News from the Council of State Associations Meeting

March 20, 2015

Dr. David Miller (ILaaom Legislatve Director) and Lindy Camardella (ILaaom Treasurer) traveled to Baltimore, MD as Council of State Associations Representatives. They attended crucial meetings for the transition and development of the national presence of TCM.

 In addition to working on the core functioning of a national structure, participants at the meeting also accomplished: 

  • Sharing knowledge state-by-state on the status of the dry needling issue, and beginning to conceptualize how we need to manage this from a national and long-term perspective.
  • Hearing from Taylor Walsh with the Integrative Healthcare Policy Consortium (IHPC).  Mr. Walsh is the program director for “Cover My Care”, and updated us on this effort and the status of Section 2706 of the ACA. The site has valuable information for your memberships:  http://www.covermycare.org/cmc/  Act now to ensure that health insurance covers your integrative care!
  • Hearing from Kory Ward-Cook and Mina Larson who gave us an overview of the status and direction of NCCAOM‘s work, as well as summarizing the quite impressive benefits available to not only Diplomates of the NCCAOM, but also state associations.
  • Mina Larson also gave a concise, highly informed overview of the status of licensure in the six unlicensed states.  We hope to be of help to individuals in those states working to advance the profession on those fronts.
  • Getting to know Matthew Bauer of the Acupuncture Now Foundation, and considering how the CSA could collaborate with him on the work of that new entity. https://acupuncturenowfoundation.org/
  • Learning from Jennifer Stone, Editor in Chief of Meridians, The Journal of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine http://www.meridiansjaom.com/, about the status of the journal (just approved for EBSCO indexing!), and a member benefit for state associations involved with the CSA.
  • Understanding better how critical it is that we are finally at the table with the AMA and other professions in discussions about CPT coding.  Eric Buckley reported on his extensive representation on our behalf at these quarterly meetings.

The CSA wishes to extend a special thanks to Marilyn Allen and the American Acupuncture Council (AAC) for hosting a working lunch for us on Thursday, and a social Thursday evening which kept the networking active.  This lunch allowed us to hear about important national and international trajectories, including the on-going work to develop the ICD 11 codes that include descriptors for traditional medicine practitioners.  Please keep your eyes open for the opportunity to review and give feedback on these codes.  As of yet, there has not been significant input from U.S. practitioners, but our structure allows us the opportunity to change that deficit.

Please see http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3833512/ for more background on this global health advance.

Organizations in Attendance

CA          California State Oriental Medical Association

CO          Acupuncture Association of Colorado

CT           Connecticut Society of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

DC          Acupuncture Society of DC

FL           Florida State Oriental Medical Association

IL             Illinois Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

IN            Indiana Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

LA           Acupuncture Association of Louisiana

MA          Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Society of MA

MD          Maryland Acupuncture Society

MI            Michigan Association of AOM

NC          North Carolina Association of AOM

NH          New Hampshire Acupuncture and Asian Medicine Association

NJ           New Jersey Association of AOM

NM          New Mexico Society for Acupuncture and Asian Medicine

NY           Acupuncture Society of New York

OR          Oregon Association of AOM

PA           PA Association for Professional Acupuncture

UT           Utah Association of AOM

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