Upcoming APA events

    • Sunday, November 18, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Venetian Club, 8030 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118
    Registration is closed

    You are cordially invited to the Association for Professional Acupuncture in Pennsylvania's third annual general membership meeting. This meeting will include a 4 hour seminar which will fulfill the NCCAOM requirement for Ethics & Safety. Seminar and brunch are complementary for current APA members. Seminar price for non-members is $150 (includes brunch). Brunch for non-members who will not be attending the seminar is $25.


    9 am- 11:10 am Ethics Lecture
    11:20 am - 12:20 pm Safety Lecture
    12:20 pm - 1:20 Brunch
    1:20 pm - 2:20 pm Finish Safety Lecture
    2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Member Meeting

    Michael Taromina, Esq., is an expert in acupuncture and Oriental Medicine law and ethics. For over a decade he has litigated, educated, advocated and authored for the advancement and protection of the AOM profession in the United States. He serves as the Chair of National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine’s Professional Ethics and Disciplinary Committee. In this capacity, he co-drafted NCCAOM’s Code of Ethics and Grounds for Discipline and has personally overseen the adjudication of hundreds of acupuncture misconduct cases from all over the country.

    R.S.V.P. by

    November 12th

    2 Ethics, 2 Safety PDA points from NCCAOM (pending) will be available for all attendees. 

    • Saturday, December 01, 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • Sunday, December 02, 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • Philadelphia Marriott West

    When: Saturday, December 1st & Sunday, December 2nd. 9am to 5pm 

    Where: Philadelphia Marriott West- 111 Crawford Ave, West Conshohocken, PA 19428

    Day 1: Beginning Billing

    • CPT Coding – which codes pay and which don’t
    • ICD10 Codes that are “covered” by Insurance
    • How to fill out the CMS Claim Form
    • Submitting Claims & Corrected Claims Electronically
    • Networks – What to Consider and How to Join

    This class is for practitioners who have no experience billing insurance or have been doing it with “limited” success. KNOW exactly what insurance carriers want to see and give it to them. We’ll teach you how to bill insurance and do it right – the first time. We’ll provide you with lots of resources such as coding cheat sheets, carrier policy bulletins, privacy practices you can use in your office. You’ll learn how to verify patient benefits as well as best office practices for taking insurance.

    Understand what is involved with network participation and the advantages and disadvantages for going “in-network” with a carrier. You’ll learn how to submit claims electronically, how to re-file or resubmit claims if you made a mistake the first time. After taking this class you’ll have the confidence of knowing every claim you submit WILL be processed.

    Throughout the class you’ll get tips and tricks from an expert in the field. Be prepared to ask questions – and get honest ethical answers as well as information you’ll use over and over again.

    Bring your office manager or biller to Beginning Billing for just $99!

    Day 1 is appropriate for practitioners, acupuncture students and your office manager or biller.

    Day 2: Examination & Bulletproof Documentation

    • KNOW the Essentials Documentation including proper Coding
    • Examinations that Establish Medical Necessity
    • Making your Progress Notes Bullet Proof
    • Know EXACTLY what Carriers Look for in your Documentation
    • Create Treatment Plans and Goals that guarantee payment
    • Know how to write letters of Medical Necessity

    Take this class and you’ll never worry again if you are asked for notes. We’ll provide you with resources you will use again and again along with samples of proper documentation as well as a through explanation about proper documentation in a way that makes it easy to understand.

    We’ll teach you how to establish a health “baseline” for your patients that can be used to show that your treatment is medically necessary as well as how to create a treatment plan and goal of treatment.

    In addition you’ll be getting instructions, samples and templates - How to write a letter of medical necessity and best practices for your office. Thinking about updating your progress notes for greater efficiency and better compliance? - We’ll have templates that you can make your own or use to update how you do things.

    As always Mori will be sharing the latest information about Insurance Carriers plus great tips and tricks that come from over 30 years in the business of acupuncture billing. We’ve also got Dr. Roger West DC., QME, who will teach the examinations you need to know and how to document ranges of motion and functional improvements as well as tests to rule out certain conditions.

    Day 2 is appropriate for practitioners and acupuncture students.

    14 NCCAOM PDA's (Pending) for this event.


    Mori West, C.P.C.

