the important work we are doing. Please consider sitting on our board or one of our committees: Membership, Insurance Task Force, Fundraising, Dry Needling Task Force. To take a more active role please contact Linda Robinson Hidas.


For those of you who have not yet become anAOMSM member this would be an excellent time to do so. Your new membership will be a tax break, as will any donations made in addition to your membership.


There is much work to be done and we need to build the alliances between us as well as those with the wider community. Please join us and become an active participant.


Donations are much appreciated, there are many necessary expenses associated with this important work.  

 

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. 


"An Act Relative to the Safe Treatment of Pain" HD740.

NOW, before January 29th

Here's How: 

 1. Find your State Representative:

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

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

2. Make the Call:

State your name, that you are one of their constituents, and ask them to support "An Act Relative to the Safe Treatment of Pain" HD740.

About "An Act Relative to the Safe Treatment of Pain" HD740.

The wording of this bill is address a public health and safety issue; non-physicians or non-acupuncturists practicing acupuncture in the State of MA. Across the country, a growing number of physical therapists (and other allied health professionals such as athletic trainers and occupational therapists) are circumventing state licensure requirements and regulations for the practice of medicine in general and acupuncture practice in particular by advertising and providing acupuncture services to an unsuspecting public under the term "trigger-point dry needling" (or an analogous term).

 

"An Act Relative to the Safe Treatment of Pain" HD740.

NOW, before January 29th

Here's How: 

 1. Find your State Representative:

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

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

2. Make the Call:

State your name, that you are one of their constituents, and ask them to support "An Act Relative to the Safe Treatment of Pain" HD740.

About "An Act Relative to the Safe Treatment of Pain" HD740.

The wording of this bill is address a public health and safety issue; non-physicians or non-acupuncturists practicing acupuncture in the State of MA. Across the country, a growing number of physical therapists (and other allied health professionals such as athletic trainers and occupational therapists) are circumventing state licensure requirements and regulations for the practice of medicine in general and acupuncture practice in particular by advertising and providing acupuncture services to an unsuspecting public under the term "trigger-point dry needling" (or an analogous term).

 
Join the AOMSM at the Massachusetts State House for meetings scheduled with individual legislators on February 24 & 25.

This is a significant opportunity for acupuncturists to make our presence known to the legislators. We want to educate the legislators about our two bills "An Act relative to the practice of acupuncture",  HD501 and  "An Act Relative to the Safe Treatment of Pain" HD740.

 

This is the first chance for us to make an impact in 2015, regarding the new bills. 

We invite acupuncturists to attend meetings with the lobbyist and to deliver information packets to legislators.


This will be an opportunity for acupuncturists to meet legislators who are key players in health care policy decision making. This will be the beginning of our efforts as acupuncturists to develop relationships with legislators and other parties related to health care. You will be given instructions on how to speak to the legislators if you like. 

 

Meetings have been scheduled with key legislators. 
The AOMSM has arranged for the opportunity for legislators to see the face of Oriental Medicine through one on one meetings. The objective of these meetings is to educate and inform legislators about the purpose and value of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine as an important component in the comprehensive health care act, as well as to educate them of the public health risks posed by non-acupunctursts or physicians using acupuncture needles.

Here's to schedule with your legislator.


 


 

Locate and call both of your legislators, state your name, that you are one of their constituents, Ask for a 10 minute appointment to speak with them about  "An Act Relative to the Safe Treatment of Pain" HD740 and "An Act relative to the practice of acupuncture", HD501. It is fine to only meet with staff, this is sometimes more beneficial.


Please go to the Event/Reservation page at

aomsm.org. Let us know how which day you can attend, and which legislators you want to visit. 

 

Options include attending a morning training session with our lobbyist, outlining a procedure, including materials and talking points for morning meetings with key legislators. Please plan to stay for lunch. We encourage acupuncturists who can, to schedule meetings with your own legislators for the afternoon. You will have the inspiration and materials to meet with your legislators on your own. Please go to aomsm.org for a script for your use when scheduling an appointment to meet with your legislator. 


Come join the AOMSM and add your energy to the wave of excitement about Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Help us to create a "buzz" and connect with legislators at the State House! Let's show them why acupuncture is important. Think about how powerful it will be to have dozens of acupuncturists meet individually with legislators so early in this new legislative session.

Questions? Comments? Call or email Naomi Alson, 413-243-8255,  naomifalson@gmail.com

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