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July 03, 2006

Be Very Afraid - AMA Moves to Limit CAM Scope

In a move reminiscent of their initial battle with the Chiropractors over 30 years ago, the AMA has resolved to partner with their own "Scope of Practice Partnership" to study CAM providers education and backgrounds. Presumably, the goal is to limit what non-physician practitioners will be allowed to do legally. Acupuncture Today has the details here: Link

What scares me the most is not that I think they'll completely succeed. It is that the Chiro's had to band together and spend over $100k in legal fees to battle the AMA in this. Even if all CAM practitioners got together on this one I don't know if we'd be able to come up with that kind of money as needed. And as we all know that if you can't afford to legally fight something, you lose. I'll keep you posted as I find out more. Thanks to Marilyn Allen for bringing this one to my attention.

Posted by Admin at July 3, 2006 04:22 PM

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Anyone have any updates on this one? I've been waiting to hear back from Acu Today but nothing yet.

Posted by: Steve at July 20, 2006 02:52 PM

I would be suprised that 100K could not be found through out the US to support acupuncturist.
Our problem is that we don't stick together as we all know.
The schools make enough to put up the fight, and donations could be made by anyone.

Posted by: vince at October 4, 2006 02:17 PM

It may be beneficial to make organizations such as ARC aware of what the AMA is trying to do. The ARC just ran a fair and positive article about the value of acupuncture. Just as chiropractors did in their battle with the AMA, practitioners of TCM need to get the public that doesn't know about us educated about TCM, and we need to get the public that does know about us to become vocal. It doesn't need to be a battle whose victory is based on money. Chiropractors didn't have access to the internet in the '60s, we do.

Posted by: Ellen Ona at November 1, 2006 10:35 PM