ASM is a non-profit professional organization that promotes and protects the practice of acupuncture in Massachusetts.


ASM offers a variety of classes, meetings and events throughout the year. Details for upcoming and past events are listed below.

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Upcoming events

    • 10/14/2017
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Worcester State University
    This class is for those who may be new to insurance billing or who may not feel as confident as they would like.

    In this class, participants will:

    • Understand how insurance works - which networks to join, why, and what to expect
    • Know how and understand why to verify a patient's insurance coverage
    • Understand Coding - What insurance companies deem medically necessary for Acupuncture and what they may or may not pay for
    • When to charge patients for deductibles and copays
    • Receive example forms that can be personalized for your office, including a customized Superbill, Privacy Practices and Acknowledgement, Business Associate Agreement, Financial Policy, Hardship Agreement and more 

    This class will provide participants the ability to begin billing insurance companies for acupuncture-related codes.                                            7 hours NCCAOM PDA pending

    Mori West Bio

    Comments from Classes

    • 10/15/2017
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Worcester State University

    In 6 hours you will learn what Insurance Carriers expect to see when they request your progress notes.  In this class we will cover:

    • ICD10 Coding – Documenting the Chief Complaint as well as documenting History of Present Illness using the standard 8 Elements

    • CPT Coding- Understanding Timed Based Procedures and how to document face to face time with the patient

    • Office Visits – Evaluation and Management Codes have STRICT requirements of what must be documented to bill these codes.

    • Audits – What to do if you are asked for your notes and what was submitted that triggered an audit

    Carriers now have at their disposal additional tools that trigger audits.  It is more important now than ever before that your progress notes MUST be up to medical industry standards.  This class will give you the tools that will confirm that what you billed for is what you did, and that the treatment you provided is medically necessary.  This class includes handouts such as:

    • Listing of requirements necessary to document to bill various office visit codes

    • List of HPI elements and how to document them

    • Outcome Assessment tests and when you should use them

    Understand the importance of documentation and how to document what you do.  Don’t wait until you are asked for your notes –  Do it right and do it NOW.

    Mori West Bio

    6 hours NCCAOM PDA pending

    • 11/18/2017
    • 8:45 AM
    • 11/19/2017
    • 6:00 AM
    • Boston MA
    • 26

    Shanghan Lun Intro Weekend

    November 18-19 2017

    Boston, MA (TBA)

    The Acupuncture Society of Massachusetts and the Institute of Classics in East Asian Medicine present Elementary Aspects of Canonical Chinese Medicine, with instructor Stephen Bonzak, MSTOM, DCCM, L.Ac.

    As a stand-alone course, this weekend offers a fascinating glimpse into the early classics of Chinese Medicine, from their historical development up through their modern clinical applications.  Beyond that, the course serves as an ideal primer for ICEAM’s 2-year Diplomate in Canonical Chinese Medicine (DCCM) training, which features a unique combination of in-depth instruction on the theoretical aspects of Han Dynasty medicine and hands-on transmission of a classical pulse system in a clinical setting. 

    Participants will:

    • Examine the roots of the Shanghan Lun/Jingui Yaolue in earlier Han Dynasty classics, including the Huangdi Neijing, the Shennong Bencao Jing, and the Yiyin Tangye Jing

    • Receive an introduction to Tian-Zeng pulse diagnosis and formula modification, a system of profound clarity and practicality

    • Explore perspectives on creating acupuncture treatments that dovetail elegantly with classical herbal formulas

    • Develop a higher level of diagnostic skill and insight into the treatment of complex diseases

    The weekend is open both to licensed practitioners and to current Master's students, and is pending for 16 NCCAOM CEU's. Early bird and participating state association member discounts are available.

    ICEAM founder Dr. Arnaud Versluys is one of the few Westerners to have received his full medical training in China. He spent a total of twelve years at the Chinese medical universities of Wuhan, Beijing and Chengdu, where he pursued his Bachelor, Master and Doctorate degrees in Chinese medicine. In 1999, Dr. Versluys met Dr. Zeng Rongxiu, under whom he trained in traditional Shanghan Lun discipleship for 13 years.

    Dr. Zeng was the last living disciple of the great Shanghan pulse master Tian Heming. During his long career as an internal medicine doctor in Chengdu, he synthesized a highly effective system of constitutional approaches to chronic illness. He was known for his unrelenting enthusiasm for clinical precision and the healing power of classical herbal formulas. Dr. Zeng passed the leadership of his lineage, his personal writings, and all Tian lineage materials to his main disciple, Dr. Versluys, and the Institute of Classics in East Asian Medicine, where his llegacy is now secured for posterity.

