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September 28, 2021 


Lillian Pearl Bridges has passed away on September 26, 2021, Sunday morning at 12:22 am, surrounded by her sons and so much love. - Kelsey Lesefko, Lillian's Daughter-In-Law

Lillian Pearl Bridges was the world’s leading authority on Face Reading and Diagnosis. She is credited for bringing this body of ancient knowledge back to the field of Chinese Medicine and introducing it to Western Medicine and Business. She has nearly 30 years of experience in speaking and teaching to Complimentary and Allopathic Doctors, Acupuncturists and other Natural Health Practitioners, CEO’s and Executive Management Teams. She had developed a Golden Path Program to help her ...

GoFund Me to Contribute to Her Family

To show additional support, you can purchase Lilian's books here:

Lotus Institute

We are deeply saddened by Lillian's passing. Her wisdom and light will continue to live within her community, her family and those that studied with her.

We honor Lillian by sharing her knowledge, her kindness, and her wisdom with the world.


Important Updates for Health Care Providers Regarding Expiration of Emergency Orders


July 1, 2021


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The American Herbal Products Association is holding a webinar on their process to standardize terminology for Hemp Products

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Disappointing News
Governor DeSantis vetoes the Bodily Injury Bill

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FYI BOA on Human Trafficking Classes

Query - Do students need to take the Human Trafficking class now before licensing or within a certain time frame of being licensed?

Response from Kama Monroe, JD - Board Executive Director - Nope. The human trafficking class was a one-time requirement for licensed acupuncturists and had to be taken by January 1, 2021. People licensed after January 1, 2021, are not subject to this requirement.  

CDC Guidance for Health Care Workers

An update from Nevada on SB335 which we talked about in FSOMA News Brief 13.  The bill has been sitting in the Senate Finance committee for weeks now and there doesn’t seem to be any momentum for it to move on to the second house, so we are pretty sure that it is going to die in the finance committee. It turned out to show a huge deficit for the first two years at minimum, so we have heard through back channels that the Governor would be unlikely to sign it even if it somehow managed to pass in the Assembly. So, for right now, it looks like we are well positioned to keep our board intact for the time being..

April 27 - Recommendations for use of personal protective equipment by HCP remain unchanged.

In late December 2020 in Ohio, language was added at the last minute to bill HB442 about occupational licenses that removed the Oriental Medicine License from regulation by the Medical Board and was signed into law by the governor.  The Ohio Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine is proposing legislation to correct this erroneous action.

Click Here for more on this Cautionary Tale from Ohio

Per MQA The Federal Government has opened several vaccination sites for the purpose of providing vaccinations to healthcare professionals. If you are a health care provider who needs a shot or know a colleague that needs one, these locations are open.
No Appointment necessary   Most of the sites open 7a-7p and giving 3000 vaccinations per day

Gateway Mall
5200 Norwood Ave
Jacksonville, FL 32208

Valencia College - West Campus
1800 Kirkman Rd
Orlando, FL 32811

Tampa Greyhound Track
755 E. Waters Ave
Tampa, FL 33604

Miami-Dade Community College
11380 NW 27th Ave,
Miami, FL 33167

Healthcare personnel now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine
Per Executive Order 21-47

Struggling with anxiety or depression?
Substance abuse threatening your license? 
Go to the Wellbeing Resource Page for help.

Know Before You Go

Demand for the COVID-19 vaccine is far in excess of the supply the state has received so far. It is anticipated that additional supplies will be coming soon.
Florida has many sites that are providing COVID-19 vaccines, but supplies are limited and appointments may not be available at many of these sites. The state is prioritizing:

  • Persons 65 years of age and older
  • Health care personnel with direct patient contact
  • Residents and staff of long term care facilities
  • Persons deemed to be extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 by hospital providers

Please be aware that some locations are only serving very specific populations, such as frontline health care workers.
Appointments may be required and vaccine availability will vary from day to day and week to week as we work to provide vaccines to the most vulnerable first.

FSOMA requests Clarification on FL Shots and Acupuncture Physician Participation.  Click Here to view the letter.

