2021 Legislative Campaign

TAKE ACTION FOR ACUPUNCTURE

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Virtual AcuEd Day 2021

Opioid Addiction Legislative Campaign

If you have met before with your legislator, you can add some of these talking points to your meeting.

Print These and Give Them to Your Legislator

Acupuncture for Chronic Pain: Update of an Individual Patient Data Meta-Analysis 
The Journal of Pain, Vol 19, No 5 (May), 2018: pp 455-474  

“Acupuncture is effective for the treatment of chronic musculoskeletal, headache, and osteoarthritis pain. Treatment effects of acupuncture persist over time and cannot be explained solely in terms of placebo effects. Referral for a course of acupuncture treatment is a reasonable option for a patient with chronic pain.”  Acupuncture effective for chronic pain beyond placebo with sustained benefit at one year reduced by 15%. NO OPIOID DOES THAT.

Attorneys General to Insurers: Cover Acupuncture

“The undersigned State Attorneys General are sending you this letter to urge America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) to take proactive steps to encourage your members to review their payment and coverage policies and revise them, as necessary and appropriate, to encourage healthcare providers to prioritize non-opioid pain management options over opioid prescriptions for the treatment of chronic, non-cancer pain…… When patients seek treatment for any of the myriad conditions that cause chronic pain, doctors should be encouraged to explore and prescribe effective non-opioid alternatives, ranging from non-opioid medications (such as NSAIDs) to physical therapy, acupuncture, massage, and chiropractic care.”

HB 1073: Health Care Practitioner Prescribing Practices
By Representative Plasencia
https://m.flsenate.gov/Bill/1073/2019

Health Care Practitioner Prescribing Practices; Requires health care practitioners to refer or prescribe nonpharmaceutical interventional therapies for chronic nonmalignant pain or acute pain before prescribing opioid; requires licensed massage therapist to maintain & submit certain patient records to practitioner; requires insurance to cover specified number of therapies.

SB 1360: Alternative Treatments to Controlled Substances
By Senator Gruters

http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2019/01360 
Alternative Treatments to Controlled Substances; Requiring a practitioner who prescribes controlled substances to recommend specified alternative treatments for chronic nonmalignant pain before prescribing a controlled substance to a patient; requiring certain insurance policies to provide coverage for a minimum number of visits to alternative treatment providers for the treatment of chronic nonmalignant pain under certain conditions, etc.

Other Possible Handouts

Power Point on Opioids and Acupuncture