NCCAOM and ASA team up to celebrate Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine Day 2021

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AHM Day is designed to raise awareness of the advancements and benefits of acupuncture and herbal medicine to include the introduction of HR 4803.

The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) ®, http://www.nccaom.org, and the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA), http://www.asacu.org, collaborate to promote nationwide sightings of the 18th Annual Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine (AHM) Day on October 24. In honor of AHM Day, the two organizations have joined forces to elevate acupuncture services as a non-pharmaceutical treatment option and are asking the public to submit their success stories on effective acupuncture and herbal treatments. at http://www.ahmday.org.

To help advance medicine and increase access to qualified acupuncturists, NCCAOM and ASA are working with U.S. Representative Judy Chu (D-CA) to establish acupuncturists as a Medicare provider group. HR 4803, The Acupuncture for our Seniors Act, https://bit.ly/HR-4803, would allow the Medicare program to recognize acupuncturists to provide covered acupuncture services to Medicare beneficiaries (those 65 and over) without supervision. Adopting HR 4803 would increase access to acupuncturists and provide more pain management options for Medicare beneficiaries. Find more information about the Medicare recognition effort on the NCCAOM and ASA websites at https://www.nccaom.org/advocacy-regulatory/ and http://www.asacu.org.

“It is essential that those who need medical services realize all the modalities available and be able to access competent, professional and non-pharmaceutical care options. The AHM day promotes the ability of acupuncture and herbal medicine to restore health and well-being as HR 4803 grows this drug’s accessible to currently underserved populations. ”said Olivia Hsu Friedman, DACM, Dipl. OM (NCCAOM), L.Ac., President of ASA .

“During this year, acupuncture and herbal medicine have gained prominence as an effective treatment for chronic pain, drug addiction, mental health disorders as well as post COVID-19 symptoms,” said Mina Larson, MS, MBA, CEO of NCCAOM. “AHM Day is designed to raise awareness of the advancements and benefits of acupuncture and herbal medicine, including the introduction of HR 4803.”

This year’s celebration of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine Day is more than a celebration of the profession and its practitioners, this year we recount the progress of the AHM profession towards removing barriers and treating underserved communities. NCCAOM and ASA hosted a photo contest on NCCAOM and ASA social media to increase exposure and shed light on the efforts of acupuncture practitioners to be a part of this historic period. See the outstanding photos submitted by AHM practitioners on the NCCAOM Instagram account at http://www.instagram.com/nccaom. The lucky winner will be announced on Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine Day on October 24, 2021.

About ASA

The mission of the American Society of Acupuncturists, http://www.asacu.org, advances the professional practice of acupuncture as a system of medicine as a whole through awareness, education and of research. Their vision is to see that acupuncturists are valued leaders and partners in the American healthcare system, and that patients have equitable access to our care.

About NCCAOM

The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) ®, http://www.nccaom.org, is a 501 (c) (6) nonprofit organization established in 1982. NCCAOM certification or a Passing score on the NCCAOM certification exams are the documentation of competence for licensure as an acupuncturist by 46 states plus the District of Columbia which represents 98 percent of the states that regulate acupuncture. All NCCAOM certification programs are currently accredited by the National Commission of Certification Agencies (NCCA). To find an NCCAOM National Board certified acupuncturist in your area, click Find a Practitioner at http://www.nccaom.org.

For more information on AHM Day, please visit http://www.ahmday.org.

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