Coverage Decision - Covered with conditions (Effective date: June 1, 2019)

Acupuncture is the insertion of needles or lancets, with or without electrical stimulation, to directly or indirectly stimulate acupuncture points and meridians.

Authorization requirements

What authorization is required?

  • No prior authorization is required
  • Referral from the attending provider is required

Related information on coverage and treatment

L&I has reviewed available medical literature and concluded there is evidence of the safety and efficacy of acupuncture, with or without electrical stimulation, for the treatment of an accepted lumbar condition on a workers’ compensation claim.

Regulatory authority and related information.


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