The VA will increase payments for acupuncture providers for services on or after September 1, 2020. Acupuncture providers will no longer be classified as mid-level providers. Mid-level providers are physician assistants and nurse practitioners who under Medicare are paid at 85% of the Medicare rate. Acupuncture providers were also labeled under this provision.
But that designation will be dropped on September 1, 2020, which means acupuncture providers will be reimbursed at the full Medicare rates for acupuncture, evaluation and management services.