NCCAOM -- make the acupuncture profession more ethical

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Jud Parker
6 years ago
I have a friend studying to be an acupuncturist.

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Monica Monasterio
6 years ago
I'm signing because I'm in Acupuncture school.

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Pamela Howard
6 years ago
I'm signing because the NCCAOM has a well-defined scope - that of certifying that acupuncturists have been adequately trained in the basics of their profession, enough to safely treat the public. I would encourage the NCCAOM to focus on that mission, and to understand that adding more exams and more 'specialties' (as has been proposed) begins to create a barrier to what could be the last accessible and effective regulated medicine that there is. The NCCAOM since I graduated in 2011 has annually proposed considerable expansion in their scope, and most of these have been dismissed by its membership as being unsound. This is yet another example of an unsound proposal. Here are some reasons why it is is unsound: The NCCAOM credential is required to maintain state licensure for many acupuncturists. The NCCAOM advocates for this arrangement. Yet the current Code of Ethics is more suitable for a voluntary exceptional standard adopted by choice.
States that require NCCAOM credentials have their own regulatory boards, ethical codes, and disciplinary process. The NCCAOM Grounds for Professional Discipline empowers the NCCAOM to pull a practitioner’s credential, removing them from practice, even when a state board would allow continued practice for the same violation. This turns the NCCAOM into de facto regulators and creates double jeopardy for practitioners.
The NCCAOM reserves the right to take disciplinary action against any practitioner who violates the Code of Ethics. The Code covers behaviors ranging from serious threats to the public safety to those in the realm of Public Relations. The NCCAOM should explicitly limit the use of disciplinary action to violations that risk the public safety.

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sherra Cunningham
6 years ago
My debt is more than a home...due to consolidated interest and an interest rate that can never be refinanced or lowered. I tried to get a job when I graduated, competing with practitioners with 10 years experience who won the jobs. I had to start my own business, the cost of start up takes money away from paying back my debt, which is now almost $50,000.00 more than I actually borrowed, 2 years post graduation. Licensing fees, malpractice insurance, CEUs all cut into my income. Yet, I see this medicine work and I feel privileged to offer it. Income does not however, meet the reality of the financial burden of becoming an acupuncturist in my experience.

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John O'Hara
6 years ago
I left acupuncture school with $120,000 in student loan debt. Only 1/4 of graduating acupuncturists are practicing because the cost to start up is too hard on is with all this debt. POCA tech looks to make school more affordable. The idea is to funnel students towards practicing in the community clinic module which has seen a huge successis in its early stages and offering the benefits of acupuncture to all classes (not just upper-middle class and above).

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Christy Robaina
6 years ago
It's not easy to be part of this elitely broke group!

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marcella robinson
6 years ago
Because I have seenour profession go down in value through corupt management in areas such as nofault and workmens compensation
I have seen the value of our work exploited to a bit more than minimum wage
I have seen the misuse of I surance benefits by clinics so that the private practice practitioner can not make a living because the pay is in the numbers not in the pergormance
I have seen other no aucpunturist practitioners taking liberties where holding a license or not in their use of acupuncture as a treatment adjunct
I have seen the practice of acupuncture mislabled and adopted by physical therapist
I have seem milimalist education a lot for other professions to treat within their field
I have basi ally seen a 4 year post graduate education in the medical field become totally disrespected with no representation from our National organization
I basically feel that I could have accomplished more without the education made more momey and be more respected
Not to say that I don'T RESPECT my education
But that I have seen time and time again other licensed acupuncturist preform unethical acts Iin there treatments within clinial confines while I am dicusted with some
I do find the time honored practice of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine extremely benificial and nessecary in the future of our medical model
It is a diffulcult field to regulate just do not allow it to be exploited

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Luke Matsuda
6 years ago
I agree!

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Julie Heifner
6 years ago
My daughter is buried in debt after having gone to school to become a licensed acupuncturist. It's tough for her to make an actual living in her chosen profession due to the amount of loan debt sure has accumulated. Reform needs to happen in order for licensed acupuncturists to be able to practice and he able to make a livable wage.

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Melissa Yaden
6 years ago
I support poca