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Poll Results for the following Question:

What is the most important issue facing the acupuncture profession in 2006?

Results:

Greater inclusion of acupuncture in managed care and insurance plans
31.7%
Improved cooperation between the leading national organizations (AAOM, Acupuncture Alliance, etc.)
8.0%
Increased research supporting the safety and efficacy of acupuncture
14.5%
Passage of acupuncture licensure laws in all 50 states
13.3%
Passage of the Federal Acupuncture Coverage Act
32.4%

Total Respondents: 413

Comments:

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mecandu2@cs.com
 I was given authorazation by the Physican that
is in charge of my physical therophy traetment.
About three weeks I recieved as did my attorney
a letter from WC claim adjuster that acording to
SB 899 that accupuncture was not authorized for
use on WC injuries because the value of such
traetment was not considered to be of any help
to injured workers. Can you tell me if this is
true .I ask because these accupuncture treatments
had a very positive effect on my L4-L5 injury .

Thanks Chuck Abate


Anonymous
Greater inclusion of acupuncture in managed care and insurance plans  I find that interest in acupuncture quickly wanes when potential patients hear that their insurance will unlikely pay or that their insurance allows them to pay discounted fees. It is as though it is far more painful to reach for their wallet than address an ailment.
I do not want the aggravation of dealing with insurance companies and underpayment for services. But the reality is that those who have insurance seem to think it entitles them to free treatment regardless of the modality.
However, my only consolatin is that will become less of a problem in the future as the number of uninsured continues to rise.

Lawrence Howard, LAc, MSAc

Anon
Improved cooperation between the leading national organizations (AAOM, Acupuncture Alliance, etc.) First cooperation (gives us lots of numbers and political clout), then the Medicare Acu Bill which will allow for greater coverage by insurance companies and greater utilization by the public. As this is the bar for professional respect, it would make sense then that the few remaining states will come to recognize us as well.

jkkhalsa@yahoo.com
Improved cooperation between the leading national organizations (AAOM, Acupuncture Alliance, etc.) I'd like to see the bill passed that allows licenced acupuncturists to
work in a hight needs area for 3 years and get student loans waived!
Medical students and teachers have this option, it needs to be
happening for us . I'm currently half way thru my degree at AOMA in
TX How can we get this to happen?
Thanks ,
JK Khalsa,
Austin TX

sheblack@pngusa.net
Greater inclusion of acupuncture in managed care and insurance plans As a practitoner whose clientele is approximately 80% insurance work
I would like to see insurance companies allow more realistic numbers
of treatments per patient per year. 10-12 tx are not realistic for
someone who has a chronic degenerative disease. This just shows
me that the people in the insurance companies either don't know or
don't care or both how acupuncture works. This lack of knowledge
does neither our patients or our profession any good.

Also it pains me to see that the reimbursement rates for other
professionals,massage therapists for instance, whose license requires
one year or less of training/school are reimbursed at the same or
higher rate than acupuncturists.

I would like to see our National organizations continue the good work
they have been doing to get insurance coverage for our services and
further educate insurers on some of the issues where there is
ignorance. If our profession is to rise to the levels of which it is
capable in the healing field and provide the level of care our patients
deserve then revisions of insurance coverage must continue and
improve.

Thank you for giving me this opportunity to speak.

Sheila Blackman MA AOM

Anonymous
Greater inclusion of acupuncture in managed care and insurance plans I have been getting acupuncture for a dozen years. It has helped to ease the pain, but the relief only lasts a few days.
i know when I could afford to get treatments twice a week with time off work the treatment took quite a bit of the pain away. Now I get it once every four or five weeks. If the cost was reasonable (less than $50) more people would use the services. Retired, fixed income patients cannot afford treatment!!!!!!!!!!


boaz@boazitshaky.com
Increased research supporting the safety and efficacy of acupuncture Increased research supporting the safety and efficacy of acupuncture is the single most important issue facing the acupuncture profession in the future. In America, good medicine relies heavily on solid research evidence that is based on high research standards. When research provides evidence of efficacy, the healthcare community follows through. Hence insurance coverage and broader acceptance within the mainstream, by which in return will lead to the integration of acupuncture at a faster pace.
Boaz Its’haky, MSOM, LAc


enwdc@hotmail.com
Increased research supporting the safety and efficacy of acupuncture Let's put first things first. More research, outside of the Far East, is needed. There has been plenty of research in China, Japan, Korea, et al. But until more is done in the West, this great healing profession will stay on the fringes.

As a Chiropractor who also relies heavily on acupuncture to get his patients well. I can say that more managed care and insurance coverage is exactly what you DON'T WANT. The Ins. Cos. are only in it for the money. They don't care if you can get rid of damp heat or qi stagnation. If you let them regulate what you can and cannot do, which they will with the power of the almighty dollar, you will be regulated to 6 visits per calendar year and for pain only. Don't believe me? Look at what the Chiropractic profession has to do with the likes of United Health Care and BC/BS. It is a constant struggle to even get paid. If the patient knows he has to pay cash for acupuncture he will. Insurance creates a second opinion in you treatment strategy.

