After we discuss your symptoms and health history, I'll let you know how I can help. If I don't think acupuncture will help you, I'll let you know that too and suggest what might.
If you're afraid of needles, rest assured that acupuncture needles are nothing like those used for injections or blood draws. Acupuncture needles are ultra-thin, smaller than a cat whisker, and insertion is fairly painless. They're pre-sterilized and disposed of after each use. You can expect to feel some sensations, but first-time patients are surprised to find that acupuncture is far more comfortable than expected.
Most find the experience deeply relaxing, and some even fall asleep during treatment. While some feel energized afterwards, others may feel sleepy, so it's best not to plan strenuous activities immediately afterward until you know how you respond.
The Initial Visit will take up to 90 minutes, and Follow-Up Treatments are 45-60 minutes.
Insurance coverage for acupuncture is on the rise, so it's good to check your policy every year. I participate with some Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna and United Healthcare plans, and can provide you with a SuperBill if you have out-of-network coverage. Note that some plans will only cover acupuncture for specific conditions.
If you're a Veteran, you can request a referral to my office through the VA Choice program.
Acupuncture treatment for auto and work injuries may also be covered, but will need to be authorized before we begin.
Medicare and Supplemental plans do not currently cover acupuncture, but Advantage Plans and Secondary Insurance sometimes do.
Payment is due at the time of service unless insurance coverage has been verified. Cash, check, credit cards, HSA and Flex Spending Account cards are accepted.
Acupuncture Law in PA
Only your Medical Doctor can make a medical diagnosis. In Pennsylvania, acupuncture treatment beyond 60 days for a person who presents symptoms of a condition requires that a medical diagnosis be obtained.
The time for your acupuncture visit is reserved just for you. If you are unable to keep your appointment for any reason other than weather considerations, 24-hour advance notice is requested. Late cancellations or missed appointments will be billed in full, and insurance does not cover these fees.
Acupuncture is not advised if you have a bleeding disorder, are altered by drugs or alcohol, or are excessively fatigued or hungry. Be sure to eat regular meals the day of treatment, and continue to take any prescription medications as directed by your physician. Electro-Acupuncture may be contraindicated if you have implants. Moxibustion and Infrared heat is sometimes contraindicated. Treatment may be refused based on such criteria.