I’ve updated the scheduling/pricing policy. I decided to utilize a flat fee as of April 2018, which is a change from the sliding scale model that was used early on. I just wanted to explain how the current pricing and scheduling system was settled upon for anyone that’s interested.
In April of 2018 I implemented a flat rate of $55 per treatment. Prior to that I offered sliding scale payments based upon how many times per week someone was getting treated. Under the sliding scale system Acupuncture was more expensive when coming once a week (top of the scale) and would get progressively less expensive the more times you came in (bottom of the scale). The remaining patients who were using the scale may not have intitally noticed the updated prices in the lobby, or the changes on the website reflecting the adjustment.
I have been happy to allow anyone who started under the sliding scale model to continue to use it for the Spring and Summer as they complete their already prescribed treatment plans. My original intention was to wrap up all courses of treatment, re-asess and begin a flat fee for ALL existing patients on Oct 1, 2018. I’ve had many one on one conversations over the last few months getting everyone on board and up to date. As Summer wraps up, and I prepare for the busy season of Fall, I realize that some people may not have visited the clinic in quite some time or are still unaware of the change. For that reason I’ve extended this deadline by three months until the end of the year. What this means is that any remaining patients that started under the sliding scale policy, who also need to wrap up treatment plans, may continue to use it for the remainder of 2018. As of January 1, 2019 the shop is no longer taking any sliding scale payments, and all visits will be a flat rate of $55.
The transition will allow me to have everyone be on the same page going forward. Under the sliding scale I often took 6 or more patients per hour which led to me having to enforce strict treatment times and wake folks up from their session sooner than I would like. In the few months since these changes I’ve consistently noticed improved clinical success within fewer total treatments. The new flat fee let’s me plan my treatment week much easier. It also allows me to pace myself for longer work days, and to take better care of the folks that come to see me. Adjunctive techniques like cupping, motor point therapy and e-stim can be implemented when needed, as I have more time available with each person. Please feel free to reach out to me personally if you have any questions regarding the change.
William Boylan Lic.Ac
The Acupuncture Clinic of Bedford