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Dear friends,
During this time of confinement, I would like to share with you some continuous training in order to help you develop personalized treatment protocol strategies for a better efficiency for your patients.

✅ ONLINE TEACHINGS NADIA VOLF (MD, PhD) for all therapists
▪️Saturday, April 25th - 6pm-9pm Paris time
« Fatigue and Exhaustion | Energy management » : learn how to nourish energetic and hormonal reserves of the body of your patients, heighten their vitality with a strong understanding of the underlying balance system. You will also develop personalized treatment protocol strategies for a better efficiency.
▪️Sunday, April 26th - 6pm-9pm Paris time
« Psychosomatic complications related to confinement » : understand the mechanism of development of psychosomatic problems, the organs involved, effective protocols to relieve symptoms, the role of emotions and a specific approach to determine the real causal emotion and have an immediate and lasting effect on your patient!
🔎 Information and registration :
The ASA is doing a lot of stuff right. I'll be at the conference, and I encourage you to be there too.
Acupuncture Today has an article about an NCAOM Job Analysis Survey. (Strangely, there is not a link to click to take this survey. You have to email them specifically requesting the survey.) Is this the same survey as the POCA one? POCA is not mentioned in the article.
So Elaine, I miss the monthly email as called the Acupuncture Observer; any way is it coming back? Meanwhile I have to remember to come here from time to time and refresh the news in the acu field
I liked this page a while back but I'm not aleted on any posts in between acupuncture observer emails. Am I missing something?
Looking for a licensed acupuncturist at a well establish busy clinic in Wausau Wi. Must be willing to learn new therapies, work in a team environment, treating a variety of conditions and patients. Herbal knowledge a must. Work hours are Monday thru Thursday, except for the occasional health fair. Great friendly working environment where assistants allow you to concentrate on treating patients. Our website is paintreatmentcenter.net. Send resume to [email protected].
Great stuff you are putting out on this page, and on your blog.

Acupuncture can been very helpful on so many levels.
This diagram has been very useful to me and with the people that I see in my clinic. It helps to clarify where we need to focus our possibilities.

The Acupuncture Observer explores policy issues facing the profession, encouraging dialogue and thoughtful evaluation of our options.

Common Myths About Obesity 07/26/2022

Common Myths About Obesity

Common Myths About Obesity Misinformation leads to ill-advised public health approaches to treating obesity.

CMS proposes slight doc pay cut in 2023 and several reforms to ACOs, dental service coverage 07/12/2022

CMS proposes slight doc pay cut in 2023 and several reforms to ACOs, dental service coverage

https://www.fiercehealthcare.com/providers/cms-proposes-slight-doc-pay-cut-2023-and-several-reforms-acos-dental-service-coverage

CMS proposes slight doc pay cut in 2023 and several reforms to ACOs, dental service coverage Doctors could get a small decline in their Medicare payments next year under a new rule proposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), which is also proposing new options to co | CMS is proposing a slight cut to doctor payments for 2023 as well as a slew of reforms to accountable ca...

Calendar Year (CY) 2023 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule | CMS 07/09/2022

Calendar Year (CY) 2023 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule | CMS

Calendar Year (CY) 2023 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule | CMS On July 7, 2022, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that announces and solicits public comments on proposed policy changes for Medicare payments under the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS), and other Medicare Part B issues, effective on or after January 1, 2023.

07/09/2022

It shouldn't be surprising. (Increasing educational requirements to enter the profession = increasing the cost of a degree) + licensing decisions that mean meeting the requirements in one state doesn't mean you can practice elsewhere + entering the third party payer system in which practitioners lose power and income = fewer people choosing to enter the profession = schools closing. The next step will be other professions increasingly adding acupuncture to their offerings with the accurate argument that there aren't enough LAcs to meet the increasing demand while LAcs scream "how dare they."

Not surprising. But it sure is sad.

Consumers will soon get access to huge amounts of health care price data 07/02/2022

Consumers will soon get access to huge amounts of health care price data

Soon, clients will be able to see what insurance pays for acupuncture. Your cash patients may be very interested!

Consumers will soon get access to huge amounts of health care price data Patients will soon have easier access to more accurate price estimates before getting a health care service, thanks to a federal law — and a collection of health tech companies racing to take advantage of it.

What makes it a profession? 06/27/2022

What makes it a profession?

