Friday, May 20, 2016

Meridians: JAOM published journal article, more references and resources

Landing page for paper accepted for publication in Meridians journal.

My Meridians article reference:
Gale M, Hospital Practice:  Recognition of Acupuncturist as a Licensed Independent Practitioner (LIP).  Meridians:  JAOM, 2016 3(4) (accepted for publication)

What is this? 
This is an endnote reference landing page for an article I wrote published in the Medline-compliant peer reviewed scientific journal, Meridians:  The Journal of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

For how to contact the author of the blog (myself), please see the contact email within the biography of the article or contact me.

This blog serves one aspect of the Hospital Handbook Project.  For the mission and goals of this project, please see our About page: “What is the Hospital Handbook Project?” The blogposts are intended as basic descriptions of topics and issues related to Hospital Practice for an East Asian Medicine Practitioner (also known as an Acupuncturist).  Many topics are still conversations in progress and deeper discussions are, due to length and complexity, not covered in depth by the blog.  Hence, the blog is only one aspect of The Project.   If you are interested in joining the conversation or donating to this work, please contact the author/editor.

Short review of what LIP is, how it relates to Acupuncturists (East Asian Medicine Practitioners), how it is defined by The Joint Commission (TJC), how it relates to hire and credential process, and medical staff appointment:

endnote #2:  Referenced OPPE, FPPE, TJC, and peer record review

endnote #3:  hospital practice credentialing and privileging process
In 2015-2016 I was part of the NCCAOM Hospital-based Task Force.  We created a document that was published on the NCCAOM website in July 2016.  This document, Credentialing of Acupuncturists for Hospital-Based Practice:  A Resource Guide for NCCAOM Diplomates, is available to NCCAOM Diplomates for free and to all others for a low price.  To find this document, go to the NCCAOM website (, and look under “Diplomate Benefits” page. If you are an NCCAOM Diplomate, just log in for free access to the document.  If you are not, you can still access the document for a small fee by contacting NCCAOM or following the links on the website.

If you are interested in more information on this topic, please donate and join the email list to support this work

Endnote 6--the Excel file
The BLS occupational Code Comparison Chart of L.Ac.s to other LIP professions is available through the Hospital Handbook project.  Please contact the Hospital Handbook project author/editor. 

endnote #23:  Discussions on the following topics:

All of these continue to be conversations-in-progress.  If the info you are looking for is not here in the blogpost, please understand the posts are usually brief notes on the topic.  If you would like to join the conversation or support this work, please donate and join the email list. 

Endnote 24
The hospital sponsor is more than your average administrator.  The hospital sponsor is an innovator and a synergist.  The sponsor advocates for you, your field of practice, and navigates the hospital system world to create space for integrative medicine.  As a hospital-practice Acupuncturist, do what you can to support your hospital sponsor.

BLS Occupational Code update

Updates since Jan. 2018
On Jan. 1st, 2018, the Standard Occupational Code (SOC) for Acupuncturists began official use.
In February 2018, the VA announcing an update to their Staffing Handbook to include Acupuncturists.  The Handbook classifies the profession as LIPs, please see blogpost and its references for details.

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