Medical Nutrition Therapy is a nutrition-based treatment provided by a registered dietitian (RD) to help manage certain conditions and improve health.
What can you expect at your visit with the registered dietitian (RD)? Some people believe that an RD will give them a list of “good foods” and “bad foods” or will give them a strict diet that they must follow without regard to their individual food preferences. This is not the case. After learning about your health history, eating & exercise habits, the RD will help you set goals. She can review your lab results with you, help you understand your condition and provide education about the nutrients that affect it. The RD can then help you come up with an eating plan to help manage your condition.
Coverage for medical nutrition therapy varies by the type of insurance. Medicare Part B covers multiple visits with the registered dietitian for patients with diabetes or kidney disease when referred by a physician. Check with your insurance to see if medical nutrition therapy is covered by your plan.
Some questions to ask your insurance provider:
• Is medical nutrition therapy covered for your condition – such as diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, kidney disease, gastrointestinal issues, etc?
• How many visits are allowed each year?
• Do I need a referral from my physician?
• Is there a copay or coinsurance to see the registered dietitian nutritionist?
To schedule an appointment with Mitzi Filips, MS,RD,LMNT, please call her at 402-426-1232 or contact your physician for a referral.