Member-Results: Summer 2020’s Surveys “Massage as Healthcare” and “Online Elections”

One of the great things about being an AMTA member in Nevada is that the national AMTA-organization supports the fair regulation of and the movement forward of the massage therapy profession in Nevada. One of the easiest ways to see that is in how the chapter is able to and moves forward ideas from our members to the organizations, legislators, and public that are served by its members and the profession in Nevada, like through member-Surveys and speaking during Public Comment at our Nevada State Massage Therapy Board meetings.

In 2020, there have been a couple of issues and resolutions the chapter’s leadership team wanted to explore, and especially through surveying its members, regarding

a) moving the massage therapy profession in Nevada forward, and

b) the way the chapter operates regarding electing its leadership, in the future.

The Results of these Surveys and what they could mean for the AMTA Nevada Chapter’s members, the profession in Nevada, and the Nevada massage-receiving-Public are outlined in the following:

a)

The chapter Board of Directors was presented, by the Government Relations Committee, an idea of How massage therapy could be viewed – legally – in order for it to be regulated as it has been for 15 years and additionally be recognized by lawmakers, other healthcare professions, and the Public as a form of healthcare in Nevada…without a ‘medical’ classification. This could be achieved by being included as a profession (like Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Athletic Trainer, Music Therapist, etc) within NRS 629.031. On July 23rd (& for 10 days), the Chapter asked this question:

“Would you support the profession of Massage Therapy in Nevada to be included in the category of “Provider of healthcare,” as described in and related to NRS 629 “Healing Arts Generally”?”

The chapter preceded the member-Survey with some background:

Currently, in NV:

  • Massage Therapy (MT) is considered a Personal Service;
  • A NVMT performs work that can be billed using a [medical] NAICS Code, CPT Codes, and is recognized by the WHO (ref: ICHI Beta 3) all of which provide bases for remuneration;
  • Recent events have restricted access of MT by patients/clients who would otherwise need MT to maintain their good health status;
  • The NSBMT’s requirement of “550 Education Hours” et al for eligibility to perform any type of MT (from relaxation to healthcare-related) applies to all Applicants, regardless of their intent for performing MT;

…all with the intent to either bring up to speed and/or put – in a contemporary-context – information that may have been helpful to our members in answering the survey-question.

In the members’ response, there was an overwhelming number of Respondents (142, 13.4% of the 1056 Survey-invitations Sent) who, at 98.6% (140 of them), responded “Yes” to the chapter’s Question. Fifty-eight (58) Comments were added to the “Yes”es, to elaborate why each Respondent answered “Yes”, primarily indicating that massage therapy has health[care] benefits.

2020 AMTA-NV Survey Results - Massage Therapy As Healthcare

This information was summarily presented by the Chapter President, Elizabeth Benion, in an Open Letter to the Nevada State Board of Massage Therapy on August 19th, 2020, in the morning’s Public Comment, with a request for the Board to consider the process of moving the massage therapy profession forward, in the direction of being considered healthcare in Nevada. Already on the Agenda was an Item of Discussing the potential of Massage Therapy in Nevada moving toward being recognized as healthcare, officially – check it out in the Chapter’s NSBMT Meeting Notes for 8/19/2020. Stay tuned for more of this developing topic in our profession in Nevada.

b)

Since 2020 made allowances for non-live, chapter activities to take place online – in an electronic format: leadership Elections, Annual Meeting, etc – the Chapter Board of Directors was interested to find out if the members would want to continue an online-portion of 2020’s chapter governance, being: holding Annual Elections online. They thought this method of conducting chapter-business for its members in the electronic age might be worth considering, since the national AMTA organization also conducts its National [Board of Directors] Election online and support many state-chapters in conducting their Annual Elections online already, so on August 1st, they asked:

“Starting with (and continuing, annually) the 2022 Election for open chapter

leadership positions, would you support Voting Online for your chapter

Leadership?”

The chapter preceded the 10-day member-Survey with some background:

Currently, in the Nevada Chapter:

  • Every year since 1999, member-elected leadership Positions are filled during a live-Election, held during the chapter’s Annual General Business Meeting at the AMTA-NV State Convention;
  • A President-appointed Commission on Candidacy accepts & vets Nominations and provides ballot material for use during the live-Election;
  • During the chapter’s 2020 Annual Elections, the membership was able to elect their leadership through an online-Election process, due to a determination of and guidance by the National AMTA Office, due to a pandemic that restricted live events;
  • The chapter’s Standing Rules do not allow regular, online-Election measures, only live-Election measures;
  • The Nevada Chapter would need to, by member-Approval in a Vote taken at the next [live] Annual General Business Meeting, change the Standing Rules, to change the way Elections are held, from live-Election to online-Election measures.

