Frequently Asked Questions about acupuncture covered by insurance.
IS ACUPUNCTURE COVERED BY INSURANCE?
YES! If you have acupuncture benefits as part of your health insurance coverage, then your insurance company will cover all or part of your acupuncture treatments. Every policy is different, so you will need to find out details about what is covered under your policy. If you can provide us with a copy of your insurance card, we are happy to inquire about your eligibility and coverage details for you.
Even if you do not have acupuncture benefits, our staff can instruct you on other ways you might be able to get reimbursement or apply a savings to your plan for care.
IS DR. MANCINI IN MY INSURANCE NETWORK?
We are part of many of the major insurance networks available in San Diego, as well as specialty insurance agencies such as American Specialty Health and AcuCare. Yes, we can usually also help HMO and Kaiser patients. If you unsure about your network or coverage, please ask us.
DOES MEDI-CAL AND MEDICARE COVER ACUPUNCTURE?
At this time, Medi-Cal and Medicare do not provide coverage for acupuncture. However, if you have supplemental insurance coverage, you may be covered. Call us to check on the details of your benefits.
WHAT ARE AFFINITY PROGRAMS FOR ACUPUNCTURE?
If you don’t have benefits, you may have what’s called an “affinity program”. This is an arrangement that the insurance company has with certain acupuncturists to offer their members treatments at a discounted price. We are happy to discuss personal financing options with you if you have a need or have any questions. Our primary concern is your care and we want to help you any way we can, so please ask us.
CAN I USE MY INSURANCE IF I AM IN A CAR ACCIDENT?
If you have suffered a personal injury in a motor vehicle accident, your car insurance or the other party’s car insurance can pay for acupuncture treatments. NOTE: Using medical payment coverage does not affect your insurance rates. Dr. Mancini can also work directly with attorneys to coordinate coverage for your acupuncture treatments. In the case of an accident, please call us to find out what we can do to help.
Print out this brochure and keep it in your car in case of an accident: 3 Steps to Follow In Case of an Accident.
What does acupuncture treat?
Anything that your body has the capacity to do on its own, including healing, acupuncture can help to trigger and speed up those processes. Chinese medicine is designed to take your body up to the point where it can function as close to 100% as possible on its own – for life.
The use of acupuncture is appropriate for, but not limited to, the following types of conditions based on the nationally recognized 2004 Evidence Based Acupuncture Guidelines:
Read a recent study on how acupuncture can help patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA).
Tension Headache · Migraine Headache · Cluster Headache · Sinus Headache · Hypertensive Headache · Cervicogenic Headache · Head Trauma · Temporomandibular Dysfunction · Facial Pain · Traumatic Brain Injuries
Cervical Radiculopathy · Cervical Stenosis and Spondylosis · Herniated Cervical Disc · Torticolis · Unspecified Neck Pain · Cervical Arthritis · Degenerative Disc Disease · Muscle Spasm
Injuries to the Shoulder – General · Acromioclavicular Joint Separation/Compression · Rotator Cuff Tear · Biceps Tendon Injury · Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder) · Shoulder Tendinitis/Bursitis · Thoracic outlet syndrome · Muscle spasm
Lateral Epicondlylitis · Medial Epicondylitis · Olecranon Bursitis · Ulnar Neuritis
Forearm, Hand and Wrist
Forearm sprain/strain · Carpal Tunnel Syndrome · DeQuervains Syndrome · Trigger Finger
Wrist/finger sprain/strain · Tendinitis of forearm/wrist · Arthritis
Injuries to the Costals · Low Back Sprain/Strain · Lumbar Facet Syndrome · Lumbar Disc Herniation · Sciatic Neuralgia · Spondylolisthesis · Sacroiliac Sprain/Strain · Spondylosis · Muscle Spasms · Lumbar Radiculopathy · Degenerative Disc Disease ·
Hip and Thigh
Osteoarthritis · Muscle Spasm · Tendinitis / Bursitis · Piriformis Syndrome · Capsulitis · Avascular Necrosis · Post-Operative Fractures & Hip Replacements
Osteoarthritis · Tendinitis · Ligament Injuries · Meniscus Injuries · Patellofemoral Pain ·
Post-operative pain · Bakers Cyst
Ankle and Foot
Ankle Sprain · Achilles Tendinitis · Plantar Fascitis · Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome · Diabetic Neuropathy · Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy · Osteoarthritis · Post-Operative
Chronic and Postoperative Pain
“Acupuncture, in combination with pharmacological interventions, may lower
the need for medication and reduce the risk for side effects from these drugs.”
“Acupuncture may reduce nausea and vomiting if used in early postoperative
Not sure if acupuncture is right for your condition? Ask us.
If we can’t help you, Dr. Mancini can refer you to another doctor that can help.
Your health is our main concern.