Maryland Acupuncture Society News from 2003

Stories are listed in reverse chronological order.

Hope GerechtOn September 23, 2003, MAS presented a free workshop to MAS members. The speaker was Hope Karan Gerecht, who taught the group on principles of Feng Shui for the offices of the attendees. With over 17 years of experience in the field, Hope gave a broad view of many systems of Feng Shui and many practical suggestions to improve the flows of energy or qi in building space. Over 50 members attended the workshop.

On Sept 5-8, 2003 MAS presented 4 days of CEU seminars. There were 143 registered participants. On Friday, Arya Neilsen described and demonstrated the fascinating Gua Sha technique, and in the afternoon, 94 attendees practiced the technique on each other under the supervision of Arya. The next day, Jake Fratkin lectured on Chinese Herbal Patent Formulas that can be used to treat acute conditions such as the common cold, menstrual cramps, sprains, and so forth. He was very specific in his information, giving recommendations to the 64 attendees on what he believed to be superior formulas when 4 or 5 were available from different sources. On Sunday, Daverick Leggett, affectionately dubbed the "food chart guy," spoke to 85 attendees on the chinese energetics of food, backed up by an array of actual foods on the table behind him ranging from black sesame seeds to a huge cabbage.

Daverick Leggett PhotoOn Monday, 20 of these attendees gathered at the York Inn on York Road in Cockeysville, Maryland, with a large collection of foods and were broken into groups and assigned Chinese medicine patterns of imbalance and asked to create a recipe to treat this imbalance. The group then descended on the restaurant kitchen under the supervision of restaurateurs Steve and Pete Theodorophoulos and Daverick's guidance to simultaneously create over 10 delicious (and therapeutic) dishes which were then consumed by the group as a very special buffet lunch!

At the end of February 2003, the Senate Education, Health & Environmental Affairs Committee Killed Senate Bill SB117, which would have mandated passage of the NCCAOM exam in Acupuncture for licensure in the state of Maryland.

This means that the bill WILL NOT be sent to the Senate or the House of Delegates for a vote, and is officially a non-issue as of this time.

Many MAS members sent e-mails, and phone calls and letters to the Senate Committee voicing opposition to the bill. The majority of the committee members felt these messages had a powerful impact on the defeating of this bill.

Once again, the dedication and activism of MAS members for protecting the diversity of Acupuncture traditions in our state has won the day.

Follow up: at the annual meeting in April 2003, Steve Buckingham reported that the parts of the bill that addressed fixes to the current law (such as closing a loophole that allowed students to take the NCCAOM exam and be licensed before graduation) were done using the "sunset" review of the state acupuncture board. Thanks to Steve!

On Friday, January 10, 2003, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., the Maryland Acupuncture Board hosted a HIPAA Education and Awareness Session, free of charge, to assist Maryland acupuncture licensees understand the requirements of HIPPA’s new Privacy and Transaction regulations. Each participate was granted four (4) hours of continuing education for attendance.

MHCC logoWHAT IS HIPPAA? President Clinton enacted the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) The U.S. Department of Health and Humans Services (HHS) drafted regulations to guarantee patient's new rights and protections against the misuse or disclosure of their health records; released in December 2000, these regulations affect health plans, health care clearinghouses, and health care providers. All medical records and other individually identifiable health information held or disclosed by a covered entity in any form, whether communicated electronically, on paper, or orally are covered under the final rule. The effective date for the Privacy Standards is February 26, 2003.

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