Here at Evolve Integrative Health, we are always keeping updated with most current researches to provide most up-to-date treatment modalities/options for patients with various health conditions. One of the latest and great news is that Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently finalized a decision to cover acupuncture for Medicare patients with chronic low back pain.
The decision regarding coverage takes into account an assessment of benefits and harms and the opioid public health crisis. While a small number of adults 65 years of age or older have been enrolled in published acupuncture studies, patients with chronic low back pain in these studies showed improvements in function and pain with acupuncture treatment. The evidence reviewed for this decision supports clinical strategies that include nonpharmacologic therapies for chronic low back pain.
This is a great news as acupuncture/eastern medicine is progressively more recognized as evidence-based treatment option for acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain condition.
Stay tuned for additional updates.
Click here to read more about final decision by CMS.
While most people have a general understanding of how conventional allopathic medicine works (aka Western medicine), the concepts and terminology used in holistic Eastern medicine is often confusing and foreign to many people.
At Evolve, we aim to translate and bridge the gap between the two branches of medicine so that the information is relevant to your needs. The information contained in this website embodies the basic principles of Eastern medicine with scientific literature to support them. We strive to continually evolve to integrate the two fields so that our patients are informed to make the best decisions when it comes to their health and well-being.
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