Welcome to NCCAOM’s Advocacy Center. This section of our site is devoted to providing information, latest updates and action alerts regarding the work that the NCCAOM Advocacy team has accomplished.
The NCCAOM Advocacy team is committed to advancing NCCAOM National Board Board-Certified Acupuncturists™ in the federal regulatory arena. For more information about NCCAOM advocacy efforts, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Number of Veterans Affairs facilities offering acupuncture growing rapidly
Acupuncture is an increasingly important and effective component of chronic pain management and other areas of care in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). Over the past 7 years, the number of VHA facilities offering acupuncture has increased from 42% to 88%, according to an article published in a special issue on the use of acupuncture in the Veterans Health Administration in Medical Acupuncture, a peer-reviewed journal from by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers.
Acupuncturists Now Included in the Veterans Health Administration
The Veterans Health Administration created a qualification standard for acupuncturists to become employed practitioners at the VA. VA requires NCCAOM Board-Certification as an essential part of ensuring safe and high-quality acupuncture treatment. NCCAOM has created a map reflecting the VA Medical Center location and the number of NCCAOM Board-Certified Diplomates in close proximity.
The NCCAOM® announced it has successfully secured an independent Standard Occupational Code (SOC) for Acupuncturists from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The new code for Acupuncturists – SOC – 29-1291, will be included in the next edition of the BLS Occupational Handbook, which will be published in 2018.