2017 Changes to Nevada State’s Massage Therapy Law, et al NSBMT updates

time for changeThis article was originally published as “2017 Proposed Changes to Nevada State’s Massage Therapy Law” on 2/20/2017; it has been updated as of 6/5/2017.

NRS 640.C governs the massage therapy profession and the professionals who are licensed by the Nevada State Board of Massage Therapists (NSBMT). In late-2016, with their newest Executive Director, Sandy Anderson, the NSBMT asked Honorable Assemblywoman Maggie Carlton to sponsor a Bill that would primarily change the constituency of licensees holding professional licenses under the NSBMT. There are several additional points to the Bill, as it was written and Introduced by Assemblywoman Carlton, that, as massage therapists, affect us.

The Bill was first known as BDR 766 when introduced on December 10, 2016, and had been formally introduced to the Assembly as AB 179 on February 13, 2017, and is now resolved* to do several things:

  1. Change the name of the board: from the “Nevada State Board of Massage Therapists” to the “Nevada State Board of Massage Therapy
  2. Add two new license types to the currently-existing Licensed Massage Therapists, et al: Licensed Reflexologist, et al; and, Licensed Structural Integration Practitioner, et al. Reflexology is moved from under NRS 629 “Wellness Services” to NRS 640.C; Structural Integration Practitioner is a newly-created license under this Bill. Each new license has its own educational, legal, and Application requirements (TBD by NSBMT-mediated Workshop (dates TBD)).
  3. Change the composition of the NSBMT: from 7 Board Members to 9 Board Members:  the 2 additional Board members are – one each – from the newly-added fields to the NSBMT’s domain: a NSBMT-licensed Reflexologist and an NSBMT-licensed Structural Integration Practitioner.
  4. Add Establishments to its regulatory oversight: Massage Therapy, Reflexology, and Structural Integration Establishments are – additionally, to local regulation (if any) – under the Board’s regulation. A [maximum] Inspection Fee of $50 is levied for each Board-initiated Massage Therapy, Reflexology, and Structural Integration Establishment request for inspection.
  5. Change the license Renewal Period: from every One Year (annually) to every Two Years (biennially) – the Renewal Fee has doubled to $300 but is only required every two years.

The Nevada School of Massage Therapy hosted a live Q & A Session on February 27, 2017, where the AMTA-Nevada Chapter presented this information and opened up the floor for comments and questions. About 33 people were in attendance, the majority of which were matriculating students of NSMT’s program, including NSMT staff, AMTA members, and MT professionals. The session lasted about 45 minutes and was presented by Chapter President Mavies Gascon and Immediate Past President David Otto.

The Nevada Chapter members were email-noticed on 3/14 & 3/26/2017 to participate in a poll available during the period of 3/14-3/28/2017 as to their positions and opinions on AB 179.  Subsequent to the closing of the poll, Nevada Chapter President Mavies Gascon attended a May 5th public hearing of the Committee on Commerce, Labor and Energy regarding Amendment(s)-considered and reported the chapter members’ position of Support for AB 179. Here is the crux of what he reported:

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*The Act AB 179 was signed into law, recorded June 1, 2017, and goes into effect as of July 1, 2017. The NSBMT is anticipating that licenses for Reflexologists and Structural Integration Practitioners will be available for application and required for practice on Jan 1, 2018.

Other NSBMT Updates:

  • Completed inspections of Nevada Massage Therapy Establishments by the NSBMT have resulted in 18 closures during the January to May, 2017, time-frame.
  • The NSBMT is committed to a “less than 15-day turnaround” for actions on New and Renewing NSBMT License Applications.
  • The NSBMT is removing the ‘Pre-application’ process for license Applications.
  • The NSBMT anticipates a software update to the Licensee Account Area that will allow a user to upload/record CEHs being used for his/her next Renewal PRIOR to his/her Renewal Application process and 90-day window prior to expiration of his/her current license period.

 

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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.

Sponsors Show Appreciation for AMTA-NV Members at June 4th, 2012, Annual Meeting

At this year’s 2012 AMTA-Nevada Chapter Annual Meeting, we’re trying something new: Let’s Play Monopoly! Participating in this email version of a classic game will help educate members (regarding some anatomy questions from Educated Touch and Thousand Petaled Lotus) and put members in touch with products and services from well-known and ever-supportive massage therapy and wellness industry Sponsors.
Amongst this year’s Sponsors and the prizes they are giving the members at the Annual Meeting during Let’s Play Monopoly:

The Nevada Chapter is very happy to bring our members quality products and services that they can use in their practices of massage therapy and professional lives!

To Register for this amazing opportunity to learn, network, win Sponsored prizes, and eat, Massage Therapists may register online – Register Now!

Thank You, Sponsors!