2015 Legislative Changes in Nevada for Massage Therapists

NevadaLegislatureBuildingThe Nevada Legislature usually meets every 2 years - 2015 marks the 78th Session of the Legislature to do the business of legislation: regulation of all the state functions and scopes in a Session that concludes around the end of May.

The AMTA-NV Chapter’s Mission is to serve any AMTA members while advancing the art, science and practice of massage therapy - a part of that ‘practice’ Mission is to assure that, as an organization, our members are treated fairly and have an opinion, if not a say, about how we’re regulated.

The first step is knowledge - knowledge of the laws that affect us: that we know them is our bound, ethical duty.  That we follow the ones that are ‘in effect’ for each of us, professional- and business-related (separately), is our legal duty.  Duty of Diligence lays groundwork for having an opinion and effect on those laws that may change the way we practice.

The Chapter strives to be aware of and respond to or act upon legislation that is of Profession in nature - so, following: we’ve broken up the 3 Bills that we - through our Government Relations Consultant, National Government Relations Department, and local, chapter Government Relations Committee - have been tracking that may affect all Licensed Massage Therapists in the future into two, distinct categories: ones that affect professionals and ones that affect business owners.

 

Proposal That Affects Massage Therapy (professionals):

This year, 2015, there is one specifically-massage-therapy Bill - AB 126 - that will affect how the NSBMT regulates its Applicants.  Below is a summary of those proposed changes to NRS.640C:

AB 126 - http://www.leg.state.nv.us/Session/78th2015/Bills/AB/AB126.pdf

Sponsor:  Assemblywoman Margaret Carlton

​Summary:  Proposed changes to NRS.640C:

 

  • adds exemption of nail techs from massage licensure;
  • strikes the language "by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies, or its successor organization" which leaves the sentence stating "successfully pass a nationally recognized competency examination in massage that meets acceptable psychometric principles, is statistically validated through a job-task analysis under current standards for educational and professionally testing massage therapists and has been approved by the Board; or other examinations approved by the board;"
  • clarifies by changing the limit of time allowed to reinstate an inactive license to 2 years;
  • strikes the 10 year limitation on criminal background offenses;
  • eliminates ‘moral turpitude’ as being a reason to not give a license;
  • adds "has knowingly failed to report to the board that the holder of a license or other person has engaged in unethical or unprofessional conduct as it relates to the practice of massage therapy within 30 days after becoming aware of that conduct"

 

The path of this Bill started in the Nevada Assembly (AB = “Assembly Bill”) and will move on to the Senate, if passed by the Assembly.  The Senate will need to pass this Bill for it to get to the Governor’s desk, which is the last approval the Bill needs to become law.

The Chapter has drafted and remitted a letter of support to the Sponsor and the NSBMT for the above changes to NRS.640C. [view letter]

 

Other Proposals That Affect Massage Therapy (business owners):

AB 336 - http://www.leg.state.nv.us/Session/78th2015/Bills/AB/AB336.pdf

Sponsor:  Assemblymen Benitez-Thompson and Hambrick

​Summary:  Proposed change to NRS.597:

* adds requirement, under threat of penalty ($500/day, after the first 24-hour Warning), [Section 1.1.d] "A massage parlor or public spa;" to post a state-produced sign regarding the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline "in a conspicuous location near the public entrance of the business or establishment or in another conspicuous location in clear view of the public and employees where similar signs are customarily posted"

This is likely a trend around the country and does not affect NRS.640C - it does affect how the classified/defined businesses listed need to operate according to NRS.597...

Currently, the NSBMT is requesting "parlor" be changed to "establishment", so this will affect all "massage establishments"

The Chapter has drafted and remitted to the Sponsor a letter of support with the NSBMT’s requested change of “parlor” to “establishment” [view letter]

 

SB 252 - http://www.leg.state.nv.us/Session/78th2015/Bills/SB/SB252.pdf

Sponsor: Committee on Revenue and Economic Development (on behalf of the Department of Administration)

Summary: Proposed change to NRS.76:

Current law requires Independent Massage Therapists and Massage Establishments to maintain a State Business License annually, fee = $200 (unless Exempt).

Proposed law requires Independent Massage Therapists and Massage Establishments to maintain a State Business License quarterly, fee = minimum $100 (based on reported gross income for each quarter)(pg 15, table, at the link above)(unless Exempt)

Basically, it's a fee structure change for all Nevada business licensees.  This will affect how IMTs and some Establishments will do business.

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Please leave your Comments below - stimulate a conversation/debate/opinion with your educated, well-thought-out questions or comments.  Everyone has an opinion about the profession they love...so let us hear yours!

If you have specific questions about how these changes might affect you, please contact the AMTA-NV Chapter Government Relations Committee or the Board of Directors - we would be happy to help you understand what these changes involve.

If you want to stay up-to-date with the latest changes, please come back to this page occasionally.

We are also looking for a Nevada chapter member to be active in the Government Relations Committee: attending NSBMT meetings, reporting to the AMTA-NV Chapter Board of Directors, and bringing legislative issues to the members’ attention (no matter the origin; within and regarding any Nevada [jurisdiction’s] statutes, codes, and/or regulations).  Join us in keeping AMTA-NV members IN THE KNOW and empowering our practices in massage therapy!

