and a bonus at the end —
October 1st, NCCAOM, Facbook —
NCCAOM has received a significant volume of responses, and the results of this feedback will be taken into consideration during the development of the final policy and standards, as NCCAOM continues to strive for increased customer satisfaction. We are always eager to hear your suggestions for changes that will benefit you, the Diplomate, and the AOM profession overall. It is with your feedback that we can continue to meet your needs.
We are listening!
October 2nd, date of scheduled AAAOM Town Hall, AAAOM website —
Legislative Town Hall
CALL POSTPONED – DATE TO BE DETERMINED
No additional news.
October 9th, Richmond, VA, Meeting of Virginia Acupuncture Advisory Board.
Agenda includes discussion of an alternate path to licensure due to conflicts between Virginia law and the NCCAOM proposed policy changes.
The representative from the state association (ASVA) was against any discussion of the NCCAOM issues. ASVA stated — “lowering of standards…would do harm to both our profession and the public.” Who mentioned lowering standards? Is there evidence that anyone is harmed in states that do not rely on the NCCAOM credential? Here is my post-meeting email to the association – ASVA comments.
The NCCAOM rep at the meeting was clear — the proposals were just proposals, stakeholder comments will be taken into consideration, any language referring to the effective dates of the changes was referring to effective dates for the proposed changes, not the actual changes. I envisioned someone pedaling backwards.
Questions of the Day — We attack when another profession “interferes” with our practice (DVM’s “stealing animal acupuncture”, PT’s “stealing acupuncture”, MD’s wanting to see our patients) even when we have little or no power to change anything. Why are we unwilling to even discuss it when an organization supported by our money, controlling our profession, at our request, takes action that costs us or limits us? We made a difference this time (we hope) – why aren’t our professional associations helping?
Here is a new page on Legislation and Regulation. It contains important and valuable information. Please, read it and pass it on.
I’ll be working on a page about the Acupuncture orgs (the alphabets) and another for potential acupuncture students in the coming weeks.