Poll Results for the following Question:
Do you think your state association does a good job of representing and/or
supporting the profession's interests in your state?
Total Respondents: 281
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The Maine association is a joke.
Our state association (Maryland) has done next to nothing
to negotiate with the insurance industry to ensure that L.Ac.'s are appropriately
reimbursed and covered by insurance. We may only bill for 97780 CPT code
and the rate is usually less than half the going rate for a treatment.
And we do not receive payment without hours on the phone and jumping through
endless hoops designed to delay our payments.
I have a license in two states: California and Arizona.
Moving over from California, I've been very disappointed with the way our
profession is represented in Arizona. Very disappointed!!
I'm sorry,... BUT the practice of Acupuncture in Arizona is in a very sad
state of affairs, and the association (s) there are very weak. They do
not want to take the action to challenge the system to promote and advance
the practice of Oriental Medicine.
Many colleagues are only interested in furthering their
interest. At this pace Medicine will never respect Acupuncture until the
profession and members learn to respect themselves
It is a government organization with little knowledge of
I am trying to find out if acupuncture works for persistent
acupuncture should be given due recognition at state level
as it s science at par with all other duly recognised medical disciplines.
I think Massachusetts does a good in recognizing acupuncture
as a profession but does nothing to help integrate TCM with our Western
methods. Doctors here seem to recommend acupunucture as a last resort and
not just another option of health care.
The Maryland Acupuncture Society is well run and has had
a significant impact not only in Maryland but at the Federal level due
to our close proximity to DC and the employment from membership funds,
of a lobbyist. It is an excellent model for those wishing to form in other
No.. New Hamopshire is seriously hurtung for money for education
reform and property taxes are outrageous. We all want a casino to be built
for entertainment purposes as well as aiding in education money. But the
NH Govt. said gambling in NH is illegal, therfore no casino. However..
NH's Govt. allows the NH lotto to continue and even expand in how many
different number games it offers. We even have Bingo, Horse and Dog track
betting and scrathc tickets. Now if that isnt gambling, then i dont know
what is. I guess its all in the definition... just like Pres. Bill Clinton
asking what the Definition if "IS" is..
I just recently relocated to Michigan and am finding that
Acupuncture is in need of some great support and recognition here. I know
there are acupuncturists here who are fighting for the legitimization of
the profession through recommended educational requirements as well as
licensing requirements...but from what I've heard...there's a looong way
to go. I'm hoping that we can make a difference..one person at a time and
one day at a time!!
Missouri's acupuncture association has become quite active
and effective over the past few years....good leadership!
Maryland has a very active association and often takes
the lead on many national issues. We also have a lobbyist, who is well
worth the money.
I practice in three jurisdictions with three licenses.
Two of the three satte associations are long established and responsible
for establishing and maintaining excellent practice acts. The third is
newly established and is also doing a good job, considering that it has
functioned for only a year.
I moved to Ohio from Maryland and my understanding so far
is that it is hard to even form an association within the practitioner
arena! I am just starting the process of getting other acupuncturists together
(there are less than 50 licensed Acupuncturists in the entire state)and
have heard very disturbing comments concerning the lack of support for
such an organization. Having practiced for 14 years I am excited and at
the same time disappointed in the lack of movement from the already existing
practitioners that live here.
In NJ? Are you kidding?
I am a relatively new Acupuncture practitioner,but I have
been a Registered Nurse for more than 30 years and I have been and continue
to be very impressed with my state's Acupuncture association. There is
such a tremendous level of professionalism and ongoing communication with
all members. I had not experienced this within the state's nursing association.
The acupuncture organization in MN should consider taking
a more proactive stance. Many issues are not or have not been dealt with
very well. The profession as a whole has suffered respect, lacks insurance
parity and is practiced by a majority on a part-time basis. There are many
reasons for this and yet a forward thinking organization is needed to help
change this. First, the association should consider working to help create
a separate Board of OM. As it stands there are questionable practitioners
who hold themselves out to the public through the misusage of a protected
title such as licensed acupuncturist. Many have little to no training in
acupuncture and practice under another license. This lack of control by
the appropriate Boards only works to undermine who we are and appears to
be illegal under the current statutes. Legitimate practitioners of acupuncture
have submitted names to the appropriate Board with few if any repercussions
and so the misrepresentation continues. In John Amaro's recent article,
he mentions the concept of respect for these poorly trained providers.
There can be little professional respect for providers who try to legislate
inclusion of techniques for which they are not properly trained. Providers
who want to practice this modality should graduate from accredited programs
and attain the proper licensing and NCCAOM certification. Secondly, the
association may want to begin a grassroots public educational campaign
for this purpose. Very little gets done at the government level without
public support. This issue is about the public safety and about adequate
oversight, both are lacking. Acupuncture is growing to be one of the most
popular healthcare modalities, one of the best ways to ensure better public
safety and higher level practice is to push for a legislative change.
CSOMA yes, CAOMA no.
In California, the state associations need to restore and
improve relations with the nationals. The fights between our state groups
and the nationals have hurt the entire CA profession.
The Arizona association is laughable.