As of January 2014, regulations went into place which allow acupuncture visits to be covered for those individuals enrolled in the state's MassHealth program. Under the regulations acupuncture can be provided in three locations: acute care settings, community centers and physician offices.
Most often patients cannot make use of these services due to the regulation stating that acupuncturists need physician referral, supervision and billing. Acupuncturists have never been supervised in this way. As an organization we understand that the overwhelming majority of acupuncturists are independent practitioners and are not employed by MD’s, clinics or acute care outpatient hospitals.
ASM is working to change some of these regulations so that they are better suited to acupuncturists, their practices, and ultimately their patients, including working with MassHealth to ensure that payments to acupuncturists are uniformly fair and appropriate to our work.
Below are the three pieces of regulations in both the full version as well as just the sections that are pertinent to acupuncturists.