Will my insurance cover acupuncture treatments?

Insurance coverage for acupuncture treatment varies from policy to policy. With the increasing demand for acupuncture and it’s efficacy, insurance benefits for acupuncture are becoming more common. If your insurance policy has acupuncture coverage, Diana at CBC medical will help you get your treatments covered by giving you a super-bill to submit for insurance reimbursement or by submitting claims to your insurance directly. We would be happy to call your insurance to check your benefits for you, but if you do have blue cross blue-shield or Highmark they will not give us any information; you will have to call them directly. You may wish to contact your insurance company ahead of time to find out what your policy’s coverage is for acupuncture. Some questions to ask might include:

  • Will my policy cover acupuncture?
  • If so, how many visits are covered per calendar year?
  • Does it have to be performed by a physician in lieu of anesthesia?
  • What is the co-pay, if any?
  • Do I have a deductible? If so, how much of it has been met?
  • What are my acupuncture benefits for in network versus out of network providers?
  • Does acupuncture coverage only apply for certain conditions? If so, what conditions?

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient system of healthcare naturally promoting health and well-being through the stimulation of very specific points on the body known as acupuncture points. These points lie along channels or meridians that run through the body connecting to various organs and systems from the surface points. Stagnation or blockages can occur along these meridians and the points themselves help to unblock these meridians and move energy or chi to help heal the body. At Saucon Valley Acupuncture, Warren Miles uses a more westernized approach with the Japanese-style and his own style, Miles Method®. His approach does not require herbs and is more suited for western lifestyles.

Is it safe?

When administered by a licensed practitioner, acupuncture is a very safe form of therapy. Licensed acupuncturists nationwide are trained and certified in Clean Needle Technique, which requires the adherence to strict safety guidelines, such as single insertion of sterile, disposable needles, to minimize the risk of infection.

What can acupuncture treat?

According to the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO), acupuncture has been proven effective in the treatment of a wide variety of medical conditions.

Links to World health organization articles


Does acupuncture hurt?

As explained in what to expect, it is often the idea of the needles than the needles themselves. At SVA Japanese style is utilized that uses fine needles, often first time acupuncture treatment patients don’t even realize a needle (sometimes several!) has been inserted. With motor-point technique the patient feels a characteristic zing when the needle reaches the point itself. Then gentle electric stimulation is applied. Trigger-point can be more intense especially if the muscle fibers are very tight but it is well worth the release in tension. Often times people give a chuckle when feeling the fasciculation of the muscle fibers for the first time. Here is a video of what a trigger point looks like. http://youtu.be/8gHP4w2etTY

How many treatments will I need?

Number of treatments varies widely from case to case. Simple musculoskeletal injuries of a structural nature affecting lower back, neck and shoulder usually only require a couple of treatments with the Miles Method®. Chronic conditions that a patient has had for a long time generally take longer to resolve. Other considerations are age and health of the patient as well as lifestyle choices that can affect positive outcomes and provide benefits from acupuncture treatments. Weekly appointments are a common treatment schedule however two or three times per week might be necessary for acute cases.



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