June 27, 2024 Pennsylvannia
We are thrilled to share the news that HB 1490 passed the Senate on Tuesday and was concurred in the House on Wednesday. It is now headed to Gov. Shapiro's desk for signature. This historic milestone was made possible by the tireless efforts of our Legislative committee, diligence of our lobbyist and his team, and the support of all APA members.

This bill modernizes our Acupuncture Licensure Act of February 14, 1986 (P.L.2, No.2). It allows acupuncturists licensed in other states to attend or conduct educational events, as well as volunteer in the Commonwealth in an emergency. It also implements continuing education requirements for license renewal, bringing acupuncturists in line with requirements in other states and other licensed healthcare providers in Pennsylvania.

We will share more information about HB 1490's implementation as it becomes available.
Yours in service and celebration,
B.J. Putnam, DAc, LOM, President
And the Board of the APA in Pennsylvania
Eric Raymond Buckley, LOM, Vice President
Jan Wilson, LOM, Secretary
Linda Silva, LOM, Treasurer
Jaime Gordon, LOM
Heather Shultz, DAc, LAc.
Janelle Farkas, Student Representative

June 24, 2024 California
WE DID IT! NO CUTS to Medi-CAL acupuncture benefits. Thanks to EVERYONE who helped make a difference! 
"The preservation of acupuncture benefits in Medi-Cal... is largely credited to collaborative efforts among the acupuncture community, key legislators, and Medi-Cal beneficiaries."
Read the full press release & share widely!

see past News Items Here

In Memoriam Dr. Johanna Chu Yen 

Dr Yen ImageIt is with great sadness that ATOM shares the news that our beloved founder, Dr. Johanna Chu Yen passed peacefully on July 21, 2024, at the home of her son in Palo Alto, California.  She was 91 years old.     Born in China, she and her family immigrated to the United States in 1983 and began practicing Chinese Medicine in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.  She had a great passion to bring the healing practice of Acupuncture to Americans and in 1994 founded her own not-for-profit school – Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine (ATOM).   From its humble beginnings the school grew to include a Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Program and a Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program.  She was so proud of all of her students and their many accomplishments.  She considered them all family and found great joy in their many letters and visits even after graduating.   Dr. Yen served as President of Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine for 29 years before retiring in the Spring of 2023 at the age of 89.  

In 1992 Dr. Yen attended Acupuncture day in Tallahassee and cured the headache of a Florida of a Florida representative.  He was impressed and wanted to give back. Two weeks later Dr. Yen got a letter from Governor Chiles inviting her to join the Florida Board of Acupuncture.  Two years later she was chairman.  During her term of service on the Board Acupuncture the scope of acupuncture in Florida was expanded, including the addition of AIT to the scope.

Many will remember Dr. Yen’s participation in the Council of Colleges meetings.  She always took a strong interest and contributed her insight toward the betterment of the field and the educational experience.

She will be remembered for all that she contributed to TCM in America and missed by all whose lives she touched.

     The Funeral will be held August 3 at 1:00 at the Fred Hunter Funeral Home at 718 S. Federal Hwy, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Her ATOM family


July 2024 Great Ted Talk About Acupuncture

Unlocking Mind-Body Wellness- The Science of Acupuncture

Effective Date: June 26, 2024
HB 1063 (Full Text)

Summary:  The bill authorizes chiropractic physicians to adjust, manipulate, or treat the human body using monofilament intramuscular stimulation, also known as dry needling, for the treatment of trigger points or myofascial pain. To perform dry needling, chiropractic physicians must first complete a 40-hour certification course approved by the Board of Chiropractic Medicine (Board) and be certified by the Board.

The bill requires the Board to establish minimum practice standards for chiropractic physicians performing dry needling, including specific education, and training requirements, restrictions, and patient consent protocols.

The bill specifies that dry needling cannot be delegated to any person other than a chiropractic physician who is authorized to engage in dry needling under Chapter 460, F.S.