What makes it a profession? Malpractice by one of us is malpractice by all of us. When a calling turns into an industry, that can change. In an industry, it’s buyer beware. It’s us against the rest. It’s a q…

Many for-profits would fail under gainful-employment rule change 06/10/2022

Many for-profits would fail under gainful-employment rule change

What would this mean for your acupuncture school?

Many for-profits would fail under gainful-employment rule change New study shows that twice the number of for-profit colleges could fail under potential changes to gainful employment by the Biden administration than would have under the old rules.

The grandstanders 05/18/2022

The grandstanders

Are you involved with our Acupuncture professional organizations?

The grandstanders This is a common sort of feedback/criticism/brainstorming, and it deserves a name. Show up toward the end, when most of the work has been done and it’s almost time to ship… Make a sugge…

Practitioner Survey 04/18/2022

Practitioner Survey

Help a Harvard Grad student with her Capstone project. She's interested in helping LAcs succeed --

https://forms.gle/J92mgquLNLnuzWDQA

Practitioner Survey Thank you so much for participating in this survey for my capstone project! This survey seeks to find a model that allows acupuncturists to do more of what you went to school for - healing patients, and less of the cumbersome "business side" of things that just takes up your time and energy. Unlike....

Inside the American Medical Association’s Fight Over Single-Payer Health Care 02/27/2022

Inside the American Medical Association’s Fight Over Single-Payer Health Care

https://www.newyorker.com/science/annals-of-medicine/the-fight-within-the-american-medical-association

Inside the American Medical Association’s Fight Over Single-Payer Health Care A long-standing battle highlights a profession’s political transformation.

About | POCA Tech DB 02/27/2022

About | POCA Tech DB

I'm really looking forward to this going live!
https://dev-pocadb.pantheonsite.io/about

About | POCA Tech DB Greetings! This site is a work in progress and has not officially launched yet. Edits to the pages are still being made to make sure they are accurate as possible before launching!

Justices to consider yet another Medicare-reimbursement dispute - SCOTUSblog 02/25/2022

Justices to consider yet another Medicare-reimbursement dispute - SCOTUSblog

The closer we get to being part of Medicare, the more we need to pay attention to disputes about reimbursement and rate setting.

Justices to consider yet another Medicare-reimbursement dispute - SCOTUSblog Every term brings the court a hot topic. This term one of the recurring topics is health-care reimbursement. November brought Becerra v. Empire Health Foundation and American Hospital Association v. Becerra. January brought Gallardo v. Marstiller. Next week brings Marietta Memorial Hospital Employee

COVID-19 takes serious toll on heart health—a full year after recovery 02/11/2022

COVID-19 takes serious toll on heart health—a full year after recovery

COVID-19 takes serious toll on heart health—a full year after recovery Giant study shows striking rise in long-term heart and vessel disease

02/10/2022

I'm disappointed to hear that ASNY is leaving the ASA. The ASA was thoughtfully and with great effort developed to encourage unity and ensure all member state organizations had a say in the direction of our national organization.

Our profession has never been able to find solid, common, ground.

We are small in number. Our organizations can barely survive because it takes so much qi to keep them going, and there are so few able or willing to contribute their resources to help. Increase the divisions and the qi only becomes more scattered.

The profession isn't getting stronger, we're not getting more united. We spend our energy fighting with others and fighting amongst ourselves.

It used to be heartbreaking. But my heart has been broken too many times already.

02/10/2022

The ASA/NCCAOM Town Hall on HR4803 was helpful in informing people how they could help pass the bill. I am still waiting for clear and thorough explanation of what will happen after success. What will we need to do if we don't want to participate in Medicare? Will we still be able to see our senior clients? If we do want to participate, will there be impacts on office policies and procedures? I'd like lots more clarity on what the future they want me to work for would look like for me, my practice, and my clients.

02/09/2022

I received my Virginia Acupuncture license 27 years ago today.

Mental health therapists seek exemption from part of law to ban surprise billing 02/08/2022

Mental health therapists seek exemption from part of law to ban surprise billing

Mental health therapists seek exemption from part of law to ban surprise billing Some practitioners object to the way upfront cost estimates are designed, saying they could affect access to care and are burdensome. Other experts disagree.

We Need to Evaluate Ethics Curricula | Bill of Health 02/07/2022

We Need to Evaluate Ethics Curricula | Bill of Health

We Need to Evaluate Ethics Curricula | Bill of Health Simply providing ethics training to health professions students does not ensure that they will make more ethical decisions in practice.

