For Physicians

 

Attention Physicians!

Are you ready to take the health of your patients to a new level?

 

Referring to a Registered Dietitian (RD) and Licensed Nutritionist is a great way to improve the health of your patients and improve their long-term outcomes. At Vida Nutrition we strive to develop good relationships with our referring physicians and are confident you will be happy with our service.

Looking for something OUT OF THE BOX for your patients?

Encourage them to participate in my 7 Easy Steps to Permanent Weight Loss.  This comprehensive weight loss program covers everything from eating out to meal planning as well as mindful eating.  It also includes a personal supermarket tour.  The program is adaptable for patients struggling with diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol and more.

Why refer to an RD?

RDs provide MEDICAL NUTRITION THERAPY
RDs are the best qualified health care professionals to deliver nutrition education and medical nutrition therapy (MNT) services for prevention, wellness and disease management. Nutrition services provided by RDs can improve a consumer’s health and increase productivity and satisfaction levels through decreased doctor visits, hospitalizations and reduced prescription drug coverage.

RDs apply EVIDENCED-BASED PRACTICE
RDs provide care by applying the American Dietetic Association’s Evidence-based Nutrition Practice Guidelines. The Guidelines illustrate best practice for MNT related to specific diseases or conditions to achieve positive outcomes.

RDs are HIGHLY TRAINED PROFESSIONALS
RDs receive extensive training that combines academic preparation with hands-on, practical patient experience. RDs must complete a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, participate in a practice program involving direct patient interaction and pass a national registration exam. Approximately 50% of RDs hold advanced degrees. RDs are also required to complete continuing professional education to maintain their credential.

Who can be referred to a Registered Dietitian?

Anyone can be referred to a registered dietitian. Medicare will cover Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) for Diabetes, Chronic Kidney Disease (without dialysis) and post kidney transplant patients. Many other insurances will also cover MNT/nutrition counseling for a variety of additional conditions/diseases such as: IBS, obesity, HTN, lipid disorders, food allergies, malnutrition, celiac disease, etc. Vida Nutrition verifies all patients’ insurance benefits before seeing them to determine coverage and any out-of-pocket costs.

How to Refer To a Registered Dietitian at Vida Nutrition?

Please contact us at 786-479-4081 and we will provide your office staff with a tear pad of referral forms and a brief education on how to fill out the very simple form. It is important that we receive a complete physician referral to ensure that the patient’s insurance will cover our services and prevent the patient from having to cover the bill.

 

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