Anonymous
Passage of the Federal Acupuncture Coverage Act I also think we need to standardize our licensing requirements & professional title - nationally. Until this happens, we will continue to be marginalized as 2nd-tier health providers.

Anonymous
Improved cooperation between the leading national organizations (AAOM, Acupuncture Alliance, etc.) Insurance? Forget insurance! Research? Not to worry. It will be there to the extent that analytic measurements allow. What matters most is cooperation within the profession to better educate the public about what we do, define ourselves more effectively, push for favorable legislation on state and national levels. Plus improve the quality of education acupuncturist schools provide. Less TCM and more classical training, in particular.

naturalbalance@gmail.com
Increased research supporting the safety and efficacy of acupuncture Personally, I think that as a group we should work to show our communities that we have research debunking the allopathic communities' views that acupuncture is "purely placebo" (AMA) or other such nonsense.

I don't understand everyone's eager push towards getting covered by insurance, etc. First, you don't get paid what you deserve. Secondly, it typically takes at least a couple of months after you preform the service to get paid. (if your paperwork is perfect) Third, if you do have a flaw in your paperwork process, it can take up to 270 days to get paid. Work today, get paid in 9 months. Sounds sweet!!!

I think that we, as a community, feel like being able to accept insurance will put us in the "club" of professional medical practitioners but in reality all we are doing is putting our intention in the wrong place. We will find ourselves treating the insurance company rather than treating the patient. And before you snap to say "that wouldn't happen in MY PRACTICE", you need to have walked that road before and many of you haven't. I have.

I think that the intention of allopathic medicine was good but they fell into a trap of having to support themselves and when working within an insurance environment it can be difficult to provide the absolute best care you can. This is due to non-payment of services you provide or what the insurance company deems "not medically necessary". This is exacerbated by the fact that they don't understand what we do and why we do it.

Another thing to look at is the future of health insurance in America. There are ideas floating around within the insurance community that could change the whole way insurance is handled and very soon it could end up that your typical bill for service is less than your client's co-pay, so it is neither better for you or your client to even deal with insurance. It would be troubling to fight for something that will become unuseable.

Long story short, accepting insurance and dealing with insurance companies is not worth it, and I think by pushing ourselves that way we are potentially neglecting things that truly are beneficial to our profession and art.

Sincerely-

Christopher James TxLAc

sbatkin@earthlink.net
Increased research supporting the safety and efficacy of acupuncture The reason I would pick this issue as the number one issue, is because it is a critical pre-cursor to getting health plans to cover acupuncture. There are too many studies out there that are inconclusive. I believe this is because acupuncture is being studied using a model (double blind, placebo...)that simply doesn't work for any kind of bodywork. Sham acupuncture for control groups? That's ridiculous!! Especially to those of us who practice a more meridian based, or palpation based style of acupuncture. Thanks for giving me this forum to share my thought!

Sue Batkin

ripeandkosher@yahoo.com
Greater inclusion of acupuncture in managed care and insurance plans I am a newly licensed acupuncturist and I have heard "is it being covered by insurance" more often than, "where is the research?". Although I feel research is very important for doctor referrals and necesary for continued integration, insurance plans will lead to more peeople utitlizing acupuncture and more demand for research as a result.

mbuyze@yahoo.com
Increased research supporting the safety and efficacy of acupuncture While all of these are important issues, the question is about the year 2006. In that short time frame it is unlikely that we will get significantly greater inclusion in managed care and insurance, licensure in all 50 states, or passage of the Federal Acupuncture Coverage Act. All of these will be accomplished in the long run, but they are driven by further proof and examples of the effectiveness of TCM in the shorter term.

Anonymous
Passage of the Federal Acupuncture Coverage Act i do not support the federal acupuncture coverage act of 2005. it is a very stupid law. $5.79 is not enough for a 15 minute treatment of acupucture. this is ridiculous? how are acupunctures supposed to pay the office rent and other expenses with this amount?!

Anonymous
Passage of acupuncture licensure laws in all 50 states the most important thing for the acupuncture community is to be able to join together in a unified front.
it gets so old hearing that to pull concses from the acupuncture community is like hearding cats.
respectfully bob booker

billydoc1@hotmail.com
Passage of the Federal Acupuncture Coverage Act We are licensed professionals. Often (over)regulated by the government. Why our service,then, are not being reimbursed by the federal insurance medicare?
It's beyond pathetic! IMHO

Anonymous
Increased research supporting the safety and efficacy of acupuncture Although most want to have acupuncture included on more health insurance plans, the only way a therapy will receive the recognition it will deserve is to have it supported by research. Otherwise, the public drive to have it accepted and covered by their insurance companies will only go so far.

Anonymous
Greater inclusion of acupuncture in managed care and insurance plans It would be great if our leading national organizations could reduce the political power games that they play with one another and increase their efforts to genuinely cooperate together. I will not hold my breath waiting for this to occur. Pactitioners who don't have time for all the nonsense games that go on within this profession are facing real challenges in making a living. Greater inclusion of acupuncture in managed care and insurance plans is a necessity to financially survive!

