When

Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 9:00 AM EDT
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Monday, June 3, 2019 at 7:00 PM EDT

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Where

Omni Shoreham Hotel
2500 Calvert St, NW
Washington, DC 20008


 
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Contact

LiMing Tseng
American Society of Acupuncturists
secretary@asacu.org
   

ASA Inaugural Annual Conference:

The State of Our Union 

Join the American Society of Acupuncturists in Washington, D.C. as we explore the opportunities and possibilities for acupuncture and Licensed Acupuncturists in the American healthcare system. We will include sessions in advocacy, research, and work opportunities to inform, unite, and propel forward in today’s changing world of US health policy and beyond!!

   

ASA's Inaugural Conference held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel on Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2, 2019 will focus on sessions that highlight our current involvement in healthcare.  This includes current barriers to access and strategies to remove them, business management, research, and advocacy training for a day on Capitol Hill with your elected officials. On Monday, June 3rd, we are planning another congressional briefing, demonstration of acupuncture, and a Health Fair on Capitol Hill.  Please join us for these exciting events!  Our Health Fair will offer an opportunity to educate more broadly on all the tools of our medicine.

Registration Rates:


 

Early Registration until April 30th

May 1st  - May 31th

At door

Practitioners Conference Only

     

$299

$359

 $399

Practitioners Conference + Lunch

     

$359

$399

 $459

Student Conference Only

     

$149

$199

 $259

Student Conference + Lunch

     

$199

$259

 $299

Refund Policy: Cancellations received within 7 days of your registration are eligible for full refund minus $50 administration fee, before May 1, 2019.  Cancellations received more than 7 days of your registration are eligible for 40% refund before May 1, 2019.  No refunds available for cancellations after May 1, 2019. 

Sessions Include: 

Acupuncture & Integrative Health: Where are the opportunities for LAcs within the integrative health movement, and how can LAc’s play a role in the emerging trend towards whole person health?

Speaker: Dr. Leonard A Wisneski, MD; Chair, Board of Directors, Integrative Health Policy Consortium (IHPC)

Acupuncture & The Military: The emerging roles for LAcs within the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense.

Invited Agencies for Panel: Department of Veterans Affairs (VA); Defense & Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management (DVCIPM); Uniformed Services University; U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)

Acupuncture & Insurance: Improving access to acupuncture and LAcs with public & private insurers

Invited Agencies for Panel: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS); America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP); National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG); National Governors Association (NGA)

Acupuncture & Underserved Communities: How can LAcs make a difference in rural and economically-challenged environments?

Invited Agencies for Panel: Integrative Medicine for the Underserved (IM4US); Indian Health Services (IHS); Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA); Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association (SAMHSA)

Acupuncture & Comprehensive Integrative Pain Management: Where do LAcs fall in the struggle to deal with the U.S. crises of pain management & opioid abuse? A report from the Integrative Pain Care Policy Congress

Speaker: Dr. Bob Twillman, PhD; Executive Director, Academy of Integrative Pain Management

Acupuncture & Federal Legislation: An overview of House Resolution 6 (now Public Law No: 115-271) and its significance for acupuncture and other non-pharmacological treatment options for pain

Lunch Keynote: Ellen Hamilton, Healthcare Legislative Aide, Office of Congresswoman Judy Chu

Acupuncture Research: What is the status of acupuncture research relative to legislative needs, and what is still needed to help U.S. agencies requesting evidence and information?

Invited Agencies for Panel: National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health at the National Institutes of Health (NIH, NCCIH); The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); Chronic Pain Research Alliance; Optum Labs

Thriving in Acupuncture Practice:  Pearls for engaging social media, understanding the insurance world, and knowing the key research

Speakers: Mori West, Acuclaims; Dr. Leslie Smith, MD Director of Integrative Medicine at Southern Illinois University; Mel Hopper Koppelman, Evidence Based Acupuncture

The Governance of Acupuncture: Reports from and conversations with the NCCAOM, ACAOM & CCAOM

The Future of Acupuncture: Developing a strong and thriving student presence in the field.

