THE NEXT BIG THING
2018 Clinic Updates
Our goal at Achieving Health is to maintain balance in all we do. With firm footing we can provide you with the most comprehensive care possible, thus helping you achieve your health goals.
"The Only Constant is Change" ~Heraclitus
Following a lot of soul searching and financial calculations, we have decided to discontinue our relationship with the health insurance companies. This means as of February 1, 2018 we will no longer be in-network with the following companies:
Fort Collins City & County Employees
American Specialty Health
ASH Discount program
You may still use your HSA/FSA accounts to pay for services.
Beginning March 2018 we will provide Superbills that you can submit to insurance for possible reimbursement
Since we would rather focus on what we will offer in its place we will dive right into your new options.
(If interested, please find our reasons for this decision at the bottom of this page).
2018 PRICE ADJUSTMENTS FOR CHINESE HERBAL FORMULAS
AS THE WHOLESALE COST OF BOTANICAL HERBS AND FORMULAS HAVE GRADUALLY INCREASED OVER THE PAST 4 YEARS WE HAVE TRIED TO KEEP OUR PRICING STEADY. HOWEVER, THE END OF 2017 BROUGHT ABOUT REEVALUATING AND RESTRUCTURING OUR CHINESE BOTANICAL MEDICINE SYSTEM.
ALL GRANULE FORMULAS WILL NOW COST $0.55 PER GRAM EXCEPT A FEW PREMIUM HERBS THAT ARE HIGHER PRICED
CUSTOM BOTANICAL MEDICINE WELLNESS PLANS ARE NOW AVAILABLE TO HELP YOU REACH GOALS AND SAVE MONEY.
WE ARE NO LONGER CHARGING AN ADDITIONAL FEE FOR CUSTOM FORMULATION OR FORMULA PREPARATION
30-MIN STAND ALONE BOTANICAL MEDICINE CONSULTATION FEE IS NOW $50. SAVE MONEY WHEN INCLUDED IN A CUSTOM WELLNESS PLAN
SOME MAY NOTICE AN INCREASE IN THEIR FORMULA PRICE WHILE OTHERS WILL NOTICE A DECREASE.
WE HAVE HAD BOTH SCENARIOS PRESENT SO FAR IN THIS PAST WEEK.
CUSTOM BOTANICAL MEDICINE WELLNESS PLANS WILL COMBINE CONSULTATIONS AND THE COST OF HERBS TO HELP YOU SAVE MONEY. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE, PLEASE SCHEDULE A "FREE WELLNESS PLAN CONSULTATION" WITH LINDSAY TO DISCUSS THIS OPTION.
Reasons we have decided to stop accepting insurance:
Interfering with Care: We would like to work directly with you regarding your care. This makes the most sense, right? Unfortunately when we bill insurance they decide what they will cover or not cover and how often we can see you. This means our relationship is with your insurance company, not you. On the other hand, sometimes your decision on how often to receive care is also based upon how many visits you are allowed per year. This too is very limiting to our practice of acupuncture and perhaps is not allowing you the results you could otherwise achieve.
Financial Reimbursement: Every few months another insurance company decreases their reimbursement rate for acupuncture. Many of the rates do not even cover basic overhead + practitioner salary, much less the hours it takes our staff behind the scenes fighting tooth and nail to be paid for your visits. We jump through the numerous hoops of completing time consuming documentation and forms including sending faxes, costly mailings and endless phone calls often times only to be met with little or no reimbursement for our clients. We hold our efforts and our time to be of utmost value, and when they are not met with the intended results we have to question said efforts.
Headache & Heartache: Our staff all know first hand how hard and painful it can be to deal with the insurance companies. Each of them have literally been brought to tears at the injustices they try to pull and their desire not to pay us for services rendered. This is not balance. This has become a very toxic element in an otherwise positive work environment.
Limited Pricing: If we are in-network, one rule the insurance companies have is that the clinic can only have 2 fee schedules: (1) the insurance rate and (2) a cash discount. This means that we have not been able to offer a senior discount or a student discount, wellness plans, or a community clinic, until now.
Thank you for your patience as we open the door of possibility. With this freedom we aim to meet your goals while saving you money.
Local Acupuncturists we recommend who are in-network with health insurance include:
Acupuncture Clinic of Fort Collins
Provider: Emma Goulart
BCBS Anthem (Out of State)
Northern Health Associates of Northern Colorado
IN NETWORK WITH MOST INSURANCES
Provider: Susan Goldstone
Integrative Acupuncture Clinic
Provider: Michelle Hines