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July 2017 Newsletter of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association


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We hope you are enjoying your summer. Please enjoy this month's issue of our newsletter. Included is an article that can help you understand how you can safeguard your practice. We found this information valuable and looked forward to sharing it with our members. Keep on the look out for other monthly announcements!


Warmly, NAMA Board and Staff
















NAMA Board Election 
Voting Open to Eligible Members



The 2017 board candidacy applications have been reviewed and verified, and the profile of all candidates are now presented on the NAMA website. Active members as of May 31, 2017 are eligible to vote and are encouraged to review each candidate's information. 


If you are eligible to vote, you received an email ballot on July 1st, 6th and 21st.  The ballot is only accessible via email, so we will continue to send out voting reminders with the link through July 31, 2017. Visit this link for details on the election process and qualified candidates.












Would you or someone you know like to present at the 2018 NAMA Conference? Submit your application today! Deadline July 31st!





Safe Business Practices Tips From Susan Etheridge

The practice of Ayurveda nationally changes from state to state. This can sometimes lead to confusion and difficulties when learning what the best practices are to keep you, your practice and your clients safe. Susan G. Etheridge, Esq. with Alternative Health Law Firm, shared some helpful tips at this year’s conference on how to structure your practice. We found these very valuable and wanted to share them with our community at large.

Always Use Client Intake Forms: First, identify the services you would like to perform and the relevant services you do not perform as well as the licenses you hold and the relevant licenses you do not hold. This will allow for you to create a client intake based on your offerings while disclosing the legal structure under which you operate. In this client intake form also identify the client’s rights and obligations, your fee structure and explain your health information policy. Include a health information and history form along with a medical disclaimer. If you are in a Health and Freedom State, ensure to track the requirements of your state’s health and freedom law.

Use a Client Referral Form: This form is utilized when a client was previously diagnosed with a medical condition or has indicated a medical condition may exist. It is also utilized when you (the practitioner) has concerns that a medical condition may exist. This form is a written indication that you are not practicing medicine. Consider working with licensed health care practitioners you trust, but do not pay or receive compensation for referrals and give the client several options. Without the proper licensure, proceed with caution before using the titles “Doctor or Physician”. Verify there is no prohibition against such use in your state. If there is no such prohibition, make appropriate disclosures in connection with your use of the term.

Integrative Practice Tips: Consider owning the practice, find out if your state restricts the corporate practice of medicine or if it limits ownership to physicians. Require a written agreement containing the terms and conditions of the arrangement of the business structure; this provides a road map for resolving disputes should they arise.

Addresses Relevant State and Federal Health Care Regulations: Consider becoming a licensed health care clinic it does have more administrative burdens with additional costs, this can allow for non-physician owned practices to bill insurance.

Non-Health Freedom Practitioner Tips: Practice within the scope of your license if unlicensed, limit your practice to education, do not diagnose, or use the words treatment and prescribing, focus on educating clients regarding Ayurveda and avoid activities that require licensure.

In short, ensure to organize your enterprise in a manner that complies with relevant state and federal health care laws, even though you may not currently be considered a “health care provider” under those laws. The health care laws to which this refers are those governing advertising, kickbacks, referrals, the scope of the license, professional misconduct, and fee-splitting. Have a clear understanding of the business arrangements you enter into with other individuals and entities and maintain the privacy of protected health information. Make proper disclosures to your clients and obtain guidance from financial and legal professionals.






Professional Ayurvedic Continuing Education (PACE) credits are due for all Professional Members** by December 31, 2017. You can review the credits you have earned to date by logging into your member profile and clicking on the "Professional Development" icon. 

There are several ways to earn credits: 

  1. Take a recommended course offered by NAMA PACE Providers. See the list here.

  2. Listen to the NAMA Seminars in Ayurveda recordings to earn PACE credits at no additional cost. 

  3. Submit credits you have taken since 2015 for non-listed continuing education courses in Ayurveda, yoga or jyotish you've taken since 2015.

  4. Submit up to 30% of your credits from Other Topics in Wellness.
Click here to learn more about the PACE requirements and how to earn and submit your credits.

** Those who joined as professional members after June 30, 2016 are exempt from having to earn PACE during this current 2-year cycle. Your completed PACE credits are due at the end of the next 2-year cycle, December 31, 2019.

Please note, changes to PACE requirements for the 2018 - 2019 cycle will be announced in the Fall.








Sign Up to Take the AP Beta Test!


We are looking for up to 100 test takers for this phase of developing the Ayurvedic Practitioner certification exam. The beta test not only gives recent graduates and soon-to-be graduates the opportunity take the exam at a discounted rate, but most importantly, it helps us validate questions, determine the passing score and set the final testing time.


The test will be discounted from $450 to $150 for those that would like to participateCurrent NAMA AP members will receive 28 PACE Credits for taking the test.


*Current members are not required to take the exam.


Click below to start the process of registration!








Attended This Month's Free Seminar in Ayurveda!


Mudra Vidya has been kept as a sacred secret for ages. Explore the sukshma Kriyas to clear pranic pathways, trigger the innate intelligence (sahaja jnana) to be established in Self. Mudra therapy is rooted in sankhya Darshana, marma vidya and pancha tattvas. Study the origins, therapeutic application of hasta Mudras, along with ways to combine it with Ayurveda and incorporate a powerful yet simple tool to those who seek health as swasthya.








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