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The Acupuncture Society of Massachusetts (ASM) is a 501c(6) non profit professional membership organization representing acupuncturists and acupuncture students. The purpose of the ASM is to support the integration of acupuncture into American health care and expand both access and public understanding of Acupuncture and East Asian medicine. The ASM also protects the acupuncture scope of practice by monitoring legislation and regulations that impact the practice of acupuncture. The ASM fosters high quality health care, education and research. The ASM also promotes and cultivates discussion, broad representation and empowerment of individual and organizational members at state, regional and national levels. The ASM was formerly the Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine Society of Massachusetts (AOMSM).

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Petition to provide accessible treatment for non-pharmacological treatment of pain.

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We the undersigned urge you, our elected officials to move forward the bills asking for insurance coverage for acupuncture as called for by the Joint Commission in 2017. There is robust evidence that acupuncture is an evidence based relevant non-pharmacological treatment.

Here is the link to the Tick and Nielsen White Paper on Comprehensive treatment of pain:

This is the robust document submitted to the DOI in MA with embedded links and supporting documentation on the evidence, efficacy and cost effectiveness of acupuncture by the Acupuncture Society of MA:

Please move all acupuncture bills out of committee favorably to votes on the floor so all Massachusetts residents can have insurance coverage of acupuncture for the treatment of pain, PTSD, nausea and opiate addiction covered as part of their health care, effectively removing a financial barrier to care.

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Petition to specify best practices of dry needling

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Dear legislators,

We, the undersigned are concerned that dry needling is not in the scope of practice by rule or law for any allied health professionals yet they are performing the invasive procedure of the insertion of needles for therapeutic release. Please move this bill forward to specify best practices and protect patients in the Commonwealth.

We ask for your support for the following to become law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as proposed in S 2463:

  1. Only those with a doctorate may perform dry needling/trigger point acupuncture
  2. That Dry Needling/Trigger Point Acupuncture is defined using the CMS CPT code group definition owned by the AMA: “The insertion of a needle into a trigger point, the manipulation of the needle, the removal of the needle”.
  3. No distal needling
  4. No electrical stimulation on needles
  5. Any significant adverse events (one requiring medical attention), be reported to the Board of Health within 48 hours
  6. 500 didactic and 150 clinical training hours requirement for this practice
  7. All practitioners will pass a third party national psychometric exam to both demonstrate competency and the ability not to harm.
  8. Anyone practicing dry needling shall obtain and maintain the advanced orthopedic clinical certification
  9. Anyone practicing dry needling shall meet the continuing education requirements for acupuncture
  10. The CNT course and exam taught by the CCAOM exam be passed by all practitioners of dry needling/trigger point acupuncture.
  11. Specific and appropriate written consent be obtained from the patient and malpractice insurance must specify dry needling/trigger point acupuncture coverage.

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