By Bill Reddy, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac. and Nick Jacobs, FACHE
As incredible as it sounds, the Department of Veterans Affairs offers acupuncture services in 88% of their 1,920 facilities nationwide, and the top five hospitals in the United States, ranked by US News and World Report all offer acupuncture to their patients.
The World Health Organization (WHO) updated their International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD) in June 2018 to include traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) diagnoses. The ICD-11 will be implemented on January 1st, 2022. Insurers base reimbursement on ICD codes. Public health organizations use the collected data for allocation of health resources. ICD codes also provide a common language for health professions to share health information globally. [Read more…]