Treating Veteran Population and Getting Paid for Claims

Thursday, 11/02 at 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Learn how to become a contracted fee base provider for the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), complete medical records, submit claims for payment, and request additional services. This presentation provides tools and strategies for working with military and veteran populations; engaging in hospital based research, and publishing case studies. Participants will learn to communicate biomedical pain mechanisms in relation to Chinese medical pain mechanisms and trends towards the use of acupuncture, nutrition, and herbs to address pain and comorbid conditions such as insomnia, anxiety, and feelings of stress. There will be an in-depth review of the microbiota-gut-brain axis, the vagus nerve, and glial cell pathology in relation to pain dysregulation. This presentation will review commonly used acupuncture approaches used by military medical acupuncturists, physical therapists, medics, and nurses; how acupuncture as a tool can be used constructively and destructively; and the emerging role of licensed acupuncturists as professional representatives in biomedical, integrated, and collaborative settings.

Jennifer Williams

Jennifer completed her doctorate in counseling studies at Capella University and earned her MS in traditional Chinese medicine at the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences in the California Bay area. She is on the faculty at Walter Reed, where she teaches herbs and nutrition to senior pain management providers of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Veterans Administration. Jennifer has also published articles, contributed to books, and participated in research. She worked for the U.S. Army as an acupuncturist, researcher, and educator, and has a small Chinese medical practice north of Asheville, NC, where she specializes in chronic pain with comorbid conditions, complex presentations, and difficult diseases. In her mountain property, she grows herbs, mushrooms, and tea.