We provide individual counseling (Medical Nutrition Therapy or MNT) with a registered dietitian for all nutrition-related conditions including:
- Celiac Disease (gluten free diet)
- Eating Disorders
- Food Allergies
- Gastrointestinal Disorders
- Heart Disease
- High Blood Pressure
- High Cholesterol and Lipids
- Sports Nutrition
- Weight Management
A referral from a physician is not required to see a Registered Dietitian (RD), but having a referral may increase chances of getting insurance reimbursement. The dietitian will communicate with your MD if you have a referral.
The cost to see an RD varies depending on time spent with the dietitian. The dietitian will be able to give you more specific information about the cost of the consult. Generally a first time visit will last an hour. Follow-up visits are usually 30 minutes in length and are highly recommended to answer questions and reinforce new eating behaviors. To be most effective, a minimum of 3 visits with a dietitian are recommended. Insurance coverage for MNT depends on the insurance company. We will bill your insurance company and we recommend that you call and ask about your coverage ahead of time. Most SelectHealth plans reimburse up to 5 visits a year for a majority of health conditions.
Making the most of your visit with an RD:
Dietitians are trained to examine your eating habits, including where, when and what you eat. They then individualize the meal plan and nutrition counseling to help you be successful in making difficult lifestyle changes. The more information you can provide to the dietitian, the more help they can give you.
Since most of us do not remember what we ate yesterday, keeping a food record for a week and bringing it to your appointment is very helpful to the dietitian. Simply record everything you eat or drink and include time of day and portions if possible.
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