The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) has announced the launch of a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
The NCCAOM is the only national certification agency for the profession of acupuncture and Oriental medicine (AOM). The new Academy of Diplomates, a separate, chartered division of the NCCAOM, “will allow the Commission to expand our services to fulfill our dual mission: to assure the safety and well-being of the public and to advance the professional practice of acupuncture and Oriental medicine,” said Eugene London, DAOM, Dipl Ac (NCCAOM), LAc, Chair of the NCCAOM Board of Commissioners. “The Academy enables us to go beyond certification to help our Diplomates be successful in their careers as AOM practitioners.”
With a potential membership of 18,000 nationally board-certified Diplomates, the Academy will be governed by a separate Board of Directors.
“The Academy was created to serve our Diplomates and will not charge membership dues,” stated newly appointed Chair of the Academy of Diplomates Board of Directors, David Canzone, Dipl Ac. (NCCAOM), Dipl. NBAO, DOM, “and our hope is to work cooperatively and synergistically with all AOM professional associations in support of the AOM profession.”
“The new Academy of Diplomates was created based upon NCCAOM’s 2014 strategic plan,” noted Kory Ward-Cook, PhD, CEO of NCCAOM. “A major catalyst for its founding was feedback from our Diplomates through the 2015 Diplomate Satisfaction Survey.”
Some of the programs and activities to be administered under the new Academy include:
- Offering resources to help Diplomates seeking to work in hospitals and integrative practice settings
- Providing free practitioner websites
- Expanding public awareness and professional education campaigns to promote AOM and national board-certified AOM practitioners
- Providing tools for Diplomates to manage their practices more successfully
- Obtaining a Standard Occupational Code for “Acupuncturist” under the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Standards of Occupational Classification (SOC) system, which will facilitate greater federal recognition for AOM practitioners
- Securing AOM representation on the American Medical Association Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Health Care Professionals Advisory Committee
- Helping to assure third party reimbursement for acupuncturist-provided acupuncture, by working with other integrative healthcare professions to insure compliance to the “non-discrimination” clause 2706 of the Affordable Care Act
One new Academy member benefit will be a free online subscription to Meridians: The Journal of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Discounted print copies also will be made available to Academy members.
For more information, visit www.nccaom.org.