Acupuncture for ACC injuries
We need your ACC claim number, but referral is not necessary
When you come to see us for acupuncture on ACC, we don’t need a referral letter.
All we need is an ACC claim number and/or your injury date.
If the injury has not yet been registered with ACC, you can get that sorted through your GP or physiotherapist. At the time of writing this article, you can get your injury registered a free of charge at your local White Cross Healthcare clinic.
Under the current legislation, acupuncturists are not allowed to register ACC injuries.
What ACC doesn’t cover
Your condition must be caused by an accident. Your claim number will have one or more diagnostic codes. To qualify for ACC funding our treatment needs to fit the diagnoses associated with the covered injury.
Treatment of infertility cannot be covered by ACC unless this is caused/linked to a covered injury. Most likely we will need prior approval from ACC to be able to treat you in this kind of situation.
ACC doesn’t cover degenerative conditions, illness or conditions related to aging such as arthritis.
How long does ACC cover an injury?
If your ACC injury happened recently and you had no acupuncture for it:
That’s great, we are able to treat you within a year of the injury without additional paperwork.
If your ACC injury happened less than a year ago, but you already had some treatment from another acupuncturist:
We will need to know the precise number of acupuncture sessions you had so far. If the trigger number has been reached, we may be able to request a prior approval from ACC over the phone.
And if your first treatment is within ACC working hours, we are likely to get the approval during your initial appointment.
If your ACC covered injury happened more than a year ago:
We will need to request a prior approval from ACC. This includes submitting an additional information about your injury to the corporation. The processing times can vary depending on their workload.
What is the cost?
Because ACC doen’t cover the full cost of the treatment there is a co-payment.