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An extremely important BAOM rule hearing is coming up, on rules which will affect you and your practice.

From the NMBAOM’s email:

The New Mexico Board of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine will hold a rule hearing on Wednesday, September 18, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. Following the rule hearing, the Board will convene a board meeting to consider adoption of the rules and address regular business. The rule hearing and board meeting will be held at the New Mexico State Capitol, 490 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM, in Room 311.

The purpose of the rule hearing is to consider proposed amendments to the following rules:

16.2.3 NMAC – Application for Licensure;

16.2.4 NMAC – Examinations;

16.2.8 NMAC – License Renewal;

16.2.9 NMAC – Continuing Education;

16.2.17 NMAC – Licensure by Endorsement;

16.2.18 NMAC – Educational Courses for Expanded Practice Certification; and

16.2.19 NMAC – Expanded Practice Certifications

The changes to Parts 3, 4, 8, 9, 17, 18, and 19 are intended to enhance public safety by adding a requirement for Basic Life Support (“BLS”) and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (“CPR”) training from an American Heart Association approved course for licensure. Additional changes address procedural matters such as allowing electronic communications with applicants and licensees, altering deadlines for completing application requirements and payments, and clarifying the duration before examination results expire. Substantive changes to educational requirements include mandating passage of certain national testing before sitting for the clinical skills exam, requiring continuing education be done annually, increasing the number of practical experience hours of education for expanded practice certification, and increasing the organizations from whom certification is accepted for expanded practice. Minor clarifications are also made to wording and citations to other rules. These changes are largely designed to ensure public safety, clarify existing provisions, and provide for greater consistency.

To obtain and review copies of the proposed changes you may go to the Board’s website at: http://www.rld.state.nm.us/boards/Acupuncture_and_Oriental_Medicine_Rules_and_Laws.aspx?fbclid=IwAR3uWteHgXLEf427LoQsYAM69GGmSROk_bSME2taN6y-L8yGwOcgdpqKl8w or contact the Boards and Commissions Division at (505) 476-4622.

The Board is currently accepting public comments on the proposed amendments. Please submit written comments on the proposed changes to Lori Sciacca, Board Administrator, via electronic mail at [email protected] or by regular mail at P.O. Box 25101, Santa Fe, NM 87504, no later than Tuesday, September 17, 2019. Persons will also be given the opportunity to present their comments at the rule hearing. All written comments will be posted to the Board’s website no more than three business days following receipt to allow for public view.

We encourage you to attend this meeting.  Also, it would be useful to submit comments by snail mail in addition to email, because we have found some difficulties with communicating with the BAOM by email lately.