As the opioid crisis expands across the country, leading to more and more deaths, governments and health professionals are looking for ways to not just treat addiction, but to prevent it. The effort has led to doctors’ offices, where physicians for years have been prescribing opioids for chronic pain. As experts concluded that opioid treatment… Read More
Change is Afoot. With Turmoil Comes Opportunity.
April 4, 2018; posted by Steven H Stumpf, EdD Change is afoot. Turmoil has returned to acupuncture. These are times of opportunity. “These are times when the profession might grow up – as it downsizes – to fit in the healthcare mainstream.” I wrote my response to a March 6 post by the… Read More
North Carolina Dry Needling Dispute: Interview with Cissy Majebe
DRY NEEDLING LEGAL BATTLE SPILLS INTO NEW TERRITORY…REGULATORY BOARDS SUE REGULATORY BOARDS! New ground on dry needling has been broken in North Carolina. The North Carolina Acupuncture Board (NCALB) has sued the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (NCBPTE) for “telling physical therapists they can perform dry needling despite a ruling from the North Carolina… Read More
Washington LAcs Block PT Dry Needling Bill…for At Least One Year.
February 8, 2016 “Physical Therapists want dry needling in their scope of practice because they want to expand their scope to include invasive procedures. They also want to be identified as primary care providers.” anonymous Are these statements true? Let’s examine the facts. Senate Bill 6374 was referred to the State of Washington Committee on… Read More
Acupuncture Labor Goes to Work in Sacramento
January 15, 2016 The Guild and the Council of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Associations (CAOMA) assembled in Sacramento for the Tuesday Jan 12 hearing in the Assembly Business & Professions Committee on Assembly Bill 758 (AB758). Doing the grunt work. Michelle Lau and this writer spent Monday Jan 11 walking the Capitol building going from office to… Read More
Malaria fighting compound wins Nobel prize; renews old arguments; reaffirms hard work brings results
The China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences describes itself as the “national comprehensive institution for scientific research, clinical medicine and medical education on traditional Chinese medicine.” Tu Yoyou is a researcher, now retired from the Academy, who extracted a compound that fights malaria from a plant. This is the first time a scientist in China… Read More
Practice Patterns: What Works and What Pays
icensed acupuncturists often wonder how to build their practice. In numerous healthcare professions similar to acupuncture the practitioner can pull part time hours in some sort of healthcare setting while building a budding private practice at the same time. When I started my psychotherapy practice I held a full time job in psychiatry at the… Read More
The Federal Acupuncture Coverage Act of 2015: A Few Considerations
August 7, 2015 ISSUES TO CONSIDER WHEN DECIDING TO SUPPORT THE PROPOSED HOUSE MEDICARE BILL: FEDERAL ACUPUNCTURE COVERAGE ACT OF 2015/16 NGAOM members have been asked to vote to support the House Medicare bill (will get assigned a number once sufficient support is evident) sponsored by California Representative Judy Chu. This bill, known as the… Read More
Mainstreaming acupuncture means everything, risks nothing.
The winds of change have turned into a nor’eastern. The signs that we have entered a new era for this profession are easy to see if we look. Begin with the decline in the number of acupuncture training programs. The federal Gainful Employment Guideline s have put the squeeze on all for-profit vocational education programs… Read More
Unraveling State Laws on Malpractice & Workers Compensation
by Steven Stumpf, EdD Many LAcs assume state laws are pretty much the same when it comes to scope of practice and other matters of law that directly impact the ability of licensed acupuncturists to earn a living. This is not the case. I have a publication coming out in May in the journal EXPLORE… Read More
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