As part of our mission to serve, the NCCAOM Advocacy Team is committed to maintaining an ongoing relationship with the VA as the Department continues to expand the role of acupuncturists in treating the veteran population.
NCCAOM National Board-Certified Acupuncturists™ may be interested in providing reimbursed acupuncture services for Veterans by applying to TriWest or Health Net to provide services through the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice law, better known as the Veterans Choice Program. This is a public law that provides funding for veterans so they may seek treatment outside of the VA. This program includes coverage of acupuncture. The law stipulates you must live 40 miles away from the nearest VA hospital or be unable to get an appointment within 30 days. However, because there are few acupuncturists currently working at the VA, everyone who qualifies for medical coverage through the Department of Veterans Affairs automatically qualifies for 100% covered acupuncture treatments through the program.
NCCAOM National Board-Certified Acupuncturists can find out more information by going to the provider portal for TriWest and clicking on “Join our Network”: vapccc.triwest.com/PCCCWeb/index.html#/provider-home
Or by going to the Healthnet site to learn about the Veterans Choice Program: www.hnfs.com/content/hnfs/home/va/provider/veterans-choice-program.html
TriWest and Healthnet serve different parts of the country. Look at their websites to see which one serves your area for the Veterans Choice Program for acupuncture services.
Currently, job openings for full-time practitioners in VA health locations will be posted on USAJobs.gov, which contains information on postings as well as instructions to apply. NCCAOM will work to publicize openings as they become available. At this time, the Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (the largest facility in the Veterans Integrated Service Network) has four openings for acupuncturists in Tennessee. The posting can be found here. NCCAOM will be providing additional information and resources on working with the VA in the coming months.
NCCAOM® Advocacy Toolkit
The NCCAOM Advocacy Team has also developed an “NCCAOM® Advocacy Toolkit”. The toolkit is designed for NCCAOM National Board-Certified Acupuncturists™ as well as legislators and policymakers. The documents within provide essential information about the potential for acupuncture to be utilized to combat the opioid crisis, in the form of a professional policy white paper, as well as overview documents on acupuncture in general, the NCCAOM, the certification process for Diplomates, and more. The NCCAOM Advocacy team has crafted these documents to be easily shared with local, state, and federal legislators and their staffs, in support of NCCAOM’s national initiatives as well as any local advocacy work being taken on by Diplomates in their areas.