NSBMT Post Available – Application Information

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Ever thought seriously about serving as a member of the Nevada Board of Massage Therapists?

The Nevada State Board of Massage Therapists (NSBMT) consists of 8 members: 6 professional massage therapists, 1 non-massage-therapist representing the public, and 1 non-voting member from Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Special Investigations Unit.  All member appointments are made by Nevada's Governor and terms of service are 4 years.

Board members are required to attend all meetings and functions of the board and to serve on panels as required.  Additionally, board members are held to the open meeting law, the requirements of being a board member as defined by the Attorney General’s office and by the Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS 640C), and are held accountable to the Nevada Commission on Ethics.

The application process may be accessed by visiting the  or the Governors page where applications may be completed online and directly submitted to the Governor’s office.  All applications are held for a period of time at the Governor’s  office and future appointments may be made from current applicants on file.

Currently, the NSBMT has two member positions available beginning on July 1 - both applicants need to reside in Clark County as part of eligibility for position appointment.

For more information on the positions available, please visit the NSBMT's "Board Member Positions" document.

Contact the NSBMT for serious inquiry and questions.

To apply, please access the Governor's website at http://gov.nv.gov/Boards/Vacancies/

2014 AMTA-NV Delegates’ Report

2014 House of Delegates – Delegates’ Report

Submitted by Nevada chapter Delegates: Shawna Smallwood and Brent Bornemeier, 9/27/2014

Colorado Convention Center, Denver, CO – September 17, 2014:  The American Massage Therapy Association’s House of Delegates (HOD) annual Business Meeting started at 1pm with a Welcome from House of Delegates Operating Committee (HODOC) Chair Lisa Curran-Parenteau. Lisa said encouraging words to all Delegates and congratulated everyone on another year of proposed Recommendations and Position Statements.

AMTA National President Nancy Porambo also welcomed Delegates with encouraging words. Then, Lee Stang, the HOD Moderator, welcomed everyone and introduced herself to the Delegates. Lisa also introduced Parliamentarian Rick Greely to the Delegates. The entire HODOC was introduced with standing applause.

The Pledge of Allegiance and Silent Reflection were conducted, respectively by HODOC members Roxanne La’akea Young and Laura Stevenson-Flom.

A memorial was conducted in honor of Dan Barrow by Nancy Porambo. Nancy reflected about the great work Dan has done for AMTA; Dan was the HOD Moderator for many years.

A memorial was conducted to remember Bill Greenberg by Kerry Methot from the Connecticut Chapter. Kerry reflected upon how Bill had encouraged her to become a Delegate and how he would be greatly missed. The Connecticut Chapter also brought Bill’s famous vest to the Convention to honor his memory.

A memorial was conducted to remember Pat Aicher by Lisa Curran-Parenteau. Lisa reflected on how Pat had made an impact in the HOD by taking her job seriously.

AMTA 2014 House of Delegates Business MeetingThe reports from the HODOC Chair were given by Lisa Curran-Parenteau. This report included three submitted Position Statements, and three Recommendations. There were 142 registered Delegates, and 140 Delegates checked into the HOD meeting. Xerlan Deery, Position Statement Review Commission Chair, reported that Position Statements had been reviewed, approved, and were ready for Delegate discussion and voting.

Lee Stang gave a short tutorial on the voting equipment and explained how voting works. The first vote cast was in order to get an accurate count of Delegates. This vote also established the 2/3 total Delegates present, established a quorum, and established the voting points. The voting points showed the actual weighted points, majority of actual weighted points and 2/3 of actual weighted points.

Next, a motion to adopt the HODOC’s proposed Agenda to the HOD was presented. The motion was proposed by a Delegate from South Carolina, and a second was given by a Delegate from Virginia. A vote was cast to adopt the Agenda:  For: 140, Against: 0.

The Rules and Procedures were presented by the HODOC and were called to approve. A Delegate from Washington made the motion, and a Delegate from Indiana seconded the motion. A vote to adopt Rules and Procedures was cast:  For: 140, Against: 0.


Position Statement 1 was presented: “It is the position of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) that massage therapy can improve health and wellness through its effect on the physical, mental and social well-being of an individual.”

The Position Statement was presented by a Delegate from Utah. The Delegate read the background information, and the rationale. The Moderator asked for comments from the floor. The Moderator moved a motion to call the question into a vote when no one came forth to comment. A vote was cast:

  • Total For: 110
  • Total Against: 30
Weighted For - 40704, Weighted Against - 3628, 2/3 majority weighted - 3622

Motion to call the question was Passed.

The call to vote to approve Position Statement 1:

  • Total For: 115
  • Total Against: 20
  • Abstained: 5
Weighted For - 42062, Weighted Against - 10208, 2/3 majority weighted - 3622

Position Statement 1: PASSED


The HOD was the ahead of the approved Agenda for the day. A Delegate from the Washington chapter moved to continue the meeting until the scheduled 3pm break time.

A vote was cast: For: 127, Against: 9, Abstained: 4; the meeting carried onto the next position statement.

Position Statement 2 was presented: “It is the position of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) that regulations, in statue and/or rules, should provide options for portability of credentials which meet the required licensing, certification, or registration of massage therapists across the United States.”

