Changes in acupuncture regulation in any state matter to each of us individually, and to the profession as a whole.
Here are 9 reasons why —
- We don’t know what the future holds. Unexpected moves happen.
- You may need to hire practitioners or sell your practice. Can interested parties easily move to your state?
- Your patients might move and want a practitioner just like you. Will one be available?
- Growth in the profession is not keeping up with demand. Regulatory uncertainty diminishes the appeal of the profession.
- High educational and credentialing costs interfere with business growth. If the requirements vary from state to state, the impact is multiplied. (See this report on Occupational Licensing.)
- Regulatory differences lead to divisions within the profession. With fewer than 25k acupuncturists in the US unity is critical.
- What happens in one state impacts every state. States look at what has happened elsewhere when considering regulatory changes.
- Changes in one state can lead to changes for everyone. When CA increased required educational hours every school and ACAOM soon changed as well.
- Different regulations, training requirements, and titles make it difficult to educate the public about our qualifications, draw contrasts with other professionals, or advocate for our profession as a whole.
Staying informed is not easy. Neither is getting involved. We are all busy, we don’t always know how to assess the pros and cons of a possible change, and things can get heated and unpleasant when there are differences of opinion.
And, the future of our profession and our businesses is greatly impacted by regulatory changes – even those happening across the country.
Please, stay involved.
Forgive two posts in quick succession, but regulatory changes are on the way. You’ll hear from me again soon.
(Note — I advocate for standardizing and simplifying the regulatory process for acupuncture licensure. I am not advocating for standardizing the medicine itself. Our diversity is powerful indeed.)
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