Top 10 Acupuncture Scholarships and Grants

The following list includes the top 10 acupuncture scholarships and grants, which any current or prospective student of this healing art should consider:

The Academic Achievement Award Scholarship at the National College of Natural Medicine: New students at this school in Portland, Oregon can apply for scholarships ranging from $1,500 to $2,500 based on an application and essay.

American Specialty Health Scholarship: The nation’s leading complimentary health care benefits organization has designed a scholarship to help students further their studies for future alternative healing careers. Students in acupuncture, massage, chiropractics, dietetics and other alternative and holistic programs with at least a 3.0 GPA can receive $4,500 or $7,500.

Charlotte McGuire Scholarship Program: This program consists of two awards for holistic nursing students who have at least a 3.0 GPA and are members of the American Holistic Nursing Association.

The Dr. Michael and Marlene Nissenblatt Scholarship: First and second year post-graduate students in acupuncture, herbology, traditional Chinese medicine and western medicine who plan on bringing the human spirit and touch to their practice may apply for this scholarship.

The Dr. Pedro Rivera Scholarship: Holistic veterinary students who plan on practicing acupuncture can receive a financial award if their essays are chosen.

The Dr. Richard Kearns Scholarship: A financial award from the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association for holistic veterinary students based on responses to essay questions.

Herbal Time Scholarship: This $1,500 scholarship is awarded to bright and passionate MSTOM students from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine each year.

Jade Dragon Scholarship: One Pacific College of Oriental Medicine student with at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA will receive $1,000 for this scholarship.

Nuherbs Scholarship: This is a $2,000 scholarship awarded to Pacific College of Oriental Medicine students by Nuherbs Co. in order to further the development of Chinese Medicine.

Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine Scholarships: This Los Angeles, California school that offers Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine provides several scholarship opportunities, including the $1,500 Yo San Scholarship for new students who already have a bachelor’s degree, and the Master Ni Scholarship based on leadership and scholastic achievement.

Acupuncture Marketing – Top Acupuncture Marketing Tips to Beat the Recession – Getting Referrals

With all the financial doom and gloom out there it’s easy to get worried about the impact of the recession on your acupuncture practice. This series of articles covers some of the best acupuncture marketing strategies to beat the recession and ensure a constant stream of clients coming into your clinic.

I have personally used these techniques to ensure my own acupuncture clinic has stayed thriving. I have also taught many others how to do the same. The strategies work whether you are just starting out in practice or if you are well established. Not only are they easy to implement but once set up many of them run themselves, drawing in a constant stream of new clients, leaving you free to get on with doing what you love – helping people feel well.

This article tells you specifically how to get more referrals.

Every acupuncturist knows that referrals are one of the best sources of new clients for your practice. But how can you encourage your existing clients to recommend you to their friends? The best way is to set up a referral system. You can set up a referral system so that every time one of your clients refers someone to you, they get a discount on their next treatment.

You can easily do this by sending out a letter or email to all your clients thanking them referring their friends to you. Explain to them that from now on every time they refer someone to you they will receive 40% (or whatever percentage you choose) off their next treatment. Set it up so that they receive the discount once their friend has attended the first session.

You can also make discount vouchers for your clients to give to their friends. This way both the person referring and the person being referred can receive a discount when a referral is made. Using both of these incentives together will massively increase your referrals. We implemented this strategy at an acupuncture clinic in London and the number of referrals tripled from one month to the next.

Medical Billing Services: Top 2 Reasons You’re Not Getting Reimbursed for Code 97810

If you are an acupuncturist, you are already familiar with code 97810. The CPT-4 procedure code 97810 is a general acupuncture treatment code. This includes 15 minutes of verified time with the patient while performing treatment. Verified time means that the time increments are documented in the patient’s chart for the correct date of service. 97811 is used for each additional 15 minutes spent administering treatment. This does not include the time the patient spends laying idle on the table. For instance, if a front treatment is done without any other services, then 97810 should be billed. However, if the patient receives front and back treatment, 97810 and 97811 should be used.

Now, that we explained what procedure codes 97810 and 97811 mean, we can begin to discuss the top 2 reasons why you are not getting reimbursed from Insurance companies.

Claim sent to Medicare or Medicaid

Neither Medicare nor Medicaid will reimburse for acupuncture claims. Medicare and Medicaid are excellent insurance programs for the young, poor, sick and old; however the insurance plans do not cover everything. Medicare determines medical necessity when they receive the claim. However, Medicare does not consider acupuncture, holistic medicine, alternative therapies and homeopathy to ever be medically necessary procedures. Therefore, acupuncture claims will not be paid. If your Medicare or Medicaid insurance plan does not cover acupuncture, you will be responsible for paying the full bill if you receive these services. Many acupuncturists willingly discount their prices for non-insurance patients.

Medicare also offers supplemental plans, which allows someone to gain coverage where there once was none. Medicare advantage plans may offer acupuncture, and alternative therapies. Even though, Medicare advantage plans cover acupuncture, the service will only be payable if it is determined to be medically necessary, and if the services is performed by a licensed healthcare professional who participates in Medicare. To find out if your Medicare patients have acupuncture insurance, perform Benefits Verification. An experienced and competent medical biller should know whether a claim will be paid or not before it’s transmitted to the insurance company. A thorough and documented Benefits Verification will give you the insight you need to make that determination, each and every time.

Wrong Procedure Code

There are four codes that are greatly used by acupuncturist. We have already discussed two of those codes, 97810 and 97811. However, there are two more additional codes, which is 97813 and 97814. 97813 is used when the acupuncturist uses electrical stimulation on one or more needles. Remember, this is only for the initial 15 minutes spent performing the procedure. 97814 is used for each additional 15 minutes spent using electrical stimulation on one or more needles. Oftentimes, licensed acupuncturists simply code the procedures incorrectly. That is why keeping good records is a must for acupuncturist. For instance, if a provider performs general acupuncture, and then performs acupuncture with electrical stimulation, how would you bill that visit? Many providers believe the correct way to code this visit is with 97810 and 97813. However, 97810 and 97813 is used for the initial 15 minutes. Therefore, a determination must be made about what procedure was performed first. Since, general acupuncture was performed first, we will bill 97810 for the first procedure, and 97814 for an additional 15 minutes of acupuncture with electrical stimulation. This is the correct way to bill this scenario.

Acupuncture insurance billing can be tricky for many medical billing services and in-house staff. Physicians can have over 50% of their claims denied, simply because they have not learned how to properly code procedures. However, with thorough research about acupuncture coding and how to properly use them, experienced medical billing services can help you to expect consistent reimbursement from insurance companies.