From the comments:
If insurance ever decides to include [alternative practitioners], the story will be much the same as it is for docs and chiros.
"Alternative Care Preauthorization Center. Please hold for the next available representative. [20 minutes later] Hello, my name is Jane Doe, what plan are you calling for?"
"HMO or PPO?"
"What procedure are you calling to precertify?"
"What is the traditional Chinese diagnosis?"
"What is the pulse quality?"
"What is the appearance of the tongue?"
"How many meridians are you requesting preauthorization for?"
"Electroacupuncture or dry needling?"
"Estimate of needles required? Please round up to the nearest five."
"How many treatments are being requested?"
"Thank you. Please hold. [20 more minutes later] I'm sorry. United WealthScare cannot authorize electroacupuncture for the stated diagnosis of stagnation of qi."
- Well, what will they cover?
"Treatment of Qi Stagnation is limited to no more than four treatments per episode for up to six meridians, with dry needles only, unless there is documentation of pulse diminishment or tongue changes such as fissuring. Thank you for calling the Alternative Care Preauthorization Center. Have a nice day."