In 2011, the Oregon Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (OAAOM), the state’s Chinese medicine professional and advocacy organization, launched an effort to overturn a ruling that allowed Oregon chiropractic physicians to perform acupuncture after only 24 hours of training. Sharing concerns for patient health and in support of upholding rigorous acupuncture and Oriental medicine (AOM) educational standards for the practice of Chinese medicine, OCOM supported the association’s efforts to overturn the decision with a $10,000 donation.
On January 23, the OAAOM won their appeal — the Oregon Court of Appeals overturned the Oregon Board of Chiropractic Examiners’ "dry needling" administrative rule enacted in 2011: "Dry needling is not within the practice of chiropractic...and the rule thus exceeds the scope of the board's statutory authority."
“With this conflict behind us, and looking ahead,” said association president Beth Howlett, “the OAAOM plans to work with chiropractic physicians, naturopathic physicians and others on non-discrimination under the Affordable Care Act. Now that professional boundaries have been clarified, we hope that there is a renewed effort on collaborative efforts across disciplines to assure patient access to all kinds of health care providers.”