Did you know that poor nutrition can lead to a number of chronic diseases ? In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says six in 10 adults in the U.S. have a chronic disease brought on by lifestyle choices like tobacco use, lack of exercise, excessive alcohol use and poor nutrition.
Nutrition counseling, or medical nutrition therapy (MNT) , has been shown to lower your chance of getting sick and improve your quality of life if you have a chronic disease.
Since 2002 , some Medicare beneficiaries have had access to MNT benefits, depending on health status and plan. So let’s talk about options when it comes to staying on top of your nutritional education.
How Do I Qualify for Medicare MNT Coverage?
Those who qualify pay nothing out of pocket. As a preventative service, the Part B deductible and coinsurance won’t apply to your MNT. Just have your doctor refer you to a registered dietician or other qualified nutrition professional, and Medicare can reimburse you for the services.
During the course of your MNT, you may get services like:
Your initial nutrition and lifestyle assessment
Individual and/or group therapy sessions
Help managing your chronic disease
Follow-up visits to check your progress