News & Updates

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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ASM Stands with AAPI Community

The Acupuncture Society of Massachusetts (ASM) supports the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. We all stand as one in this profession and we want to provide education on this topic as well as ask you to support local, state and national anti-discrimination legislation. Our national organization, the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) recently sent out a message showing...

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ASM Legislative Update & Call to Action

The Acupuncture Society of Massachusetts’ Legislative Task Force has an important update about two very critical pieces of legislation, one is an Insurance Bill and one is Legislation Related to Dry Needling. Here is some fantastic background information so you can become more familiar with each and instructions on how you can do your part to promote one or both of these bills. Call to Action:...

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Cigna-ASH Integration: How to Help

Many practitioners have been struggling with the news of Cigna integrating with American Specialty Health (ASH). This will affect all Cigna health plans. ASH reimbursement rates are approximately $40 per entire treatment. The ASM has been advised to get all of our practitioners and their Cigna patients on board to remedy this situation by doing the following: 1) If you have a LinkedIn account,...

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List of Community Acupuncture Clinics

Massachusetts has a number of affordable, community-based acupuncture clinics, most with sliding scale pricing. We created this spreadsheet which offers current information as of 2/14/21. If we missed any locations please email admin @ AcuSocietyMA.org and we can update the list.  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/11v8zJAX6PXUKorKWeMf_9SZnlmEggsbJNkup0BP4klk/edit?usp=sharing

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Covid19 Vaccine Locations

Here is the latest information on where to get the vaccine https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-vaccine-locations-for-individuals-currently-eligible-to-be-vaccinated Licensed Acupuncturists are in the group called "non-covid facing healthcare practitioners"  Another option is to check with the Public Health Nurse from your town or the town that your Acupuncture practice is in to make an...

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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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