Dr. Sarah Poulin, DACM, L.Ac., Dipl.OM
Services & Rates
New Patient Visit
I offer each patient a personalized treatment based on their individual presentation. The first session tends to be a little longer, as I will ask a variety of questions to gain an in-depth understanding of your health history. The first session also includes acupuncture and may include other modalities as well. This session tends to last about an hour to an hour and a half.
Returning Patient Visit
During a return visit, I will ask questions to measure your progress and to evaluate how the treatments are working. Acupuncture treatment will occur, and other modalities may be used as well. Return visits generally last about an hour.
Initial Herbal Consult
For those interested in just Chinese herbal medicine, an initial consult will be held to reivew your medical history and address your chief complaint(s). A formula will be selected for you and ordered from one of several highly respected Chinese herbal formula companies. The cost of any formulas is in addition to the cost of this initial session. Please bring a complete list of medications to this meeting.
Follow-up Herbal Consult
During this visit, I will check in with how you are progressing with your herbal formula. This session is designed to evaluate the effectiveness of the current formula you are taking. Modifications may be made to the formula, or refills of a current formula can be ordered if symptoms still need to be addressed. The cost of any formulas is in addition to the cost of this follow-up session.
Does Insurance Cover Acupuncture?
I am currently an in-network provider for Anthem BlueCross BlueShield only. Each and every policy differs in its coverage of acupuncture, so I ask that patients verify their benefits to determine if acupuncture is covered under their policy before their first visit. When you call to verify benefits, it is helpful to ask the following questions:
- Is acupuncture covered under my policy?
- If it is covered, are there only certain conditions/symptoms that are covered? This is known as a diagnosis-driven policy (ex. some policies will only cover acupuncture for pain management, others only for osteoarthritis, etc.). Limited coverage for certain diagnoses may also require that I get a diagnosis code from your physician, as I am not allowed to diagnose in the same way that your medical doctor can.
- Is there a limitation to the number of visits?
- Do I owe a co-pay or co-insurance at the time of service? Have I met my deductible for the year?
If you have out-of-network benefits for acupuncture under any other insurance policy, you may be able to get at least partially reimbursed for treatment costs provided that I provide you a superbill for you to directly submit to your insurance. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a Word document of questions to ask your insurance company or to seek any other assistance in determining your coverage.
Payment Methods Accepted
Payments may be made with cash, check, or credit/debit card (except for American Express). If you have a Health Savings Account (HSA), you may also use either your HSA card or checkbook to pay for acupuncture services.