The Position Statement was presented by a Delegate from Utah. The Delegate read the background information, and the rationale. The Moderator then asked for comments from the floor.

For Comments:

  • This works for a future goal
  • Empowers AMTA members to move forward
  • Plain simple good idea
  • Doesn't say how we are to be regulated, so this gives AMTA an advantage to send a message to high level officials about what we want.

Against Comments:

  • There is no money for the smaller states to get credentials in order to change their regulations.
  • How can we make a state change their laws, then the scope of practice, and tests for each state?
  • We need to create a set standard first then create this statement.
  • This will flush out other therapists because they can’t get the correct credentials. i.e.. other therapists not in AMTA. [fic]
  • This needs to be rewritten then sent back to the Delegates.

The allotted 20-minute time for discussion ran out. The Moderator called for a vote on Position Statement 2.

The call to vote to approve Position Statement 2:

  • Total For: 80
  • Total Against: 60
Weighted For - 30647, Weighted Against - 23685, 2/3 majority weighted - 36222

Position Statement 2: FAILED


Position Statement 3 was presented:  “It is the position of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) that massage therapy can assist in the rehabilitation of burn scars.”

The Position Statement was presented by a Delegate from North Carolina. The Delegate read the background information and the rationale. The Moderator then asked for comments from the floor.

For Comments:

  • The word “can” is in position statement.
  • Could become a catalyst and standard across the country.
  • Gives our profession more of a credential.
  • Clients need therapists to help recovery with a caring touch
  • Has been brought to HOD 3 times, has been rewritten 3 times and now it shows proper references and research.

Against Comments:

  • Too broad to be used, unclear distinction for massage, and when to apply massage.
  • Not enough research or findings to stand behind.
  • AMTA does not have a locator service to back up.
  • Be more specific towards burn scars.
  • General massage is not good for burn scars, this needs to be specific on how, when, and where to apply massage.
  • Based on scientific evidence it doesn't show enough evidence.
  • More research by actual therapists.

The allotted 20-minute time for discussion ran out. The Moderator called for a vote on this Position Statement.

A motion was brought to the floor to extend the discussion time by ten minutes. There was a second to the motion. The delegates voted on extending the discussion: For: 13, Against: 127.

Vote to approve Position Statement 3:

  • Total For: 85
  • Total Against: 54
Weighted For - 31312, Weighted Against - 22719, 2/3 majority weighted - 36222

Position Statement 3: FAILED


Brent and Shawna representing the NV chapter at the 2014 HOD Business MeetingThe HOD meeting was called for a break at 3pm. The Colorado Chapter provided snacks for all Delegates during the 20-minute break. All Delegates were allowed to leave the floor and to communicate with other colleagues within the area. Many Delegates exchanged pins and gifts. The Pennsylvania Chapter gave out candy and cards to help raise excitement for next year.

After the break, a roll call was taken of the seated Delegates. The voting machine was not picking up the correct number of Delegates. After roll-calling twice, the Moderator decided to have a manual vote. Each Delegate stood next to their chair and counted themselves. As they counted, they sat down in their chair. The total number of Delegates was 140. The computers seemed to start working; the Moderator welcomed everyone back and called for the first Recommendation.


Recommendation 1 from South Carolina chapter:

Subject:  A Recommendation to the American Massage Therapy Association Board of Directors that the AMTA Board remove the financial responsibility of funding Delegates’ attendance in the House of Delegates from the State Chapters’ budget. A Delegate from South Carolina read the Recommendation in its entirety. The Moderator asked if she would like to make a comment on the subject. The Delegate declined to comment until later in the discussion. The Moderator called for comments from the floor.

For Comments:

  • Nationals need to be responsible for reimbursements of actual costs for each delegate.
  • It’s nice to have National pay so people can get to conventions.
  • Chapters can no longer pay for delegates, National should help pay.
  • Reflects the hardship each chapter is going through.

Against Comments:

  • This will cause management problems- but recommends a waiver for fees for delegates.
  • States can manage their own money better than National.
  • Doesn’t consider states that are further away in the expense reports.
  • Data is not correct- also will alternates be included in the reimbursement?
  • This responsibility belongs to each chapter, or the chapter will lose control.
  • Just simply put chapter fees back.

The allotted 20-minute time for discussion ran out. The Moderator called for a vote on this Recommendation.

  • Total For: 96
  • Total Against: 44
Weighted For - 35688, Weighted Against - 18644, 2/3 Majority weighted - 36222, Required majority weighted: 27167

Recommendation 1: PASSED


Recommendation 2 from Washington chapter.

Subject: A Recommendation to the American Massage Therapy Association Board of Directors that the AMTA Board study moving the function of generating and approving Position Statements on the clinical efficacy of massage from the House of Delegates to another group, and that the AMTA Board encourage the House to discuss issues that relate to the actual practice of massage therapy throughout the United States. A Delegate from Washington read the Recommendation in its entirety. The Moderator asked if he would like to make a comment on the subject. The Delegate declined to comment until later in the discussion. The Moderator called for comments from the floor.

For Comments:

  • Create more of a peer review to create a better understanding.
  • Not everyone is qualified to review position statements.
  • Many recommendations failed because people don’t understand the research portion.
  • Does not take away responsibility but creates a better understanding.

