Mead Acupuncture

Insurance info/FAQ

Insurance Coverage

I am a preferred provider for POMCO and Blue Cross/Blue Shield Plans.  If you you have either of these plans and you have acupuncture coverage, once any deductible is met, I will take your co-pay at the time of service.  

For those with the Empire Plan/United Healthcare plan, and you have in network acupuncture coverage, please note that there are no in-network acupuncturists in the Syracuse area.  Because of this, you can call them and ask them for an exception because of the distance.  This exception may be called a Single Case Agreement.  You can have them contact me directly to set this up.  This way you can have acupuncture treatment at 'in network' costs from the beginning, rather than having to meet a deductible first.

If you have any other plan and have out-of-network acupuncture coverage I will be happy to submit claims for you, or provide you with the documentation you need so that you can submit for reimbursement.

I currently cannot submit for No Fault, Worker's Comp, Medicare or Medicaid.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

How does acupuncture work?

According to  Traditional Chinese Medicine theory, illness and/or pain arises when the flow of Qi in the meridians becomes unbalanced or blocked.  Qi (pronounced chee) is the life energy flowing through the body and can be influenced and balanced by stimulating specific points on the body.  These points are located along channels of energy known as meridians that connect all of our major organs.   

 

What can I expect at my appointment?

At your first appointment we will spend about 20 minutes or more discussing your health concerns, your health history, reviewing what acupuncture is and what it can do, and answering any questions.   I will then may take your blood pressure, take your pulse and look at your tongue.  At that point I will then begin treatment.   On subsequent appointments, we will briefly review your progress and then get right to treatment.  Once the needles are in you can expect to rest with the needles in for about 20 minutes.  Most sessions last around an hour.  Your first appointment may run longer.  

How many appointments will I need?

This largely depends on the condition being treated.  If you have recent acute condition or pain, this may resolve in a 2-4 sessions.   If you have had longstanding pain or a chronic health issue this will take longer.   I usually tell patients who have never had acupuncture to mentally commit to 3 sessions.  After 3 sessions you should see some change or improvement in your condition and can then decide whether you want to continue. Ten sessions is considered a general course of treatment. After 10 visits we will re-assess your condition and progress.