Upcoming APA events

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

    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.

    Please R.S.V.P. by

    October 18th

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

    Brunch will be provided through Weaver's Way

    Poached Salmon Garnished with Cucumber Scales

    Served with Yogurt Dill Sauce

    Ancient Grain Salad with Kale Red 

    Lentils, Forbidden Rice, Quinoa, Shallots, Dried Apricots, Toasted Almonds

    Tossed in White Balsamic Vinegar and Olive Oil (gluten free)

    Roasted Brussels with Butternut Squash

    Olive Oil, Garlic, Salt and Pepper

    Grilled Vegetables

    Assorted Rolls

    Fruit Salad

    • 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!

3 Day Class – Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture and Facial Cupping/Gua Sha

Edgewater, NJ
10/13 - 10/15//2018

Register now!

Taught by Michelle Gellis LAc MAc DiplAc Instructor, MD University of Integrative Health, this is a Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture and Facial Cupping / Gua Sha class for American Acupuncture Council. This comprehensive, live, three-day CEU class covers Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture Theory and Acupuncture Needling Techniques and Protocols for Cosmetic Acupuncture.

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. Hands on Facial cupping, Facial Gua Sha and AcuLifttm Micro-needle Dermal Roller training are part of class. This class qualifies for 21.5 NCCAOM PDA CEU credits. All materials needed for class are included. The skills taught in this class will be immediately applicable in your practice.

Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation, Facial Cupping/Gua Sha Class provides lectures on: Facial Rejuvenation Theory, Technique and Point Selection, Needling Technique, Facial Cupping and Facial Gua Sha, also Protocols for TMJ, Bells Palsy, Stroke and other facial muscular/neurological conditions.  Paperwork and supplies are included.  The class is a hands on class*, with an internationally published, expert on facial acupuncture, small class size. Information on aging, skin care and marketing are covered as well. 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.

3 Day Class – Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture and  Facial Cupping Gua Sha includes:

Michelle Gellis assists with hands-on training
  • Lectures on Facial Rejuvenation Theory, Technique and Point Selection
  • Lectures on Needling Technique, Facial Cupping and Facial Gua Sha
  • Paperwork (forms, contracts etc) necessary to get started
  • Supplies needed to practice in class
  • Hands on training*
  • Students may practice cupping and gua sha
  • Information on skin care, aging, and marketing
  • AcuLift™ Derma Roller Demonstration

*hands-on for licensed practitioners, students may schedule hands-on for a later time

Cost: $650 for practitioners

Early Bird Price: $600 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.

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 21 PDA points (CEUs), and 21 Florida CEUs and 21.5 California CEUs

NOTE: Cancellation Policy for Live Classes and Live Webinars:

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

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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