Do you accept any insurance?
I do plan to stay in-network with Medicare and Carefirst (CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield) insurance.
Otherwise, I am OUT OF NETWORK with all other commercial insurance companies. I have self-pay rates that are competitive with other holistic providers in the Washington DC area. If you have out-of-network benefits, I can provide you with a bill to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. Please let me know if the cost for the visits is prohibitive and bring your W2 form.
Why is the first rheumatology visit expensive?
This 1st visit includes a comprehensive rheumatology visit, an acupuncture treatment, as well as the expected cost of care after the visit is complete. Prior authorization forms, telephone/email contact, and meeting your needs until the follow-up visit - all of these demand a significant amount of time.
Can acupuncture help treat rheumatologic disease?
Yes, there is accumulating evidence that acupuncture helps relieve the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis including morning stiffness and improves functionality. How does it accomplish this? Acupuncture has anti-inflammatory effects (it acts as an immunomodulator, or it changes the immune system without suppressing it)
How frequently will I need acupuncture treatments?
This is highly individual but the following general guidelines can be provided:
Most patients require 3-5 visits, spaced a week apart to find the best treatment for their condition. Once the best treatment is determined, we work on extending the length of relief. Some may then return on a regular basis for a "booster", with the change of season (4 times a year) or even once a month.
Do you treat chronic and terminal illness?
Yes, the anxiety and stress associated with chronic and terminal illness can be treated best with acupuncture rather than more medication.