According to the Acupuncture Today April 2013
edition, the New Year has proven to be a promising one for
acupuncturists nationwide. There are several petitions that are
being currently looked at in White House concerning the future of
acupuncture. There is one petition in particular that has gained
momentum and attention in the White House.
The petition was created on Jan 11, 2013. The petition makes the
case that studies have shown that when acupuncturist are directly
involved in patient care, patient recover faster. The White House
petition is to recognize acupuncture as profession that is included
in Medicare system. We know have a total of 27,347 signatures.
If you are wondering what were the case studies? Mostly the case
studies came from pain management issues involving the direct
patient involvement with an acupuncturist. I would like to note
that many professions are already recognized in the Social Security
Act and therefore included in the Medicare system, for example
midwives, dieticians, physician's assistants, and social
The states that are currently being looked at by the White House
are California, Maryland, New Mexico, Washington, Nevada, and
Alaska. It is now a waiting game for the rest of us acupuncturists
nationwide to see where our profession finds it place in the
mainstream Medicare system.
If you want to view the petition, go to Recognize Acupuncturists as Healthcare
Providers. If you have additional question please contact NCCAOM and AAAOM.
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