Is acupuncture covered by My Insurance?
Some insurance companies are now covering acupuncture sessions. It is important to check with your policy on your specific coverage. If you have insurance that covers acupuncture, we will be happy to give you a payment receipt & insurance documentation form to submit to your insurer for reimbursement.
Here is a helpful series of questions to ask your insurer to determine if your policy covers acupuncture:
- Does my plan cover acupuncture? If the answer to this is yes, then continue with the questions below.
- Does the provider have to be In-Network or will my plan pay for an Out-of-Network provider?
- How many treatment sessions are covered by my plan?
- Is there a co-pay or co-insurance? If so, how much?
- Is the cost of treatments applied to my deductible?
- Is there a limit on the number of treatments covered?
- What specific conditions/medical codes are covered by my plan?
While not all insurance plans cover the cost of acupuncture treatments, many employers offer Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) which allow employees to set aside pre-tax dollars into an account which may be used to pay for certain health care expenses. Acupuncture is an eligible expense under these plans and does not require a referral from a doctor in order to use FSA funds to pay for your treatments.
As a holistic medical modality, acupuncture treats the whole person.
Prior to your initial visit, you will fill out a thorough health history form. Your initial exam will include a comprehensive verbal intake in order for your practitioner to identify and assess symptoms, medical history, and lifestyle. Your acupuncturist might also check your pulse, examine your tongue, and palpate your abdomen as part of a physical exam. Feel free to ask questions at any stage of this process. Follow-up treatments last anywhere from 30-60 minutes and are tailored specifically to the needs and sensitivities of each patient.
A single session may include any of the following techniques:
The sensation of needle insertion varies from person to person. Some people experience a small pinch at the moment of insertion, while others experience nothing at all. At the site of the needle, you might notice a feeling of heaviness, warmth, tingling or even an electric sensation. This “Qi sensation” is a sign that the treatment is working.
Moxabustion is a form of heat therapy applied to specific acupuncture points. Your acupuncturist will burn a small quantity of mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) either on the handle of the needle or directly over the skin. As a patient, you will experience a pleasant warming sensation.
Cupping is a therapy often used for muscle tension and the common cold. Small glass cups are held in place on the body through the use of mild suction. The practitioner is able to adjust the sensation according to the sensitivity and needs of each patient. This therapy will often leave a red mark on the body that will dissipate within a few days.
A teishin is a Japanese-style blunt needle used to stimulate acupuncture points through touch rather than insertion.
Gua Sha is a deep massage technique used to release muscle tension and to address the common cold. Your acupuncturist will use a smooth-edged tool to scrape the skin over the area of concern. This technique might also leave behind a temporary mark on the body.
Tui Na, literally translated as “Push Grasp” is a traditional form of Asian bodywork. It is essentially a massage technique that is employed by your acupuncturist to address specific musculo-skeletal concerns.