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Poll Results for the following Question:

What percentage of your practice consists of patients covered by insurance or another health plan?



Total Respondents: 97


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0-25% I have mixed feelings about accepting insurance patients into my practice, something I have done for 3 of my 5 years in practice. Having an insurance which offers acupuncture as a covered benefit does make it easier financially for patients to obtain the recommended number of treatments needed for their condition. However, the paperwork involved in filing claims, checking insurance coverage and status, followup calls on filed claims which have not been paid, etc. has made my life and that of my receptionist's more difficult. And when the insurance companies change their contract with me without notice, lowering the agreed to reimbursement amounts, or suddenly deciding the provider must now also offer a 15% discount to certain patients in addition to accepting the lowered agreed fee, does not seem right. I sometimes wonder if all the extra work is worth it.

26-50% I am a physician acupuncturist. When I began acupuncture training 6 years ago, I loved the practice of Oriental medicine without the constraints of HMO,PPO, insurance "handcuffs" on patient care. Now that "conventional" medicine has sought to integrate complementary therapies, I fear that the process of integration will destroy the essance of the Oriental medical approach to patient care as well as the "holistic" role of the practitioner. It is indeed a two-edged sword - recognition of the healing art of acupuncture by insurance coverage makes it available to many more people but may eventually lead to the same "drive-by" or "assembly line" medicine that so many of us have come to know and hate.
 I need some rule about acupuncture in US.
I am a student of liaoning University.Now I'm researching the law about acupuncture in the USA,so I hope that you can give some informantion about the law in the USA.I mean the original edition about the acupuncture.
If you can help me,please send me the massage to my E-mail Address.

26-50% We have to advocate for more accupunture regulation and recognition for the future of health care that is safe for the whole family.

26-50% More and more coverage as time goes on with
increased coverage for those that already have
coverage. It is promising as the insurance
companies are really making a financial decision
as OM is a cheaper and more viable alternative for
their patient than drugs, surgery and time off work.
Hopefully the future will bring us more and further
into the mainstream without compromising the
quality, integrity and intention of OM.
51-75% This varies. Sometimes business is predominanty cash. Other times it is predominantly insurance. I am not a network provider for an ins. co.

0-25% I mostly work on pain,and have yet to have not helped to some degree.
0-25% The less iinvolvement that I have with insurance, the simpler my life stays. And the more time I have to dedicate to the practice that I love.

76-100% I would like to advertise my clinic on your Acupuncture Today. Please tell me how to go about doing that.

Mason Shen.Ph.D, O.M.D, A.M.D, LAc
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