FROM THE PRESIDENT
Dear Colleagues and Friends:
We are now finalizing our five proposed legislative bills. Thanks very much to those of you who have provided comments and publicized the call for comments thus far. You have served as a vital element in this process and your efforts are greatly appreciated.
We encourage each of you to review and provide comments one last time. The third and final comment period will run through November 30th 5 p.m. ET. We will be sending out an announcement kicking off the comment period shortly.
The final step of the bill drafting process, will be hosting an open Town Hall, facilitated by William Morris with members of the AAAOM Board and Legislative Committee in attendance. Bill drafting and CAM legislation expert, Beth Clay, of Capitol Strategy Consultants, Inc., will be on hand to answer questions and provide additional information. The expressed concerns related to the Medicare opt-out clause will be addressed as well as the overall federal political process. Please watch your email, AAAOM Facebook postings, and updates on our website announcing the dates and times of this important opportunity.
As a reminder to AOM organizations, please forward letters (on letterhead) introducing your organization and providing endorsement so we can include these in our sponsor educational packet. We have legislators interested in sponsoring one or more of our legislative pieces in addition to a possible congressional resolution, so your support is important in moving this process forward. If you have any questions about this step, please contact AAAOM Executive Director Denise Graham. All letters should be sent to email@example.com by the close of the comment period so they will be included in the first version of the educational packet.
This is an exciting time in health care. With change comes opportunity. It is vital that we work to ensure AOM services are not only included as a part of the healthcare offerings, but that we enable our patients to receive the best possible care via fully-trained, competent providers.
We will continue to keep you apprised of our progress as we move forward. Thank you for your participation in this important process.
Michael Jabbour, MS, LAc
President, AAAOM Board of Directors
FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Dear Members and AOM Colleagues:
While there are many recognized benefits and advantages to partnerships, the main reason why partnerships are established is relatively simple: There is added value in working with other organizations.
A working definition of a partnership is "a collaborative relationship between entities to work toward shared objectives through a mutually agreed division of labor.” Establishing such partnerships takes time so the right framework and structure can be created, allowing the partnership to have a basis for measuring its benefits to all involved.
I would like to highlight and call attention to the work being created through two of these important partnerships:
1. The Integrative Healthcare Policy Consortium (IHPC)is a broad coalition of healthcare professionals, patients, and organizations driving public policy to ensure all Americans have access to safe, high quality, integrated health care as well as the basic building blocks of health—whole foods, and clean air, and water.
IHPC’s prior executive director was appointed by President Obama to serve on the National Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health. This gives our partnership team unprecedented access to key influencers in the Obama administration. The AAAOM actively participates in decision-making and communications that lead to sharing critical information that makes our partnership effective.
2.The Coalition for Patient Rights consists of more than 35 organizations representing a variety of licensed health care professionals. They, too, seek to counter efforts designed to limit patients' choice of health practitioners.
Each organization works together, bringing unique assets that make our partnership viable and valuable on behalf of you, our members. Our common values and interests make partnerships with these organizations vital to our mission. These organizations partner with AAAOM as they seek to include qualified, educated practitioners so that patients have safe, effective healthcare options.
Health care continues to expand and get more complicated every day. To protect the interests of our patients and our practitioners, associations must work together to counter other, more well-funded medical lobbying groups who may not always see the bigger picture. By leveraging these relationships, we optimize our efforts, take advantage of other organizations’ strengths, and work toward goals we have long wanted to accomplish.
Erika Schultz Recipient of Standard Process Scholarship
Erika Schultz, AAOM-SO vice president, has been awarded one of five $2,500 scholarships granted by Standard Process, a leading provider of high quality, safe dietary supplements distributed through health professionals. To be considered for an SP scholarship, students must attain a GPA greater than 2.9, provide a letter of recommendation, display contributions to the acupuncture profession and submit a 500-word essay on the topic of whole food nutrition and acupuncture.
"I am honored to be selected for this award,” said Erika, an AOM student in her final semester at AOMA-Austin. "My mission is to help as many people as possible restore and maintain health safely and naturally without the use of unnecessary drugs or surgeries. Standard Process, a company with high quality whole food and herbal products, supports me immensely in these efforts."
Those interested in learning more about this program and other scholarships offered may access the AAAOM webpage.
The American Acupuncturist Fall Issue Now Online
ONLINE NOW: The fall issue of The American Acupuncturist presents an interview with new AAAOM Executive Director Denise Graham.
Also featured are two original research articles: one on how acupuncture can promote athletic performance on baseball pitching and one on the comparison of Western and traditional Chinese medicine treatments regarding primary hypertension.
Part three of the series by journal Editor in Chief Jen Stone, LAc, on writing a scientific article covers the Abstract section. We also have two articles on cancer treatment and research, both written by Chinese AOM practitioners who live and work in China.
