Pennsylvania – Senate Bill 1235, eliminates the requirement
for patients to obtain both a written referral and their last
physical exam results to keep on file with their acupuncturist
to take effect on January 28, 2007.
Backed by both Democrats and Republicans in the state Senate,
"[S.B.1235] takes away tremendous burden to our patients, who
often waited weeks to procure a referral while their
ailments were left untreated," Steven Mavros, Licensed
Acupuncturist and representative of
Association for Professional Acupuncture stated.
Since a patient cannot be denied access to their own medical
records [HIPAA], this means that the power to choose acupuncture
as a complimentary therapy is now in the hands of the patient.
The original 1986 bill required acupuncturists to obtain
physician referrals before providing treatment. Now, patients
can come in for same day treatment with no paperwork in hand.
Treatment may take place for up to 60 days without any diagnosis or referral.
Governor Edward Rendell signed S.B.1235 into law on November 30, 2006.
Feel Good Acupuncture, located at 301 Montour Boulevard in Bloomsburg
provides acupuncture and herbal services. "It will be a pleasure to be
able to take patients for same-day visits. It's very frustrating to turn
away a patient that is in pain, because they did not know that they needed
have a referral prior to treatment."
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