    Mori West is a certified professional codes and the CEO of Acuclaims, a well-known and respected Medical Billing Company for Acupuncturists.  For over 30 plus years Mori has been providing up to date information regarding billing and coding while donating her time at both the national and state level to insure that correct information regarding insurance billing practices is put forth.  Her classes offer real- world information that comes from processing thousands of claims each week for acupuncturists across the country.  She is known as a lively speaker who entertains and inspires her students

    Roger West, D.C., QME

    Dr West has been in private practice as a chiropractor since 1985. Prior to receiving his degree he studied Chinese Martial Arts (Hsing-i, Tai Chi) as well as advanced studies in Feng Shui since 1990.  His studies include advanced knowledge in 5 element theory as well as Taoist Cosmology.   He has always been an advocate for acupuncture and acupuncturists and has worked alongside an acupuncturist in his private practice.  He is a Qualified Medical Evaluator for the state of California and has reviewed and commented on thousands of pages of medical records.

    Are you coming in from out of town and want to reserve a hotel room? Use this link  to Book your group rate for Insurance Billing Seminar or call  800-237-3639 and ask for the APA Insurance Billing Seminar room rate. 


APA Members get $50 discount!

2 Day Class – Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture 

Thompson Healthcare, Forked River, NJ.
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Traditional Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation

(2 day class does not include Facial Cupping/Gua Sha)

2 Day Class – Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture. Taught by Michelle Gellis LAc MAc DiplAc. This two-day 14 CEU class covers Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture Theory and Acupuncture Needling Techniques and Protocols for Cosmetic Acupuncture. This is a facial acupuncture certification class for American Acupuncture Council. Hands-on skills such as submuscular and intradermal needling and techniques for needling the scalp, face and body points are practiced in a small class setting.  AcuLifttm Micro-needle Dermal Roller training is part of class. The Traditional Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation Class has been approved by the NCCAOM for 14 PDA points (CEUs), and 14 Florida CEUs and 14 California CEUs. All materials needed for class are included. The skills taught in this class will be immediately applicable in your practice.

Michelle Gellis demonstrates Facial Acupuncture

Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation Certification Class provides lectures on: Facial Rejuvenation Theory, Technique and Point Selection, Needling Technique. Paperwork and supplies are included.  The class is a hands on class* with an internationally published expert in facial acupuncture, small class size. Information on aging. You will recoup the cost of this with your first patient.

Facial rejuvenation acupuncture is in high demand. As an acupuncturist, certification in Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation is required by AAC for Insurance coverage. The class is approved by the American Acupuncture Council. Some of the benefits of Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation are that it can erase fine lines, lift sagging eye lids, reduce bags/circles, firm jowls and double chin, can tighten pores and is beneficial for Rosacea. Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture increases collagen production, improves hormonal balance, benefits acne, and increases circulation of blood and lymph to the face.  The treatments also promote overall health and well-being.

2 Day Class – Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture includes:

  • Lectures on Facial Rejuvenation Theory, Technique and Point Selection
  • Paperwork (forms, contracts etc) necessary to get started
  • Supplies needed to practice in class
  • *Hands on training (for licensed practitioners, students may schedule hands on for a later time)
  • AcuLift™ Derma Roller Demonstration

Cost: $575 for practitioners

Early Bird Price: $525 for practitioners

Save $50 if you register by the early bird date.  Early bird registration cut off dates are different for each class, please see class registration form for details.

Unlicensed Students: Use coupon code “student50” when registering, and get $50 off the price of the class.

MICHELLE GELLIS LAc MAc DiplAc has been teaching at the Maryland University of Integrative Health since 2004

The Traditional Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation Class has been approved by the NCCAOM for 14 PDA points (CEUs), and 14 Florida CEUs and 14 California CEUs

NOTE: Cancellation Policy for Live Classes and Live Webinars:

  • 15% cancellation fee up to 30 days prior to class
  • 50% cancellation fee up to 14 days prior to class
  • no refunds thereafter

Shonishin:Pediatric Acupuncture

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7 NCCAOM PDA's Pending

Shonishin/pediatric acupuncture (sho=little, ni=children, shin=needle) is a specialized form of treatment for infants and children that became renowned in the 1700s in the Osaka region of Japan. To this day, Japanese parents regularly bring children for shonishin treatment, and the shonishin approach is increasing in popularity around the world.

Children’s bio-energetic systems are not fully formed and, being at the most “yang” phase of their existence, their energy (Qi) moves extremely rapidly. Consequently, children’s systems can be easily over stimulated, and health problems can progress rapidly.

