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Resetting of your annual deductible

Happy new year, means happy new resetting of insurance benefits! Let us know if anything has changed in your current policy, if you have a new policy, or if you have any questions. Here is some helpful information about new year, and the new you. What is a deductible? Your deductible is an amount of money, specified by your insurance company, that the insured must pay before the company will pay a claim. Visit Limits Some plans will offer coverage for a certain amount of annual visits to a licensed acupuncturist. For many plans the annual visit limit resets at the beginning of every year. Please ask your insurance company if you have a visit limit for acupuncture and whether or not those visits count towards your deductible. Buying Packages…
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Accessibility in a Historic DC Building

How Does Pekoe do it?  You may have seen pictures of Pekoe and its staff on social media but have you ever been on a tour of Pekoe or checked out all of its accessibility features? In this post we take time to tell you a bit more about the awesome healing space that we work in everyday! PARKING As with anywhere in DC, always check the parking signs, but there are stretches of street parking near the center which are free on Sundays and metered the other days of the week. Should you have trouble finding parking, there is a garage across the street for the Giant food store on 8th and O St, which will validate for up to 2 hours with a purchase. We are also right…
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Flawed Studies, Incorrect Reporting, & Irresponsible Sharing Part I: Red Meat

March 7, 2019 (less than 4 minute read) The Harvard Meat Study of 2012 This particular study (stating that red meat causes cancer & heart disease) is a perfect example of how an observational study can shape or validate our ideas, cause incredible confusion, form public health policy, and be terribly flawed. Every few months this report, or copies of it, pops back up in my feed and I want to reach through the interwebs and slap some people. Not because I enjoy red meat, and feel implicated in each share, but because this type of irresponsibility is rampant in medicine and nutrition- it causes confusion so patients do not receive proper information or adequate treatment, and then we have to do a lot of work to undo the misinformation.…
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Happy Open Enrollment Season!

Picking an acupuncture-friendly policy It’s open enrollment season and you know what that means: it’s time to make decisions about your 2020 insurance coverage! We get a lot of questions about which plan you should pick to get the most of your acupuncture benefits. Truth is we really don't know sometimes! We're going to do our best to share with you what we know from our years of experience. All practitioners at Pekoe are in-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS for short) and many of you have the BCBS Federal Employee Program (FEP) policy. Much of the information listed here will refer to BCBS and BCBS FEP policies. As for other plans and BCBS benefits, you'll have to either call customer service (see: Useful q's below!), or check your…
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Zantac and Possible Cancer Risks

It has been found that ranitidine (Zantac), contains an impurity called N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a probable human carcinogen. Zantac is one of the most common over-the-counter medications used my millions of people around the world. Still many questions are still out there about whether or not it is safe to take this medication, but as a precaution, I would strongly suggest that you do not, and that you share this information with anyone you know that might be taking it. Listen to the below podcast if you have time, or if you’d like a brief and hastily-written summary, please read on! Find a link to Dr. Peter Attia’s podcast “the drive” here, or from your favorite player. This particular podcast, #75 with David Light, speaks about a recent Zantac recall. During…
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