By NCCAOM Advocacy Staff
The NCCAOM® Advocacy Committee has been hard at work in 2019, engaging with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), as well as launching our new Advocacy hub on the redesigned NCCAOM website.
We saw some
exciting developments with the Medicaid program, as our communication with
Medicaid leadership resulted in the publication of guidance focusing heavily on
acupuncture and ways for state Medicaid programs to offer coverage for
acupuncture treatment. You can read our full statement on this work here.
Our Spring Advocacy Update, released in March, covered updates on our
other advocacy work in the first quarter of 2019. The Advocacy Committee worked
with the American Society of Acupuncturists to provide evidence and support for
acupuncture coverage through Medicare, as CMS examines whether to offer
reimbursement for chronic lower back pain patients. You can read our submission here.
Just a few days
ago, the Advocacy Committee submitted feedback to HHS’ Pain Management Task
Force, who released a draft report outlining recommendations for improving pain
management across the country. Our comments (which you can read here) provided additional support and focus on
targeted provisions in the report, and we expect the final report to be an
important launching pad for future work in promoting acupuncture and other
complementary and integrative pain treatments. We also called on Diplomates to
submit their own feedback on the report and show the federal government how
strong the voice of our NCCAOM Board-Certified Acupuncturists™ can be.
to continue our advocacy work throughout the rest of 2019 and beyond. We expect
to continue our outreach and engagement with the federal government and
regulatory agencies, and to explore new ways to promote acupuncture and our
profession. Be on the lookout for more resources to help support our Diplomates
in their own state and local advocacy efforts as well. As always, feel free to
reach out to the Government Relations Department at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or feedback on our work.
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