Typical Acupuncture Treatment
The initial acupuncture session is typically 1.5 hours which includes an initial intake of about 45-60 minutes as it is important for me to understand your health history. We review your current medical condition(s) and medical history.
For followup acupuncture sessions we sit down with a check-in to see how you responded to the prior sessions and where you are at on this day and in this moment. That can take from 5-20 minutes.
Your private room followup acupuncture sessions last about 30-40 minutes with needles. In addition other therapies may be employed to support the acupuncture sessions for better outcomes:
- Soft tissue massage (neck, shoulders, back) if appropriate
- Mild TENS stimulation if appropriate
- Moxabustion if appropriate
- Brief review of blood chemistry to uncover potential nutrition imbalances
- Supplement or herbal suggestions
- Lifestyle suggestions
I always look to empower my patients to take charge of their health. Typically patients come in only about 1x/week although some acute conditions require 2x/week . How long it will take for your condition to resolve depends on many factors such as how long you’ve had the condition and other comorbidities. After every treatment I am looking for some measurable progress.
No Insurance Coverage – No Problem
For those without acupuncture insurance coverage we offer a significant prompt pay discount which includes your insurance company discounts. These are reduced by over 30% from standard insurance billing. The fee is $75/treatment in the Stow office and $85/treatment in the Belmont office. Initial standard sessions are $140 and $150 respectively.
Health Insurance Coverage
If your insurance covers acupuncture then I mostly likely accept it. I am a preferred acupuncture provider for Aetna, UnitedHealth, Harvard Pilgrim, BCBS, AllWays,Tufts, BMC, Fallon and few other plans so I will submit a claim directly to your insurance carrier if your policy covers your condition .
You are financially responsible for co-payments and deductibles imposed by your insurance carrier.
Please call your insurance company and ask if acupuncture is covered as well as acceptable conditions for coverage. Some insurance plans impose treatment restrictions such as limiting the number of treatments and/or the conditions treated. Please be sure to check on them so there are no surprises.
Flex spending HSA Cards:
Your pre-tax health Flex Spending Account (FSA) can be used to pay for acupuncture sessions. If your employer issued a an FSA Debit card we take those for your convenience. If you do not have a flex spending card we will provide you with a Superbill you can submit to your plan administrator.
Workman’s Compensation and Automobile PIP Insurance:
We will bill the auto insurance company or Workman’s Compensation and send them appropriate documentation.