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The Annual Meeting of NMSAAM will take place Sunday, September 15 at the usual venue:

Golden Flower Chinese Herbs
2724 Vassar Place NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107
Vassar Place is off Vassar, which is off Comanche, west of Carlisle. 

Please note: In order to make it easier for people from far away to get to the class that will take place before the meeting, we will begin the class at 9:30 instead of 9:00, with the meeting itself starting about 11:40.  Registration will start at 9:00.

Need CEUs in the Safety category?
A 2-hour class will be offered at the beginning of our Annual Meeting:

OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens and Clean Needle Technique Update
taught by Steven Malins, DOM
This class is FREE for NMSAAM members.  $50 for non-members.  You can pay at the door.

Dr. Malins suggests that office staff may wish to attend the hour on bloodborne pathogens; training is required by OSHA and this is an easy way to get it done.  If you are a member, your office staff may also attend for free.  Nonmembers, there will be a charge of $25 for each staff person.

NCCAOM PDAs are available.  If you would like to attend, please shoot us a message at [email protected].  Let us know by September 5 at the latest so we can have your PDA certificate ready.

For the meeting, we have these lined up so far:

Two experts from the Health Security for New Mexicans Campaign will tell us about what we can expect now that the fiscal analysis of the Health Security (universal coverage) Plan is in progress, meaning that its costs and savings are being determined in accordance with the law passed in the 2019 state legislature.  You may remember that this is a paradigm for getting rid of insurance networks and creating a system that makes sure everyone in the state has access to health care– and that patients can choose their providers.

Dana Koller of PrAG will give a presentation. NMSAAM is working with PrAG to promote our medicine and educate the general public, policy makers and other New Mexicans.

We’ll need to discuss our community’s possible response to the recent PT Board rule hearing, which enshrined those weekend-length courses of education in dry needling as their standard.

Note to the nervous:  Attending the Annual Meeting does NOT mean you will be pressured to run for the board or join a committee, although it would be great if you decide to do one or both of those things!

Tentative agenda:

9:00  registration

9:30 – 11:30  CEU class

11:40 – 12:10  Health Security for New Mexicans and how it will benefit DOMs and all New Mexicans

12:10 – 1:00  Lunch– bring what you like, and feel free to bring something to share.  (We have usually ended up with a nice potluck.)

1:00 – 1:45  Dana Koller from PrAG

1:45 – 2:15  Discussion of our response to actions of the PT Board

2:15 – 2:30  Discussion of possible bylaws change for a Retired Member status

2:30 – 3:30  Officer Reports, Committee Reports, and Elections