News & Updates

Almost There – Legislative Update on Bill H1179 / S1458

The ASM thanks our members & patients for writing and calling legislators. We are almost there! Status of Bill H1179 / S1458 as of Mid June 2022 The ASM is excited to announce that the bill we have been working so hard to pass has now moved to the House Committee on Ways and Means as of 6/6/22. This is the final committee that needs to pass this bill before it is voted on in the House of...

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Medicare Town Hall update on HR 4803 April 27th

Please join the ASA and the NCCAOM for a Town Hall update on H.R. 4803 - the Medicare for our Seniors Act - and learn how you can help the ASA and the NCCAOM secure additional bipartisan support for the bill. Wednesday April 27 2022 at 8 pm EDT. One (1) PDA/CEU point is available but only if you ATTEND Town Hall Meetings LIVE * This meeting will be recorded and posted to the NCCAOM and ASA...

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Help Pass Acupuncture/Insurance Bill House 1179 and Senate 1458

The ASM continues to help push important bills through the house and senate. The bills are critical to the acupuncture profession, for practitioners and patients. This bill, which has versions in both the house and the senate would increase consumer access to acupuncture and best possible care if passed. Acupuncture/Insurance Bill House 1179 and Senate 1458 expand insurance coverage for...

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Important MassHealth Changes Start Jan 22, 2022

The ASM is excited to announce some big changes with MassHealth which start this month! MassHealth will cover acupuncture beginning Jan 22, 2022 Acupuncturists can sign-up to be Fee-For-Service providers and see members who are enrolled in the MassHealth administered plan (the blue card). The MassHealth administered plans pay for medically necessary acupuncture for the treatment of pain and for...

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Bulletproof Documentation Virtual Class Feb 12th

In Association with Acupuncture Society of Massachusetts & the Michigan Acupuncture Society Bulletproof Documentation for Acupuncturists Saturday, February 12, 2022 from 12:00 PM to 5:30 PM EST REGISTER HERE - http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07eiyei3dhe5630434&llr=uju954bab  This 5 hour seminar will teach you how to document your acupuncture treatments so...

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Free Webinar – Become a MassHealth Provider

MassHealth is now enrolling acupuncture providers! There will be a free webinar that will give an overview of the enrollment process for new acupuncture providers and additional information on being a MassHealth provider. DATE: Wednesday Nov 17th TIME:  1-2 pm via Zoom Topics include: --Provider Enrollment --Record Keeping Requirements --Billing Requirements --MassHealth Provider Resources...

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The Acupuncture for Our Seniors Act (H.R. 4803) Fact Sheet

On July 29, 2021, U.S. Representative Judy Chu (D-California) introduced H.R. 4803, the Acupuncture for Our Seniors Act. H.R. 4803 would instruct the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to recognize qualified acupuncturists as Medicare providers. Medicare recognition would enable eligible acupuncturists to provide covered services to Medicare beneficiaries (generally those 65+)...

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Cigna/Ash Integration Presentation July 13th

The Acupuncture Society of Massachusetts (ASM) invites you to share in a special member benefit: A presentation by Mori West of AcuClaims on Tuesday July 13th at 8 pm via Zoom. --This event is free for ASM members --Current members will receive the Zoom mtg instructions in a separate email on 7/13 --This event will be "live" only and will not be recorded, so we hope you can attend The ASM is...

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Successful Acupuncture Day on the Hill

Thank you to all who participated in the ASM’s Acupuncture Day on the Hill Virtual Event on May12th 2021. We are excited that over 60 people attended. Below are some key takeaways and recommended actions to help pass these bills! First, we would like to thank our Acupuncture Legislation Champions Representative Smitty Pignatelli and Senator Eric Lesser for their consistent and persistent...

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ASM Acupuncture Hour on The Hill – Free Virtual Event 5/12/21

Join us to help promote the acupuncture profession and learn about important legislation impacting our profession and how it will impact your practice!       There will be a panel discussion including our legislative champions: Senator Eric Lesser and Representative Smitty Pignatelli, and Amy Mager, DACM, L.Ac., Vice Chair of public policy for the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA). Read...

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Sign The Petition

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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