Recognize Acupuncturist as Healthcare providers


Recognize Acupuncturist as Healthcare providers

Recognize Acupuncturist as health care providers!

Despite overwhelming evidence of the positive impact acupuncturist have on patient health, they are not recognized as healthcare providers under the Social Security Act and, therefore, cannot be paid by Medicare for therapy management . The Social Security Act does recognize other healthcare professionals such as dieticians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurse midwives, and clinical social workers.

By changing the compensation structure allowed under Medicare, we can ensure that patients have access to the medical expertise of Acupuncturist. Studies have shown that when an Acupuncturist is directly involved in patient care for pain management and other issues, the patient recovers quicker with less medication required.

Click here to submit your signature to the White House to include Acupuncture in Medicare. The deadline for this submission is February 10, 2013.