New Consent Forms
You will be asked to fill out consent forms before your first treatment since we closed for COVID-19
Please read these over before your visit.
Welcome to Our Community!
The following pages are a brief summary of how we do things here. Included are some community room guidelines, our financial policies, and a “consent to treat” form. If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to ask.
Here at East Village Acupuncture & Massage, we offer truly effective treatments in a room, with several treatments occurring at the same time. This allows us to offer high quality acupuncture at a price that is low enough to allow our patients to come in regularly and frequently. Our goal here is to help you get better and stay better!
Talking is kept at a minimum. We may ask you specific questions about the symptoms you are experiencing, but in general an attempt is made to keep voices down.
Cell phones must be turned off before entering the community room.
Privacy is attempted, but cannot be guaranteed. Again, voices are kept low, and talking is at a minimum. However, because we treat in a large open space, it is simply not realistic for us to guarantee your privacy.
We are in network with BCBS and Cigna- if you would like your insurance benefits checked so see if acupuncture is covered for you please fill out a benefits check form on our website.
Punctuality is extremely important! For Massage: if you are late your massage will be cut short because there is a person scheduled right after you. For Acupuncture: Even though your appointment lasts for 60 minutes you are booking 15 minutes with an acupuncturist who is seeing a new patient every 15 minutes. If you are late for your appointment we cannot guarantee that we will be able to see you and you will be charged for the appointment.
Please note that we have a 24-hour cancellation policy. If you must cancel your appointment with less than 24 hours notice you will be charged the full amount of the session.
In checking the box below I agree that East Village Acupuncture & Massage is in no way responsible for the safekeeping of my personal belongings while I am in treatment. I agree to all terms and policies of East Village Acupuncture & Massage, including the cancellation policy. I have read and understood the consent to treat and arbitration forms.
Massage and ACUPUNCTURE INFORMED CONSENT TO TREAT
Thereby request and consent to the performance of massage, acupuncture treatments and other procedures within the scope of the practice of acupuncture on me (or on the patient named below, for whom I am legally responsible) by the acupuncturist(s) who now or in the future treat me.
I understand that methods of treatment may include, but are not limited to, massage, acupuncture, cupping, electric stimulation, Chinese herbal medicine, and nutritional counseling. The herbs may have an unpleasant smell or taste. I will immediately notify a member of the clinical staff of any unanticipated or unpleasant effects associated with the consumption of the herbs.
I have been informed that acupuncture is a generally safe method of treatment, but that it may have some side effects, including bruising, numbness or tingling near the needling sites that may last a few days, and dizziness or fainting. Unusual risks of acupuncture include spontaneous miscarriage, nerve damage and organ puncture, including lung puncture (pneumothorax). Infection is another possible risk, although the clinic uses sterile disposable needles and maintains a clean and safe environment.
I understand that while this document describes the major risks of treatment, other side effects and risks may occur. The herbs and nutritional supplements (which are from plant, animal, and mineral sources) that have been recommended are traditionally considered safe in the practice of Chinese Medicine, although some may be toxic in large doses. I understand that some herbs may be inappropriate during pregnancy. Some possible side effects of taking herbs are nausea, gas, stomachache, vomiting, headache, diarrhea, rashes, hives, and tingling of the tongue. I will notify a clinical staff member who is caring for me if I am or become pregnant.
I do not expect the clinical staff to be able to anticipate and explain all possible risks and complications of treatment, and I wish to rely on the clinical staff to exercise judgment during the course of treatment, which the clinical staff thinks at the time, based upon the facts then known, is in my best interest. I understand that results are not guaranteed.
I understand the clinical and administrative staff may review my patient records and lab reports, but all my records will be kept confidential and will not be released without my written consent.
By voluntarily signing, I show that I have read, or have had read to me, the above consent to treatment, have been told about the risks and benefits of acupuncture and other procedures, and have had an opportunity to ask questions. I intend this consent form to cover the entire course of treatment for my present condition and for any future condition(s) for which I seek treatment.
Article 1: Agreement to Arbitrate: It is understood that any dispute as to medical malpractice, that is as to whether any medical services rendered under this contract were unnecessary or unauthorized or were improperly, negligently, or incompetently rendered, will be determined by submission to arbitration as provided by California law, and not by a lawsuit or resort to court process except as California law provides for judicial review or arbitration proceedings. Both parties to this contract, by entering into it, are giving up their constitutional rights to have any such dispute decided on a court of law before a jury, and instead are accepting the use of arbitration. Article 2: All Claims Must be Arbitrated: It is the intention of the parties that this agreement bind all parties whose claims may arise out of or related to treatment or service provided by the physician including any spouse or heirs of the patient and any children, whether born or unborn, at the time of the occurrence giving rise to any claim. In the case of any pregnant mother, the term "patient" herein shall mean the mother and the mother's expected child or children. All claims for monetary damages exceeding the jurisdictional limit of the small claims court against the physician, and the physician's partners, associates, association, corporation or partnership, and the employees, agents and estates of any if them, must be arbitrated including, without limitation, claims for loss of consortium, wrongful death, emotional distress or punitive damages. Article 3: Procedures and Applicable Law: A demand for arbitration must communicate in writing to all parties. Each party shall select an arbitrator (party arbitrator) within thirty days and a third arbitrator (neutral arbitrator) shall be selected by the arbitrators appointed by the parties within thirty days of a demand for a neutral arbitrator by either party. Each party to the arbitration shall pay such party's pro rata share of the expenses and fees of the neutral arbitrator, together with other