Notes on Ethics and the La

When faced with an ethical issue, whether in regards to your own practice or other practitioner’s practice, its okay to seek guidance in a confidential manner. Many providers are faced with ethical dilemmas and typically will overlook them as not to ruffle feathers, but at times reporting the dilemma might be required. For example, if a provider learns that another provider is acting below the acceptable standard of care, before filing a complaint with the Department of Health, first determine if you have first hand knowledge of the alleged acts. If not, you might not have to take any action. If a patient with first hand knowledge is asking for advice, then advising that patient to seek guidance from the Dept. of Health is likely your only required act. On the other hand, if the practitioner has first hand knowledge of another practitioner’s failure to practice within the accepted standard of care, then not only is it the right thing to do by reporting it, but also a legal requirement under Florida Law.


71% of your FSOMA dues in 2020 are tax deductible

Hemp and Supplement Licensing - If you have more than 12 linear feet of public retail space dedicated to supplements you must get a Retail Food Establishment Permit from the Department of Agriculture.  Supplements stored in the employee section are not included. Click Here for More and to Apply.

 Click Here to view the AHCA phone call on COVID-19. Florida’s Surgeon General, Dr. Rivkees provided details regarding availability and distribution information for the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccinations.

Click Here to view the Fl Vaccination plan
Looks like L.Ac fall under Phase II and the timeline is dependent on dozens of variables, like vaccine availability, which vaccine is available, storage conditions, dispensing point, consumer willingness to receive vaccinations, vaccination waste levels, and new potential approved vacc’s being available, etc.

Update from FBI on Scam Phone Calls tp Healthcare Providers

This is a scam likely perpetrated by foreign criminal groups. 
My research indicates that these scams (posing as a medical board official), with some variations on the theme, have been documented nationwide since the beginning of the year. On October 13, 2020, the FBI issued the attached bulletin concerning these scams.
Please let your members know that they should not respond to these individuals. If they already have, and suffered a loss, they should report the incident to their local law enforcement agency.
We at FDLE appreciate you bringing this situation to our attention
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Healthcare Professionals must take Human Trafficking by Jan 1, 2021. Click here for an upcoming class

Sept 15, 2020 Acupuncture Clinics are open statewide.  Best practices include following the FDOH and CDC guidelines found on their respective websites.  The weekly COVID-19 tele-meeting with Dr. Rivkees will be moved to meet once every two weeks on Tuesday’s at 5:30pm starting September 15, 2020.  FSOMA encourages those with questions for the FDOH about practice requirements during COVID-19 to follow the process described for submitting requests to the FDOH in advance.  The tele-meeting will no longer include an interactive option to ask questions live, nor will the call be recorded.  At this time, there is no new information effecting Acupuncture practice to report.  Please stay safe.

Dry Needling Update - Unfortunately the PTs were able to change their statute this year allowing them to practice dry needling.  They had powerful friends in the legislature which made it impossible to block the bill but with the help of Senators Gayle Harrell and Ben Albritton we were able to ensure a higher level of training requirements, and protective language for the acupuncture profession

Palm Beach County orders have changed!! Acupuncturist may open - click here to view orderFSOMA is very aware that Palm Beach County has ordered “acupuncture venues” to close.  We have once again been lumped together with “tatoo parlors, body piercing parlors, tanning and massage parlors”.

FSOMA is working through the county government to correct this as soon as possible.  Even though we have been given a  verbal statement from the general counsel  of Florida that acupuncturists may perform services as long as they are medical services, the county orders are in effect.

Veterans’ Affairs Community Care Network

Galina Roofener shared these to links regarding icd11

CDC Guidelines on Disinfecting Your Office

Update on Newest Changes to PPP Loan Forgiveness Rules 

Update on FDA & Homeopathic Medicine

Safety Alerts on AIT Injectables

Newly Added on COVID page - The Treatment of COVID-19 with Chinese Medicine

New Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Signed into Law

5-19 FL DOH Answers Questions About Acupuncture and PPE

Here is an order from DOH extending temporary Telemedicine rules 

Update on Pinellas County Local State of Emergency - the Governor's orders still apply!

