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November 2017 Newsletter

Table of Contents - November 2017

A Message from the AAMA President 

As we move into the holiday season and I look back on this year, I can’t help but be both honored and humbled by the progress the AAMA has made with the help of all those involved. The committee chairs and their respective committee members, the Dowdens and their staff, members who have assisted and volunteered inside the organization, and the outside sources who have assisted in the progress of the organization — all have been instrumental in moving forward the goals and mission of the AAMA.   

Examples of our progress include: For the first time in several years our membership numbers have increased. The education committee has re-implemented CME weekend workshops and is developing new webinars to strengthen our continuing education activities and increase our knowledge base and our professional exposure to medical acupuncture. The CME committee has been diligently working on the reaccreditation process through the ACCME. The legislative committee has been addressing several issues at the national and state level. As acupuncture gains more attention in the medical and public spotlight as an alternative to traditional approaches, the AAMA’s response to and influence on legislation surrounding issues such as chronic pain and the opioid epidemic grow more critical evey day. The symposium committee has finalized nearly all of the Kansas City Symposium and is already working on the 2019 symposium.   

We, who pursue medical acupuncture — as well as other alternative approaches to traditional medicine — to care for our patients, come from a multitude of different backgrounds. Knowing the great variety of experience our members bring to the table, the growth of our organization, like that of any other entity, comes with a fair share of thoughtful debate, differences of opinion and passionate discussions associated with our different opinions and common goals. It is through those respectful discussions that we bring about the positive changes that will continue to move medical acupuncture forward as our health care system struggles to make the necessary changes to bring the best product to our most beloved patients.   

We are a relatively small organization, but we know our organization is filled with professionals who have significant passion about and commitment to the care of our patients. Acupuncture is on the cusp of exploding as a treatment option for nearly all the routine medical conditions we see in our respective practices, in our different specialties.   

It is with that perspective and understanding, I implore you to step up, to volunteer, to get involved with our organization at any level you feel you can. We on the Board and in committees are all volunteers. Because we love what we do, and because we love our patients, we find time in our already busy schedules to include this most important mission in our lives and be a part of the progress and success of moving medical acupuncture into mainstream healthcare in the U.S. and abroad. We invite you to join us!

In conclusion, I most gratefully thank all who have been involved in the organization, and all who are involved now. And I look forward to working with those who have not yet raised your hands. Please volunteer to become a part of moving medical acupuncture and the AAMA forward into the forefront of patient care in our ever-evolving health care system.   

God bless all in the upcoming holiday season and best wishes for a most successful 2018!   

Gerald J. Leglue, Jr., MD, DABMA
President, AAMA   

Welcome New AAMA Members

 Please join us in welcoming the following new members who became part of the the AAMA in October 2017: 

  • Blanca Odalys Lopez, MD, of Kathleen, GA 
  • Angela L. Sargeant, DO of Appleton, WI 
  • Dong Chul Park, MD of Suwanee, GA 
  • Sergio Rosario Lombardo, DO of Huntington, NY 

If you have peers or colleagues who aren’t currently members of the AAMA, please encourage them to learn more about the benefits of membership by visiting the website or contacting Thomas Etges, MD, the membership committee chair.   

Register Now! Special Winter Workshop for AAMA Members

Manual Medicine and Functional Medicine Pearls
Presented by Jay Sandweiss, DO, FAAMA 
January 27-28, 2018
MGM Grand, Las Vegas, NV
The American Academy of Medical Acupuncture is pleased to announce another offering of an exciting education opportunity—a workshop focused on manual medicine treatments derived from osteopathic manipulative medicine. Participants will learn new diagnostic and treatment strategies for increasing competency and improving patient outcomes when treating pain and musculoskeletal dysfunction. Diagnostic techniques include: manual muscle testing, tissue palpation, motion testing, visual anatomical landmark assessment, tender point analysis, and somatic listening. Additionally, attendees will learn evidence-based nutritional/herbal pearls for treating a variety of common patient complaints. Register now!    

Acupuncture for Chronic Pain: Unprecedented Advances

Farshad M. Ahadian, MD, professor of anesthesiology, University of California, San Diego, presented at the Academy of Integrative Pain Management (AIPM) 28th Annual Meeting. "Right now,” said Ahadian, “we have a pretty solid foundation for the efficacy of acupuncture" for headache, osteoarthritis (OA), and musculoskeletal conditions. His prediction for the future? "I think it's fair to say that acupuncture is here to stay. It's going to be a permanent addition to our tool box." Read more. 

Call for Entries: Annual Symposium Paper & Poster Presentations

The cutoff is January 26, 2018 to submit an abstract for the poster session on Saturday evening and/or free paper (oral) presentation at the AAMA 2018 Symposium at The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center in Kansas City, MO on April 13-15, 2018. The Free Paper session will take place Saturday, April 14, in the afternoon. Posters will be displayed during the Saturday, April 14, reception. All papers and posters must be submitted in English.

Professional Development Opportunities

2018 Review Course: Sign Up Now!
April 10-11, 2018
Kansas City, Missouri
The Medical Acupuncture Review Course provides a broad-based refresher course, which is especially useful for those who obtained their acupuncture training some time ago and for those who are seeking an organized review prior to taking the ABMA Board Certification Examination. http://www.medicalacupuncture.org/For-Physicians/Education/Review-Course   

International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health
May 8-11, 2018
Baltimore, MD
The 2018 International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health theme, "Collaboration in Action: Advancing Integrative Health through Research, Education, Clinical Practice and Policy," reflects both the collaborative nature of the field and the scope of the scientific program. https://internationalcongress.imconsortium.org/assets/PDF/AbstractsOpenFlyerRev.pdf   

Save the Date! AAMA 2018 Annual Symposium
Kansas City, April 12-15, 2018
Make your plans for the 2018 Symposium today. The theme of the Symposium is "Across Time and Continents - The Integration of Ancient and Modern in 21st Century Acupuncture." More info.  

In Case You Missed It …

Free CME Article: The Regulation of the Practice of Acupuncture by Physicians in the United States
The authors comprehensively examined the regulation of the practice of acupuncture by licensed physicians in the United States. Current statutes were evaluated with respect to those from past decades. Requirements were compared with the World Health Organization's recommendations for acupuncture basic training and safety. 

Minnesota Leads Nation in Developing Payment Model for Pain Rehab
Read more about the state’s legislative progress: http://instituteforchronicpain.org/blog/item/209-minnesota-leads-nation-in-developing-new-payment-model-for-pain-rehab-programs   

REMINDER: Legislative Alert about Acupuncture
If you become aware of legislative issues/bills being proposed in your state that would affect medical acupuncturists, please let the AAMA know. The Academy is following and actively engaged in several state-level legislative issues pertaining to acupuncture, but we need your help to alert us if you hear of anything pending. The sooner we know, the sooner we can review and possibly engage if necessary. Feel free to reach out to the Academy by emailing info@medicalacupuncture.org or calling: 310-379-8261.   

New Scientific Research

Ultrasonographic Evaluation of Acupuncture Effect on Common Extensor Tendon Thickness in Patients with Lateral Epicondylitis: A Randomized Controlled Study
[The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine]
Objective: To explore the effect of acupuncture on common extensor tendon thickness in patients with lateral epicondylitis. Additionally, to identify whether clinical and ultrasonographic changes showed any correlation.

Is Laser Acupuncture An Effective Complementary Therapy For Obesity Management? A Systematic Review Of Clinical Trials
[Acupuncture in Medicine]
Conclusion: Although some studies have indicated beneficial effects for LA on obesity, the lack of evidence with high methodological quality made it impossible to reach a definitive conclusion about the efficacy of LA for obesity management. Further high-quality, randomized, sham-controlled clinical trials with a larger sample size are needed to shed light on the efficacy of LA for obesity management and weight maintenance.

Acupuncture’s Role in Solving the Opioid Epidemic: Evidence, Cost Effectiveness, and Care Availability for Acupuncture as a Primary, Non-Pharmacologic Method for Pain Relief and Management—White Paper 2017 

[Journal of Integrative Medicine Editorial]
To cope with the opioid crisis, various federal regulatory and oversight agencies, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), and the Joint Commission have started to advise or mandate that healthcare systems and providers offer non-pharmacologic treatment options for pain control. Acupuncture stands as the most evidence-based, immediately available choice to fulfill these calls. The aim of this white paper is to summarize for academic scholars, healthcare professionals, administrators, policymakers, and the general public the available evidence for acupuncture as a treatment for various pain conditions as well as for opiate dependency. This includes evidence on the safety, cost-effectiveness, mechanisms of action, and provider availability for acupuncture.   

Acupuncture And Herbs Regulate Cardiac Arrhythmias
Hunan Hengyang Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital researchers find acupuncture combined with herbal medicine more effective than calcium channel blockers and beta-blockers for the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias. Results were confirmed by ECG (electrocardiogram). Patients receiving only pharmaceutical medications in one group and acupuncture plus herbs in another group were compared in a four-week clinical trial. Twenty-four hour ECG tests confirm that acupuncture plus herbs produces superior patient medical outcomes. 

Journal CME

Medical Acupuncture, the Official Journal of the AAMA, contains selected articles that are approved for 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™Mary Ann Liebert, Inc publishers anticipates that 6 articles per year will carry CME credit. 

CME credit is available for free to AAMA members and available to other subscribers and readers for a small fee. 

Click here to access current and past issues of Medical Acupuncture.

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