NCCAOM Advocacy is committed to advancing the cause of NCCAOM National Board-Certified Acupuncturists™ (NBCA) at the national level. This includes engagement with Congress on legislation impacting acupuncturists, grassroots efforts to build awareness of acupuncture with our Diplomates’ representatives, and ongoing work with national healthcare stakeholder organizations to raise the profile of acupuncture, our Diplomates, and the value of NCCAOM Board Certification.
The nationwide opioid crisis has been a top concern for lawmakers at all levels of government and has been identified as a priority for NCCAOM as well. Diplomates will be aware that acupuncture is a well-supported but underutilized methodology for pain management and has been shown to be successful in reducing or even eliminating opioid prescriptions for acute and chronic pain patients. NCCAOM Advocacy is working to expand access to acupuncture for opioid-use disorder patients and as a front-line treatment for patients suffering from acute or chronic pain. As Congress, the federal government and national healthcare leaders continue to support the increased usage of non-opioid, non-pharmacological treatments for pain, NCCAOM will advocate for acupuncture as a particularly safe and effective pain management option. Learn more about recent developments with the crisis and NCCAOM’s work on opioid reduction on our Opioid Timeline.
NCCAOM Advocacy works to engage in direct advocacy as well as support Diplomates in their own advocacy and grassroots efforts. The NCCAOM Advocacy team has developed a toolkit of documents that can be used to support both our state and federal-level advocacy efforts. The toolkit will be the go-to resource for Diplomates who want to serve as advocates in their areas for the profession and NCCAOM certification and will continue to grow and evolve as NCCAOM highlights new areas of focus for advocacy. The documents in this toolkit provide curated, targeted information about acupuncture, the NCCAOM and our priorities and goals for expanding access and awareness and serving our Diplomates.
Learn more about the toolkit and view the documents here