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Poll Results for the following Question:

How effective are the national associations (i.e., the AAOM and the Acupuncture Alliance) in meeting the needs of the acupuncture and Oriental medicine profession in the United States?

Results:

Very effective
52.0%
Somewhat effective
25.7%
Somewhat ineffective
2.6%
Very ineffective
19.6%

Total Respondents: 855

Comments:

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Anonymous
Somewhat ineffective While the AAOM and the Alliance have been effective in supporting individual states to get basic licensing laws passed, they have achieved little else. Since the Alliance was founded in 1994 with the support of the Council of Colleges, they have supported the profitibility of teaching over that of the profitability of practicing. The result is that many graduates find themselves entering a lower-tier health profession that can hardly provides enough income to keep us out of poverty.

nettlesbgood@msn.com
Somewhat effective There is more work to be done! Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine are strong on the coasts but in Illinois we still require written referrals!

Anonymous
Very effective Regarding the previous comments on the Arkansas Bill SB 115, this Bill has ended up where it belongs -- on the trash heap -- as the Bill would have gutted high licensure standards in the state.

Given the political "legs" the Bill had initially, the defeat of this horrendous Bill would not have been possible had not all the national organizations worked in concert to defeat it. This goes to show what can be accomplished when the national organizations work together for the best interests of the profession!
Anonymous
 Just a comment on the prior comment unfairly attacking AAOM relative to the new licensure Bill being considered in Arkansas -- and attacking certain members of the AAOM Board based on unsubstantiated speculation. AAOM opposes SB 115, as do ALL the other national OM associations since the Bill "guts" national standards and proposes to adopt provisions for new AR Board members which would be lower than the standards for licensees in virtually every other state. The Bill also would give the AR Acupuncture Association (which was dumped from AAOM for promoting low standards) control over who serves on the AR Acupuncture Board.

The proponents of this Bill were purportedly offered the option of removing the current AR Board without gutting national standards or adopting low standards for service on the AR Board, but the proponents would not agree with this reasonable compromise. This clearly exposes the real intent of these folks to lower standards in the state. If this Bill was only about eliminating a "dysfunctional Board" as the author of the prior note asserts, then they would have agreed to the compromise without attempting to destroy the practice act in the state. If this Bill passes, AR will have the reputation as having the lowest standards for licensure and for service on an Acupuncture Board in the nation. The only reason this Bill has any legs is because the Bill's proponents have pumped so much money into AR legislator's pockets -- only in AR could such a terrible Bill have gotten so far!!!

Readers of this note should check out the AAOM web site to download relevant information for opposing this terrible Bill.

Rather than being chastised, AAOM should be strongly applauded for taking a leadership role in opposing this bad Bill.

Anonymous
Very ineffective Everything that I have read, including articles in Acupuncture Today and the HIPAA compliance manual that I purchased, assumes that the health care provider will need to be in full (maximum) compliance with HIPAA because the health care provider will be either a "covered entity" or need to sign a "Business Associate Agreement" I believe that is an incorrect assumption. Some of this could be due to HIPAA experts trying to increase attendance at HIPAA seminars as AAOM is currently emailing people about. I believe that most acupuncturists, myself included, do not do insurance work, so they would not be classified as a "covered entity" or need to sign a "Business Associate Agreement" with an insurance company, laboratory, imaging center, etc. Therefore, I believe the focus for most acupuncturists should be on doing the absolute minimum, whatever that may be, to comply with HIPAA mandates and not waste time doing the maximum--privacy manual, audits etc..

beansoup@sprynet.com
Somewhat effective We want to see acupuncture services paid by medicare. This should be our number one priority. We need to lobby congress to add an acupuncture benefit to all federal employee health insurance plans as well. Just find out who to pay off (Congress) and get on with it. All of this argueing about hours and turf is a waste of time.

Anonymous
Very effective Although the national organizations got off to a rocky start due to the battles over philosophy and direction for the profession, they now appear to be working together and improving their responsiveness to the profession. The recent visioning process to establish a national vision for the profession will go along way toward acheiving the goal of a more effective profession.

heavenhalo1@yahoo.com
Very effective I absolutely love acupuncture.It works everytime.

Anonymous
Very ineffective The American Assn. of Oriental Medicine has two committe members that are sitting on the Acupuncture Board of Arkansas. One of whom has had CNT violations and complaints about not using disposable needles against him; the other is not even a resident of the state nor is he licensed here yet he sits on the board and determines who will get their lic. renewed. The AOMA has pulled the Arkansas Assn. of Oriental Medicine's state charter (a 501 c 3 NON PROFIT CORPORATION) yet decides to keep the Ark. Assn. money for 2003. The reason why sb115 and sb116 WERE CREATED AT ALL IS THAT A JOINT PERFORMANCE REVIEW COMMITTEE INTERIM STUDY FOUND THE ACUPUNCTURE BOARD TO BE DYSFUNCTIONAL. FIRST OF ALL, THE STATE BOARD OF ACUPUNCTURE IS A SOVEREIGN ENTITY, AND IT IS ABSOLUTELY NOT THE BUSINESS OF THE AOMA OR ANYONE ELSE'S BUSINESS TO INFLUENCE LEGISLATION WHEN THEY DO NOT PRACTICE HERE, ARE NOT LICENSED HERE, AND DO NOT EVEN BOTHER TO READ THE ORIGINAL ACUPUNCTURE PRACTICE ACT OF ARK. OF 1997 WHICH ALLOWED GRANDFATHERING QUALIFIED PRACTITIONERS IN, AND ALSO ALLOWED PRACTITIONERS TO TAKE A ARKANSAS STATE BOARD APPROVED EXAM. SB 115 HAS AGAIN BEEN AMENDED TO SATISFY ALL THE PEOPLE WHO DO NOT LIVE OR PRACTICE HERE CONTROL ISSUES AND NOW IS FOCUSING ON ONLY RESTRUCTURING THE BOARD. IF ALL OF THESE PEOPLE REALLY CARED ABOUT PUBLIC HEALTH AND WELL=BEING WHY NOT KEEP THE CHIROPRACTORS FROM DOING ACUPUNCTURE IN ARK. WHEN THEY NEED ONLY 200 HOURS, LIE AND SAY THEY ARE CERTIFIED AND AT LEAST IN THE TOWN I AM IN USE REUSEABLE NEEDLES THAT ARE NOT PROPERLY STERILIZED.

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