Employer-Sponsored Insurance: Friend or Foe? | The Incidental Economist 02/02/2022

Employer-Sponsored Insurance: Friend or Foe? | The Incidental Economist

Employer-Sponsored Insurance: Friend or Foe? | The Incidental Economist The Covid-19 pandemic caused a drastic rise in unemployment, disrupting access to health insurance and resurfacing discussions of our reliance on employer-sponsored insurance. Basic economics can help us better understand what's going on.

Many Doctors Uninformed on Rights of Disabled Patients 01/23/2022

Many Doctors Uninformed on Rights of Disabled Patients

https://www.webmd.com/pain-management/news/20220110/many-doctors-uninformed-on-rights-of-disabled-patients

Many Doctors Uninformed on Rights of Disabled Patients Thirty-six percent of doctors surveyed knew little or nothing about their legal requirements for patients with disabilities.

Many doctors are still befuddled by accommodating people with disability 01/14/2022

Many doctors are still befuddled by accommodating people with disability

Don't be befuddled.

Many doctors are still befuddled by accommodating people with disability The ADA requires that people with disability receive reasonable accommodations to ensure that care is accessible. That often doesn't happen.

01/13/2022

www.ama-assn.org

I've asked the ASA if they can provide materials for LAcs for the No Surprises Act. In the meantime, here are some helpful materials from the AMA.
https://www.ama-assn.org/system/files/ama-nsa-toolkit.pdf

www.ama-assn.org

ADA knowledge lacking among many physicians 01/10/2022

ADA knowledge lacking among many physicians

ADA knowledge lacking among many physicians Nearly three-quarters of outpatient physicians don’t understand how to accommodate their patients’ disabilities, study says.

Women’s Periods May Be Late After Coronavirus Vaccination, Study Suggests 01/07/2022

Women’s Periods May Be Late After Coronavirus Vaccination, Study Suggests

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/06/health/covid-vaccine-menstrual-cycles.html?smid=url-share

Women’s Periods May Be Late After Coronavirus Vaccination, Study Suggests An analysis of thousands of menstrual records offers support for anecdotal reports of erratic cycles after shots.

1 big thing: Prior infection protection falls short 01/07/2022

1 big thing: Prior infection protection falls short

1 big thing: Prior infection protection falls short Prior coronavirus infections don't offer particularly strong protection against coming down with a symptomatic Omicron infection, Axios' Caitlin Owens writes from new study by Qatari researchers, which has not yet been peer-reviewed.

Legislation Stopping Medicare Payment Cuts Clears Congress 12/13/2021

Legislation Stopping Medicare Payment Cuts Clears Congress

Legislation Stopping Medicare Payment Cuts Clears Congress A legislative package recently passed by the House would prevent a 6 percent cut to physician payments from the Medicare sequester and PAYGO reductions.

Providers slam House for not delaying nearly 10% Medicare payment cuts in must-pass spending deal 12/07/2021

Providers slam House for not delaying nearly 10% Medicare payment cuts in must-pass spending deal

Providers slam House for not delaying nearly 10% Medicare payment cuts in must-pass spending deal Provider groups slammed the House for not delaying nearly 10% in Medicare payment cuts in a must-pass spending bill, as concerns mount the cuts could go through next month.

A Title Fight Pits Physician Assistants Against Doctors 12/05/2021

A Title Fight Pits Physician Assistants Against Doctors

More on Title fights.

A Title Fight Pits Physician Assistants Against Doctors Physician assistants are pushing to be renamed “physician associates,” complaining their title is belittling and doesn’t convey what they do. “We don’t assist,” they insist. Doctors’ groups fear th…

Physician assistants want to be called physician associates, but doctors cry foul 12/05/2021

Physician assistants want to be called physician associates, but doctors cry foul

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2021/12/03/1059916872/physician-assistants-want-to-be-called-physician-associates-but-doctors-cry-foul

Physician assistants want to be called physician associates, but doctors cry foul PAs say the new title would clarify that they work in a team and don't require direct oversight by M.D.s. Doctors say it obscures the fact that PAs have less education and training than physicians.

CMS physician fee schedule rule cuts payments, expands telehealth reimbursement past 2023 11/09/2021

CMS physician fee schedule rule cuts payments, expands telehealth reimbursement past 2023

CMS physician fee schedule rule cuts payments, expands telehealth reimbursement past 2023 CMS finalized extending reimbursement of certain telehealth services through 2023 and included cuts to physician payments in a new rule.

