• Sunday, September 09, 2018 8:49 PM | HEATHER SHULTZ (Administrator)

    The American Society of Acupuncturists has been taking part in the American Medical Association CPT meeting for approximately 2 years. This committee of the AMA is where codes for procedural billing are developed, and hence is critical to the practice of medicine in the United States. This committee has very strict rules for confidentiality of content and process, with only the final results of efforts being made public. ASA involvement in this work must respect these confidentiality rules. For some time, however, there has been interest among multiple professional communities outside of the AMA in the creation of codes to describe myofascial needling techniques that are not time based. In the current public agenda of the AMA CPT meeting coming up in Boston this month, you will find two applications for codes addressing this interest: Tab 44 was introduced by the physical therapy and chiropractic communities to advocate for "Dry Needling" codes. Tab 45 was introduced by the ASA to advocate for "Trigger Point Acupuncture" codes. The ASA will be present at the CPT meeting and will be in discussion with other professional communities about the creation of these codes. We will keep you updated as allowable by AMA confidentiality rules. No doubt, we anticipate there will be needed diplomatic discussions on this topic, as these code set proposals overlap significantly. It is possible that a hybrid code could emerge, that no code will be approved, that one of the two codes would be approved, or another unforeseen outcome. We will advocate for the best practices possible, with an eye towards the public benefit as the ultimate goal.

  • Monday, December 04, 2017 6:55 PM | Bobbie Jo Putnam (Administrator)

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  • Thursday, November 02, 2017 8:15 PM | HEATHER SHULTZ (Administrator)

    I am writing today to thank you for signing the National Association of Attorneys General letter to Ms. Marilyn Tavenner, President and CEO of America’s Health Insurance Plans, regarding the prescription opioid epidemic in America. Thank you for taking the time to address this pressing issue... Click here to read the full leter

  • Friday, March 17, 2017 3:02 PM | HEATHER SHULTZ (Administrator)

    The Association for Professional Acupuncture in Pennsylvania (APA) applauds the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for its inclusion of acupuncture in the new guidelines for pain management in Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. 

    The Pennsylvania Department of Health encourages physicians and patients to utilize drug free pain relief before taking opioid medications. Acupuncture is a safe, proven, effective, non-addictive therapy that can play an important role in Pennsylvania's painkiller epidemic.

    Unlike many medications for pain relief, acupuncture has no adverse side effects. In fact, most patients report positive secondary effects including better sleep, less stress and elevated moods.

    The risks associated with an acupuncture treatment are very low when provided by a fully accredited, fully licensed practitioner. Acupuncturists licensed in the state of Pennsylvania hold a three year master’s degree in Chinese Medicine and have passed national board exams including “clean needle technique”.

    The APA invites referring physicians and consumers alike to visit our website and find a licensed acupuncturist in their neighborhood (  Acupuncture is non-addictive, cost effective and evidence based. The APA membership is committed to enhancing public health and well-being throughout the Keystone state. 

    Contact: Jan Wilson, L.Ac.

    Board member of the Association for Professional Acupuncture in Pennsylvania

    267 670 0989


    Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Opioid Prescribing Guidelines

  • Friday, December 16, 2016 2:04 PM | HEATHER SHULTZ (Administrator)

    In light of the many pressing issues in the state; APA Penn has retained Ted Mowatt of Wanner and Associates to represent our interested in Harrisburg. Ted is an experienced lobbyist for healthcare providers and will provide his expertise to continue our mission to promote and protect the practice of acupuncture in Pennsylvania.

    The added financial commitment necessitates an increase in membership dues in 2017. Yearly membership will become $250 for full professional members, $125 for first year practitioners, and $75 for students. With the increase in dues quarterly payments will now be accepted through the website. We hope that you see the value in membership and continue your support of this important work.

  • Saturday, June 04, 2016 6:59 PM | HEATHER SHULTZ (Administrator)

    Thank you to the ASA, NCCAOM and ANF for creating this info graphic.


