ACUPUNCTURE & HERBAL MEDICINE

New Patient Information, Fees, and Insurance

APPOINTMENTS

office

Sessions in Bellingham are by appointment in advance and are available Monday through Friday starting at 8 a.m., with some evening hours. Please schedule your appointment carefully, at a time convenient for you. I encourage patients not to schedule so tightly that they become stressed about time during the appointment.

The initial visit includes a comprehensive health history intake and a treatment. Please allow 1.5 hours for this appointment. Follow-up visits are typically one hour. It is most ideal to arrive neither very hungry nor overly full and to avoid scheduling a strenuous activity immediately after a treatment. I request that your cell phone be turned off during each session.

Because of scheduling constraints, if you are late for an appointment, this time will be considered part of your session, so you will have less time for the actual treatment.

MEDICAL HISTORY INTAKE FORM

Please download the Medical History Intake Form, complete it legibly and bring it with you to your first appointment. Don’t forget to include a list of all current medications and nutritional supplements. If you are coming for treatment of infertility, please also download and fill out the separate Fertility Intake Form before your first appointment.

If you are not able to print out the form, please come to your appointment 20 minutes early and you can fill one out in the waiting area.

CANCELLATIONS

Your appointment time is reserved especially for you. If you find it necessary to change or cancel an appointment, 24 hours notice is requested or you will be charged the full amount for a missed session. Failure to show up for an appointment incurs a charge for the full fee.

CONFIDENTIALITY

I hold in the strictest confidence all information that you provide. Your comfort, sense of trust, and assurance of privacy are paramount. I acknowledge that for some, receiving acupuncture can be very personal and sometimes intimidating as a first-time experience. My objective is to offer a professional, soothing, safe environment. The session is considered your time to receive the best possible care, and my approach will always be to honor you as an individual and serve you as a professional, caring practitioner.

patient

ILLNESS

I prefer that you do not come for a session if you are ill with a fever or excessive coughing or sneezing due to a cold or flu. Under these circumstances the benefits of acupuncture are limited and in fact can stress an already-taxed body. Please call me to discuss your health status if you question your ability to receive treatment.

FEES

Please call me at (360) 752-0457 for current rates. Fees are payable in full at the time of the appointment. Cash or check payments are preferred but this office also takes VISA, MasterCard, debit cards, and HSA cards.

I offer a free 15-minute consultation if you wish to meet to discuss whether acupuncture can help you.

Payment is due at the time of service, unless otherwise arranged. This office will bill your insurance but you are ultimately responsible for any payment due for services.

INSURANCE

globe

I am a preferred/participating provider for the following insurance companies:

  • Premera BC/BS
  • Lifewise of Washington
  • Aetna

Other companies will reimburse for my services even though I am not in their network, depending on your plan. I ask for payment at the time of service and will do the billing for any insurance, including (but not limited to):

  • First Choice/EBMS
  • Regence BC/BS
  • Group Health
  • Health Comp
  • BC/BS from other states

Whatever balance the insurance company does not pay is the responsibility of the patient. It is your responsibility to know and understand your insurance policy.

Prior to your first visit you should check with your insurance company to determine:

placing acupuncture needles
  1. if you are covered for acupuncture under your particular plan;
  2. whether you need a physician’s referral for treatment or can determine this for yourself;
  3. if there are any limits on the number of visits you’re allowed per year (often 12 or 18 in Washington state, but each plan is different);
  4. the amount of your co-pay; and
  5. whether any acupuncture visits must first apply to your deductible.

Numbers 4 and 5 are very important!

Please have this information plus your insurance card with you for your first visit. This is your responsibility.

Medicaid and Medicare do not cover acupuncture.

If you have questions or concerns, please feel at ease in discussing these with me. My office number is (360) 752-0457. Please leave a message and I’ll call you back just as soon as I’m able.