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  • 03/31/2020 1:12 PM | Anonymous

    Acupuncture Society of Massachusetts Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/acusocietyma/

  • 03/31/2020 1:05 PM | Anonymous

    There will be a one hour virtual meeting. Get 2 Free NCCAOM PDAs (approved category AOM-BIO). NCCAOM Course number: PDA-764-24

    • Federal stimulus packages and all related legislation that discusses extensions or special accommodations for small businesses, how to apply for help, what information to prepare, etc.
    • Professional and personal resources
    • Relevant/helpful information from subject matter experts and stakeholders
    • State specific information/resources
    • Student specific information/resources
    • Each week, participants will have the opportunity to send in questions that will inform the agenda for the next weekly Town Hall meeting.
    https://www.asacu.org/2020/03/joint-nccaom-asa-town-hall-meeting/?fbclid=IwAR3wUL770TJ2xMPUCE-THj6VPAk6Ub5OzLUK4P_hGLn6L6ibud7Am_EDdc0
  • 01/21/2020 10:11 AM | Anonymous

    The Acupuncture Society of Massachusetts (ASM) is asking for your prompt action in signing a petition to demand that the Board of Allied Health (which oversees physical therapists) mandate appropriate regulations for the Dry Needling practice in the Commonwealth and support patient safety.

    SIGN HERE -Takes 10 seconds.... https://www.change.org/p/sonia-jordan-state-ma-us-help-create-dry-needling-standards-in-ma-as-there-currently-are-none

    • Dry needling and trigger point acupuncture are advanced invasive procedures
    • Licensed acupuncturists must have at least 1,905 didactic hours to sit for the NCCAOM third party national exams to obtain a license to use trigger point acupuncture in the Commonwealth of MA.
    • The Board of Allied Health (BOAH), which oversees physical therapists, allows the equated practice of dry needling with zero hours and is contemplating adding the requirement of a mere 25 hours with no specific clinical hours and no third party national exam to demonstrate competency and the ability not to harm. Acupuncturists must demonstrate this. Medical doctors who choose to be part of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncturists (AAMA) must take 300 hours of vetted courses and must pass the NBMA exam, a third party exam to become members. These are MDs who have regular use and training with needles. If MD’s need 300 hours, why do PT’s need only 25?
    • Patient safety comes first. Everyone who puts a needle in a body to decrease pain and help patients heal in the opioid crisis and beyond... needs to be trained, clinically supervised and examined before having that privilege.

    Questions? Contact Amy Mager - AmyMagerHealing @ gmail.com 413.222.8616

    The Acupuncture Society of Massachusetts is working for you
  • 09/27/2019 11:28 AM | Anonymous

    Thank you to everyone who chose to attend our annual meeting and our continuing education offerings 9/22/19. We had a tremendous showing and look forward to growing our organization as we truly are STRONGER TOGETHER.

    We need your help! Your ASM Board attended a number of town hall meetings led by Division of Insurance vice chair Kevin Bagan asking for acupuncture to be included in the non-pharmacological treatment of pain as covered by all commercial insurance companies in the Commonwealth. We were heard!

    Senator Keenan’s bill, S604 is a robust bill: An Act relative to removing barriers to non-opioid pain management. You can find the text here: https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/S604.pdf

    While this bill is not just an acupuncture bill, it’s language reflecting that all commercial insurance companies need to write policies that include THREE non-pharmacological treatments for pain covered. This is a way for us to ask that acupuncture specifically be included and that this become law.

    This bill states that no insurer should require preauthorization for these treatments shall not require a member to obtain a preauthorization for alternative/complementary pain management services identified by the carrier as necessary to comply with said guidelines developed by the division of insurance.

    Our template letter is here

    1. Write your own letter and call your legislators and add your personal experiences. 

    2. Print out copies to have at your office for your patients to sign and then fax them to our lobbyist Dan Delaney to bring to the Joint Financial Services Committee at 1.857.263.7392

    3. Share the template letter

    with your email list and on social media.

    Thank you for choosing to be a part of the movement to break down barriers to evidence based non-pharmacological treatments for pain for residents of the Commonwealth.


  • 08/02/2019 9:00 AM | Bryn Clark (Administrator)

    The ASM Board is excited to announce our Annual Meeting is September 22, 2019.  The theme for the day is "We are stronger together!". Amy Moll, L.Ac., Dipl. O.M. will provide an excellent educational seminar, FUNCTIONAL APPROACHES TO CONCUSSION RECOVERY, for Chinese Medicine practitioners.  (NCCAOM PDA's presently pending.)

    You don't want to miss this event! If you are an acupuncturist in MA you'll meet and visit with colleagues, connect around professional issues, visit the vendor booths and enjoy faire from Boston's finest food trucks.  Participate in raising up our profession!   

    Vendors will be on to showcase their excellent wares for us from the opening of the event, to the time the the beer truck departs the site. Our schedule starts with the Annual Meeting at 10 A.M.  At 11:30 we break for lunchtime activities, with food provided by some fo Boston's best Food Trucks.  Networking with fellow practitioners and Lunch and Learn activities will take place during this time.  The seminar will start at 1 pm.

