New L&I Pilot Program: Acupuncture for Treatment of Low Back Pain
The Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) recently announced a 2-year pilot program to study the use of acupuncture to treat low back pain. It will begin October 1, 2017. Apart from this program, L&I does not cover the cost of acupuncture treatment.
To get acupuncture treatments covered by L&I, an injured worker must have:
- an open workers’ compensation claim;
- low back pain related to an accepted condition; and
- a referral from their attending provider to a participating acupuncture provider.
L&I will pay for a maximum of 10 acupuncture treatments over the life of an injured worker’s claim. The treatments must be medically necessary and must meaningfully improve the worker’s pain and physical function.
Self-insured employers are not required to participate in the pilot program. If you have a self-insured employer, be sure to confirm your employer’s participation before setting up acupuncture treatments.
For more information, click on this link to the L&I website:
For L&I’s Acupuncture Pilot Program FAQs, go to: