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Serving the American Academy of Medical
Marshall H. Sager, DO, Chair
CHAPTER LIAISON Sub-Committee
Bill Rutenberg, MD, Chair
Regional Chapter Liaison Subcommittee of the Medical Acupuncture Advisory
Committee (MAAC), under the chairmanship of Bill Rutenberg, MD, is pleased
to announce a new initiative.
“Recognizing the importance of a strong ‘mother-child’
relationship, the Academy wants to build strong relationships with the
individual chapters. To accomplish this goal, the sub-committee has
proposed four CORE areas on which to focus: cooperation, organization,
recognition and education,” Dr. Rutenberg said.
“Utilizing data from the recent Academy member
survey, the sub-committee will identify issues most important to the
membership,” he added. “We will open an ongoing dialogue between chapter
officers and the Academy to develop strategic plans that will strengthen
the chapters, enable us to respond quickly and effectively to issues
affecting the practice of acupuncture, to achieve respect and recognition
as a subspecialty, to increase consumer awareness, to facilitate our
CME activities, to recruit new members and to solve new problems as
Chapter presidents are asked to send two or
three problematic issues/items with which the Academy could be of help
to Dr. Rutenberg (WDRutenber@aol.com
or fax 847/634-2200).
reported by Mark Walker, MD, currently, a physician acupuncturist
in Louisiana can practice medical acupuncture unrestricted. However,
unless and until he/she completes the non-physician acupuncturist
training, passes the NCCAOM exam and is licensed by the Acupuncture
Board, he/she cannot participate in insurance reimbursements in Workers
Compensation cases and possibly other insurance programs. As previously
reported, a change in the law is necessary to accommodate unrestricted
physician acupuncture in Louisiana. This undertaking is underway.
Island–Thanks to Robert O’Neill, MD, Russell Corcoran, MD, AAMA
and others, problems in Rhode Island have been favorably resolved.
As of Feb. 14, 2000, all physicians in Rhode Island who have completed
300 hours of acupuncture training, including a practicum, are permitted
to practice medical acupuncture unrestricted. Interestingly, the physician
must explain to his/her patients the difference in training between
a physician-acupuncturist and a non-physician acupuncturist.
the Academy’s legislative tracking service and through the efforts
of Joe Jackson, MD, in Saucier, MS, we have been alerted to and have
reviewed proposed House Bill 108. It is unclear, even after several
readings by various physicians and lawyers, whether this Bill intends
to restrict physician acupuncturist practice rights. AAMA, in conjunction
with Dr. Jackson and other interested physicians and physician organizations
in Mississippi, will aggressively pursue this proposed legislation
and report findings.
Fenton, DO, said that although the Vermont Secretary of Health does
not support the right of a physician to practice medical acupuncture
under the scope of his/her medical license, both the MD and DO Boards
disagree. Consequently, it is reported, physicians plan to test the
legalities of this matter.
date, only those physicians who trained in the non-physician acupuncturists’
method and who have passed the NCCAOM exam, can practice medical acupuncture
in this state. The Hawaii Medical Society is now being consulted in
House Bill 1890–Proposing that Medicare pay for acupuncture services,
this Bill has seen no activity since it was referred to Committee
on Commerce, Committee on Government Reform and Committee on Ways
and Means on May 20, 1999.
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