The History of Acupuncture in Pennsylvania

  • Saturday, September 12, 2015 12:43 PM
    Reply # 3522214 on 3520757
    HEATHER SHULTZ (Administrator)

    September 17, 2014 SB990 final passage in house and signed into law as Act 134. This act amends the Acupuncture Licensure Act to add a section that allows acupuncturists to treat a person without a medical diagnosis if the person does not present symptoms of a condition (wellness visits). Requires licensed acupuncturists to maintain professional liability insurance coverage in the amount of $1,000,000 per occurrence or claim made. 

    Spring 2015- American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) Incorporates with APA as one of the 24 founding state association members. 

  • Friday, September 11, 2015 9:47 AM
    Message # 3520757
    Bobbie Jo Putnam (Administrator)

    Timeline of Acupuncture Organizations in Pennsylvania

    1984 - Pennsylvania Acupuncture Association (PAA) formed, including non-physician 

    acupuncturists and patients

    1985 - Senate Bill 693 introduced by Senator Stauffer, Senate Majority Leader

    Feb. 14, 1986 - Bill signed into law - “Acupuncture Registration Act”

    Nov. 1986 - Acupuncture Society of Pennsylvania (ASOP) formed and incorporated by 

    physician acupuncturists

    March 1987 - Non-physician acupuncturists invited to join and attend meetings; the two 

    organizations (PAA and ASOP) merged

    Jan. 1988 - Western Division joins ASOP, creating one state-wide organization

    1994 - Political Action Committee for Acupuncture in Pennsylvania (PACA-PA) was 

    formed to change the law regarding physician supervision of acupuncturists

    Dec. 1995 - First Acupuncture Congress - a state-wide meeting to organize for changing 

    Feb. 1996 - New acupuncture legislation introduced into the Senate by Senator Rhodes

    Jan. 1997 - Active lobbying and fundraising begun on behalf of the new legislation

    May 16, 2002 - New law passed, expanding scope of practice and eliminating physician 

    supervision in favor of referral

    2002-2003 - New organization formed out of PACA-PA - became the Association for 

    Professional Acupuncture in Pennsylvania (APA); eventually, ASOP was liquidated as 

    being redundant

    Jan. 27, 2006 - An amendment to the 2002 bill was passed, changing referral to a 60-

    day grace period before a medical diagnosis was necessary

    Oct. 8, 2008 - A second amendment was passed to create “licensure” instead of 

    “registration” for acupuncturists

    2011-2014 - Active lobbying for another amendment to the law which would allow for 

    wellness visits and mandate malpractice insurance.

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