CMS Proposes Medicare Coverage For Acupuncture In Clinic Studies

By James Romoser / July 15, 2019 at 5:53 PM
CMS on Monday (July 15) proposed to cover acupuncture for Medicare beneficiaries with chronic low back pain who are enrolled in CMS-approved studies or clinic trials sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. Medicare currently does not cover acupuncture, but CMS sees it as a promising treatment for chronic pain and a potential alternative to opioids. The agency said the evidence supporting acupuncture has grown in recent years but added that “questions remain” about its effectiveness for Medicare beneficiaries. Limiting...

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