Working Group Development & Break-Out Sessions

Advocacy Training Session

Meet Your Exhibitors! The Exhibitor Hall will be rich with top vendors and key supporters of the field!

Network with Your Colleagues at our Sponsored Special Events!

Much Much More!


     

Join the ASA as we hold our second congressional briefing Monday, June 3, 2019. This year's event will focus on acupuncture and its uses with our active-duty military personnel and veterans. We will honor our military members and demonstrate acupuncture during this briefing. Before and after the briefing, ASA will make appointments for members of the industry and profession to meet with their Congressional representatives and their staff to put their legislative asks on the table and into motion. That afternoon we will follow up with a Health Fair designed to display all of the tools we have in our medicine as we offer Congressional staff delicious and nutritious healing foods and herbs.

We highly encourage all professional and student members to take part in this advocacy for our industry, and to stay for the Health Fair. Access to acupuncture throughout the U.S. depends on our ability to influence our legislators and to support efforts to remove barriers to access. This is a free special event...make sure you sign up when you register!
    

Qi Gong 

Qi Gong will be lead on Saturday, June 1, and Sunday, June 2, 2019 at 7:00 am by instructor, David Peters L.A.c. Enjoy a nourishing start to our days together with this treasure of Chinese medicine!

   

The conference will be held at the beautiful Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. Situated on eleven lush acres in the Woodley Park neighborhood next to the National Zoo, the Omni Shoreham has hosted presidents, world leaders, and inaugural balls, making it one of the most prestigious venues in the District of Columbia.

Along with plenty of dining options and activities in the area, the Omni Shoreham also has in-house world class dining options and an onsite luxury spa.

The hotel is within sight of the Red Line metro, providing easy access to the whole city for sightsee and getting to the Capitol for acupuncture on the Hill.

The ASA has secured a very special hotel sleeping room rate of $179/night! Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-THE-OMNI and referencing the American Society of Acupuncturists or using our group web page.

Reservations must be made by May 9, 2019 in order to secure the special ASA rate. After that, all attendees will pay the full rate for the hotel which can average much higher depending on the time of the year and day of the week and is subject to change. Conference Registration DOES NOT constitute arrangements with the hotel. Please make your hotel arrangements separately and directly with the hotel. THERE IS A LIMITED ROOM BLOCK AVAILABLE ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE BASIS.  ONCE THIS BLOCK IS GONE, THE SPECIAL RATE WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE!

During our stay, we will also be participating in the Say Goodnight to Hunger Campaign through the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

SAY GOODNIGHT TO HUNGER Join us in our partnership to end the plight of hunger. Over 48 million Americans struggle with putting food on the table. Planning an event with Omni now comes with the added opportunity to make a difference. For all group rooms booked in the future, regardless of how the reservation is made, Omni will contribute one meal per actualized reservation. You not only get a sensational meeting, but also, you can help make a meaningful difference in our local communities. Visit Omni Hotel’s Say Goodnight to Hunger webpage to learn more.

Special Events

Join us at 7am on Saturday & Sunday Morning for qi gong on the terrace grounds. Wake up and revitalize before the General Sessions begin!

Saturday evening, we will also host our Welcome Reception in the Exhibitors Hall.

Monday we will meet early on the steps of the U.S. Capitol for a group photo, and then proceed to lobby our Congressional Representatives and Senators on the Hill. We will hold a briefing for Congress in the afternoon and close our day with our Health Fair.

All events are free to attendees but require registration. Make sure you sign up when you register as space is limited for some things.

Industry Exhibitors

We will continue to update this page each month as Exhibitors register. Our Exhibitors will be across the hall from the General Sessions and we will hold many special events in the area with the Exhibitors.  Conference attendees will have plenty of time to explore the many rich displays and special sales!