Grassroots at your Fingertips
The ASA/NCCAOM team will also use our grassroots software platform to help you, your patients, Senior Citizens, and general supporters of the profession contact Congressional Representatives about H.R. 3133 by texting any of the following phrases to 52886. After sending your text, follow the generated link to a composed email and Twitter message that you can send to your Representatives as is, or modify to provide additional information.
Text any of the phrases below to 52886 and follow the link you’ll receive in reply:
- “Acupuncture” – Acupuncture Campaign
- “Student” – Student Campaign
- “Acupuncture Patient” – Patient Campaign
- “Senior Citizen” – Senior Citizen Campaign
- “Acupuncture Ally” – Ally Campaign
Example: If you’re a student, type Student to 52886. If you’re an acupuncturist, type Acupuncture to 52886, etc.
Obtaining provider status under Medicare would enable acupuncturists to directly bill Medicare for the covered services that they provide to Medicare beneficiaries (generally those 65 and older). This recognition is critical to advancing the acupuncturist profession, as it would grant more individuals access to qualified acupuncturists—and more qualified acupuncturists access to those over 65 years of age. Medicare recognition would also help the profession collect and generate data on the acupuncture benefits, particularly with regard to quality and cost.
CMS just covers acupuncture services for chronic lower back pain (cLBP), but does not recognize acupuncturists as providers of this service. This lack of recognition prevents much of the profession from readily providing cLBP services to Medicare beneficiaries. The resulting barrier inhibits those with the most expertise and training in acupuncture from providing these services.
The NCCAOM and ASA continue to maintain a series of resources to help educate the profession on Medicare recognition and the steps required for Medicare provider status. Read more about how Medicare provider status would affect the profession by visiting the NCCAOM’s Advocacy Page.