January 2020 Newsletter
From the Chair of the American Society of Acupuncturists

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

This has been a profound couple of months for the ASA!  

Within the organization, the ASA was granted a $175,000 grant from the Lovell foundation.  Please keep you eyes open for more details!  This seed money will allow us to begin higher level outreach to the profession, and help assure a stable home and foster development of JASA, the Journal of the ASA.  Many thanks to Jen Stone for her leadership towards this achievement!

Additionally, external to the organization, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) determined to provide coverage for acupuncture for low back pain in its population.  This is a profound shift in the American healthcare landscape!  The details by which LAc’s will be included are yet to be determined, but we will work with all available resources to keep the community updated.  This is truly the time for acupuncture’s stepping squarely onto the mainstream stage.  The CMS determination is a firm statement as to the strength of the existing evidence base and an endorsement for the LAc licensure type.  LAcs were included prominently in the determination, despite not being Medicare providers.  It is incumbent upon all who care for this medicine to continue to work to develop our provider community, and be co-leaders in this integration.
This coming weekend, the ASA Board will be holding an in-person retreat in Illinois, looking to create clear direction in this exciting environment.  We just participated as well in the annual Integrative Health Policy Consortium (IHPC) meeting, where representatives from across the practice spectrum are joining forces in collaboration towards integrative care.  The train is moving quickly!

The second Annual 2020 ASA Conference will be May 2-3, 2020 in Washington, D.C.  The events of the past two weeks could not be a stronger call to attend, and to share in the direction setting for the organization.  

Please, do not miss this opportunity!   


David W. Miller, MD, LAc
Chair, American Society of Acupuncturists
Have you registered yet for the second annual ASA conference in Washington, DC?
Welcome to the ASA Job Openings Board! 
We encourage all submissions which promote gainful employment in our profession.

Please do not hesitate to submit job postings, office space rentals or if you know someone who wants to sell their practice, we would be more than happy to add them as well.

Please submit to Christine@asacu.org in MS Word or Pages format (no PDFs) so your submissions can be added to the board.
The ASA does reserve the right to edit one’s posting for tact, tenor, and tone, if it may be perceived as potentially inappropriate by others. To ensure the job openings board remains easy to use, please let me know when your submission is filled.

Please know that I keep your job postings on this list
until you let me know that you want me to remove it.

Thank you for all you do for our profession.
Christine Cronin
Board Member at Large
Are you interested in mentoring an acupuncture student?
An update regarding the creation
of the mentorship program

To let you all know where we are in the process, we are working with the ASA student committee and contacting those who have done national level mentorship programs before so we able to create the right kind of infrastructure necessary to have a sustainable program.

In the meantime, if you are interested in becoming a mentor, please send Christine@asacu.org with the following information:

  • Your name;
  • Location;
  • Type of practice you have (private practice/individual treatment/private practice/community- style, work for an employer - another acupuncturist, hospital, VA, DOD, etc.) and;
  • Area of specialty
  • Are you in education?
  • Do you have a research background?

Again, for all of you who are willing to be a mentor, thank you for your willingness to guide the next generation.

With gratitude,

Christine Cronin
Board Member at Large

Come check out the official Journal of the American Society of Acupuncturists
JASA Editor-In-Chief Series
Five Studies on Scientific Writing - The Materials and Methods Section of the Scientific Paper (Article 3 of 5)
By Jennifer A. M. Stone, LAc
The ASA will be printing a new article from the series each month.

(Reprinted with permission from The American Acupuncturist, vols. 63-67)

The Materials and Methods Section

A scientific paper is usually comprised of these sections:

Abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion/Conclusion, Acknowledgements Literature Cited

Scientific writing is direct and orderly. The materials and methods section structure should:

Describe in detail the materials used in the study and include all tools: needles, herbs, surveys and questionnaires. (It’s not necessary to include all questions in the questionnaire if it is a proven measure previously used in research (ex. SF- MPQ, FACIT, etc.)

  •  Describe the human subjects, age, eligibility criteria, demographics, etc.