Against Comments:

  • A place for decisions
  • Gives decisions to other people will not reflect the member’s feelings.
  • Delegates and alternates take their position seriously.
  • Delegates should keep responsibility for all position statements.
  • This is insulting to delegates.
  • The purpose of HOD is to discuss, pass or fail position statements.

The Washington Delegate then commented on this recommendation by saying, “I just created this recommendation in order to get people to discuss this. I don’t even care if it passes; all I wanted was to hear people talk about it”. The Moderator then called for a vote.

  • Total For: 14
  • Total Against: 126
Weighted For - 8457, Weighted Against - 45875, 2/3 Majority weighted - 36222, Required majority weighted - 27167

Recommendation 2: FAILED


Recommendation 3 from California chapter.

Subject: A Recommendation to the American Massage Therapy Association Board of Directors that the AMTA Board allow each state to determine its own Chapter Fee.

A Delegate from California read the Recommendation in its entirety. The Moderator asked if he would like to make a comment on the subject. The Delegate declined to comment until later in the discussion. The Moderator called for comments from the floor.

For Comments:

  • This creates a significant recourse for chapters.
  • Chapters have already taken significantly less funding going into the next year.
  • States do the main work of AMTA they should have their opinion on fee’s.
  • Having a set fee will show uniformity and create competition.
  • Each chapter board can decide their own fees.
  • More equitable way to fund chapters.
  • Helps lobbyist’s funds.
  • Have the board reconsider the decision to take away chapter fees.
  • Supports outreach programs.
  • Nationals need to listen to the members.

Against Comments:

  • By dropping the chapter fees it brought back members to the chapter.
  • Jeopardizes AMTA’s global view.
  • Chapter fees need to be the same across states.

The allotted 20-minute time ran out, the Moderator called for a vote on this Recommendation.

  • Total For: 126
  • Total Against: 13
Weighted For - 48946, Weighted Against - 4839, 2/3 Majority weighted - 36222, Required majority weighted - 27167

Recommendation 3: PASSED


DOtto (2014 Alt Delegate), BBornemeier (2014-2015 Delegate), SSmallwood (2013-2014 Delegate)The Moderator congratulated the HOD for another successful year of voting. She also thanked everyone for the professional participation. She commented that everyone on the HOD is significant and appreciated. The meeting then changed its focus onto the candidates for the new HODOC. Each candidate came up and talked about how they can help on the new HODOC and why they wanted to be elected. The candidates the returned to their seats in order to cast a vote. The vote was in three sections. Each time Delegates voted on one person that they thought was the best fit for the job. A total of seven candidates came forward.

  1. Richard Testa (CT)
  2. Christine Eckery (DE)
  3. Myrleen Harrison (FL)
  4. Olivia Nagashima (HI)
  5. Bary Terry (MO)
  6. Jessica Ferrer (NH)
  7. Linda Toomey (NY)

The votes were cast to fill three open positions for the HODOC. The three candidates with the most votes where; Myrleen Harrison (FL), Bary Terry (MO), Jessica Ferrer (NH). The HOD erupted with applause for the new members voted into the HODOC.

The Moderator called for any new business to be brought to the floor:

  • Recommends that the online forum be open year round for Delegates.

The Delegates then performed an evaluation of the HOD meeting. This was done on the electronic voting machines, and there were a total of 20 questions that the HOD answered to evaluate the meeting.

A motion to close the 2014 HOD meeting was made and a second came after. The motion was met and the Moderator called to close the HOD meeting at 5pm.

Mentoring Our Future program

Nevada Chapter Member Benefit

Mentoring the Future - a Nevada Member Benefit program

The amta nevada chapter is proud to partner with Steiner Education Group’s premier education program and campus, the Nevada School of Massage Therapy, to offer its members an opportunity to mentor up-and-coming professionals in the field of massage therapy!

If you are an amta nevada chapter member, have a NV state-issued professional license (NSBMT), and have a couple of hours to help/mentor a current massage therapy student, consider this:

  • Students need guidance.
  • Your feedback is sought and needed, by both the programs that educate future licensed massage therapists and the Students of these programs. Part of their education is to perform massage on the Public in school-hosted Clinics that put them in touch with their technical and business skills to increase their confidence and effectiveness.

Wouldn't you like to help IMPROVE their performance?
Wouldn't you like to know that there are more qualified and experienced graduates entering the massage therapy profession every year?

ANY state-professional-licensed Member of the amta nevada chapter is invited to participate in this special event, hosted at and by NSMT’s Student Clinic:

"First Massage Free, Subsequent Massages Half-Priced"

the IDEA:

  1. You get an email invitation from the chapter at your AMTA-registered email address.
  2. You RSVP (through Eventbrite) to posted dates where the Nevada School of Massage Therapy is working with the amta nevada chapter to offer incentives to come in to the weekend Student Clinic and receive a massage.
  3. The purpose is for you to leave thoughtful, constructive, and positive feedback after your massage.
  4. For your Evaluation of the student that has just given you a massage, you will not have been charged for your massage (first one only) OR you will have been charged half-price (2nd+ time).
  5. You will have given critical feedback for the student to consider, study, and act on during his/her time in student clinic...and probably for the rest of their career!

