• 03 Nov 2016 2:57 PM | Aubry Fisher (Administrator)

  • 04 Nov 2014 3:34 PM | Sarah Hung (Administrator)

    Many questions have emerged pertaining to how acupuncturists should deal with the threat of Ebola. Your state association wants you to be aware of late breaking news from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and one of its epidemiologists with special CDC Ebola training. The epidemiologist states that the CDC has only published official guidelines for acute care facilities. However, as of late, the CDC addressed outpatient facilities that include acupuncture practices. We wanted to provide you with the following information and key resources to assist you in educating patients as well as your professionals.

    Among the most important points made are the following:

    • Ancillary services, such as acupuncture clinics, should have a plan of action.
    • Before treating clients exhibiting symptoms of Ebola, ask if they have been in West Africa during the past 21 days
    • Ask if they have been in contact with anyone else who has been in Africa in the past 21 days and has been sick or experiencing any fever
    • If the answer is yes, ask the patient to step into a private area, after which a trained medical professional should complete further screening (call either a Health Department official or other contracted service)
    • Patients are not contagious until they have a fever and do not feel well
    • Even at the first signs of fever they are not contagious in general.
    • If you screen patients and rule out any with risks of Ebola, staff should be able to practice safely

    Given this vital information, it would be wise for acupuncturists to develop a plan as soon as possible.  Access a checklist that you could use for patients with suspected Ebola Virus Disease in the United States.

    Be aware of the wonderful posters pertaining to Ebola developed by the CDC which can be hung in your clinic. Click on this link to access

    We recommend checking the CDC homepage for late-breaking information

  • 08 Sep 2014 7:22 PM | Sarah Hung (Administrator)

    Send us an email at and let us know what fun and special things you are planning for AOM day.  It would be great for Virginia acupuncturists to be noticed!  We are creating an AOM Day event page on our website.  We will list all events hosted by ASVA members around the state and post any videos our members create for the NCCAOM contest, so send them our way!  We are also offering FREE admittance to the Grand Rounds on November 9th for the acupuncturist submitting the best idea voted by the Board.  Good luck in the contest!

  • 03 Aug 2014 12:20 PM | Sarah Hung (Administrator)

    Your immediate action is needed to urge Governor Jack Markell of Delaware to VETO HB 359. HB 359 would allow physical therapists to perform "dry needling" with a verbal referral from a physician.
    1.    E-mail Governor Markell at   You can read the bill here:  This bill places undue burden on physicians and presents a risk to patient and public safety.  You can read the key points in the petition below.
    2.    Call Governor Markell at (302) 577-3210 encouraging him to veto HB 359 using the below key points as the rationale.

    3.   Sign the online petition here:

    The petition and background is below:

    Tell Markell: Veto HB 359

    All those who have signed this petition strongly voice their opposition to HB 359, which will place the healthcare and safety of Delawareans in significant and avoidable jeopardy. Accordingly, we strongly urge you to VETO HB 359.

    HB 359 will not only subject the public to unsafe needling practices by unqualified individuals, it will place additional burdens on our already heavily-impacted physicians and healthcare system. Currently, the only healthcare providers properly trained, licensed and permitted to practice therapeutic needling are the following, listed in order of highest training received: licensed acupuncturists, specially trained physicians followed by specially trained chiropractors. As you can see, your VETO of HB 359 will not deny the public access to these services, it will ensure those seeking them receive the highest quality and standards of safety from licensed practitioners.

    Please consider the above safety ramifications and their potential impact on our citizens. We respectfully urge you to VETO this harmful legislation.

    Lee Andrew DeLorme, Director, First State Healthcare Advocacy
    1012 Shallcross Avenue
    Wilmington, DE 19806

    Michael Taromina, Esq.

    Petition Background:

    Your immediate action is needed to urge Governor Jack Markell to VETO HB 359. HB 359 would allow physical therapists to perform "dry needling" with a verbal referral from a physician.
    "Dry needling" is another name for one specific technique within the practice of acupuncture and is performed using acupuncture needles. This form of acupuncture, referred to as "dry needling" by physical therapists is not within the scope of practice of physical therapists thereby presenting a significant risk to patient and public health safety. Physical therapists are not trained in the therapeutic use of needles nor the theoretical and clinical foundation to perform such techniques. "Dry needling certification" is not accredited by any credible certifying agency and is obtainable by physical therapists over a weekend course in contrast to the 1,800 (300 clinical) contact hours required by an acupuncturist to perform the same techniques.

