Information to help with Covid 19

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Minnesota Department of Health

The Minnesota Department of Health has issued some interim guidance documents. 

Guidance on dealing with patients with high risk conditions.

Guidance for face mask use in healthcare facilities during COVID-19 pandemic. 

Strategies for optimizing the supply of personal protective equipment..


As things change please confirm updates with the Minnesota Department of Health

Acupuncturists without Borders

Update there are plans to have an in service training in 2021 in Minnesota. 


In the meantime, they are in the process of creating an online version of our Healing Community Trauma training. This training would provide the skills and documents you would need to treat during this time or after any other traumatic event. 


The course will be ready April 15th. More info can be found here: https://acuwithoutborders.org/healing-community-trauma-in-times-of-crisis/

Cross Training Opportunities

At this time there are no current opportunities for Acupuncturists to be cross trained. Stay tuned or let us know if you hear of any. .

Telehealth References

 https://doxy.me/ 


Those that wish to practice with other Acupuncturists please complete this form



Links to documents for use in Telehealth

Telehealth Discussion

Currently there is concern about if telehealth or telemedicine  is within the scope of practice of Licensed Acupuncturists. According to the Minnesota Board of Medicine it is within our scope of practice. 


Please check with your malpractice insurance as there are limitations on scope of practice for telehealth or telemedicine from some insurance carriers. 

American Acupuncture Council:

 

Telemedicine is applicable under the following conditions:

  • An initial in-patient visit between you and the patient must occur before any telemedicine services are performed.
  • Telemedicine can only be performed on the same patient that you have already had an in-patient visit with
  • The patient must be in the same state that you are legally able to perform services in.
  • Telemedicine cannot be used as a substitute for an in-patient visit; if there are other ailments not initially diagnosed in the initial in-patient visit, a new in-patient visit must occur prior to any telemedicine communication.  


I further understand that medical information and advice provided on the internet  is not covered under my current malpractice insurance policy through the American Acupuncture Council. 


Insurance Coverage of Telehealth or Telemedicine

Suggested uses for Telehealth/Telemedicine:

 

-follow-up with patients who we have recently treated, to offer continuity of care and make sure all needs are addressed.

-offer resources and handouts for common conditions such as neck/back pain, headaches/migraines, etc. This includes acupressure handouts they can use at home, stretching and exercise videos/handouts, resources for guided meditation and stress reduction at home. Handouts & resources are highly useful as well for the pregnant population, to help manage nausea & vomiting d/t morning sickness.

-nutritional and dietary counseling within on our scope of practice, to help reduce pain and inflammation.

-herbal consults that range from pain relief to women's health.


One of our goals right now is to be a great resource for our patients during this time, to help keep them out of primary care and the ED (when not an emergency), so these departments can focus on managing Covid patients.


You Can Help!

Please contact the insurance companies and ask that Acupuncturists be added as a provider to provide Telehealth or Telemedicine. Please complete this form to help keep track of the current status of coverage.  Form 


Health Partners

Lobbyist  "I think that Medicare patients won’t have coverage for telehealth with acupuncturists as they allow only a limited array of providers use telemedicine. And Medicaid in Minnesota does not currently allow phone visits. I recommend that you, like all of us, continue to work with policymakers to get laws and rules change to provide appropriate flexibility. "


Medica

Contract Manager "Thank you for that information.  We have recently made updates to our telemedicine policy adding an “emergency telemedicine policy” as it relates to COVID 19.  Medica follows CMS for these policies and per CMS guidelines acupuncture is not a covered provider specialty so it would not be covered.  Please feel free to continue to check Medica.com for any updates related to COVID 19. "