New regulations governing acupuncture practices in Ontario - 09.05.2013

New regulations governing acupuncture practices in Ontario

If your employee benefits plan covers acupuncture services, employees who use these services need to know about new regulations governing the practice of acupuncturists in Ontario.

 What does this mean for me?

 The Transitional Council of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario have recently been given the task of forming a list of regulated practitioners who have been recognized as having met the regulatory requirements for practicing Acupuncture in Ontario.  To be recognized, acupuncturists must have completed a course and pass a written exam.  Exams were held in October 2012 and spring 2013.

 The list of registered practitioners was publicized on April 1, 2013 and those recognized as being on the list can be viewed on the following website

 As a result, effective June 1, 2013 there will be changes to how acupuncture claims are processed.  Claims from employees using practitioners who are not registered and appearing on the list will be declined as the practitioner will not be recognized as qualified under the new regulations.  It is important to note that even though past claims from a practitioner may have been covered, future claims from the same practitioner will be declined if the practitioner is not registered and recognized by the College.

 Employees receiving treatment from a practitioner in Ontario should check with their provider see if they are registered with the college in their province.