Multiple disease states and their detrimental effects on morbidity and mortality can be prevented or minimized with effective and timely nutrition and lifestyle intervention. Nutrition intervention and counseling provided by a Registered Dietitian, when part of a health care team, have a positive impact on body weight, blood pressure and glycated hemoglobin, (A1C).
What is Medical Nutrition Therapy?
In the health care arena this nutrition intervention is referred to as “Medical Nutrition Therapy” (MNT). The MNT is focused on management of disease
; involves in-depth individualized nutrition assessment/re-assessment, determination and application of the nutrition intervention program personalized for the individual or group and tailored to manage the disease, injury or condition.
What does Medicare Cover?
Medicare Part B covers Medical Nutrition Therapy
services provided by a Registered Dietitian or nutrition professional that meets certain requirements. These services may include one-on-one or group counseling.
Who is it for?
Medical Nutrition Therapy can be beneficial for everyone especially for those with certain medical conditions or weight issues. However, Medicare covers MNT for individuals with diabetes, chronic kidney disease or people who have had a kidney transplant in the last 36 months.
How much does it cost?
pay no copay and no deductible for the service with a doctor prescription. A registered dietitian or a Medicare-approved nutrition professional must provide the Medical Nutrition Therapy.
Rossie Bonefont, MPH, RD, LDN
Rossie Bonefont, is a Registered Dietitian and Licensed Dietitian and Nutritionist. She has spent over twenty years in the health field on nutrition assessment and counseling, wellness promotion and public health.