The Skinny:

  1. RSVP through your emailed Invitation from the Eventbrite system to any “Mentoring Our Future” amta nevada chapter events during 2014 (8 opportunities over 16 days)
  2. Print your event Ticket and take it with your current NSBMT license (blue card or certificate) to NSMT (map).
  3. Show up at the school during the event times – give the Clinic Manager your Ticket AND show the Clinic Manager your NSBMT license.
  4. Wait in line to be called in for your massage [re: Wait time: getting a massage in student clinic is on a first-come, first-served basis – please plan for wait times ranging from “now” to up to 1 hour, depending on business levels)
  5. Receive your massage – TRY to stay alert so you can give good feedback! 😉
  6. After your massage, tell the student that you need to complete an Evaluation for them and ask if they have a few minutes to review the Evaluation you complete with them. Then, pick up and complete an Evaluation form from Reception and find a place to meet for a few minutes with your student practitioner to review your evaluation - this gives them a chance to clarify and ask questions about points you bring to their attention – positive and constructive!

Terms of Use

  • Times of availability of this offer are ONLY during scheduled amta nevada chapter event times listed on its website at www.amta-nv.org/events or in a specific email invitation. Clinic hours are 8am – 5:30pm, Saturdays and Sundays, notwithstanding any emergency closings.
  • The Nevada School of Massage Therapy will have you register as a guest of the student clinic – you will be signing a release form for the school’s clinic participation as well.
  • To receive your “free” or “discounted” massage session at NSMT’s clinic, you must complete an Evaluation Form provided to you by NSMT at the conclusion of your massage/bodywork session. Failure to do so jeopardizes the relationship between the amta nevada chapter and NSMT, your ability to further participate in future special events.
  • When you are receiving your massage, you are responsible for communicating with your student massage therapist and controlling your exposure to their manipulation and method used: if you are not comfortable, stop the session and contact a school supervisor.
  • The amta nevada chapter is not responsible for any damages or negative impact participating in any amta nevada chapter-organized event may cause any registered participant. The amta nevada chapter facilitates opportunities, services, and information that participants use at their own risk.
  • Your RSVPing to attend “Mentoring Our Future” events does not guarantee your participation at any stage of the scheduled times you may receive a massage at the rates organized between the amta nevada chapter and NSMT. You may be denied entry into the clinic for any reason outside the control of the amta nevada chapter or NSMT at any time.

Conditions

  • FREE = "$0.00"; Half-Priced = "$16.00" (cash, debit/credit - you pay NSMT directly, on-site),
  • you must RSVP through the amta nevada chapter system of “invitation through Eventbrite” to each Evaluation/Mentoring opportunity
  • one (1) RSVP per member,
  • when you arrive and if you are qualifying for the "free massage", you must show your current NSBMT license as proof that you hold an LMT credential,
  • when you arrive, you must give your Eventbrite Ticket to the Clinic Manager (printed from the Eventbrite event invitation),
  • you will not be able to participate in the event (aka "get your massage offer") if you do not RSVP online and follow the above Terms and Conditions,
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We are looking forward to your maximizing your Nevada Chapter membership in the AMTA by taking advantage of this awesome opportunity - Mentoring the Future and self-care, all in one!  See you at NSMT!

If you are not yet an AMTA member, please join us!  More information about the benefits of membership and participating in shaping the profession are found here:  http://www.amtamassage.org/membership/Benefits/professional.html

Let’s Play Monopoly!

LPMboard2013v2Object of the Game:  Collect as many “properties” as you can by correctly answering weekly-posted questions.  Bring your “properties” to the Annual AMTA-Nevada General Meeting and place them on the board spaces.  Each of up to 8 board spaces will have a drawing for massage therapy-related prizes, courtesy of our Sponsors.  You may win some great prizes that will enhance your knowledge even more or your massage practice!  All AMTA-NV Chapter members and Annual Meeting Attendees are welcome to participate.

How to Play:  Weekly, beginning April 1st, 2013, you will receive an email (as a Nevada chapter member) inviting you to participate in answering an ANATOMY essay question**.  There is only one correct answer—judge’s(s’) decisions are final as to the answer and who wins the Weekly prize.

The Weekly Prize Winner is drawn at random from all the correct answers received for that week’s Correct Answer to that week’s Weekly Question.  Answers and Weekly Winner’s first name/last name initial will be published on the AMTA-NV website.  The Property cards and Weekly Prize will be mailed USPS to your AMTA address on file.

**When you receive your weekly email invitation with the question, you must Reply to the email address from which you were sent the contest email.  Each participant will be sent a Property card to HOLD ON TO.

Play Day:  Bring Your Property cards collected to the 2013 AMTA-Nevada Annual General Meeting on June 3, 2013, at 9:00 am.  Property cards can only be redeemed as a Chance to win prize drawings ( up to 8 ) for each Property on the Board  - Properties are transferable. Register to attend the Annual General Meeting now!

 

View the 2013 Prize List - GREAT massage-related prizes will be waiting for You thanks to our gracious game Sponsors!

Watch your email inbox for invitations to answer Weekly Questions about Anatomy.  The idea is to learn and enjoy competing with others in your field.  Good luck to all of you!