    Stephen Bonzak, MSTOM, DCCM, L.Ac. is the founder and director of Health Traditions Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine Clinic in Chicago. In addition to his practice, he is on the faculty at PCOM Chicago, where he is an instructor in herbal medicine and medical theory, a clinic supervisor, and Chair of the Oriental Medicine Department.

    Mr. Bonzak has trained under Dr. Arnaud Versluys since 2008 and received his certification as Diplomate in Canonical Chinese Medicine in 2011. During those years he was fortunate to meet and attend seminars with Dr. Zeng Rongxiu on a number of occasions. Since 2011, he has functioned as the director of the Chicago Institute of Classics in East Asian Medicine, hosting ICEAM’s Canonical Chinese Medicine Training™ program in the Midwest.

    Since 2013, Mr. Bonzak has started teaching both domestically and internationally alongside Dr. Versluys as a co-instructor in the aforementioned training program. He was one of the first practitioners to become clinically certified as a Fellow of the Institute of Classics in East Asian Medicine, and is one of only two Clinical Supervisors currently approved by Dr. Versluys.

    For more info on the Boston DCCM training, which begins May 2018:


Past events

07/18/2017 Legislative Hearing on H566 An Act Relative to the practice of Acupuncture
06/27/2017 Hearing for S.1198 - An Act relative to the practice of acupuncture
06/03/2017 Institute of Classics in East Asian Medicine
05/15/2017 Acupuncture Day at the State House
01/22/2017 AOMSM Board meeting/ in person
12/14/2016 AOMSM Board meeting
12/14/2016 Legislative Task Force/ in person meeting
12/05/2016 Meeting Dry Needling Task Force
10/26/2016 Acupuncture Day at the Massachusetts State House
10/22/2016 Billing Basics For the Acupuncture Practice
07/22/2016 July 22, 2016 Potluck BBQ, Social Networking
04/03/2016 2016 Annual Meeting
02/24/2016 Wednesday February 24/ Day on the Hill
11/17/2015 Legislative Hearing "An Act Relative to the Safe Treatment of Pain" HD2006
10/20/2015 Legislative Hearing HB 930
09/29/2015 Legislative Hearing SB1231
08/29/2015 Basic & Advanced Billing Classes
05/08/2015 AOMSM Visioning Day
03/22/2015 AOMSM Annual Meeting
02/24/2015 Visit Your Legislator Feb. 24 & 25
01/22/2015 Call Legislators ask them to sponsor Bills
10/24/2014 AOM Day October 24, 2014
08/22/2014 Potluck BBQ, Social Networking
07/08/2014 Please call or email your state representative. Ask them to support "An Act Relative to the Practice of Acupuncture"
03/16/2014 AOMSM Annual Membership Meeting
11/19/2013 Bill Hearing-An Act Relative to Acupuncture
11/07/2013 Boston Networking Social
10/24/2013 AOM Day 2013
10/08/2013 Legislative visits, phone or in person, Oct. 8 thru Nov 15
09/28/2013 Acupuncturists Without Borders, "Healing Trauma" Training
05/21/2013 Networking Social
05/14/2013 Networking Social
10/19/2012 TCM World Foundation Conference
07/26/2012 Dry Needling Issue! Monthly Meeting for Board of Registration of Allied Health Professionals
06/02/2012 Acupuncture Without Borders - Healing Community Trauma
05/06/2012 AOMSM Annual Membership Meeting
03/25/2012 AAC Advanced Insurance Seminar--register with AOMSM Discount
10/20/2011 TCM World Foundation Conference
10/11/2011 Showing of "9000 Needles" in Beverly, MA
06/05/2011 AOMSM Annual Membership Meeting
05/15/2011 Showing of "9000 Needles" at the Berkshire Film Festival
05/13/2011 "Whole Medicine: Teaming Up for Our Patients"
04/09/2011 Sharon Weizenbaum Presents: Insight and Skill in the Treatment of Modern Diseases with Chinese Herbal Medicine
10/31/2010 AOMSM Legislative Summit
10/14/2010 TCM World Foundation Conference
06/13/2010 Basic Insurance Seminar
05/23/2010 AOMSM Annual Membership Meeting
05/23/2010 Conscious Acupuncture Marketing
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