expenses of the arbitration incurred or approved by the neutral arbitrator, not including counsel fees or witness fees, or other expenses incurred by a party for such party's own benefit. Either party shall have the absolute right to arbitrate separately the issues of liability and damages upon written request to the neutral arbitrator. The parties consent to the intervention and joinder in this arbitration of any person or entity which would otherwise be a proper additional party in a court action, and upon such intervention and joinder any existing court action against such additional person or entity shall be stayed pending arbitration. The parties agree that provisions of state and federal law, where applicable, establishing the right to introduce evidence of any amount payable as a benefit to the patient to the maximum extent permitted by law, limiting the right to recover non-economic losses, and the right to have a judgment for future damages conformed to periodic payments, shal apply to disputes within the arbitration agreement. The parties further agree that the Commercial Arbitration Rules of the American Arbitration Association shall govern any arbitration conducted pursuant to the arbitration agreement. Article 4: General Provisions: All claims based upon the same incident, transaction or related circumstances shall be arbitrated in once proceeding. A claim shall be waived and forever barred if (1) on the date notice thereof is received, the claim, if asserted in a civil action, would be barred by the applicable California statute of limitations, or (2) the claimant fails to pursue the arbitration claim in accordance with the procedures prescribed herein with reasonable diligence. With respect to any matter not herein expressly provided for, the arbitrators shall be governed by the California Code of Civil Procedure provisions relating to arbitration. Article 5: Revocation: This agreement may be revoked by written notice delivered to the physician within 30 days, or signature. It is the intent of this agreement to apply to all medical services rendered any time for any condition. Article 6: Retroactive Effect: If patient intends this agreement to cover services rendered before the date it is Effective as of the date of first medical services. If any provision if this arbitration agreement is held invalid or unenforceable, the remaining provisions shall remain in full force and shall not be affected by the invalidity of any other provision. I understand that I have the right to receive a copy of this arbitration agreement. By my signature below, acknowledge that I have received a copy. NOTICE: BY SIGNING THIS CONTRACT YOU ARE AGREEING TO HAVE ANY ISSUE OF MEDICAL MALPRACTICE DECIDED BY NEUTRAL ARBITRATION AND YOU ARE GIVING UP YOUR RIGHT TO A JURY OR COURT TRIAL. SEE ARTICLE 1 OF THIS CONTRACT.
COVID-19 INFORMED CONSENT TO TREAT
I understand that the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). I further understand that COVID-19 is extremely contagious and may be contracted from various sources. I understand COVID-19 has a long incubation period during which carriers of the virus may not show symptoms and still be contagious.
I understand that I am the decision maker for my health care. Part of this office’s role is to provide me with information to assist me in making informed choices. This process is often referred to as “informed consent” and involves my understanding and agreement regarding recommended care, and the benefits and risks associated with the provision of health care during a pandemic. Given the current limitations of COVID-19 virus testing, I understand determining who is infected with COVID-19 is exceptionally difficult.
To proceed with receiving care, I confirm and understand the following
• I understand my treatment may create circumstances, such as the discharge of respiratory droplets or person-to- person contact, in which COVID-19 can be transmitted.
• I understand that I am opting for an elective treatment that may not be urgent or medically necessary, and that I have the option to defer my treatment to a later date. However, while I understand the potential risks associated with receiving treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic, I agree to proceed with my desired treatment at this time.
• I understand due to the frequency of appointments with patients, the attributes of the virus, and the characteristics of procedures, I may have an elevated risk of contracting COVID-19 simply by being in a health care office.
• I confirm I am not experiencing any of the following symptoms of COVID-19 that are listed below:
*Fever *Shortness of Breath
*Dry Cough *Runny Nose
*Sore Throat *Loss of Taste or Smell
*Sore Throat *Loss of Taste or Smell
I understand travel increases my risk of contracting and transmitting the COVID-19 virus. I verify that I have NOT in the past 14 days I have not traveled: 1) Outside of the United States to countries that have been affected by COVID-19; or 2) Domestically within the United States by commercial airline, bus, or train.
• I am informed that you and your staff have implemented preventative measures intended to reduce the spread of COVID-19. However, given the nature of the virus, I understand there may be an inherent risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 by proceeding with this treatment. I hereby acknowledge and assume the risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 through this elective treatment and give my express permission to you and the staff at your offices to proceed with providing care.
• I have been offered a copy of this consent form.
I KNOWINGLY AND WILLINGLY CONSENT TO THE TREATMENT WITH THE FULL UNDERSTANDING AND DISCLOSURE OF THE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH RECEIVING CARE DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC. I CONFIRM ALL OF MY QUESTIONS WERE ANSWERED TO MY SATISFACTION.
I HAVE READ, OR HAVE HAD READ TO ME, THE ABOVE COVID-19 RISK INFORMED CONSENT TO TREAT. I APPRECIATE THAT IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO CONSIDER EVERY POSSIBLE COMPLICATION TO CARE. I HAVE ALSO HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT ITS CONTENT, AND BY CHECKING THE BOX BELOW, I AGREE WITH THE CURRENT OR FUTURE RECOMMENDATION TO RECEIVE CARE AS IS DEEMED APPROPRIATE FOR MY CIRCUMSTANCE. I INTEND THIS CONSENT TO COVER THE ENTIRE COURSE OF CARE FROM ALL PROVIDERS IN THIS OFFICE FOR MY PRESENT CONDITION AND FOR ANY FUTURE CONDITION(S) FOR WHICH I SEEK CARE FROM THIS OFFICE.
By checking the box below you agree to the above terms and:
I have read and I understand the Arbitration Agreement.
I have read and I understand the Consent to Treat Form.
I have read and I understand the COVID-19 Informed Consent to Treat Form.
New York law requires that we encourage you to see an MD for any health problems you are experiencing. Please check the box to acknowledge that you have read and understood this statement.
I have read and I understand the cancellation policy. I agree to pay the full price for any appointments missed without 24-hour notice.
Download a pdf of our welcome letter and consent forms.