NCCAOM News - Summer Issue (Plain Text Version)

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Results and Implications

By Bill Reddy, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.(NCCAOM)®
Director, Integrative Healthcare Policy Consortium (IHPC)

In late April 2014, NCCAOM Diplomates received an email survey (Subject line: “End Discrimination against Acupuncturists”). This survey linked to a polling of CAM practitioners for a Request for Information (RFI) from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), released in mid-March.  The RFI was in conjunction with the proper implementation of Section 2706, provider non-discrimination.  The Integrative Healthcare Policy Consortium (IHPC), a national non-profit coalition comprised of 13 organizations and institutions representing over 400,000 Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) practitioners across the nation, headed up the effort to collect this information from Acupuncturists, Naturopaths, Homeopaths, Certified Professional Midwives, Chiropractors, Holistic Nurses, Physicians, Osteopaths, Optometrists, and Massage Therapists. For a more detailed discussion of Provision 2706, read the Acupuncture Today article, A Closer Look at the Affordable Care Act:  How it will Affect Your Practice.”

The survey returns numbered more than 5,300 responses, representing practitioners in 50 states and three territories; 65% of which were Licensed Acupuncturists.  The breakdown of professions is as follows:

 

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