Shonishin focuses on gentle, specialized, mostly non-invasive(no needle insertion) treatment techniques that children find comfortable and even pleasurable. Dramatic results can be obtained even with very light treatment.

In this one day seminar, Tom Nash, L.Ac. will cover this valuable treatment modality from start to finish covering a wide array of conditions and patterns.  You will leave this class ready and able to begin taking better care of children both in your practice and at home! A great gift to give for the holiday!


About Tom Nash, M.A., M.S.O.M., L.Ac.

Tom earned his M.A. in Counseling and Human Development from St. Mary’s University in 1982. After more than 20 years working the mental health and addictions fields, as a group, family, and individual therapist, supervisor, teacher, and program director, with both adults and children and adolescents, Tom returned to school in 1999 and earned his M.S.O.M. from the New York College of Health Professions. In 2003-04 he completed a year long clinical and teaching Residency Program. He was a full time faculty member, Clinic Director and Department Chair at New York College from 2003 until moving to Pacific College in 2009.

He is a Licensed Acupuncturist in New York State, and a Nationally Board Certified Chinese Herbalist. He is in private practice in New Rochelle and Hicksville is currently the Department Chair of Herbology at PCOM. Tom has been treating children, primarily with shonishin, but also with acupuncture and herbs, throughout his OM career. He has worked extensively with the traditional complaints shonishin has been used for: kids with asthma, allergies,  and other respiratory illnesses, and various digestive complaints, but has also pioneered the use of the technique for kids on the Autism spectrum, and with issues such as A.D.H.D., learning disabilities, anxiety, insomnia, and depression.

Tom Nash is currently a faculty member, clinic supervisor, and the Chair of the Herbology Department at the New York campus of Pacific College of Oriental Medicine.

Venue Pacific College of Oriental Medicine
Address 110 William Street, 19th Floor New York, NY 10038
New York NY 10038, US
Starts Sun Dec 16 2018, 9:00am EST
Ends Sun Dec 16 2018, 5:00pm EST

Professional Medical Ethics For the Contemporary American Acupuncture Practice:An Eastern and Western Perspective.

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Professional Medical Ethics For the Contemporary American Acupuncture Practice:An Eastern and Western Perspective.

7 PDA's Pending NCCAOM Approval

January 13th, 9am to 5pm

Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, NYC


This is not your usual Ethics class! Tom Nash M,A.,MSOM,L.Ac brings a unique and in depth perspective from a western and eastern perspective.

The purpose of the course is to engage Licensed and practicing acupuncturists and practitioners of East Asian Medicine in the field’s current and ongoing discussion of what ought to constitute a professional code of medical ethics for our very young, diversely practiced, plastic, and emerging field. In order to participate in this discussion and the ultimate development and formal adoption of a code of professional standards and behavior to which we will all soon enough be asked to pledge and bind ourselves to, practitioners will need to become aware of the elements of professional ethics and ethical behavior that have been agreed upon by other health professions in the United States.

In addition we will cover Confucius and Classical Confucian Ethics, Lao Zi, Zuang Zi and Taoist Ethics, Chinese Buddhist Ethics, and Neo-Confucian Ethics.

Given the unique historical, cultural, and philosophical origins of our medicine, we should deeply engage intellectually with the unique and specific ethical beliefs relating to medical practice that emerge in China and more generally East Asia from the four foundational systems of philosophy, and human behavior that deeply influenced all aspects of medical theory and practice: Confucianism, Taoism, Chinese Mahayana Buddhism, and Neo-Confucianism. 

 Many AOM graduate programs have added aspects of Ethics and Professional Development to their curricula over the past three or four years to meet the focus put in this critical aspect of our profession’s timely stumbling towards professional maturity by constituents in our profession such as CCCAOM and NCCAOM. However those practitioners who graduated before this recent change and have been practicing, have been doing so not only without the guidance and support of a formal Ethical Code, but also without ever having been introduced or exposed to the basic principles of medical and professional ethics in the course of studies.

 This day long workshop, then, is for them.

Venue Pacific College of Oriental Medicine
Address 110 William Street, 19th Floor
New York NY 10038, US
Starts Sun Jan 13 2019, 9:00am EST
Ends Sun Jan 13 2019, 5:00pm EST

APA members receive discounts on educational events from the following regional organizations.

These state organization members receive discounts on APA sponsored classes as well.


The Maryland Acupuncture Society

The New Jersey Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

The Acupuncture Society of New York

Ohio Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Acupuncture Society of Virginia

and Many ASA Member State Associations, Check here when Registering

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