HCFA Coverage Issues Manual, Medical Procedures, #35-8 Acupuncture, page 5. http://www.hcfa.gov/pubforms/06-cim/ci35.htm
Hayes: Acupuncture and Acupressure for the Treatment of Nausea and Vomiting; Nov 2001
Hayes: Acupuncture for Addictive Behavior; Nov 2001
Hayes: Acupuncture for the Treatment of Pain; Aug 2001
Hayes Alert, Vol VII, Number 4 – April 2004: Acupuncture for Chronic Headache
February 2003 National Coverage Determination brief: Medicare is not covering acupuncture for fibromyalgia, nausea after chemo, post operative pain, or osteoarthritis.
NIH is assessing the use for surgical anesthesia and chronic pain management, but Medicare is not paying for acupuncture until these studies are complete and efficacy has been established.