Our case study discusses dyspareunia treated successfully with acupuncture and Chinese herbs.
A major new book, Chinese herbal Medicine: The Formulas of Dr. John H.F. Shen, by Leon Hammer, MD is reviewed.
Show Us Your Meridians!
Our AAAOM online store now offers MERIDIAN T-SHIRTS
The AAAOM's Student Organization sale of these impressive T-shirts make for a perfect gift for family, friends and patients as well as an impressive way to display your dedication to the profession. All proceeds go to the Student Organization.
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Drug-Free Treatment of Chronic Pain Seen as Way to Cut Prescription Dependency
As more and more patients become seriously ill or die as a result of prescription drugs, drug-free techniques, such as acupuncture, physical therapy, and yoga to treat chronic pain, are seen as an important part of a solution to this serious problem.
In her October 7 article, "Finding Drug-Free Techniques to Treat Chronic Pain,” Boston Globe staff writer Deborah Kotz quotes Boston Medical Center internist Dr. Daniel Alford who stated he "would like to see a stronger emphasis placed on non-medical ways to relieve pain, such as massage therapy, acupuncture, physical therapy, and yoga therapies.”
Dr. Aditi Nerurkar, Beth Israel Deaconess primary care physician and assistant medical director at the hospital’s Cheng & Tsui Center for Integrative Care also adds, "I see patients who have everything from back pain to migraines and can send them next door to our acupuncturist or teach them meditation techniques myself.”
Huffington Post: Time for Acupuncture to Become Part of Standard Care
A recent study conducted by researchers in the Integrative Medicine Program at the MD Anderson Cancer Center and published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology helps provide cancer patients and their oncologists the information needed to make choices about the use of acupuncture in symptoms management during cancer programs.
Forty-one studies were found for the treatment of eight symptoms including: 11 on pain, 11 on nausea/vomiting, eight on postoperative ileus (constipation), four on xerostomia (dry mouth), seven on hot flashes, three on fatigue, five on anxiety/depression/mood disorders, and three on sleep disturbance. These studies were rated for study quality and whether outcomes were positive or negative. There is reason to believe that with larger, more rigorous studies, acupuncture may be found beneficial for some of these conditions.
Acupuncture with Counseling Improved Depression
Acupuncture and counseling improved outcomes among patients with moderate to severe depression in the United Kingdom, according to data from a randomized trial.
Researchers from the University of York in the UK recruited patients with depression from 27 primary care practices in northern England and randomly assigned participants to acupuncture (n=302), counseling (n=302) or usual care (n=151) to determine the efficacy and cost effectiveness of various treatments. The condition is normally treated using antidepressants and counseling. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) are some of commonly prescribed antidepressants.
There were statistically significant reductions in PHQ-9 assessment scores in the acupuncture and counseling groups vs. usual care at three months (–2.46 points for acupuncture, P<.001; –1.73 points for counseling, P=.008). Scores were similar during 12 months: –1.55 points in the acupuncture group and –1.5 in the counseling group. However, there was no significant difference in scores between the acupuncture and counseling groups (P=.41).
"These findings suggest that, compared to usual care alone, both acupuncture and counseling when provided alongside usual care provided significant benefits at three months in primary care to patients with recurring depression," the researchers wrote.
Samueli Institute Study: High Impact Training Programs to Help Service Members Cope with Stress
In a study involving 116 randomized control trials distilled from a pool of nearly 12,000, the Samueli Institute of Alexandria, VA evaluated the impact of stress-reduction programs within a military environment. The study, published in this month's Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, focused on stills-training that builds resilience, eases emotional stress and resets the body's control system that reacts to stress. Areas of concentration included post traumatic stress response, depression and anxiety.
Call for Abstracts
Impact of Acupuncture and Moxibustion Research on 21st Century Global Healthcare
Co-Sponsored by: Society for Acupuncture Research (SAR) & China Association of Acupuncture - Moxibustion (CAAM)
Beijing, China | May 30 – June 1, 2014
Leading researchers will present keynote addresses, participate in symposia and panels, and lead workshops assessing recent progress, challenges, and opportunities for the field.
• Promote patient-centered comparative effectiveness research
• Improve the efficacy of acupuncture by encouraging integrative research approaches that reflect how acupuncture is used in daily practice
• Expand research on acupuncture to more diseases/conditions
• Promote the current role of acupuncture and moxibustion in human health
Abstracts are solicited for presentations in the areas of clinical research, basic science and research methodology pertaining to acupuncture, moxibustion, and other modalities of traditional medicine including herbs, Tai Chi, and Qi Gong. Please upload your abstracts by November 1, 2013 to http://www.softconf.com/d/sar2014/
Abstracts submitted after November 1, 2013 will not be considered.