Now Accepting Health Partners Plans

Now Accepting Health Partners Plans

It’s been nearly 2 whole years of work to become approved as a provider for Health Partners Plans. HPP covers acupuncture treatments for qualifying Medicare and KidzPartners members. Check your plan to see if you are covered. 

If you have this coverage and would like acupuncture treatment, please call or schedule online.

HPP covers the following conditions: Acupuncture treatment is generally limited to the following conditions:

    1. As an analgesia for medical procedures;
    2. Chronic pain syndromes, including but not limited to:
      1. Neuromusculoskeletal conditions (e.g., neck, back, extremity pain, radicular syndromes, myofacial pain syndromes, fibromyalgia syndromes);
      2. Headaches (chronic or recurrent, tension or migraine)
    3. Nausea (e.g., following chemotherapy; associated with pregnancy)
    4. PMS or menstrual disorders
  1. For patients with a new condition there should be documented improvement in the following areas that are relevant to the condition being treated. Severity/intensity, frequency and duration of main symptom; and
    1. General fatigue, lack of energy, strength or endurance; inability to complete a normal day’s obligations/tasks; and
    2. Mobility, agility, range of motion, ability to sit/stand/walk; and
    3. Sleep disturbance: difficulty falling or staying asleep, waking too early, not rested upon waking in the morning; and
    4. Decreased quality of life: negative mood, poor coping ability or emotional resiliency; significant relationships strained.

Indications that are not covered

  1. Smoking (tobacco) cessation.
  2. Other conditions not listed in this policy.
  3. Maintenance care is not covered per the member contract.

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In January of 2016 I had an hysterosalpingogram (HSG). This test showed that both of my fallopian tubes were blocked at the midsections. Although never diagnosed, I believe the blockages were due to endometriosis, which caused scar tissue around my fallopian tubes. The fertility specialist that performed the HSG told us that we would never conceive naturally, ie without IVF. I came to Cara in May of 2016 with blind hope. The initial consultation was in depth and covered many aspects of my health, emotional state and lifestyle. I finally felt that I was being listened to about my health issues and concerns. She guided me through dietary changes and supplements after that initial 2 hour appointment. Then we started with acupuncture and herbs and I soon noticed a difference with my periods. We monitored my cycles together. Through the whole process I never let myself lose hope and Cara was my cheerleader through it all! In Jan of 2017 I felt it was time to get another HSG to see if any progress had been made. To schedule this I needed to see a fertility specialist. We went to a different medical office and this specialist took a brief glance at my chart from my previous fertility testing and continued to council me on IVF as my only option. The fertility doctor was reluctant to order me another HSG, but finally agreed to write an order for the testing. My GYN performed the HSG in February of 2017 and to everyone’s surprise, BOTH tubes were completely OPEN. Despite having turned 40, we conceived naturally the next month and now I have a very active (downright wiggly) 5 month old. If it wasn’t for Cara Frank my daughter wouldn’t be here. I can never thank her enough for my little fish!

M.D.