SCA is now a Veteran's Choice Registered Provider

We are happy to report that Southside Community Acupuncture is now a “registered provider” in the Veteran’s Choice program in the Richmond area.  

Veteran's Choice Program (VCP) provides primary care, inpatient and outpatient specialty care, and mental health services for eligible Veterans when the local U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facility cannot provide the services due to: lack of available specialists, long wait times, or extraordinary distance from the Veteran’s home.”

We are a part of a growing network of providers who have volunteered to help fill the gap in the effort to help veterans receive optimal and timely care. While Southside Community Acupuncture (SCA) typically does not accept insurance for payment, joining Veteran’s Choice means that SCA would take a very limited and specific form of Veteran's insurance, which would require a direct referral from Health Net Federal Services. So a patient couldn’t just walk in and say “Hey, I have VCP, let’s do this!” A direct referral is required, so please call Health Net at 1-866-606-8198 if you are part of this program and are interested.

In the meantime you can search for our practice here:

Veteran's Choice Search for Providers

Why did SCA join Veteran’s Choice?

Well, I am an Army veteran. During my last visit to the VA, out of curiosity, I asked my doctor if anyone did acupuncture there. He said, “oh yeah, we got one guy who does it... we refer out a lot.” Since the one VA acupuncturist couldn't keep up with the demand for acupuncture, I decided to join Veteran's Choice program. If you know a service-connected veteran in need of care in the greater Richmond area, please tell them about the Veteran’s Choice Program.

What can we treat? Everything from PTSD and addiction to phantom limb syndrome and chronic pain.  

According to the VA's Health Services Research & Development, “Acupuncture may be useful in management of multiple symptoms experienced by veterans with PTSD, particularly sleep disturbance. However the scheduling of treatment sessions needs to take into account veteran preferences and time schedules.”

Likewise the Nation Institutes of Health's National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health reports in their Introduction to Acupuncture:

“Results from a number of studies suggest that acupuncture may help ease types of pain that are often chronic such as low-back pain, neck pain, and osteoarthritis/knee pain. It also may help reduce the frequency of tension headaches and prevent migraine headaches. Therefore, acupuncture appears to be a reasonable option for people with chronic pain to consider.”

Thank you, and have a blessed day.

Sean at SCA


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