In medieval France, religious orders of monks, friars and nuns cared for
the sick, the elderly and weary travelers, many of whom were on a religious
pilgrimage. Today, we find ourselves in the midst
of a renaissance of home care instances throughout North America, the
British Isles, and
The Journal of Home Care will be published on , Thanksgiving Day, November 28 2019
We have an informed and genuine enthusiasm for the topic of home care. Simply stated, we submit that Home Care can actually provide a superior patient experience when compared to convalescent facilities in the medical mainstream. Thusly, we are ePublishing "An Angels Care" authored by experienced home care givers. We also feature relevant content from professionals in the medical community. That said, we believe that "An Angels Care" is an ideal "How to" companion to "The Journal of Home Care."
Please note: The Journal of Home Care will be ePublished on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 2019
CMS Proposes to cover Acupuncture for Chronic Low Back Pain for Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in approved studies
Proposed decision would add new access to acupuncture for Medicare beneficiaries, as a potential treatment alternative to opioid use, while data is collected on patient outcomes
Today the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed to cover acupuncture for Medicare patients with chronic low back pain who are enrolled participants either in clinical trials sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or in CMS-approved studies. Currently, acupuncture is non-covered by Medicare. CMS conducted evidence reviews to inform today’s proposal, and the agency recognizes that the evidence base for acupuncture has grown in recent years, but questions remain.
“Today’s proposal represents the Trump Administration’s commitment to providing Americans with access to a wide array of options to support their health,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. “Defeating our country’s epidemic of opioid addiction requires identifying all possible ways to treat the very real problem of chronic pain, and this proposal would provide patients with new options while expanding our scientific understanding of alternative approaches to pain.”
Acupuncture is a treatment in which practitioners stimulate specific points on the body, most often by inserting thin needles through the skin. CMS has been actively collaborating with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as part of the Opioids Workgroup and Evidence Generation Workgroup to launch studies on acupuncture for the treatment of chronic low back pain in adults 65 years of age and older. Under today’s proposed decision, CMS would continue its collaboration with NIH to further develop evidence to inform future Medicare coverage determinations for acupuncture treatment for beneficiaries with chronic low back pain.
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