- OWCP regulations allow acupuncture if the treatment is likely to
bring relief. I'm paraphrasing that, but I should have a copy of the
regs somewhere, which I believe was given to me by a claims examiner
in the Chicago District Office. You need to obtain prior
authorization from OWCP/ACS, of course.
OWCP has always insisted that I either receive acupuncture from an
M.D. or an L.Ac. who is supervised by an M.D. It's limiting since
most L.Ac.'s work independently, and many M.D. acupuncturists are
inadequately trained. If you go with an M.D. who is a member of the
American Academy of Medical Acupuncture
(http://www.medicalacupuncture.org), you can rest assured that the
practitioner has had more than a crash course in acupuncture.
The Boston District Office has recently informed me that my physician-
acupuncturist "should" bill OWCP directly rather than have me seek
reimbursement. I'm assuming that the "should" means that's what OWCP
prefers but does not absolutely require. We'll see.
As an aside, I've heard that the 800 number for ACS (at least the one
for claimants) has been disconnected. Now you have to spend your own
dime in order to get lousy service.
--- In email@example.com, "Nancy" <FourDirect@...> wrote:
> I am curious about how the acupuncture was able to be covered? Was
it done by
> an MD? I have had that rejected for years.