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Medicaid reimbursement for alternative therapies.
Altern Ther Health Med. 2002 Nov-Dec; 8(6):84-8.AT

Abstract

CONTEXT

A growing number of complementary and alternative therapies are eligible for reimbursement by third party payers in the United States. No studies have examined current trends in the use of public funds for the payment of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).

OBJECTIVE

To determine the reimbursement polices of state Medicaid programs for CAM.

DESIGN

Cross-sectional study.

PARTICIPANTS

46 state Medicaid reimbursement specialists.

INTERVENTION

Telephone survey.

RESULTS

Of the 46 states participating in the study, 36 Medicaid programs (78.3%) provide coverage for at least 1 alternative therapy. The most commonly reimbursed therapies are chiropractic by 33 programs (71.7%), biofeedback by 10 programs (21.7%), acupuncture by 7 programs (15.2%), and hypnotherapy and naturopathy by 5 programs each (10.8%).

CONCLUSIONS

Many Medicaid programs are paying for the use of CAM. Further research is needed to determine if Medicaid recipients are aware of these reimbursement policies and the extent to which recipients are using CAM for their healthcare.

Authors

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Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

12440844

Citation

Steyer, Terrence E., et al. "Medicaid Reimbursement for Alternative Therapies." Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, vol. 8, no. 6, 2002, pp. 84-8.
Steyer TE, Freed GL, Lantz PM. Medicaid reimbursement for alternative therapies. Altern Ther Health Med. 2002;8(6):84-8.
Steyer, T. E., Freed, G. L., & Lantz, P. M. (2002). Medicaid reimbursement for alternative therapies. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, 8(6), 84-8.
Steyer TE, Freed GL, Lantz PM. Medicaid Reimbursement for Alternative Therapies. Altern Ther Health Med. 2002 Nov-Dec;8(6):84-8. PubMed PMID: 12440844.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Medicaid reimbursement for alternative therapies. AU - Steyer,Terrence E, AU - Freed,Gary L, AU - Lantz,Paula M, PY - 2002/11/21/pubmed PY - 2002/12/28/medline PY - 2002/11/21/entrez SP - 84 EP - 8 JF - Alternative therapies in health and medicine JO - Altern Ther Health Med VL - 8 IS - 6 N2 - CONTEXT: A growing number of complementary and alternative therapies are eligible for reimbursement by third party payers in the United States. No studies have examined current trends in the use of public funds for the payment of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). OBJECTIVE: To determine the reimbursement polices of state Medicaid programs for CAM. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. PARTICIPANTS: 46 state Medicaid reimbursement specialists. INTERVENTION: Telephone survey. RESULTS: Of the 46 states participating in the study, 36 Medicaid programs (78.3%) provide coverage for at least 1 alternative therapy. The most commonly reimbursed therapies are chiropractic by 33 programs (71.7%), biofeedback by 10 programs (21.7%), acupuncture by 7 programs (15.2%), and hypnotherapy and naturopathy by 5 programs each (10.8%). CONCLUSIONS: Many Medicaid programs are paying for the use of CAM. Further research is needed to determine if Medicaid recipients are aware of these reimbursement policies and the extent to which recipients are using CAM for their healthcare. SN - 1078-6791 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/12440844/Medicaid_reimbursement_for_alternative_therapies_ L2 - https://medlineplus.gov/medicaid.html DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -