We are excited to offer a new patient service. Dr. Lori Gritz is now offering Biological System Reviews. Blood, urine, saliva and other fluids offer a window into the health and balance within our bodies. Using a microscope, samples are examined to educate ourselves about diseases and other factors than can negatively affect our health and well-being. Microscopy looks for the underlying causes of disease, it's literally a real-time, "inside look" at the body. Armed with this knowledge, you and your medical provider can make better decisions about your diet, supplementation and other options in your ongoing health and wellness treatment plans.
It is beneficial in addressing:
Five states have mandatory acupuncture benefits, California being one of them and it is the only state to specify that acupuncture be provided unlimited for pain management. The vast majority of California's 38 million residents will have a basic level of acupuncture coverage starting in 2014. In all likelihood, this base acupuncture coverage will be equivalent to the coverage currently provided under the Kaiser Small Group HMO plan, which provides for up to 20 covered acupuncture visits per year (this is about the average number of visits per year that's been being covered prior to 2014).
Although we don't totally see this as a green light for coverage (they will still put us through rigorous medical authorization reviews more regularly and/or with high deductibles, gaining access to coverage can be more difficult for some to utilize benefits versus others) this hopefully will still be a huge step in the right direction for the acupuncture profession. Additionally, there can be no discrimination that allows acupuncture by an MD only (a previous exception we sometimes experienced) -if acupuncture is a covered benefit, it must be paid to a licensed acupuncturist. (section 2706 and 2707 of the ACA).
What does this mean for you? ANY and ALL plans in the State of California must now cover acupuncture. The ONLY possible exception are plans that were "grandfathered" in:
As of September 1, 2012, Drew Taylor has moved to AcuSport Health Center where he plans to continue to grow and specialize in sports and orthopedic acupuncture. He can be reached at (619) 243-5109. We wish Drew all the best.
We are pleased to welcome Adrian Bean of The Healing Point to Pacific Center Of Health as a new practitioner starting May 31, 2011.
Experienced practitioner Jeffrey Kroll brings a diverse background and grounded approach to his treatment style and we are happy to have him. Please contact us to schedule an appointment.
Wellness is more than the absence of pain
"I have been a patient at Pacific Center of Health for several years. The level of care I receive has been excellent. I was having a great deal of difficulty with asthma and the side effects of medications. After getting a series of treatments, my asthma condition cleared up completely. It has been about five years since that occurred and I am happy to report that I am still asthma free! I try to have acupuncture treatments about every six weeks to maintain the good health that I now have. I also enjoy the treatments a great deal, it puts me into a state of incredibly deep relaxation and I walk out of the session feeling revitalized." ~ Anne F.