Five New Bills to Affect Palm Harbor Acupuncture Practitioners & More

//Five New Bills to Affect Palm Harbor Acupuncture Practitioners & More

Five New Bills to Affect Palm Harbor Acupuncture Practitioners & More


Five legislative bills may affect as many as 20,000 licensed acupuncturists in the United States, of which more than 2,000 of them practice in Florida. In a recently published article on Acupuncture Today, the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM) has been working on a series of legislation that will have an impact on practitioners, as well as patients who choose to get acupuncture in Palm Harbor or elsewhere in the country. As explained by AAAOM:

The 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) includes a number of provisions that prohibit discrimination against state-licensed complementary and alternative professionals and mandates their participation in the healthcare system and newly-formed medical home. The law contains provisions that ensure patients have access to acupuncture and Oriental medicine. However, much depends on how state and federal regulators interpret and implement the provisions of the law.”

As PPACA goes on full swing, the AAAOM is crafting five new bills to address three important issues facing the profession. These important issues are the authorization of working in federal healthcare programs and conventional medical facilities, eligibility for reimbursement through federal and relevant state programs, and reinforcement of non-discrimination towards acupuncturists. The draft bills provide direction on how to properly address these issues.

The AAAOM says that in order to push these bills forward, they first must form a degree of consensus among its members. By establishing a general consensus, it ensures that many of their members comprehend and agree on the content of the bills. Additionally, AAAOM is working with congressional leaders and their staff to help them understand the issues involved and get their support for the initiatives of the association and its members.

AAAOM adds that because of the joint efforts of other national and state association partners, almost 54 million Americans in six states got involved since last year. This movement can also benefit a clinic like East West Healing Solutions, or just about any acupuncturist in Palm Harbor and the rest of Florida. The next 17 months represent an important moment not just for AAAOM and its members, but for all practitioners and their patients who wish to voice their collective needs to Congress.

By | 2017-07-26T05:50:59+00:00 October 9th, 2013|Industry News|0 Comments

About the Author:

Dr. Marie Perkins, OTR/L, LMT, DOM, Dipl. Ac. is one of the most recognized practitioners in Palm Harbor as a “non-pharmaceutical” pain specialist. She is the founder of East West Healing Solutions and is dedicated to helping patients enjoy optimum health.

Born and raised in Quebec City Canada, Dr. Perkins received her Bachelor Degree in Occupational Therapy from University Laval in 1993. Her passion led her to leave everything behind and immigrated to Florida in 1995. She proceeded with acquiring her Massage Therapy license from Bahkti Academy in 1999 and her Master’s Degree in Oriental Medicine from the Florida Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2004.

Her goal for founding East West Healing Solutions was to be a pioneer in the community working at bridging the gap between Eastern and Western Medicine. She has established strong partnership with Medical Doctors, Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine, Orthopedic Surgeons, Neurologists, Pain Management Physicians, Doctors of Chiropractic, Rehabilitative Specialists, Athletic Directors, Coaches and Personal Injury Attorneys in the community proving not only that it can be done but also that a cohesive team approach is often the most efficient way to help a patient..

“Over the years I have continued to add to my knowledge in order to be able to help as many patients I possibly could. Most of the time, a joint effort from Western and Eastern Medicine is required to obtain optimal health. For that reason, patients should proactively seek a team of highly trained professionals in various fields, all working toward one common goal; the PATIENT’S best interest. Your health portfolio should be built with the same concepts as your financial portfolio; diversification is the key!, Dr. Marie Perkins tells her patients.”

Aside from offering Traditional Acupuncture to Palm Harbor patients, her clinic also offers several other complementary treatments such as Herbal prescriptions, Cupping, Gua Sha, Moxibustion, Diathermia, Dry Aqua Massage, Cold Laser Therapy, Medical Massage and Postural Analysis among others. Dr. Perkins also develops customized, personal healing and health plans for each patient at East West Healing Solutions.

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