Acupuncturists seek licensure

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The Kansas Association of Oriental Medicine Wednesday explained to the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee their reasons for introducing SB 195, a bill to license acupuncture and the practice of oriental medicine in Kansas. The bill defines oriental medicine and acupuncture as using the regulation of the flow and balance of energy, form and function to restore, promote and maintain health in the diagnosis, management and treatment of disease or illness.

KMS testified in opposition to the bill due to the unclear and broad scope of practice language and also directed committee members to a Kansas law which identifies the Kansas the Credentialing Review Program. Bill proponents have not yet initiated the statutorily required process administered by the Health Occupations Credentialing Department within the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. The Credentialing Review Program is intended to be a screening mechanism for the Kansas Legislature with regard to health care professions licensing, certification and credentialing. Passing Senate Bill 195 would bypass the important legal review necessary to determine if the public good is best served by individually recognizing the practice of acupuncture and oriental medicine by those not licensed to practice medicine and surgery or chiropractic.

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