Acupuncture involves shallow piercing of the skin with small needles at specific points. Traditional Chinese practitioners theorize that the points connect with energy conducting meridians, affecting spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical balance of the opposing forces of yin and yang. Western scientists suggest that stimulation with the needles may enhance or inhibit nerve conduction.
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A Requestor has asked that CMS change the current national coverage determination from one of non-coverage of acupuncture to allow national coverage of this therapy. CMS will review the scientific evidence and determine if this procedure would be a reasonable and necessary service for Medicare beneficiaries.
February 26, 2003
CMS has requested a Technology Assessment (TA) from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) on for a review of the literature available on acupuncture. The CMS Decision Memorandum will be posted within 60 days of receipt of the TA.
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June 18, 2003
October 10, 2003