ASM News and Updates
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 below:
“Based on feedback from DPL, DPH, and others, and in line with the similarities to other fields of medicine, such as chiropractic, physical therapy, and occupational therapy, acupuncture is considered to be an essential service. That said, we are reminding practitioners that they should defer all routine and elective procedures, as appropriate, in the interest of public health so it should really be just necessary, scheduled visits. We’ve also issued additional guidance for essential services that are operating, which they should take into consideration.”
During this unprecedented time, we ask you to please use the resources below to stay current on the best guidelines and practices to keep you and your patients safe. We will continue to be at the service of our practitioners, do not hesitate to reach out.
ASM Board of Directors
- Guidelines on returning to work
- Join the ASA & NCCAOM Joint Town Hall Meeting Wed night during which we will hear from Dr. Li from the front lines in China and Valerie Hobbs and Steve Shomo taking us through the CCAOM Clinic Infection Control Advisory document
- Register here https://www.asacu.org/
2) “Essential Healthcare Providers” and “Essential Healthcare Services” Descriptions and Best Practice Guidelines PDF
3) CCAOM Clinic Infection Control Advisory Document
On March 4, 2020, the CNT Committee of the CCAOM issued a Clinic Infection Control Advisory to serve as a guide for acupuncturists in making an assessment to close their practices.
4) Covid-19 Waiver For Patients
This is a form for patients to acknowledge and sign from the AAC