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
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
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?
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.
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.
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
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: