9 Questions Every Acupuncturist Should Ask Their Employer

You may have some questions before you start your career as an acupuncturist. What is the compensation? What are my job responsibilities? And do I need individual acupuncture liability insurance?

The following list of questions are important to review with your new employer, or even with your existing employer as you change positions. Use the below guide to help you get the answers you need as you move on in your career – and whether or not you need to invest in your own malpractice insurance for acupuncturists.

What are the job responsibilities of an acupuncturist in your facility?

Acupuncturist responsibilities can span a variety of areas depending on the field you enter, the size of your place of employment, or even local laws and regulations enforced by the state medical board. It is always a good idea to clarify what your daily responsibilities are, what your employer’s expectations are, and what you are legally allowed or not allowed to do within scope of practice.

Are there any continuing education opportunities to further my career in holistic medicine?

The acupuncture profession undergoes changes all the time. As the laws change, and the licensing boards expand the scope of acupuncturists, advancing your education, keeping current with best practices or getting specialty certificates for specific fields are just a few of the myriad ways an acupuncturist can expand their career.

As you further study the acupuncturist profession, it is especially vital to have your own professional acupuncturist insurance policy. Even if your employer is encouraging or paying for you to get continuing education, their malpractice insurance policy will not cover you outside of the office and your regular working hours.

CM&F’s malpractice insurance for acupuncture professionals is comprehensive and flexible, designed to fluctuate with the changing relevant laws, so you know you are always covered within scope of practice as outlined within your policy.

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Are there any holistic medicine professional associations that I should consider joining?

Each state has local acupuncture associations or chapters of a larger national organization. One of the more prestigious associations is the American Society of Acupuncturists. We support working with national or local acupuncture programs that help further the risk education of acupuncturists by keeping their personal livelihood protected from future malpractice claims.

Find out from your employer if membership comes with your employment, or if they provide any additional benefits to you for being a member of an acupuncture association.

As an employee, do I have professional liability or acupuncture malpractice insurance already?

We insure healthcare groups & clinics, so we know firsthand that your employer’s policy will not have you as their main interest when it comes to malpractice legal cases or settlements – despite their best intentions.

If your employer does offer professional acupuncture liability insurance, what is their coverage plan? Ask for it in writing so you can review it and present it in the future should a malpractice claim arise.

Does the acupuncture malpractice insurance policy start right away?

Make sure there are no gaps in coverage as you transition employment, positions, or insurance companies. Reach out to CM&F’s client services team for advice and assistance as you evaluate your professional liability insurance options.

Should I have my own acupuncturist malpractice insurance plan?

Having your own personal acupuncturist insurance policy will ensure that your interests are the priority, and that your livelihood is protected. CM&F’s individual insurance policies for acupuncturists are attached to you, covering you wherever you go and wherever you work.

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What is the starting salary of my position? How does that compare to the average?

Salary negotiations are often a tough subject for interviewees, newly hired or newly promoted employees. Make sure to do research on the starting, average and maximum salary rates for your position, in your medical field, in your state. With the salary being offered, also be sure to measure the additional benefits like PTO, continuing education or access to a personal acupuncturist malpractice insurance policy.

What does acupuncturist malpractice insurance cost?

Acupuncturist malpractice insurance costs vary depending on position, type of coverage, and location. With CM&F, acupuncturist malpractice insurance is affordable and comprehensive with plans as low as $64.00 dollars per month, not including any discounts. Our competitors cannot match our low prices, as well as our all-encompassing coverage plans. To learn more about pricing for your specific profession in your state, give us a call or get a quote online.

What do I need to do to succeed as an acupuncturist?

Know the expectations of your employer. If you know the expectations and meet or exceed them on a daily basis, as well as show drive and motivation to grow, your career will advance in no time. CM&F is adamant about protecting the livelihood of acupuncturists for this very reason. A professional liability insurance policy for acupuncturist with CM&F eliminates personal financial risk, damages to your reputation, as well as license or board repercussions.

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At CM&F, we believe in the importance of a lifelong relationship, and in order to build that we are dedicated to being an educational resource for acupuncturists. To accomplish this we have compiled a vast amount of information from salary figures, to evaluating coverage options, and even blog posts written by fellow healthcare professionals.

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