Koyote911@yahoo.com
Passage of acupuncture licensure laws in all 50 states I most interested in a national law that requires all health professionals EXCEPT MEDICAL DOCTORS to pass the NCCAOM exams before they are allowed to perform acupuncture. We are seeing continual encroachment of our profession by Chiropractors which needs to be stopped! To try to get Medical Doctors included in this type of bill would be a foolish waste of time and money because Allopathic medicine would never allow it. It is not Medical Doctors I am concerned about; it is Chiropractors which are doing acupuncture with minimal training which should be stopped.

CLAIRE2094@MSN.COM
Greater inclusion of acupuncture in managed care and insurance plans I THINK ACUPUNCTURE IS THE BEST TREATMENT BY FAR.
I HAD INTENSE BACK PAIN AND COULD NOT STAND ANY LENGHT OF TIME I HAD FIVE TREATMENTS AND WAS CURED. IT WAS DIFFICULT FOR ME BECAUSE MY BLUE CROSS INSURANCE DID NOT COVER IT BUT IT HAS BEEN WELL WORTH IT. I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY INSURANCE WILL NOT COVER SOMETHING THAT HAS NOT FOLLOWING PRESCRIPTIONS TO BUY AND MOST TIMES ONLY A FEW FOLLOW UP VISITS.

Anonymous
Passage of acupuncture licensure laws in all 50 states I feel that we are weakend by the comment " Well it isn't even legal in some states." It serves to trivialize and call into question those states who have been forward-thinking enough to have such laws in place. Our plan is not to usurp or replace, simply to assume our rightful place along the other educated and licensed health care providers in this country. We have a place that is just our own.

Anonymous
Passage of the Federal Acupuncture Coverage Act only then you wold be able to help people , as many as you want, and bill acupuncture, heat ,massage, electric,infrared.... a lots of great pain out theare

jasminelac@gmail.com
Increased research supporting the safety and efficacy of acupuncture Actually I believe that the msot important issue is the fact that we cannot or do not adequately explain how acupucture works from a western medical perspective. More research is needed to create a working theroy of Acupuncture as most people will not try what they cannot comprehend.

Anonymous
Greater inclusion of acupuncture in managed care and insurance plans People should have good reliable options to thier health care.

Anonymous
Increased research supporting the safety and efficacy of acupuncture 
acupuncture should be included in syllbus of modern medicine and acupuncture should be taught onthe basis of neuro anatomial and neurophysiological basis of each disease so that moern doctors can understand the subject rather than giving undue importance to meridians and yin yang etc sice i believe that effect of acupuncture is through selective specific peripheral nerve stimulation

Anonymous
Passage of the Federal Acupuncture Coverage Act I think it comes down to coverage and recognition both of which will be accomplished by passage of this important bill. Most state acupuncturists lack resorces and have had to sacrifice in order to get any type of legislation in order to practice. This has created a major problem with outsiders practicing with little or no knowledge. Basically, giving our profession away with no respect for what we each have endured as students both as interns and also prepping for licensing exams. This trend needs to be reversed ASAP as it undermines us.

qyhac@aol.com
Increased research supporting the safety and efficacy of acupuncture Research is the vehicle that will move the profession ahead and enable the general public to benefit from acupuncture and Asian Medicine.

johnlg_2000@yahoo.com
Passage of acupuncture licensure laws in all 50 states Yes

Anonymous
Increased research supporting the safety and efficacy of acupuncture I think the acpuncturists pushing for HMO and Medicare coverage for acupuncture don't realize what they're in for. These plans do not reimburse at a rate in which one can stay in business. The laws governing Medicare alone is enough to break many solo practitioners.

If Medicare covers acupuncture then every single acupuncturist in the US will have to bill electronically. Are all of you up for that? You will have to hire a staff to keep up with Federal laws, like billing on time, for example. There are $$$ penalties for not billing on time.

As for HMOs, I suppose those types of medical plans are ok if you're herding patients in and out. I worked at a busy acupuncture clinic that was an provider for several HMOs and since acupuncture was reimbursed at $25.00/visit, we had to cram in as many patients as humanly possible. Is this what you want? By the way, don't for a minute think you can dictate reimbursment rates to insurance companies. They tell YOU what you will be paid. Period.

www.tcmstudent.com
Passage of the Federal Acupuncture Coverage Act Passing the Coverage Act will in turn lead to greater insurance parity. Many third party benefits companies take their cue from medicare. This could help us kill two birds with one stone.

Steve Mavros, L.Ac.


yoguiben@msn.com
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Anonymous
Passage of acupuncture licensure laws in all 50 states The development of OMD doctoral programs will help advance all of the above initiatives. I am a third year student and strongly desire to obtain an OMD doctoral degree. Many of my classmates agree that it is necessary to advance the profession.

rwm@san.rr.com
Increased research supporting the safety and efficacy of acupuncture All are priorities, however, without positive research doctoral, medical, and political status are weak/unstable. All medical professions are grounded in research. Acupuncture must have a foot to stand on.

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