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Acupuncture Coverage for         Military Veterans

 

 

 

US Veterans now qualify for 100% covered acupuncture treatments through the Veterans Choice Program.

No-Cost Acupuncture Treatments for Military Veterans and their Families

The Veterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014, also called the Veterans Choice Act, is a public law that provides funding for Veterans so they may seek treatment outside of the VA. The law stipulates veteran must live 40 miles away from the nearest VA hospital or be unable to get an appointment within 30 days. However, because there are no acupuncturists currently working at the VA everyone who qualifies for medical coverage through the Department of Veterans Affairs automatically qualifies for 100% covered Acupuncture treatments through the Veterans Choice Program.

 

Benefits May Include:

  • Improved mental clarity, concentration and memory

  • Decreased nightmares, hyper-vigilance and flashbacks

  • Reduced anxiety and irritability

  • More restful sleep

  • Increased energy

 

United Acupuncture is proud to be accepted as provider serving Veterans.

We can now treat Veterans and your family at no cost to you.

The acupuncture for Veterans will be centered around these three broad conditions and treatments will be adjusted slightly based on the individual specific issues.

Pain management: Headaches, Chronic pain, Migraines, Back pain, Shoulder pain, Neck pain, Ankle pain, Knee pain, Dysmenorrhea, Osteoarthritis, Cancer, Prostatitis, TMJ, Postoperative pain, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Post traumatic pain.

Mental Health: Depression, PTSD, Anxiety, Schizophrenia, Opiate addiction, Drug addiction.

Wellness: Insomnia, Smoking cessation, Postoperative Nausea, Restless leg syndrome, IBS, PMS, Tinnitus, Menopausal Symptoms, Blood pressure, Erectile dysfunction, Rhinitis, Asthma, Gastrointestinal disease.

               CCN Processes and Procedures

 

   First Step: Approved Referrals and Authorizations

The Veteran must have an approved referral/authorization from VA BEFORE an appointment can be set. The approved referral/authorization is the process starting point. Providers must have an approved referral/authorization on file before rendering care, unless the Veteran needs urgent or emergent care.

The Three (3) Ways to Generate an Approved Referral/Authorization

An approved referral/authorization can be triggered in one of three ways:

1.  The provider determines a Veteran patient needs additional care beyond what was originally authorized.

  •  Request additional or extended care by submitting an RFS form directly to VA, preferably though VA’s secure, web-based system, HSRM, or via an EDI 278 compliant interface.

 

 2.   The Veteran contacts his or her local VAMC to confirm CCN eligibility.

  •  If the Veteran is eligible, VA may refer the Veteran to a community provider and either appoints the Veteran to a CCN provider, delegates appointing to TriWest, or allows the Veteran to self-schedule.

 

3.  VA assesses the Veteran’s need and makes the     

      determination to refer the Veteran for care in the     

       community, therefore generating an approved 

       authorization.

  • VA will then send the authorization information to TriWest for administrative purposes

 

Second Step: Appointing Process

 

Pathways for Appointing

1.  VAMC Direct Appointing

  • Veteran’s VAMC approves care.

  •  Veteran’s VAMC contacts the provider’s office, schedules an appointment on behalf of the Veteran, and sends the authorization letter to the provider.

 

2.  TriWest Appointing

  •  Veteran’s VAMC approves care and delegates the appointment process to TriWest.

  •  TriWest contacts the CCN provider on behalf of the Veteran to schedule the appointment and then sends VA’s authorization letter to the provider.

 

3.  Veteran Self-Appointing

  •  Both the VAMC and TriWest offer self-appointing options for Veterans. A Veteran can self-appoint when he/ she has an approved authorization.

                o   Veterans MUST have an approved  authorization in 

                      in order to self-appoint; otherwise, the provider risks

                      not being reimbursed.

  • If the Veteran does not self-appoint within 90 days after the approved referral/authorization was generated, the approved referral/authorization will be returned to VA.

  •  Either TriWest or VA sends the provider an authorization letter after receiving appointment information.

  •  If the provider hasn’t received an approved authorization      letter within a week of a Veteran self-scheduling an appointment, the provider should contact the VAMC or TriWest to ensure the appointment information is available.

  •  A Veteran may also self-appoint through the Veteran self-service website or phone app.

 

 

Call today at 832-321-3590 for your free consultation.​