News & Updates

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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ASM NEWS ALERT 1/5/2021

    ASM News Alert Dear Colleagues, Happy New Year! I am writing to provide you with a brief update regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. Acupuncturists fall at the end of the Phase 1 distribution of the vaccine. We are working to gather more information regarding the distribution of the vaccine to Acupuncturists (as non-COVID facing healthcare workers) who do not work in facilities in which...

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COVID-19 Vaccinations for MA Lic Acupuncturists

Dear Colleagues, I am writing to provide you with a brief update regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. Acupuncturists fall at the end of the Phase 1 distribution of the vaccine. We are working to gather more information regarding the distribution of the vaccine to Acupuncturists (as non-COVID facing healthcare workers) who do not work in facilities in which the vaccine has been provided. At this point...

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Welcome 2 New Members of the ASM Board of Directors

Welcome Laura Hamill and Wei (Vivien) Zhang Laura joins us as a first year student from NESA at MCPHS to serve as our student liaison. She brings a new perspective and broad skillset to the board and we are excited to have her join us! Statement from Laura: As a first year acupuncture student, I deeply value the work the Acupuncture Society of MA has undertaken toward improving the accessibility...

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ASM Annual Meeting 2020

Thank you to everyone who took the time to join us for the ASM Annual Meeting on October 18th. If you were unable to attend or simply want to review the material we have posted the slides of the event below. Slides - https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1oUVN2pWthTNwuhLybA-n692u8x2X4CqnqUMYdL8chPc/edit?usp=sharing Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions: admin@acusocietyMA.org

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Acupuncture License Renewal Extension

For all active physicians and acupuncturists scheduled for license renewal from March 17 to August 31 who have not yet renewed, pursuant to COVID-19 Order No. 41, Order Authorizing The Reopening of Child Care Programs and Rescinding Eight COVID Orders, the renewal date for licensure has been extended to October 8, 2020.  Physicians scheduled to renew their licenses beginning on September 1, 2020...

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MassHealth Update 9.1.20

The ASM has some exciting new developments to share with you regarding providing acupuncture to MassHealth members. Members of the ASM Board of Directors and ASM members had a meaningful and productive meeting with MassHealth officials Monday, August 10th, facilitated by Liz Gipson, Managing Director of Clinical Policy at MassHealth. We discussed the provision of physician supervision which...

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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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