DeSantis to reopen Florida incrementally

Link to PPP Application

From FSOMA Webinar
Florida UnEmployment Paper Application
Florida UnEmployment Application Online Portal 

Application for PPP Loan

Welcome New FSOMA Business Member Treasure of the East.  They have just received a shipment of herbs in and are offering FSOMA Members 10% off on bottles of herbs. Click here to get the code. 

FSOMA Spring Journal 

4/20/20 at 3pm today $5000 grants available through US Chamber of Commerce -

Looks like a new link for unemployment resources

Clarification on Governor's Order
In accordance with Executive Order 20-72, healthcare practitioners' offices in the State of Florida are prohibited from providing any medically unnecessary, non-urgent, non-emergency procedures or surgeries which, if delayed, does not place a patient's immediate health, safety, or wellbeing at risk, or will, if delayed, not contribute to the worsening of a serious or life-threatening medical condition.  Accordingly, all healthcare practitioners licensed in the State of Florida, including dentists, shall immediately cease performing these elective services.           
Some APs report sending their landlord a note with a copy of the Governor's Executive Order saying they have been closed due to executive order and asking if they will have any special allowances during this crisis.  You can request a forebearance or deferal on payments due, along with a pan for how you will eventually pay the rent or mortgage balance.
CHARMHealth is offering Free Telemedicine Account 
They have taken steps to ensure that ALL current and NEW Telehealth customers will have unlimited and free access to Telehealth till July 2020. 
In other words, Charm Health will waive Telehealth costs for all customers-- you will not pay extra for using Telehealth. 
Miami-Dade and Broward County  Close Non Essential Businesses - Leave Medical Offices Open

Governor DeSantis Executive Order 

CMS Update on Supervision Requirements for Acupuncture Coverage

Be sure and check the Member Benefits page for information about the savings on disability plans.


Governor Desantis Order as of 12 noon 3/23/2020

In accordance with Executive Order 20-72healthcare practitioners' offices in the State of Florida are prohibited from providing any medically unnecessary, non-urgent, non-emergency procedures or surgeries which, if delayed, does not place a patient's immediate health, safety, or wellbeing at risk, or will, if delayed, not contribute to the worsening of a serious or life-threatening medical condition.  Accordingly, all healthcare practitioners licensed in the State of Florida, including dentists, shall immediately cease performing these elective services.

While some specific examples of which procedures should be postponed are contained within Executive Order 20-72, licensed health care practitioners are tasked with exercising reasonable and appropriate professional judgment in evaluating their patients’ specific circumstances, overall health, and the medical necessity of any procedures performed.  Therefore, the Executive Order explicitly leaves discretion on proceeding with procedures to the medical professional, based on his or her expertise and the specific factual situation of each patient. Only the medical professional can make that determination.

You must follow CDC Guidellines if you continue to provide in person treatment. 

Acupuncture for Veterans - How to Get Involved and Get Paid for it

Webinar on Serving Veterans

Telemedicine Class
Information you can use today
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CMS Update on Supervision Requirements for Medicare Acupuncture Coverage

FSOMA Statement on COVID-19

Coronavirus: Why You Must Act Now
Statistics on past pandemics and the strategy that works

From the ASA
Information Sheet on Corona Virus
Self Care is Important

2 US Goernmentt sites with information on Coronvirus
Information for HealthCare Professionals
What to do if you are Sick With Coronavirus

Did you see this? They are treating Coronavirus COVID-19 with TCM in China - click here

Be sure and check the Member Benefits page for information about the savings on disability plans.

23% of your FSOMA dues are tax deductible for 2019
Click here for a helpful article on tax preparation.

Looking for Classes on Medical Record Keeping? 