 

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2012 Let's Play Monopoly Question Sponsors:

Educated Touch, Nathan Nordstrom LMT

Nathan is providing anatomy questions for Let’s Play Monopoly!  He is the owner of Educated Touch in Gresham, Oregon, (an NCBTMB-approved Provider) and appeared as a Guest Presenter at the 2011 AMTA-NV State Convention facilitating his professional anatomy tour class at Bodies...the Exhibition.  He teaches massage courses at Western States Chiropractic College in Portland, Oregon, and manages is massage therapy practice.

 

Thousand Petaled Lotus, Michelle Viesselman LMT

Michelle is providing anatomy questions for Let’s Play Monopoly!  She is the owner of Thousand Petaled Lotus Continuing Education for Massage Therapists in Las Vegas, Nevada, (an NCBTMB-approved Provider) and has taught at AMTA-NV State Conventions over the years.  She currently is 2nd Vice-President of the NV Chapter and instructs massage therapy students at Nevada Career Institute.  She also manages her own massage therapy practice in Las Vegas, NV.

Mentoring on a National Scale: the AMTA’s program

The AMTA Mentoring Program was created to help those new to the massage therapy profession more fully realize their potential and provide experienced massage therapists the opportunity to share their wisdom and expand their professional network.

Although the Nevada Chapter has additionally worked to provide members local, short-term mentoring opportunities in the past (and we look forward to setting up more like Mentoring Our Future!) there is a GREAT opportunity for you to mentor (or be coached by) local AND national members in practice.

Who can participate?
Through this new program, experienced massage therapists (Mentors) assist those new to the profession (Mentees) in goal setting, communication and success planning.  This program is free and available only to AMTA members.

How does the program work?
AMTA members interested in becoming Mentors complete a profile at www.amtamassage.org/mentoring.  Those wishing to become Mentees access the Mentoring Program webpage www.amtamassage.org/mentoring and perform a search for Mentors based on location, skills, work setting, and other criteria. Participants in the mentoring relationship will communicate each other’s expectations, create goals and objectives, meet milestones and deliverables, and provide feedback.  The Mentoring Program webpage includes links to resources to assist and guide program participants.

Where can I sign up?
Go to www.amtamassage.org/mentoring and sign up as a Mentor or become a Mentee and learn more about the program. Along with advancing your network or career, enjoy lasting friendships and the fun of sharing with other massage therapists.

AMTA-NV Public Service Announcement: NSBMT Citation Policy

Revised late in 2012, the Nevada State Board of Massage Therapy (NSBMT) published and distributed its Citation Policy that lists the fine amounts for infractions of NRS 640C for Massage Therapists and Persons.  Please note: the below list is not an all-inclusive schedule and may change upon action of the board during their regular meetings.

If you have any questions about the publication, please contact the NSBMT directly at their website or by email at email hidden; JavaScript is required.  The Chapter wants Nevada's NVMTs and Public to know the infractions and the cost of those - fines are not collected or used by the Board and go to State of Nevada funds.

NSBMT CITATION POLICY

Practicing Massage Therapy

1. A Citation shall be issued to any person practicing Massage Therapy without a current Nevada State Board of Massage Therapists License.

2. A Citation shall be issued to any Massage Therapist that is practicing Massage Therapy with an expired Nevada State Board of Massage Therapists License.

3. A Citation shall be issued to a Massage Therapist that is practicing Massage Therapy without their current, valid Nevada State Board of Massage Therapists License displayed per NRS 640C.450.  (Examples of not posted:  In your wallet, purse, backpack, drawer or car but not limited to)

4. A Citation shall be issued to any person practicing Massage Therapy with an altered license.

a. If person has an altered Massage Therapists License with the NSBMT they will be scheduled for the next available Board Meeting for disciplinary action.

5. A Citation shall be issued to a Massage Therapist practicing Massage Therapy with a copied license.

Advertising

Unlicensed

  • A Citation shall be issued to any person that is advertising Massage Therapy without a Current Nevada State Board of Massage Therapy License.

Expired License

  • A Cease and Desist (C & D) Notice shall be issued to any person that is advertising as stated in NRS 640C.910 (2) with a minimum of a 15-business day compliance date.
  • A Citation shall be issued to any person that is currently advertising with a license that is expired more than 90 days. (R:8/13/2010)
  • A Cease and Desist Notice shall be issued for non-compliance of NAC640C.200 to NAC 640C.310 with a 15-day compliance date.
  • A Citation shall be issued to any person that does not comply with a Cease and Desist Notice on the first business day after the allotted time period has expired.

Schedule of fines; disciplinary hearings.

1. The Board adopts the following schedule of fines for any violation of the provisions listed:

A $150.00 Administrative Fee Applies to all Citations

Violation   First Offense Second Offense Third Offense
Practicing Without Having Acquired a License   500.00 1000.00 2000.00
Practicing With Expired License   100.00 500.00 1500.00
Practicing Without Display of License   100.00 150.00 500.00
Altering License for the display of NRS 640C   1000.00 3000.00 5000.00
Copying License for the display of NRS 640C   100.00 250.00 500.00
Advertising Massage Therapy Without a License   350.00 1000.00 5000.00
Advertising Massage Therapy Without a Current License after C & D or 90 expired   200.00 500.00 1500.00
Advertising Without License Number   100.00 250.00 500.00
On Probation Working Without Supervising Massage Therapist Present   200.00 1000.00 5000.00
NAC 640C.200 to NAC 640C.310 Establishment Violation (excluding NAC 640C.230(2))   100.00 250.00 500.00
Unlawful Habitation of a Massage Establishment NAC 640C.230 (2)   1000.00 5000.00 10000.00

SNHD transitions into new Health Card program requirements

As you may have heard, the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) has, as of January 2, 2013, discontinued its requirement of obtaining a "Foodhandler/Massage Therapist" category of Health Card.  Amongst the elimination of the health card for a number of other categories, Massage Therapists and Reflexologists are no longer required to renew or can initially-apply for a Health Card under these categories.