    Accordingly, HB 359 will potentially place the general public in significant danger of injury and harm due to unsafe and unqualified needle practices. It will further place an undue burden on the lawful practice of medicine and acupuncture.

    By signing this petition, you will send a clear message to Governor Markell that HB 359 will negatively impact the standard of healthcare and safety of Delawareans.

    Thank you for your commitment to patient safety.

    Lee Andrew DeLorme, Director, First State Healthcare Advocacy
    Michael Taromina, Esq.

    There are only 40 acupuncturists in Delaware, and they need our help.  Thanks for participating.

    The ASVA Board

  • 05 Jul 2014 9:04 PM | Sarah Hung (Administrator)

    In June, the IHPC responded to the Department of Health and Human Services request for information regarding provider non-discrimination.  According to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), insurance companies should not discriminate against a provider as long as they are acting within their scope of practice (Ex: a licensed acupuncturist administering acupuncture). The goal of this is for patients to have access to covered services from the full range of providers operating under a state license.  Unfortunately this is not always happening.

    The IHPC wrote a thorough response which can be found here in PDF form.  Please take a look.


  • 01 Jul 2014 9:01 PM | Sarah Hung (Administrator)

    Here is a selection of legislation passed by the 2014 Session of the General Assembly.  Luckily none of these effect the practice of acupuncture in the state.  Many of do effect the daily lives of the citizens of Virginia. Click here to take a look at the list.

    Topics include: Alcoholic Beverage Control, Animal Care, Business and Employment, Constitutional Amendment, Criminal Offenses, Education, Elections, General Laws, Health and Health Professions, Housing, Human Trafficking, Hunting, Insurance, Local Government, Mental Health Reform, Motor Vehicles, Social Services, Transportation, and Utilities.


  • 21 May 2012 3:00 PM | Sarah Hung (Administrator)
    Michigan Legislators want to deregulate acupuncture. That means practitioners will no longer have to meet strict guidelines to practice in Michigan.  Please support our profession by sending a letter to MI legislators asking them not to deregulate acupuncture.  More information can be found at the link below.

    You can send letters to:

    Governor Snyder
    POB 30013
    Lansing, MI 48909
  • 15 Nov 2011 9:36 AM | Sarah Hung (Administrator)

    AAAOM is working to designate acupuncture as an Essential Health Benefit (EHB) under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Such designation as an EHB will serve as a catalyst to increase opportunities for all practitioners in mainstream medicine across the nation. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has issued a Consensus Report concerning this to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The HHS will make a determination about the inclusion of acupuncture in EHB by May, 2012. Right now, the AAAOM is organizing a letter support national campaign to let our voices be heard.

    The AAAOM needs the active nationwide support of as many practitioners, state organizations, students, schools, and patients as possible. As the health care landscape dramatically changes, the federal recognition and inclusion of acupuncture as an Essential Heath Benefit will serve as a critical first step for increasing patient numbers and therefore employment opportunities for acupuncturists nationwide.

    The hope is that acupuncture, and eventually all aspects of Oriental medicine, will be included in national discussions about health care, with possible inclusion into programs such as Tricare. I encourage you to regularly check AAAOM’s website ( for information about this endeavor and visit our Rally Congress site ( to join and participate in our support letter campaign now.

    Yours in health,

    Jeannie Kang
    AAAOM President

  • 26 Aug 2010 3:16 AM | Sarah Hung (Administrator)

    Use of the title “Acupuncturist”

    If you are a doctor of medicine, osteopathic medicine, podiatry or chiropractic and are qualified to practice acupuncture, remember that you cannot use the term acupuncturist in your advertising or otherwise represent yourself as an acupuncturist. That title is reserved solely for licensed acupuncturists. See the following section of the Code of Virginia:


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