The Board met recently to consider Executive Orders issued by the Governor and the current state of the pandemic as well as to consider many of the questions we have received from licensees concerning Covid-19. The following will hopefully resolve many of those questions.
Are Acupuncturists considered Essential Services?
Yes, the Governors Order 2020-12 defines essential services including “Healthcare and Public Health Operations” which encompasses clinics and “any other classification of medical personnel necessary” to operate a clinic. Further, it states that essential services shall be construed broadly to avoid any impacts to the delivery of healthcare. This includes Acupuncturists.
If you have any questions or comments about being defined as an essential service please contact the Governor’s office directly.
Can you stay open and continue to treat patients?
Yes, you may continue to treat patients. However, the Governors order 2020-18 states:
“11. Businesses and entities that remain open shall implement rules and procedures that facilitate physical distancing and spacing of individuals of at least six feet.
All businesses that are classified as Essential Functions may remain open and maintain operations, but shall establish and implement social distancing and sanitation measures established by the United States Department of Labor or the Arizona Department of Health Services.”
Failure to establish and implement social distancing and sanitation measures as described above may lead to allegations of unprofessional conduct and disciplinary action.
Please find a link below to the ASAs statement on essential services which may be helpful on deciding whether or not to stay open.
If you have any questions or comments about staying open during this emergency please contact the Governor’s office directly.
Am I allowed to practice via telemedicine?
Yes, the Governors Order 2020-15 expands telemedicine privileges to “any Arizona licensed healthcare provider type” which includes Acupuncturists. This does not expand your scope of practice, but allows you to provide treatments via electronic means that you would normally provide in person. The Board cautions against sending needles home with patients or directing needle placement via electronic means. This telemedicine authorization expires when the state of emergency ends.
Is there any relief of Continuing Education Requirements?
Yes, the Board voted to waive CE requirements for renewal applications submitted during the declared state of emergency.
Is there any relief of Renewal fees or late fees?
Yes, The Board voted to waive renewal fees and late fees until the end of the Governors declared State of Emergency. Do not send in a check with your renewal or pay for your renewal online. We are working with our Vendor to turn off renewal fees, but in the meantime complete your application online and email us when you get to the payment portion to let us know you’ve completed the application. Renewal fee waivers apply to Auricular acupuncturists as well.
Is the Board office Open?
Yes, Board Staff is still working to process your renewals and other business. However, the windows to do business in our office building have had their staff removed. This means that you will not be able to submit applications or other items in person. We are checking voicemails every hour and constantly monitoring emails. All inquiries will be responded to within 24 to 48 hours. You may still mail in any applications or documentation or do business through our online portal.
Thank you for all of your emails, phone calls and patience. This is a trying time for all and we hope that this information, along with the measures we have taken, will help you to weather the storm.
Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions about these items. As always, stay safe and thank you for your service to the patients of Arizona.
Yours in Service,
The State of Arizona Acupuncture Board of Examiners.