Dr. John Middaugh, Interim Chief Health Officer for SNHD, on January 3rd, 2013, officially contacted our Government Relations Consultant Sally Hacking with the news and she passed on the SNHD document declaring the department's transition into re-purposing their resources to address more-focused Foodhandler and Body Art categories, among others.

The AMTA Nevada Chapter would like to remind Massage Therapists: the SNHD still recommends immunization through vaccines and the SNHD provides such services at low- or no-cost (to those who qualify) and that, as a Massage Therapist, your employer may be required to require you to obtain a Foodhandler-category Health Card if you are subject to food-handling in your employee responsibilities.

You may contact the SNHD with further questions at www.SNHD.info or (702) 759-1201.

Report: 2012 AMTA-NV Chapter State Convention: Traditionally Yours!

The Nevada chapter’s 2012 educational event and Annual General Meeting was held with its trademarked member meeting and continuing education opportunity again this year, but at a new venue for the Convention.

The Tuscany Suites & Casino in Las Vegas turned out to be a very good choice, according to some polled members, when it came to the site, room style, eats, and general feel for the purpose of a meeting and class.  The chapter was very happy to secure the venue in April and have Tuscany host the finer aspects of sleeping, eating (in the several restaurants), and attending in the conference area.

The day’s events started with a welcoming registration process (real easy!) including a Neighborhood seating style, some breakfast goodies and beverages, and some networking or just “howdayado”s around 8:30am, and a little after 9:00am the meeting started.

David Otto began the Annual General Meeting with some announcements and a brief introduction of the chapter President who took to the meeting agenda.  After introducing the game Let’s Play Monopoly! that members had played by email in the weeks approaching the Convention, Billie got into elections for Board of Director offices right away.  There was one Nomination for Chapter President – 1st Vice-President David Otto proceeded to be elected by the present membership to become the new President.  There were no other nominations for the remaining, available Nevada chapter Board positions.

The membership heard the 2013-2014 Chapter Budget presented by Treasurer Brad Enerson, who called for a vote to approve the proposed Budget.  It was approved.

Sally Hacking, the chapter’s Government Relations Consultant, made a live appearance by way of Skype and briefed the membership on the [recent and future] history of the amta nevada chapter’s activities and their renewed commitment to member information and professional support of massage therapy in Nevada.

During the meeting, Lisa Cooper, Executive Director of the Nevada State Board of Massage Therapists, also spoke to the attendees about the happenings that the NSBMT is involved with and their goals for our profession in Nevada.

In between all these informational goings-on, we all played Let’s Play Monopoly! and gave away some great, sponsored prizes – check the minutes for the names of the members who won the other massage-related products or services from our 2012 Sponsors.  Yu Feng Chen won the Grand Prize provided by Massage Warehouse: a set of office equipment, including: massage table with bag, massage chair with bag, stool, and bolster!

Included in the meeting was the highly-anticipated National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork presentation about the upcoming (January 1, 2013) changes in their certification program – understanding the process of the new Board Certification was the target of the presentation…and how it differs from National Certification.  Philosophies, services, and paperwork were discussed surrounding the new certification process.  Please see the handouts for more information.

Furthermore, Billie Shea and Michelle Viesselman briefly re-introduced the Volunteer Cooperative program that is developing into a member benefit that places specialty-trained massage therapist members in clinical environments which can lead to employment and/or contract work.  Our members, in the future, may have the opportunity to learn medical/clinical modalities that can further their professional goals and help the community of massage clients for which the program is designed.

Recognition is a big part of why we have such a strong Board of Directors – these volunteers are members of the chapter that are dedicated to facilitating the informative and action-oriented goals and achievements in the past year, since the chapter’s last state convention.  Billie Shea was honored by her Board with a Certificate of Appreciation for her dedicated service, not just for the term she was completing, but for all the services, time, and expertise she has provided the chapter over the years in various, effective positions.  The rest of the Board was recognized for their outstanding service.  Kris Kelley was recognized for his volunteer work with beginning, developing, and maintaining the chapter’s Facebook group.

The attendees broke for lunch, and after an intense, packed Annual General Meeting, the break was welcomed!

Soon after lunch in Marilyn’s Café downstairs, the afternoon class attendees came back and more joined to hear the chapters’ own educators Billie Shea, Michelle Viesselman, and Brad Enerson give “Tips & Techniques from the Pros”.  Eight students spent a pleasant afternoon earning 4 CEHs from some experienced & talented instructors…and gave a few tips of their own!  The class was well-grounded in anatomical reference and the tools purveyed were techniques and approaches that can be used by the massage therapists in their practices.  Handout materials were distributed and at the end of the day, there were a lot of smiles.

