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Sunset Continue Licensure Of Acupuncturists

Concerning the continuation of licensing requirements for acupuncturists.
2022 Regular Session
Professions & Occupations
Bill Summary

The act makes changes to the acupuncturists' practice act, including the changes recommended by the department of regulatory agencies' (department) sunset review and report on the licensing of acupuncturists, by:

  • Continuing the licensing requirements for 11 years, until September 1, 2033;
  • Authorizing the director of the division of professions and occupations (director) in the department to impose administrative fines as a disciplinary action;
  • Requiring final actions of the director to be appealed directly to the court of appeals;
  • Modernizing the definition of "acupuncturist" so that it includes only persons licensed under the acupuncturists' practice act and modernizing the titles and designations protected for use by licensed acupuncturists;
  • Authorizing an acupuncturist to supervise unlicensed acupuncture aides in the performance of specific tasks as determined by rule of the director and directing the director to adopt rules specifying the tasks that may be performed by acupuncture aides, the training and supervision required, and the number of acupuncture aides that an acupuncturist may supervise;
  • Replacing the term "oriental", in references to the methods and concepts of acupuncture, with more modern terminology;
  • Requiring each acupuncturist to devise a plan for the safe storage, security, and disposal of patient records;
  • Requiring each applicant for acupuncturist licensure to pass an examination approved by the director;
  • Repealing the reference to the specific national organization that establishes standards for auricular acudetox training and allowing the director to designate a national organization;
  • Making it a unlawful act for a person to use the term "medical acupuncturist" or other similar term unless the person is practicing in accordance with medical practice act;
  • Updating the grounds for discipline of an acupuncturist relating to the use or abuse of alcohol, habit-forming drugs, and controlled substances to align with other regulated professions;
  • Adding as a grounds for discipline the failure to respond to a complaint filed against the acupuncturist in an honest, responsive, and timely manner; and
  • Authorizing the director to adopt rules to establish the appropriate use of telehealth to provide acupuncture services.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)


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Bill Text

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details