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Federal Legislation: Call for Comments

Posted By Michael J. Jabbour, Friday, August 09, 2013


Dear Members and Colleagues:

In some ways, it’s 1965 all over again. It was then that health care gained enormous national attention with the establishment of Medicare as an amendment to the Social Security program. Today, 48 years later, the subject of healthcare reform is again the nation’s focal point.


As you know, the Patient Protection and Affordable Act (PPAA) includes a number of provisions that prohibit discrimination against healthcare providers and address the integration of state-licensed complementary and alternative professionals and their related therapies across the healthcare system. This law contains provisions that can ensure patient access to acupuncture and Oriental medicine, but much of this depends on how state and federal regulators interpret these provisions of the law.


Translation: The next 17 months represent a crucial period of time for all practitioners to ensure that their patients are empowered to communicate their needs to congress in one united voice. To serve the millions of patients in need of our services, we must submit legislation that mandates access to the federal healthcare system. Health care is evolving with or without us; it is essential that acupuncture and Oriental medicine be included as part of these changes.


Five Branches University is the first major donor to the Acupuncture Action Fund, and with this generous help, the AAAOM has initiated the drafting of five bills targeting federal systems that cover more than sixty million beneficiaries. Given the many provisions that have been included in the PPAA, we believe now is the time to introduce and support the passage of these bills.

We are fortunate to have sponsors who are interested in taking on this initiative, but they need our community to unite and push forward with one voice. For this reason it is essential to receive your feedback on these important initiatives. We have provided two opportunities for you to share your comments with us on these bills-

We are initiating the first comment period today with the release of this email. Below, you will see a link to the draft bill language for the Defense Health, Veterans Administration, Medicare, Federal Employee Health Benefits, and the Public Health Service Corps. Additionally, we have provided a link to a comment form that allows you to provide general and specific technical comments by bill name and line number.


This comment period will be open for three weeks and conclude onAugust 31st, 2013. The second opportunity to comment during our Legislative Town Hall will be on October 2nd, 2013, after our quarterly update webinar.


Draft Bills

Comment Form

 

This is an exceptional opportunity for all of us to be a part of history and further define our healthcare system. We look forward to hearing from you and working with you to ensure our nation has access to AOM when and where they need us!


Sincerely,


Michael Jabbour, MS, LAc

President, AAAOM Board of Directors

Tags:  bills  federal  healthcare  legislation  medicare  patients  pppa  tricare 

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Moving The Profession Forward

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, July 16, 2013

 Moving The Profession Forward

Colleagues and Friends:

 

I would like to thank all of you who have supported the AAAOM over the years as you continue to show your support by joining or renewing your membership and contributing your time and money. Our AAAOM board and staff are ready to launch our professional association into the next phase of our evolution as a community.

During the past several years, we have been building the association as we carefully study our past and current legislative, regulatory, occupational, and organizational factors. Through this extensive environmental scan and our previously completed strategic initiatives, the AAAOM presents its 2013-2016 strategic plan. This unique plan is designed to serve as the first of several milestones on our roadmap to substantially grow the profession’s opportunities to achieve widespread patient access to acupuncture, uphold a national professional standard, and significantly increase success in clinical practice.

Our strategic plan details three core goals in alignment with our mission statement: 1) Advance the profession, 2) Advocate for the profession, and 3) Grow our AAAOM membership. Each of these goals contains priority projects and key performance indicators that will ensure their success, many of which were based on the excellent feedback we received from the community in our last survey.

Projects to advance our profession relate to the development of a core competency model that will propose a consolidation of our many academic degrees while optimizing and detailing the competencies for each degree. We hope to receive extensive review of this model from subject matter experts, current practitioners, and students so we can build a consensus-based national standard. This will allow us to update our model bill and model regulations so that the AAAOM and our state association partners can unite and move forward together.

The advocacy goal encompasses projects related to the creation of robust and passable licensure bills in the six remaining unlicensed states, the pursuit of federal acupuncture coverage for Tricare and other federal programs, and the education of third-party payers about the qualifications needed to practice acupuncture as well as the advantages and cost-effectiveness of directing more patients to acupuncture.

Finally, our strategic goal to build AAAOM membership is designed to include a range of activities related to building our brand, modernizing our membership structure and creating barrier-free membership categories for students and advocates, enhancing our website and registration process, significantly enhancing our customer service policies and technologies, and continuing to invite feedback from our workforce surveys so that all practitioners can voice their support and concerns.

The aforementioned strategic plan along with a public comment form will be sent out under separate cover in several weeks.

Again, I am grateful for all the support you have shown us. I look forward to updating you on our progress regularly in the coming months.


Sincerely,

Michael Jabbour, MS, LAc

President, AAAOM Board of Directors


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Past, Present, & Future

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Past, Present, & Future

Colleagues and Friends,

AAAOM is at the end of a long but rewarding organizational turn-around and sits on the precipice of incredible developments and opportunities for our field. These career-altering opportunities have emerged as the result of effective communication, increased professional unity and respect, and the acquisition of top notch talent to fill key staff and volunteer roles in our organization.

With nearly 54 million people now covered by Essential Health Benefits, a scientific journal nearly indexed in Medline, educational wins across the country, and a budding professional staff, we have created the foundation of an infrastructure that promises a bright future for your professional association. Our community deserves minimally equal opportunities for success and recognition alongside other healthcare professions. Through the professional doctorate, national public awareness, federal and state legislative advocacy, and the unwavering leadership of your professional association, these opportunities will soon be a reality for all.

Uniting on behalf of our patients will allow us to continue this success. Our most vital asset is our membership base. We all want our voices to be heard. We ask each of you to take the initiative in growing our community by bringing your colleagues and patients in as AAAOM members. Based on this kind of support, we will be able to execute on exciting soon-to-be-announced initiatives the AAAOM is planning for our members and patients.

I remain committed to building our community and furthering our cause. Please join me in supporting our AAAOM and investing in a brighter today and tomorrow.

 

Michael Jabbour, MS, LAc

President, AAAOM Board of Directors

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