Here are 2 great ones from FSOMA Business Members
Supporting the businesses that support us
Amy Sear - Practical Documentation  offers 20% off to FSOMA members
Mori West - Examination & Bullet Proof Documentation offers $20 off on webinars

2020 FSOMACon

Registration is Open
August 21-23, 2020

Medicare Approves Acupuncture for Low Back Pain

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Click Here to Download the Exemption for CBD Sales

Click Here for information you need to know about selling CBD products in your clinic.
New laws effective 01/01/2020

Florida requires Licensed Acupuncturists offices to be Biomedical Waste Generators.  The details vary by county.  Here's more information

Here is the link to find your county health department contact. 

A route to “Reinstatement” is available from the NCCAOM. Information is available on the NCCAOM website at  If you have more questions, you can email the Certification staff at [email protected].

FSOMA is pleased to share good news.  Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published its Proposal Decision for including acupuncture benefits, SPECIFICALLY to treat chronic low back pain (cLBP), which meets CMS guidelines, in those people eligible for Medicare and Medicaid.  Please read the CMS Decision for full details – at least read the first few pages.  99% of the answers to your questions will be found there.  

CMS has no direct way to include Licensed Acupuncturists under the list of approved Medicare providers.  That requires separate action taken in Congress to open the Social Security Act and update the law.  Congresswoman Judy Chu, of California has sponsored a bill during each session of Congress, for the past several years, to include Acupuncturists as Medicare providers; and she has done the same again this year.  Her bill needs a lot of support and Florida could do more to help her find bill co-sponsors. \

CMS’s purpose in this decision is to provide acupuncture benefits and care to those who are Medicare/Medicaid eligible and in need of treatment for cLBP pain.  This decision was made in a way that provides the most care to those in most need.  It does not favor one provider type over another and since Acupuncturists are not currently Medicare providers, eligible acupuncturists must work under the direct supervision of MD, DO or NP.  This most likely means that any Licensed Acupuncturist providing treatment for cLBP under Medicare will be either working in a physicians office or will have hired a MD, DO, or NP to supervise treatment of those patients in the L.Ac’s office.  Other options likely exist, but these two seem most plausible. 

So, no – as an acupuncturist you may not start treating Medicare patients and submitting claims to CMS with the expectation of being paid.  That will not happen until Congress amends the existing law to recognize L.Ac’s as independent Medicare providers.  Yesterday’s decision is a long-time coming – it’s not everything Acupuncturists want, so there is more we can do to elevate the profession. 

Be well informed and passionate about this profession’s opportunities going forward.  Pitch-in where you can…many hands make lighter work.

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New laws effective 01/01/2020

Click Here to Download the Exemption for CBD Sales

Florida requires Licensed Acupuncturists offices to be Biomedical Waste Generators.  The details vary by county.  Here's more information

Here is the link to find your county health department contact. 

A route to “Reinstatement” is available from the NCCAOM. Information is available on the NCCAOM website at  If you have more questions, you can email the Certification staff at [email protected].

Facial Acupuncture Certificate Class in January being offered in Ft Lauderdale and Tampa

If you Know a Veteran or Treat Veterans, please share this important information with them. 

According to Humana Military Tricare - Hemp-derived products such as cannabidiol, or CBD oil is forbidden for use by any service members in any military branch.  They may result in both a positive result in a drug test AND in legal action against the military member.  
With the exception of Epidiolex, a medication used to control epileptic seizures, all other ingested products derived from cannabis are banned for any military service member. 
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Human Trafficking Classes

Harvey Kaltsas is offering a Human Trafficking class that meets the Florida State requirements. 
He is offering FSOMA members a $5 rebate off the class. 
Here's how to get the rebater
- Register for the class and pay for it.  You can view it for free and pay to take the test.
- Send an e-mail to [email protected] letting him know you are a FSOMA member.  Please copy in [email protected]g

From the FDA - Viatrexx Bio Incorporated Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Sterile Injectables Due to a Lack of Sterility Assurance

64B-9.008 Telehealth Practitioner Survey Procedures is no longer required 

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Hepatitis A Information
The Department of Health launched a series of informational resources for the general public on Hepatitis A activity. The Hepatitis A information line is available to the public to answer questions regarding Hepatitis A activity in Florida. The information line is available Monday – Friday 8am to 5pm EST during normal business hours. The toll free number is 1-844-CALL-DOH  (844-225-5364).  Please contact [email protected] for written questions from the public.

