Acupuncturists in Illinois

Acupuncturists in Illinois

Who can do acupuncture in Illinois?

In addition to acupuncture being practiced by MDs/DOs/DCs, the Acupuncture Practice Act allows acupuncturists who are licensed by IDFPR to perform acupuncture. The law was amended to allow licensed acupuncturists to perform acupuncture either without a referral from an MD, DO, DC or DDS, or pursuant to a written order of an MD, DO, DC or DDS. When a licensed acupuncturist treats a patient pursuant to a written order of an MD, DO, DC or DDS, the law provides that these doctors may maintain management of the patient by expressly stating their intent to do so in the referral, and the acupuncturist must notify the referring doctor that the patient is receiving acupuncture treatment.

What are the New CPT® codes for acupuncture?

There were new codes which began in January 2005. They are as follows:

  • 97810 Acupuncture, one or more needles, without electrical stimulation, initial 15 minutes of personal one-on-one contact with the patient.
  • 97811 Acupuncture, one or more needles, without electrical stimulation, each additional 15-minute increment of personal one-to-one contact with the patient, with reinsertion. (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure).
  • 97813 Acupuncture, one or more needles, with electrical stimulation, initial 15 minutes of personal one-on-one contact with the patient.
  • 97814 Acupuncture, one or more needles, with electrical stimulation, each additional 15-minute increment of personal one-on-one contact with the patient, with reinsertion. (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure).

Editor’s Note: Dry needling is different than acupuncture. For more information about dry needling in Illinois, please click here.

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Marc Abla, CAE

Marc Abla began working at the Illinois Chiropractic Society in 2002 and became the Executive Director in 2008. He brings his extensive financial, administrative and association experience to the ICS. He is a Certified Association Executive and a graduate of the Certified Leadership Series through the Illinois Society of Association Executives. Additionally, he is a member of the Illinois Society of Association Executives, the American Society of Association Executives, Association Forum, Congress of Chiropractic State Associations, and the American Chiropractic Association.


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