Most of the major heath insurers now have coverage for acupuncture services. I prefer payment at the time of service, and I realize this can be a hardship for some patients. Thus, I am willing to bill your insurance for you and wait for payment.
Some insurers prefer (or require) that I submit the claims for you. This is particularly true if you have acupuncture coverage by practitioners in a Preferred Provider panel on which I am named. Patients should expect to cover their co-pay, herbs or other non-covered services, or any deductible owing at the time of service.
If you have been in a car accident and your treatment is in regards to injuries sustained in the accident, you are almost always covered 100%. This is the true provided that the accident has been in the last year and you have not used more than $15,000 of paid medical benefit. If you are outside of these parameters on a car accident case, please discuss your situation with me before your first treatment if you are not planning on paying at the time of the visit and you do not have any secondary insurance that will cover you.
Please understand that any billing of your insurance is done as a convenience to you. You are ultimately responsible for any charges for services at the Acupuncture Center of Portland. Insurance companies can deny claims for a variety of reasons. If this occurs, the unpaid balance on your account is due and payable upon denial by your insurance company.
If you would like us to work with your insurance company, please make sure that you present your insurance card immediately upon arrival for your first appointment. We encourage you to check on your coverage before your first visit. If you have any questions about your coverage or how payment will work for your treatment, please ask at your earliest opportunity so that we may clarify any issues.
For your information, see the partial list below of the insurance providers that often offer coverage for acupuncture treatment that I regularly work with. Please understand that each insurer has many plans and yours may not be one of those covered. Also, there are definitely other insurers that do have coverage that are not listed. It is always best to check for yourself to get the most up-to-date information on your coverage.
Some insurers that often offer coverage for acupuncture include:
- Automobile insurance companies after an accident
- American Specialty Health
- Corvel "Corcare"
- ODS Health Plans
- Pacific Source
- Premera Blue Cross
- Providence Health plans
- Regence Blue Cross
- United Healthcare