Alert for Health Care Providers
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FSOMA's membership in the American Society of Acupuncturists gives you access to Guaranteed Issue Life Insurance through August 31, 2019. For more click here.

FSOMA Signs Affiliate Agreement with DHA Labs
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June 4, 2019 E-News

FSOMA Elections - Nominations are Open for Board of Directors
Deadline to nominate is June 25th.
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Next FSOMA Board of Directors meeting is set for June 22, 2019 1pm-4pm.  To listen in contact us

Love Your Practice is being rescheduled as a series of FREE webinars

Look for more information coming soon. 

Pinellas County APs Take Action Read more here
"If you are not at the table, you are on the table"....Juhan Mixon, lobbyist
On May 21st we were at the table!

 FSOMA is in Support of SB 540/HB 851 Human Trafficking Bill.  Read more here.


The non-opioid alternatives bill, HB 451, has passed and is headed to the Governor!

The Florida Department of Health will now be required to develop and distribute an educational pamphlet regarding the use of non-opioid alternatives to treat pain. Furthermore, based on the work of the acupuncture associations and the chiropractors and others (conservative care first coalition) the bill also requires that health providers must discuss non-opioid alternatives with a patient before prescribing an opioid. The proposal is intended to help reduce the number of drug overdoses, which have been steadily increasing and are now the leading cause of death in the U.S. The bill is now headed to DeSantis! 

2019-4-8 Legislative Update 

We have language to HB 451- Non opioid Alternatives sponsored by Representative Plakon that directs the Department of Health to develop and publish on its website an educational pamphlet regarding the use of non-opioid alternatives to treat pain.

The bill requires that a health care practitioner discuss non-opioid alternatives including acupuncture with a patient prior to prescribing an opioid. The Senate companion, SB 630 Non opioid Directives by Senator Perry, was heard today in Health Policy Committee and includes acupuncture as one of the non opioid alternatives, so now we are in both the House and Senate bills.

HB 451 is ready to be considered on the House floor and could be passed soon. SB 630 still has two more committee stops before it will be eligible to be heard on the Senate Floor.

We Now Have our Own BLS Occupation Code

The acupuncture profession was awarded our own BLS occupation code last year.  It is 29-1199.01.  It is important to use this code when you file your tax returns so the growth of the acupuncture profession can be trackedClick here for more

Great News!! We've gotten some help with paying some of the legal bills from the Dry Needling Court Case. Read here in what the judge said on 2/26/2019.  His ruling determined that, in Florida, dry needling is Acupuncture and the Board of PT cannot make a rule allowing PTs to practice it

Your Action is Needed.  30% of Florida Legislators are NEW this year. It's time to introduce yourself. Ask them to support FSOMA's bills in the House and Senate which ask that insurance cover alternative therapy as a first tier approach to chronic pain   Click Here for resources to talk to your legislators. 

Dry Needling - An Administrative Court has ruled in our favor Read Entire Judgement Here


2019 FSOMA Conference Registration is Open
August 23-25, 2019
Wyndham Grand Hotel
14651 Chelonia Parkway

Orlando, FL 32821

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Save the Date Date: October 25-27, 2019
International Speaker Mary Elizabeth Wakefield is coming to Florida
Constitutional Facial Acupuncture: The New Protocols
Click here for more & to register

Boardf Acupuncture Meetings
Go to the Florida Board of Acupuncture Website for the agenda and exact location of each meeting.

Laws and Rules

Florida Statutes

You will be connected to the Florida Legislature website, which is the official custodian of the statutes.

Chapter 457: Acupuncture

Chapter 456:Health Professions & Occupations: General Provisions

Chapter 120: Administrative Procedure Act

Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.)

You will be connected to the Florida Department of State: State Library and Archives of Florida website, which is the official custodian of the administrative codes.

Rules: Chapter 64B1:Board of Acupuncture

Rules: Chapter 64B: Division of Medical Quality Assurance