The Health System We’d Have if Economists Ran Things (Published 2020) 10/27/2021

The Health System We’d Have if Economists Ran Things (Published 2020)

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/17/upshot/health-system-economists-survey.html

The Health System We’d Have if Economists Ran Things (Published 2020) A survey of nearly 200 Ph.D. health economists finds them taking a few politically unpopular positions.

3-Year Medical Degrees May Provide Good Alternative 10/26/2021

3-Year Medical Degrees May Provide Good Alternative

Meanwhile, we keep increasing the time needed to become an LAc.

3-Year Medical Degrees May Provide Good Alternative Many in medical education advocate for three-year medical degrees as a much-needed reform. A new study of such programs by the Penn State College of Medicine, which offers a three-year degree, says the shorter programs have merit, and graduates of three-year programs are as prepared for residency as...

California lawmakers pass bill for license reciprocity for military spouses 10/22/2021

California lawmakers pass bill for license reciprocity for military spouses

California lawmakers pass bill for license reciprocity for military spouses New state license reciprocity legislation was signed and passed by California Gov. Gavin Newsom, Oct. 8, 2021, easing restrictions for veterans and spouses of California active-duty service members to

Sex of the fetus influences the mother’s response to Covid-19 infection, new research shows - STAT 10/20/2021

Sex of the fetus influences the mother’s response to Covid-19 infection, new research shows - STAT

Sex of the fetus influences the mother’s response to Covid-19 infection, new research shows - STAT Boston-based research teams also found that pregnant and lactating women mount robust antibody responses to both vaccination and infection.

I asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the Acupuncture Certification Commission for… 10/11/2021

I asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the Acupuncture Certification Commission for…

I don't agree with everything in this. But I agree with plenty of it -- https://arunareiki.medium.com/i-asked-the-federal-trade-commission-to-investigate-the-national-certification-commission-of-f03e99d5123f

I asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the Acupuncture Certification Commission for… Originally posted to the Prick, Prod, Provoke Blog on the People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture (POCA) website

10/07/2021

Further cases of practitioners disciplined for COVID misinformation

Further cases of practitioners disciplined for COVID misinformation Cases continue to be reported of practitioners being disciplined for spreading COVID misinformation or refusing to follow COVID guidelines. A doctor in Oregon has had his license revoked after an investigation found "8 instances of unprofessional or dishonorable conduct, 22...

Providers cry foul over new surprise billing rule's arbitration process 10/05/2021

Providers cry foul over new surprise billing rule's arbitration process

Providers cry foul over new surprise billing rule's arbitration process Providers are united in opposition to the Biden administration's latest surprise billing rule, claiming it tilts a dispute resolution process in payers' favor.

Three ‘bad news’ payment changes coming soon for physicians 09/17/2021

Three ‘bad news’ payment changes coming soon for physicians

We're getting closer and closer to being Medicare providers, whether we want it or not. So, we need to start paying attention!
https://www.mdedge.com/rheumatology/article/246173/business-medicine/three-bad-news-payment-changes-coming-soon-physicians

Three ‘bad news’ payment changes coming soon for physicians The proposed rule for physician payments contained three big payment negatives, although there were some positive notes too.

Calls Grow to Discipline Doctors Spreading Virus Misinformation 09/09/2021

Calls Grow to Discipline Doctors Spreading Virus Misinformation

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/27/technology/doctors-virus-misinformation.html?smid=url-share

Calls Grow to Discipline Doctors Spreading Virus Misinformation A tiny number of doctors have had an outsize influence in spreading false information about Covid-19 and vaccines.

Medicare May Expand Access to Dental Benefits, But Not All Dentists and Insurers Agree | The Well News | Pragmatic, Governance, Fiscally Responsible, News & Analysis 09/03/2021

Medicare May Expand Access to Dental Benefits, But Not All Dentists and Insurers Agree | The Well News | Pragmatic, Governance, Fiscally Responsible, News & Analysis

Take a minute to consider why the dentists want to limit Medicare coverage to only a subset of Medicare recipients....

Medicare May Expand Access to Dental Benefits, But Not All Dentists and Insurers Agree | The Well News | Pragmatic, Governance, Fiscally Responsible, News & Analysis Medicare May Expand Access to Dental Benefits, But Not All Dentists and Insurers Agree Medicare | The Well News | Pragmatic, Governance, Fiscally Responsible, News & Analysis

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5021 Backlick Rd
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