July 2019 Newsletter

Recently we reached a major, preliminary milestone, as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services had decided to move forward with more formal studies of acupuncture for low back pain. The goal is to conduct studies in the age group covered by Medicare, in order to determine if the evidence for acupuncture’s effectiveness is sufficient to include it under general Medicare coverage. While certainly, low back pain is only one, very specific condition; and, while certainly, the physiology of the low back region is not dramatically unique from other parts of the body (and hence if acupuncture works for that, one should be able to very reasonably extrapolate to acupuncture’s effectiveness for pain in other body regions), this is the nature of the process. MORE…