Regence Lowers Acupuncture Rates in Washington

Mental health professionals are also seeing their fees discounted by Regence.

Acupuncturists in Washington breathed a sigh of relief after learning Regence BlueShield would only cut their reimbursement rates by 10 percent in January – not the proposed 45 percent reduction that had sent shock waves to providers.

Restrictions by Regence BlueCross BlueShield Irritate Practitioners

A pre-certification process was instituted Nov. 1 placing barriers in the way for people seeking care from alternative medical providers such as acupuncturists.
Until recently Regence BlueCross BlueShield had a glowing reputation among alternative care providers, and there were very few restrictions on what they could do for their patients.

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Embraces the Triple Aim

Its association has been invited by Dr. Bruce Goldberg to participate in a new advisory group on how to integrate complementary and alternative medicine into the state's healthcare programs.


OPINION -- Six months into presiding over the Oregon Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (OAAOM), I see an organization in the midst of enormous transformation and professional opportunity. Today we are at a pivotal moment for balancing the needs of the future with the lessons of the past.

Alternative Practitioners Could Face Legal Hurdles with CCOs

Rep. Dennis Richardson might throw a monkey wrench into the mix during the upcoming legislative session

January 8, 2013 -- Oregon statute is quite clear about allowing people on the Oregon Health Plan to receive care from complementary and alternative medical practitioners – acupuncturists, chiropractors, naturopaths, massage therapists and nurse midwives.

A non-discriminatory amendment is embedded in the legislation (Senate Bill 1580) that called for the creation of coordinated care organizations – charged with integrating physical, mental and dental care for low-income people on Medicaid.

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