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We Are Preferred Providers…But, It Gets Better.

By admedical posted on 01-31-12

Posted on 01-31-12 in A D News

diabetes, nutritional therapy, registered dietitians, preferred providers, insurance, medicare

By Chris Lauer

We just added a new page to our site called We Are Preferred Providers…

…Sounds boring, but stay with me.  Besides contracting with BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois and Aetna, we are also Medicare Providers.  And, while many people have gripes about Medicare and fret about its future, the same people may be surprised to know how Progressive Medicare coverage can be.

Diabetes Types 1 and 2 are different, but they Both can benefit from dietary adjustment.  That’s where Medicare allows us into the picture.  As a Group Practice of Registered Dietitians (RDs) specializing in Managing Diabetes, we practice one-on-one Outpatient Medical Nutritional Therapy (MNT).

Medicare covers this because It WorksIt is prescribed by the physician and furnished by the RD to evaluate the insurance member and coordinate ongoing care with the referring physician.

Translation:  MNT helps people and saves healthcare $$

The U.S. government has paved the way as the first to reimburse nutritional therapy for diabetes care, inspiring a few progressive insurance carriers to follow suit.  BUT, there’s more work to do.  Many insurance carriers are still unfamiliar with MNT, much less a Group practice of RDs.

Please, Click one of the share icons below.  Help us spread the word to insurance companies, so more people can receive better diabetes care.

Comments (3)


Aidan Bertie says:
November 07, 2012

Hi,

Very nice post.
Thanks for sharing with us.
Also in future if I have any question then can I ask to you?

Thanks


admedical says:
December 05, 2012

America’s Dietitians is always looking to stay progressive in its’ ways to help manage PWD. We are always willing to answer your questions or respond to your comments as best as we can. Thank you Aidan.


Barbara Smith MS,RD,CDE says:
December 04, 2012

I am mostly retired now, but worked as a dietitian/diabetes educator at a small diabetes center. It was always a challenge to get people in to see me or to attend class. With all the doctor appts., that pwd have, I can see why they don’t want to take more time off from work. I think it would benefit a lot of people if we could go to them. I have been thinking of trying this, but would like to hear if others have done this.
My idea is to approach a business or an insurance company to see if they would pay for someone to come and teach their employees with diabetes more about taking care of themselves – similar to class topics, but broken down into “lunch and learn” times, maybe 45 minutes at a time. If say 12 people attended, the cost to the insurance company would likely be much less than if they had to pay for 12 people separately, so they would save. The attendees would have other people to be supportive in their place of work, and maybe 6-10 short sessions would help them make behavior changes better than just attending 3 classes would.
Has anyone tried this approach?


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