News & Updates

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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Medicare Inclusion Information & Survey

Dear Practitioners, There is a beginning of a national discussion about inclusion of Acupuncturists as a Medicare provider type occurring this evening (6/24) during the ASA and NCCAOM town hall. This is a critically important discussion for several reasons: 1 - Acupuncture IS being covered by Medicare - do we want to be a provider group? 2 - This WILL and already has influenced insurance...

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Medicare Educational Brief

Dear Practitioners, There is a beginning of a national discussion about inclusion of Acupuncturists as a Medicare provider type occurring this evening (6/24) during the ASA and NCCAOM town hall. This is a critically important discussion for several reasons: 1 - Acupuncture IS being covered by Medicare - do we want to be a provider group? 2 - This WILL and already has influenced insurance...

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Update: May 18th, 2020 – Guidance from Governor Baker for Healthcare providers

Guidance from Governor Baker for Healthcare providers Dear Colleagues,          During this period of uncertainty, the Acupuncture Society of Massachusetts, (ASM) , is diligently working in conjunction with our lobbyist, Dan Delaney, to understand and disseminate the information disseminated from Governor Baker’s office. We appreciate your support and patience as we work to get clarity on the...

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Update 5/15/2020

Update 5/15/2020 Dear Colleagues, We acknowledge that we sent an email May 5th 2020, stating we believe acupuncturists are essential in Massachusetts, based on information received from our legislators. We apologize for any confusion or lack of clarity this announcement may have caused. The Acupuncture Society of Massachusetts has been working tirelessly to resolve conflicting information...

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Open or Closed: 5/5/2020

ASM News and Updates Dear Colleagues, Many practitioners have been struggling with the question of whether to keep their practices open to serve patients who urgently need treatment. The ASM reached out to legislators directly for clarity regarding the status of whether acupuncturists are considered essential healthcare providers in MA during the COVID-19 closures. Please see the response...

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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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