Of the 63 recorded Responses sent to 1056 Member-Recipients (6% Response-rate), 51 (81%) answered “Yes”. Of the 13 Comments that elaborated on their Choice (Yes or No), the support for online-voting mostly favored “convenience” and “participation of all”, while a minority of the Comments expressed a live election is acceptable.

2020 AMTA-NV Survey Results - Chapter Online Elections

In order to change the way the Nevada Chapter members vote during Annual Elections, the Chapter needs to change its Standing Rules to reflect its Election practice – for the record and per proper governance-procedures.

As a result of this survey, the AMTA-Nevada Chapter Board of Directors has convened the Standing Rules Committee, which is currently reviewing and redrafting Nevada’s Standing Rules to reflect Online Election procedures. The membership is slated to vote to pass the proposed, new Version of the Standing Rules in mid-2021, to be effective with 2022’s Annual Elections.
The AMTA Nevada Chapter Board of Directors wishes to thank all participating members for their input in taking action to move the profession of massage therapy in Nevada forward.

2020 AMTA-Nevada Chapter Annual Convention

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED – PENDING RESCHEDULE DATE: Monday, September 28, 2020

Siena Golf Club at night

The AMTA-NV Chapter’s Annual Convention hosts its

Annual Member Meeting, featuring:2019 AMTA-NV Chapter Convention Attendees

  • a State of the Chapter address,
  • Keynote and special guest speakers,
  • Government Relations updates, and
  • Food & giveaways!

Massage Therapists may also earn Continuing Education credits by attending an 8-hour, live course in Precision Neuromuscular Therapy and the Golf Swing (Nelson).Doug Nelson, teaching

Breakfast & Lunch, and Heavy Hors D’oeuvres (Dinner) will be served during the day, so you can network with your peers & talk about what you’re learning in the Meeting and seminar – so Come Hungry!

We look forward to seeing you at the State Convention – invite your colleagues, and we’ll see you soon!

2019 AMTA-Nevada State Convention

The AMTA-NV Chapter’s annual Convention hosts its Annual Member Meeting at Palace Station Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas for massage therapy students and professionals – with special guest speakers, massage therapy government relations updates, good food, and giveaways. Licensed Massage Therapists earn Continuing Education credits by attending courses for improving your practice, including presenters Heath & Nicole Reed (Self-Care & Table Thai), Ruth Werner (Pathology), & Nicola McGill (Manual Lymphatic Drainage). Keep Reading for how you can be a part of this unique event in Las Vegas, Nevada this Spring!

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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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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 126http://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 336http://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 252https://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!

Report: August 17, 2012 chapter member meeting

Our member meeting at Tuscany Suites & Casino in Las Vegas last Friday was a great time for all: many members got to meet colleagues (some of whom live “just around the corner”) and share some good food and information.

Sally Hacking joined the chapter, from Florida, as it’s Government Relations Consultant – she gave the attending members a brief overview of her role with the chapter and advice that she has given and may yet give the chapter regarding the promotion of the massage therapy profession in Nevada.

Michelle Viesselman & Brad Enerson, Nevada chapter Delegates going to the 2012 House of Delegates in Raleigh this October at the National AMTA Convention, presented 6 proposed Position Statements and 2 Recommendations to the members.  A brief outline of what a Delegate’s role in the chapter is and some specific conversation about the Position Statements and Recommendations made for a lively and interactive presentation.

Judi Calvert of Hands-On Trade Association, CAMTC, and the World of Massage Museum presented some information about the history of the AMTA in Nevada and the chapter – there were members here in Nevada before there was an organized chapter (more to come on our history!).

We’d like to thank our NV State Convention Sponsors for providing some great prizes for giveaway, including a Retail Starter Kit (a counter-top display, valued at $125) from Biofreeze that went to our lucky winner Judi!

Come out and find out…at our next chapter member meeting – email hidden; JavaScript is required if you have any ideas for Topics!