Acupuncture

Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance)

 covers up to 12 acupuncture visits in 90 days for chronic low back pain.
 

Medicare covers an additional 8 sessions if you show improvement. If your doctor decides your chronic low back pain isn’t improving or is getting worse, Medicare won't cover your additional treatments. You can get a maximum of 20 acupuncture treatments in a 12-month period.
 

Note

Medicare doesn't cover acupuncture (including dry needling) for any condition other than chronic low back pain.

Your costs in Original Medicare

After you meet the Part B deductible, you pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount.

What it is

Acupuncture is a technique where providers stimulate specific points on the body, most often by inserting thin needles through the skin.

Things to know

Chronic low back pain is defined as:

  • Lasting 12 weeks or longer
  • Having no known cause (not related to cancer that has spread, inflammatory, or infectious disease)
  • Having no association with surgery or pregnancy

You must get acupuncture from a doctor, or by another health care provider (like a nurse practitioner or physician assistant) who has both of these:

  • A masters or doctoral level degree in acupuncture or Oriental Medicine from a school accredited by the Accreditation Commission on Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
  • A current, full, active, and unrestricted license to practice acupuncture in the state where you're getting care

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