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ASA Annual Conference 2024

ASA Annual Conference 2024

Once again, the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) Annual Conference was an excellent gathering of amazing minds and talent on April 6-7, 2024, held in Washing ton , DC. The ASA works to advance the professional practice of acupuncture as a whole system of medicine through advocacy, education, and research. NMSAAM is one of the ASA state members.

Treating Long COVID: What We Know So Far

Treating Long COVID: What We Know So Far

Treating Long COVID: What We Know So Far. As the initial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic subsides, health care practitioners are facing its weighty aftermath—long COVID, and its plethora of respiratory, neurologic, cardiovascular and other symptoms that can linger for weeks, months or even years following the initial infection. While researchers scramble for causes and cures, efforts are focusing on managing the condition and mitigating its devastating manifestations. Here’s what we know about long COVID, with promising interventions that may improve patients’ lives. (Note that there is a section about TCM.)

Happy 2024 Chinese New Year!

Happy 2024 Chinese New Year!

  This is the year of the Wooden Dragon. Are you ready for positive growth and change at this Lunar New Year? Medicaid in NM Update for DOMs To follow is the flyer content that has been circulated to NM Senators and more during this fast-paced 2024 NM Legislative...

Attention DOM Providers

Attention DOM Providers

By NMSAAM Insurance Chair, Dr. Caterina Di Palma, DOM. If you provide services to veterans through the CCN program of the VA, you have been automatically enrolled as a provider for other health insurance company plans that contract with Tivity to credential providers – without your input

NMSAAM 2023

NMSAAM 2023

NMSAAM 2023 Year-end Report By President Dr. Yvonne Wylie Walston, DOM   Happy Holidays to all of you!   We are grateful that there is a professional society of acupuncturists in NM, and that membership in NMSAAM is how NM DOMs become members in the ASA....

Proclaimed: Oct. 24, 2023 is AHM Day in NM

Proclaimed: Oct. 24, 2023 is AHM Day in NM

Our Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has embraced national norms for the third year in a row. She proclaimed October 24, 2023 as Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine Day in New Mexico. Around the state, many DOMs have successfully used this proclamation as a marketing tool. This year, come and CELEBRATE AHM with your colleagues at an NMSAAM sponsored luncheon 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm on Sunday, Oct 22nd at the FUN-Raiser and Community Outreach. RSVP’s can be sent to info@nmsaam.org. Support NMSAAM by donating items to our SILENT AUCTION. 

Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine Day 2023

Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine Day 2023

Come and CELEBRATE Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine Day with your colleagues at an NMSAAM sponsored luncheon on Sunday, October 22 at the FUN-Raiser! Free food from Chello Grill for NMSAAM members and 1 guest, $10 cost for non-members. Afterwards, DOMs are encouraged to stay and help educate the public about our medicine by donating some community outreach from 2:00 to 4:00 pm with ear seeds, communications, and Qi Gong if you can make the time. Silent auction will continue from 12:00 noon to 4:00pm.

Results of the 2023 BOD Elections

Results of the 2023 BOD Elections

Results of the Board of Directors Elections: August 19, 2023 NMSAAM Annual Meeting. We are especially pleased that we have board members from around the state: Silver city, Santa Fe, and Albuquerque. Thank you everyone who attended the annual meeting to do your part to support our profession. We had some good speakers, including 2 of our lobbyists, and lively discussion. Remember that when you join NMSAAM, you are automatically part of the American Society of acupuncturists, the ASA.

2023 Annual Meeting on Zoom: Schedule

Moving Forward With Gusto! 10:00 to 10:15 Welcome and Greetings . . . 10:15 to 12:00 noon: Movie, Acupuncture Fever, 2023 documentary by Doug Dearth . . . 12:00 to 1:00 Elections of NMSAAM board members . . . 1:00 to 1:30 Lunch Break & Networking . . .1:30 to 2:00 NMSAAM lobbyists . . . 2:00 to 3:00 Mina Larson, CEO of NCCAOM, Update on NCCAOM Policies . . . 3:00 to 3:30 Wongu University: Herbal Medicine stand alone modules . . . 3:30 to 4:30 Report and discussion of SB421 that was tabled at the 2023 Legislative Session . . .

Herbal Medicine in USA

Herbal Medicine in USA

As busy as we all are, it is easy to become myopic and unaware of the big picture, not even seeing it. We are professionals, and as professionals we need to look at what is best for our whole profession and not just for a few practitioners. If we don’t do so, others will do it for us. In May, I attended the American Society of Acupuncturists, the ASA, annual meeting. At the Friday Council Meeting, I heard about different states and have been following up with some delegates about the tiered acupuncture licensure issue. Note that when you are a member of NMSAAM, you are automatically a member of our national ASA. Let me tell you about the current USA states use of herbal medicine and acupuncture.

Town Hall In-Person July 16, 2023

Town Hall In-Person July 16, 2023

During the 2023 Legislative Session, SB421, which would have created an acupuncture-only licensure level, was submitted by one acupuncturist. It was tabled (killed) due to a tied vote in its first committee, Health and Human Services on February 17. That is, it came very close to passing that committee and being able to advance. (An identical bill with a different number, SB 461, was also submitted by the same person.) The committee chair, Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino, seeing that the issue had not been worked out among DOMs and that there was conflict, stated that he wants the profession to come to a consensus before any more legislation is introduced in a future session. This is totally reasonable and necessary.

Review of the 2023 ASA Annual Conference

Review of the 2023 ASA Annual Conference

Review of the 2023 ASA Annual Conference: Envisioning Our Future: May 11-15, 2023. Joyfully coming out of the COVID pandemic, acupuncturists finally met in person again at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington DC, like we did in 2019, again with 3 parts to the meeting; 1) the ASA Council Meeting, 2) Annual Conference, and 3) Advocate Fly-in to Capitol Hill.

Envisioning our Future Together

Envisioning our Future Together

Review the exciting, pertinent schedule, find logistics, and register here. PDAs to be earned: A) Live in-person conference on May 13-14: 16 CAB CEs approved. B) ASA Pre-Conference Webinar Series: 13 CAB CEs. C) May 15 Advocacy Day: 4CEs approved. NCCAOM PDAs pending approval.

Get Ready: All Aboard!

Get Ready: All Aboard!

If nothing ever changed, there would be no butterflies . . . This year we are celebrating our 42nd year of acupuncture licensure in New Mexico! It was not until 2018 that our work was recognized by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as a distinct profession, rather than a...