If you have never been to Silverlake Acupuncture before, please make an appointment and let me know briefly how I can help you. Your first appointment will usually last 60 to 90 minutes.
New patients will need to fill out an Intake Form which will provide your medical history, insurance information, and contact information. Please arrive 15 minutes early to fill these out at our office, or save time by downloading this form and completing it prior to your arrival. There are a few additional things to sign which we will provide when you arrive. If you need to cancel, please give us 24 hours notice.
If you have health insurance, please contact your insurer before your visit to verify whether acupuncture is a covered service. Many insurers offer coverage, some do not. Medicare does not currently cover acupuncture. When you come for your appointment. Please bring your insurance card and a photo ID and we will make and keep a copy of them. If there is a co-pay or deductible, you will need to pay those portions. If you have no coverage, we accept cash, checks, and credit card payments when the services are rendered.
If your injuries occurred as a result of a motor vehicle accident, you case is considered a “PI” case (“personal injury”) and the paperwork for a new PI case is different. Please download and complete the PI Intake Form let us know when you call if yours is a PI case. This intake is quite extensive and must be completed prior to your first appointment.
If your injuries occurred at your workplace and this is a Workers Compensation (WC) case, you will need prior written authorization from your claims adjuster to receive acupuncture treatment and the paperwork for a WC case is also different. Please let us know when you call if yours is a Workers Comp case and we will mail or email your paperwork to complete before you arrive. We CANNOT treat you without prior WRITTEN authorization from your claims adjuster, even if your MD has written a “prescription” for acupuncture. The State of California has detailed rules about how and when we can commence treatment in these cases.
The first appointment will include an extensive set of questions pertinent to Oriental medicine which may seem unusual if you have never had an acupuncture treatment. In addition, the acupuncturist will look at the color, shape and coating of your tongue and check the characteristic feel of your pulse in six different locations. Depending on your condition, vital signs and some screening tests may be performed. All of these things help lead to an accurate TCM diagnosis which will dictate a treatment plan for your whole-body health and your specific symptoms.
Free street parking is available on Tracy Street. Parking Restrictions are actively enforced, so if your appointment is on Wednesday or Friday between 10 a.m. and noon, please read the parking signs carefully. If you need a map or directions, go here and enter your starting location.
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