For many years, NJ Acupuncturists and the NJ Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine have been lobbying the NJ State Legislature to update the Rules and Regulations to better serve the public health and protect the practice of acupuncture.
And not finally, effective immediately, they have been updated and published!
A big thanks goes out to Paul Bent, our lobbyist, for successfully navigating the procedural hurdles and persistently pushing for getting the rules and regulations approved and published. This is one of the values of having a lobbyist with a deep understanding of NJ politics and longstanding relationships and connections with people of political influence.
The NJAAOM advocated for these changes over the numerous objections from the healthcare groups but especially the physical therapists.
What has changed?
The rules and regs:
1) now refer to Licensed Acupuncturists and not Certified Acupuncturists;
2) no longer references the tutorial program, which was eliminated many years ago;
3) no longer references a required physician referral or diagnosis;
4) requires medical malpractice insurance in the amounts of $1M/occurrence and $3M/year;
5) requires a signed informed consent referencing the importance of the patient consulting with a physician, and with a duplicate provided to the patient (in lieu of the more restrictive requirement of the referral or diagnosis);
6) now includes the practice of herbology and the NJ Acupuncture Examining Board should be announcing procedures for the grandfathering process to begin;
7) immediately allow for all Licensed Acupuncturists, in addition to therapies specified in our statute, within our scope of practice, the use of:
a) diagnostic and assessment techniques taught in ACAOM approved schools and NCCAOM approved CEU classes;
c) therapeutic exercises and techniques
d) other techniques (full text will be posted as soon as it is available);
8) allow L.Acs to recommend homeopathic medicines, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, glandulars, amino acids, nonprescription substances, and nutritional or dietary supplements.
9) defines Tui Na as “a form of massage therapy…using or incorporating, traction, manipulation of acupressure points, acupoint stimulation, and joint mobilization for therapeutic purposes.” (This definition was a particular point of objection by several other groups.)
Any questions regarding the rules and regulations should be addressed to the NJ Acupuncture Examining Board. The link can be found on the Links page of this website. This is breaking news and the rules and regulations are not yet posted on the NJ Acupuncture Examining Board, but when it is we will notify you.
Congratulations to all of us!