Related LINKS



  • Acupuncture Front Office Procedure: The Training and Reference Manual, 307 page book by Cynthia Bestani –Includes the day to day operations of the practice, including handling insurance step by step, to fill out insurance forms, talk with insurance companies, prevent delays and optimize payment, handle collections, and the steps to implement a good financial policy on insurance.

  • The Art of Practice Management for Acupuncture Health Care Practices includes ”How to Implement an Office Policy on Insurance” step by step. Procedures to optimize getting paid by insurance carriers, the why and how of creating different types of financial policies with insurance, Understanding Managed Care and Managed Care contracts. Book also has five star rated reviews, endorsed by David Maloney, Pres. of AAOM and other instructors and administrators. Used by a number of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine schools.

  • Insurance coverage for acupuncture & how you can become a insurance provider

  • Most commonly used current CPT Codes and ICD-9 Pain Management Diagnostic Codes in the US for Acupuncturists, Chiropractors, Osteopaths, Massage therapists. Only print, photocopy or purchase enough superbills or HCFA-1500 Forms to last a year. Codes can change as often as yearly. Check in Oct preceding the new year.

  • The Acupuncturist's Insurance Forms Packet. There are 50 different master forms on 24# laser paper that can be photocopied for use for acupuncture practices, or a combination of acupuncture with chiropractic, massage, osteopathy, etc. Forms can be customized with name, address, provider #, license number, phone number for an additional nominal charge or the forms can be stamped with this information. ICD-9 codes must be added and are not placed on the forms to protect practitioner scope of practice use. Please read criteria for ICD-9 coding use prior to using these codes.

  • American Medical Association CPT Code Book and ICD-9 Diagnostic Code Book from the American Medical Association at 1-800-AMA-3211.

  • Managed Care Section on Acupuncture Today

  • Should I sign up for an HMO?

  • Worker's Compensation Issues ~ See Worker's Compensation by state in the next section on US Organizations, Health Care Networks and Agencies.

  • What To Do When An Insurer Won't Cover Acupuncture - Appropriate for patients and practitioners, this publication provides steps to take to encourage coverage. Provides facts about acupuncture to support coverage.

  • Health Care Insurance Carriers of Acupuncture


  • Acu-Care Managed Care Company. Ilan Migdali, LAc. is president of this company and has given evidence that his company protects both the rights of patients and acupuncturists in negotiating with insurers. Email

  • Acupuncture Plus Network California based. See article on this network.

  • American Association of Health Plans -Trade organization representing health maintenance organizations (HMOs), preferred provider organizations (PPOs), andother similar health plans.

  • American Health Care Alliance – for acupuncture and Oriental Medicine as well as collective bargaining for access to patient referrals.

  • American Specialty Health Networks - One of the largest Acupuncture networks.

  • Health Care Finance Administration HCFA Medicare & Medicaid

  • Info on Medicare for Acupuncture

  • The Major Health Care Insurance Carriers. This is on a chiropractic site. However, it's easily used by other professions, including acupuncture & Oriental medicine to obtain what you need from the carriers websites.

  • Landmark Healthcare

  • Workers Compensation Agencies By State. This is on a chiropractic site and is well organized by state. However, you should be able to access what you need for acupuncture & Oriental Medicine. Not all states cover acupuncture & Oriental medicine.

  • JCAHO The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits nearly 17,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, not-for-profit organization, JCAHO is the nation's predominant standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.

  • FCQU First Credentialing Quality Assurance. A national credentialing verification organization CVO). Functions as an Independent Practice Association (IPA) and a national credentiality agency. Credentiality is provided for all types of health care practitioners, including traditional medicine and alternative health care providers. Claim to deliver objective credentialing certification, which is used by payors to select provider networks. FCQA also functions as an Independent Practice Association (IPA).

  • National Guild for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Their purpose is to demonstrate the profession's benefits to medical providers, insurance plans and the public, provide testimony before the government commission on complementary and alternative medicine and present information on the status of acupuncture in the US. which may impact both greater state and national insurance coverage, and inclusion in Medicare. They met with representatives of state and national labor organizations with the goal of establishing relations and expanding acupuncture services to federal employees and their families, establishing unionization for acupuncturists which would allow for greater power in negotiating standard health benefits and giving employee access to acupuncture. To participate in the Guild or find out more about the results of this project. Tel: (310) 325-8054 Email


  • Insurance Coding Information for reimbursement

  • Criteria for hospital privileges by the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture.

  • Acupuncturist (physician and non-physician) positioning in hospital settings, contact consultants David Kailin, Convergent Medical Systems, or consultant, Jason Stein, D.O.M. (former Medical Dirctor of Health South, Albuquerque, NM)

  • Quan Yin Insurance Billing Seminars and Insurance Billing Consulting for Acupuncturist and Acupuncture Physicians. Homebased in Florida. By phone or email nationally.
  • What is HIPAA, and how does it affect me? HIPAA is the acronym for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, a law that required the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to insure the privacy and security of patient information.  The two provisions of HIPAA that are most relevant to practitioners in private practice are those that pertain to the electronic transmittal of and the privacy of protected health information. To learn more, check out any of the following links...  The DHHS Site; The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services; The American Medical Association's HIPPA site; the Health Privacy Project's site; or the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange. Fred Lerner has also written a couple of excellent articles on HIPAA. Click here for Part One, and here for Part Two of his article.




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