The General Annual Meeting attendees were polled and agreed: Monday, June 3, 2013, has been heavily suggested as next year’s Convention date…and the venue?  We’re working on the Tuscany Suites & Casino Convention Center again!

We are looking for members who can and would like to spend some time either before the Convention to help plan & organize OR during the Convention to make things go smoothly for everyone.  Please email hidden; JavaScript is required – help us get started now!

Stay tuned for more announcements of sponsors, activities, and education opportunities – we look forward to seeing you in 2013!

For complete details of the Annual General Meeting, please review the June 4, 2012, Annual General Meeting Minutes.

Report by NV member David Otto
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Southern Nevada Health District proposes new, additional regulation for Massage Therapy

Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) notified the public of their intent to ratify regulation of Massage Establishments, Reflexology Establishments, [Independent/Outcall] Massage Therapists, and Colon Hydrotherapists on January 10, 2012, in Southern Nevada, comprised of the county of Clark.

The AMTA Nevada Chapter has reviewed the proposed legislation and can summarize the effects of the proposed regulation on its professional members [within the jurisdiction of SNHD] – following are some main points of the regulation:

  • Affects Reflexologists, [Independent/Outcall] Massage Therapists, Colon Hydrotherapists, and Massage Establishments.
  • In addition to all Massage Establishments, requires outcall “licensed massage therapists” and “licensed reflexologists” to hold a “massage establishment Health Permit”
  • Attempts to regulate Massage Therapists [and Massage Establishments] in the same manner as is currently legislated through NRS.640c and NSBMT NACs (staff on-site & equipment/safety/cleanliness requirements, fees & fines, and some professional standards)
  • States that each day after the first 90 that the regulations are in effect and an outcall massage therapist or massage establishment is not SNHD-permitted is a separate violation.
  • Cites “fees” for initial assessment, renewal (every XX year), and fines associated with violations and that non-compliance will predicate a cease-and-desist and/or revocation/re-application for massage/reflexology establishment health permit.
  • Requires “20 foot-candles” of light in a therapy room, 300% more light than in the NSBMT NACs of “5 foot-candles” of light in a therapy room.
  • Section 8.1.2 makes the “Responsible Person in charge” of a Massage or Reflexology Establishment responsible for undefined “other requirements” in addition to other regulatory body’s requirements for professional and legal practice of massage & reflexology.  Unresolved violations of keeping all permits, licenses, or credentials for everyone at the Establishment gives the SNHD the authority to shut down the Establishment until violations are resolved with each/every “affected agency of jurisdiction”.
  • New Build-outs/Construction of Establishments will have another jurisdiction (the SNHD) to apply through, propagating more [undetermined] fees and additional time frames in which initial assessments and inspections are subject to.
  • Does not outline a Schedule of Fees and does describe innumerable instances/conditions in which fees will be applied.

The AMTA-NV Chapter supports the current state licensure regulation of massage therapists in Nevada through the Nevada State Board of Massage Therapists authorized and empowered by our State Legislature and Governor-appointed state massage board members affecting professionals throughout the state of Nevada AND local business license departments that regulate the taxation and safe practice of massage therapy through its application processes.  It is understood that the nature of the proposed regulation by the additional entity of the SNHD is redundant, provincial, and a duplicate credential that will be required for massage professionals to practice. 

Additionally, any verbiage in the proposed SNHD regulation regarding “Massage Therapy” may be removed to regulate Reflexology and Colon Hydrotherapy, so only one regulatory agency will have the authority to manage a profession/business category regarding massage therapy and the promotion of public health and safety.

For Concerned Individuals:

The AMTA Nevada Chapter strongly encourages its members, massage professionals, and the general public to evaluate the proposed impact of the additional regulation on the profession, practice, or patronage of massage therapy and RESPOND in an appropriate manner and timely fashion to the SNHD.

Responding to this proposed regulation is TIME-SENSITIVE – the last day that written opinions will be accepted for the record is February 2nd, 2012.

Contact information and a sample opinion letter are below.

The Workshops, at which public opinion will be HEARD, are in Las Vegas (Jan 30 & 31), Laughlin (Feb 1), and Mesquite (Feb 2):  Appear and be ready to speak your opinion according to the Workshop Agenda (below).

Resources for proposed SNHD regulation:

  1. PDF – public workshop announcement: http://amta-nv.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/AGENDA-Massage-Therapy-Workshops-01-30-2012.pdf
  2. PDF – public notice of proposed regulation:  http://amta-nv.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Public-Notice-Workshop-Massage-Regs-BOH-meeting-02-23-2012.pdf
  3. Link to online version of proposed regulatory rules:  http://www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/download/eh/Massage-draft-regs-1-13-12.pdf
  4. Sample Letter of Opposition: (download)
  5. Opinion Letter of the AMTA/Nevada Chapter (download)

Southern Nevada Health District contact:

Glenn D Savage, REHS, Environmental Health Director, PO Box 3902, Las Vegas NV 89127

 

If you have questions regarding this post, the proposed SNHD regulation, or the AMTA Nevada chapter, please contact Government Relations: David Otto at email hidden; JavaScript is required

modified Jan 25, 2012 14:21