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  • 15 Jun 2012 4:53 PM | Regina Walsh, M.Ac., L.Ac. (Administrator)


    Connecticut Governor Malloy signs Acupuncture Bill to 
    Require Continuing Education for License Renewal and 
    Updates Requirements for Licensure


    On June 1, 2012 Governor Malloy signed into law 
    Public Act No. 12-39, AN ACT CONCERNING LICENSING REQUIREMENTS FOR ACUPUNCTURISTS

    With the passage of this law, all Connecticut Licensed Acupuncturists are required to either maintain a certification by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), or earn not less than thirty contact hours of continuing education approved by the NCCAOM within the preceding twenty-four month period.

    If you are current with NCCAOM certification you don’t need to do anything further except maintain your certification. If you are not currently NCCAOM certified, you do not need to renew certification but you must complete NCCAOM approved continuing education courses.

    This law is in effect for registration periods beginning on and after October 1, 2014, allowing practitioners two years from the signing of this law to earn the necessary continuing education.

    This bill also updates the Education Requirements to the profession’s standards of 1905 hours of didactic and clinical training, 660 of which are clinical. In addition, all portions of the NCCAOM examinations required for acupuncture certification are necessary. This includes Foundations of Oriental Medicine, Acupuncture with Point Location, and Biomedicine.

    The full text of the law can be found at: Public Act No. 12-39


  • 14 Aug 2011 11:21 AM | KATHLEEN T. POOLE


    This weekend I've launched a new website devoted to community-style acupuncture clinics. I want to focus on CT, but there is also a place to list any clinic in any state.

    www.acupunctureexpress.wordpress.com

    Please contact me if you'd like to be listed here and
     1. have a community clinic OR
     2. have time set aside for community acupuncture in your regular office AND
     3. charge $50 or less per treatment

    I will need the clinic name, address, phone number, hours of operation, and anything important such as ear acupuncture clinic, pain control clininc, cash only, etc.
    If you'd like the clinic name to be linked to your website, please include that link.

    This could end up being just a list or it could develop into something more exciting with CT practitioner profiles, events, clinic photos, etc.  We'll have to see where it takes us.

    I welcome any suggestions.

    Kate
  • 20 Jul 2011 12:20 PM | Regina Walsh, M.Ac., L.Ac. (Administrator)

    Governor Malloy Signs Acupuncture Bill

     

    On July 13, 2011 Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed into law Public Act No. 11-242, AN ACT CONCERNING VARIOUS REVISIONS TO PUBLIC HEALTH RELATED STATUTES that includes Section 53, "An Act Concerning the Practice of Acupuncture".  The law defines the Practice Act of Connecticut’s Licensed Acupuncturists to include the recognized practices of the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine profession:

    "The practice of acupuncture" means the system of restoring and maintaining health by the classical and modern Oriental medicine principles and methods of assessment, treatment and prevention of diseases, disorders and dysfunctions of the body, injury, pain and other conditions. The practice of acupuncture includes:

    (A) Assessment of body function, development of a comprehensive treatment plan and evaluation of treatment outcomes according to acupuncture and Oriental medicine theory;

    (B) Modulation and restoration of normal function in and between the body's energetic and organ systems and biochemical, metabolic and circulation functions using stimulation of selected points by inserting needles, including, trigger point, subcutaneous and dry needling, and other methods consistent with accepted standards within the acupuncture and Oriental medicine profession;

    (C) Promotion and maintenance of normal function in the body's energetic and organ systems and biochemical, metabolic and circulation functions by recommendation of Oriental dietary principles, including, use of herbal and other supplements, exercise and other self-treatment techniques according to Oriental medicine theory; and

    (D) Other practices that are consistent with the recognized standards of the acupuncture and Oriental medicine profession and accepted by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

    The educational standard for Licensed Acupuncturists is the Master’s degree requiring a minimum of 3 years training in Chinese Medical theory, diagnosis, treatment approaches, point location, needling techniques, and numerous related modalities including the application of moxibustion heat therapy; low-level light laser therapy; electrical stimulation; Tui Na massage; cupping; and friction techniques referred to as Gua Sha.

    Licensed Acupuncturists are Nationally Board Certified through the National Commission for Certification for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. They are independent health care professionals providing safe and effective medical treatments endorsed by the World Health Organization and the National Institute of Health.

    Passage of Connecticut’s new Practice Act is a vital step in establishing standards of education, training and certification to assure the public they are receiving care from the recognized experts in the practice of Acupuncture.

    Look for the credentials L.Ac. after your acupuncture provider’s name to assure you are receiving care by Board Certified, state licensed practitioners.

     

  • 31 May 2009 3:50 PM | Regina Walsh, M.Ac., L.Ac. (Administrator)

    Connecticut Governor Rell signs Acupuncture Bill to

     Help Protect Consumer Choice in Healthcare

    On May 8, 2009 Connecticut Governor Jodi Rell signed into law Public Act 09-21- 

    "An Act Concerning the Practice of Acupuncture".  The law provides a title protection to Connecticut’s licensed acupuncturists.

    With the passage of this law, a health practitioner must be licensed by the state of Connecticut as an acupuncturist to use the title of "acupuncturist" or "licensed acupuncturist" (L.Ac.). Other less qualified professions will no longer be allowed to use either term professionally or in their promotional material or advertising.

    The present educational standard for Licensed Acupuncturists is the master’s degree program which requires approximately 3,000 hours of specialized training in Chinese Medical theory, diagnosis, treatment approaches, point location, needling techniques, and numerous related modalities. All licensed acupuncturists are required to pass a rigorous two day national exam (NCCAOM) and meet ongoing continuing education standards. Licensed Acupuncturists are highly trained independent professionals who provide safe and effective treatments based on an established body of medicine that is internationally recognized and practiced throughout the world. 

    Currently there are more than 25,000 Licensed Acupuncturists nationwide. That number is increasing each year as awareness of the health benefits of acupuncture continues to grow.

    Passage of Connecticut’s title protection for acupuncturists is the result of the sustained effort of dedicated members of the Connecticut Society of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CSAOM), legislators and acupuncture patients. Passage of this title protection is a vital first step in clearing up consumer confusion regarding the training, qualifications and expertise of practitioners in the field of acupuncture. Now when choosing acupuncture care, Connecticut consumers will have a consistent and accurate way to easily identify and discern the nationally recognized experts in acupuncture.

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