    Sign up for the day here.

    Functional Approaches to Concussion Recovery for Chinese Medicine Practitioners

    Patients with concussions and post-concussion syndrome are often seeking natural solutions for the relief of a complex array of symptoms: chronic pain, chronic headaches, insomnia, anxiety, depression, dizziness, vertigo, nausea, cognitive deficits, gut disorders and more. Are you prepared to tackle the complexity of patients with post-concussion syndrome? This course provides the necessary foundational understanding of post-concussion syndrome, and a roadmap to successfully merge the fields of clinical neuroscience and Chinese medicine for optimal patient outcomes.

    This course covers the following:

    The complex clinical presentation of concussion: No two concussions are alike, and thus there is no single acupuncture protocol that can be administered. Understand from a neurological perspective why your concussion patients present with a wide array of signs and symptoms. We will cover eye movement disorders, vestibular disorders, autonomic dysregulation, and deficits in frontal lobe function, parietal function, and cerebellar function.

    Assessments: We will discuss a variety of easy-to-administer assessments that will allow you to assess your patient’s brain function and measure neurological improvements. We will cover highly specific intake questions related to various lobes of the brain, brainstem, visual, and vestibular systems in order to pinpoint where the neurological deficits exits for each patient.

    Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine: We will provide concrete examples of how to combine Chinese medicine differential diagnosis with neurological findings to create a treatment plan specific to each individual patient.

    Bio: Dr. Amy Moll is a Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine specializing in neurological disorders, chronic pain, and concussion recovery. She is a faculty member of the Carrick Institute of Clinical Neuroscience and Rehabilitation. She teaches courses for healthcare practitioners across the country on neurological exam techniques, functional neuro-rehabilitation, dysautonomia, and concussion recovery.

    While in Dallas, Texas, Dr. Moll was the lead researcher on a randomized clinical trial on the effects of acupuncture on cerebral blood flow velocity in mixed martial arts fighters following concussion. She was the team acupuncturist for the professional MMA fighters at Fortis MMA in Dallas Texas, working with UFC and Legacy fighters. She is now back in private practice in Bend, Oregon providing a unique combination of acupuncture, Chinese medicine, and functional neuro-rehabilitation for the treatment of neurological disorders.


  • 08/03/2018 1:17 PM | Anonymous

    How to show patient progress and get paid: 

    Measurement Tools to Validate your Practice 

         This course will review the methods to demonstrate a patient is improving using techniques that make it clear for the patient, the practitioner, the insurance company, and the Veterans Administration.  

         We will review how to chart notes and document the patient’s condition so that improvement can be ethically and clearly demonstrated. Patients do not always remember what degree of discomfort there was before improvement. These skills will help to patient to recognize improvement so they can continue treatment.

         We will also cover outcome measures, how to use them, why to use them, and which ones to choose. Outcome measures are a way of quantifying subjective symptoms so that changes can be easily appreciated. Included will be how to score the patient reported outcomes and how to report the scores.  

         This class will also address how to fit this documentation into your practice as seamlessly as possible.

    NCCAOM PDA's pending

    Annual Meeting to follow


  • 03/13/2018 3:10 PM | Anonymous

    ASM Case Share will meet every 3 months. Case Shares will take place in different offices across the state including: North Shore, South Shore, Boston, Central & Western Massachusetts.

    Find out more and register here Events

  • 02/07/2018 9:03 PM | Anonymous

    Dear Friends and Fellow Acupuncturists,


    Good News! S1198 – An Act Relative to the Practice of Acupuncture was reported favorably out of the Public Health Committee today.

    We will share more information and future actions steps as we learn them. But today, it is time for celebrations.

    Thanks to all those who helped move this piece of legislation forward by writing, testifying, contacting their legislator and educating patients. Together we have cause to celebrate.

    Link to S1198 An Act relative to the Practice of Acupuncture


  • 10/12/2017 10:34 AM | Anonymous

    The Acupuncture Society of Massachusetts is excited to bring two great classes to Massachusetts this weekend. Registration is still open, with lower fees for ASM members.

    Essential Insurance Billing, October 14th 
    Bulletproof Documentation, October 15th 

    Both will be held at Worcester State University with instructor Mori West. Take one class or both! Be ready and confident in your abilities to successfully bill insurance by Monday morning.

    View all the details here

  • 07/16/2017 10:53 AM | Anonymous

    The Acupuncture Society of MA is looking for patients willing to testify about the benefits of acupuncture and how it has supported them. This is for House Bill 566. If you have insurance, testifying to how having it supported you to receive acupuncture, and if you don't, how great it would be if you had insurance to cover the cost of your chosen form of adjunct health care. We will be gathering at 10:30 and waiting for the time the bill comes up. Meet us in A-1 (or ask for the joint health care testimony room).

    You can just show up or register here Legislative Hearing on H566 An Act Relative to the practice of Acupuncture

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