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NADA’s AcuDetox for D&A Abstinence

The National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (www.acudetox.com) certifies an ear acupuncture protocol to support drug & alcohol abstinence. This protocol, which is based in psychosocial & biological science and Chinese medical theory, is well researched as a non-verbal, pharmaceutical-free, and barrier-free approach to behavioral health.
 
Lincoln Hospital (Bronx, NY) was the first to eliminate the use of pharmaceuticals during in-patient acute detoxification when the NADA protocol was made available on-demand 24-hours a day.

Rural Vets Seek Homemaker Benefit

The Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) Standard Medical Benefits Package includes Homemakers / Home Health Aides (H/HHA). H/HHAs help Veterans remain living safely in their own home alone, and/or allow respite for their existing caregivers.Are rural  Vets falling through the cracks as far as access to this benefit?

Eligible Vets qualify for the H/HHA benefit if s/he has infirmity of old age; or s/he may be of any age with an illness, injury or disability. The service can last for a few weeks or months, or indefinitely.

Alternative Health Benefits for Vets

The Department of Veteran's Affairs (DVA) is one of the biggest researchers, and supporters of alternative non-drug therapies for pain management, and mental health. The DVA ranks the evidence as "good quality" that non-drug therapies may be helpful in the management of acute or chronic post-traumatic spectrum disorders (PTSD), stress & distress, drug & alcohol addiction and more. Many Veterans are not aware of the alternative health programs available to them, nor what these programs entail.

Coding Primary Care

In blog post "Documenting PQRS", I wrote about how documenting quality care measures on insurance claim forms shows that practitioners of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine [AOM] can and do contribute to primary care & prevention. Even though we may not get reimbursed, there are E&M in the areas of health behavior, preventive medicine, and counseling:

HEALTH & BEHAVIOR ASSESSMENT, Ea 15 Minutes
  • 96150: Initial
  • 96151:  Re-Assessment
  • 96152:  Individual

Documenting PQRS

I encourage impaneled practitioners of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine to consider documenting the Physician's Quality Reporting Systems's (PQRS) "quality measure" codes for Primary Care & Prevention on insurance forms. We can do this in New Mexico because we are considered "Primary Care Providers", so by definition we are supposed to. Look at what Primary Care & Prevention means then examples of how Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is already accountable:
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