  • If you did a field or survey study, provide a description of the study site, including
the precise location, town, state and country. If an online internet survey was used, include details on who received the surveys, inclusion/exclusion criteria, how many surveys were sent out, how many were completed and returned, how many were included in the data analysis.

  • If the manuscript is a meta-analysis or review, include the search engines and
scientific databases that were searched and the inclusion/exclusion criteria for
the studies that were discussed in the results section.

  • Explain how the materials were used in the study

  • Describe the research protocol. Include how subjects were randomized (ex.
numbers picked out of a hat or block randomization). Include controls,
treatment, variables that were measured, etc.

  • Explain how the data were collected, how measurements were made, and what
calculations were performed

  • State which statistical tests were done to analyze the data

The materials and methods section should always be written in past tense and in 3rd person. The description of preparations, measurements, and the protocol should be organized clearly and chronologically. Only include information relevant to the description of the materials and methods. Do not include any personal thoughts in this section; only describe what took place. Personal thoughts should be reserved for the discussion section.

A materials and methods section should clearly explain the details of the study so that another researcher can read the manuscript and replicate the study exactly. In acupuncture research, remember to describe what brand of needle was used including: manufacturer, length and gauge, points used, how the treatment was determined, depth of insertion, style of needling, length of time needles were retained, etc.

Example: Six acupuncture needles, Seirin Corp., Shizuoka, Japan, No. 3(0.20) x 30 mm were inserted bilaterally into acupoints San Yin Jiao (SP6), Zusanli
(ST36), and Tai Xi (KI3) at a depth of 1.5cm and gently rotated until daqi was observed. Needles were retained for 20 minutes. Acupoints were chosen through consensus by a group of 4 TCM experts, each with over 20 years of TCM practice.

When describing an herbal formula, include the formula name if it is a patent herb formula. Also include the brand, manufacturer, dose, and each individual herb included in the formula. Some writers choose to list the indications for the herbal formula or each herb or acupoint although it is not necessary.

If a writer chooses to list indications, it should not be listed in the materials and methods section. Indications should be reserved for the introduction or discussion section. Remember, the materials and methods section is a description of exactly what was done and how it was done so another researcher can duplicate the protocol exactly.

Example: Traditionals, Zizyphus Sleep Formula, Suan Zao Ren Tang distributed by Kan Herb Company, Scotts Valley, CA. Lot 0610-07 was used in this study. The dose
given to the subjects was: 2 tablets, 3 times a day for 5 days on an empty stomach (1 hour before/2 hours after eating). Herbs include: Sour jujube seed (dry fried) (Suan Zao Ren (chao)), Sichuan lovage rhizome (Chuan xiong), Poria (Fu ling), Anemarrhena rhizome (Zhi mu), Chinese Licorice root (Gan cao).

When preparing to write a scientific paper, refer to these guidelines but before you begin, PLEASE search for more information online. There are so many fantastic resources for people writing scientific papers. Many of these resources are on the websites of major research institutions and universities.

Here is a resource:

http://abacus.bates.edu/~ganderso/biology/resources/writing/HTWsections.html#met hodsstructure

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Be part of the solution!
Monthly Legislative & Regulatory Report

Please click the above link to read the decision memo for Acupuncture for Chronic Low Back Pain.

The ASA also wrote a joint letter with NCCAOM regarding the CMS determination. If you have not had the chance to read it, please do so here

Additionally, we continue to follow the below legislation:

S 2914 - Senate Companion Bill to HR 1182 "Acupuncture for Our Heroes Act" and watching S 3067 - To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to combat the opioid crisis by promoting access to non-opioid treatments in the hospital outpatient setting. Short title: “Non-Opioids Prevent Addiction In the Nation Act” or the “NOPAIN Act."
To read the bill text, click here .

S 3067 - To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to combat the opioid crisis by promoting access to non-opioid treatments in the hospital outpatient setting. Short title: “Non-Opioids Prevent Addiction In the Nation Act” or the “NOPAIN Act." To read the bill text, click here

We will continue to monitor both these bills through 2020.

Thank you for all you do for the profession.

Christine Cronin
Board Member at Large
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