  • Friday, January 29, 2016 9:47 AM | HEATHER SHULTZ (Administrator)
    On Monday, January 25th, 2016 a PA local news station aired a segment that featured a Physical Therapist who is not a Licensed Acupuncturist performing Dry Needling. The APA has crafted a formal response and sent it to WNEP. Here is our letter:

    To  WNEP16, Ryan Leckey, and the Producer of “Getting to the Point”

    I appreciate WNEP’s commitment to the community by producing segments on health and wellness. There are so many options out there for health and wellness information. The community looks to you as an authority figure and are influenced by the health information you provide. I am sure the news segment WNEP16 produces are intended to be in the public’s best interests.

    However, the segment “A look at Dry needling” promoted dry needling by a physical therapist. Dry needling is not in the scope of practice of physical therapy in Pennsylvania and the unregulated practice of dry needling is dangerous to the public. The Association for Professional Acupuncture in Pennsylvania would point out that ‘dry needling’ exactly matches the definition of acupuncture per the Pennsylvania Acupuncture practice act. Our concern and the concern of many is that the procedure being labeled ‘dry needling’ is actually just acupuncture rebranded, and it is being practiced while skirting around the educational and safety standards put so carefully into place to assure the citizens of PA receive safe and competent acupuncture. While acupuncture has been shown to be remarkably safe in the hands of properly trained individuals, without such training it involves significant risk. We believe that the retitling of acupuncture as ‘dry needling’ or any other name is confusing to the public, misleading and creates significant endangerment to public welfare.  The APA’s stance on dry needling concurs with other national organizations including the  American Academy of Medical Acupuncture (AAMA), the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R) and the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM). These groups have all issued warnings about the inherent danger of PT’s performing dry needling.

    The APA strongly urges WNEP to stand behind its reputation for accuracy in reporting and its presumed commitment to the welfare of the people of PA and correct this story. We would suggest either:

    1. Clarify to the public the potential danger inherent in this procedure; explain that this is acupuncture under PA law; clarify that acupuncture is not in the scope of practice of PT’s under PA law, and hence make clear that the procedure ’dry needling’ is not in the scope of practice of physical therapists in Pennsylvania. Also, remove the statement “Dry needling falls under the scope of practice under the American Physical Therapy Association.” as this is false and misleading relative to actual practice in Pennsylvania. A national professional association does not have the authority to determine scope of practice; this is done through the state legislature in conjunction with state regulatory departments.

    2. Remove the whole segment from the website in the interest of public safety.

    As the Association for Professional Acupuncture in Pennsylvania we are called to educate the public about the medicine we practice and the services we provide. We would love to connect you with licensed acupuncturists in your area who are having great success helping the community with a variety of health issues including post stroke, fertility, pain and a variety of other diseases and dysfunctions. If ever you are interested in featuring a segment on the; “insertion of needles; to prevent or alleviate pain, normalize physiological functions, for the treatment of certain diseases or dysfunctions of the body”, i.e. practice of Acupuncture, we would appreciate the opportunity to provide our expertise.

    I would welcome and appreciate additional dialogue with WNEP about this issue. I would also be more than happy to answer any questions or provide you with additional documentation to advance your knowledge on the topic.

    Sincerely Yours,


    Heather Shultz L.Ac. M.Ac. Dipl.Ac. (NCCAOM)

    President, Association for Professional Acupuncture in Pennsylvania

  • Sunday, August 10, 2014 9:29 AM | Bobbie Jo Putnam (Administrator)
    Dr. Mao has published another paper from the acupuncture for joint pain trial for which Adam Schreiber & Lorna Lee did treatments. This time it got on the news!

    Here is the Press Release:

    CBS News Coverage:

    Congratulations Lorna and Adam!

  • Tuesday, January 07, 2014 4:14 PM | Bobbie Jo Putnam (Administrator)
    PA Board Info
    Currently, Acupuncturists are licensed in PA under either the Board of Medicine or the Board of Osteopatic Medicine. Below is the contact information for both boards. Most things you will need can be found on the PA Department of State website. Due to recent updates to statute and regulations, the APA is currently recommending all new applicants for licensure apply under the Medical Board, as they are better at keeping up with new regulations. 

    Here are links to the licensing forms:

    State Board of Medicine
    P.O. Box 2649, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649
    Phone – (717) 783-1400
    Fax – (717) 787-7769


    State Board of Osteopathic Medicine
    P.O. Box 2649, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649
    Phone – (717) 783-4858
    Fax – (717) 787-7769

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