Wellness Wednesday: Will Medicare cover Nutritionist Therapy
Medicare Part B covers medical nutrition therapy (MNT) services and certain related services. A Registered Dietitian or nutrition professional who meets certain requirements can provide these services. But, only your doctor can refer you for these services. MNT services may include:
- An initial nutrition and lifestyle assessment
- Individual and/or group nutrition therapy services
- Follow-up visits to check on your progress in managing your diet
If you’re in a rural area, you may be able to get MNT through telehealth. A Registered Dietitian or other nutrition professional in a different location would provide the service.
If you get dialysis in a dialysis facility, Medicare covers MNT as part of your overall dialysis care.
People with Part B who meet at least one of these conditions:
- Have diabetes
- Have kidney disease
- Have had a kidney transplant in the last 36 months
People with Part B must get a referral from their doctor for the service.
You pay nothing for MNT services because Registered Dietitians and nutrition professionals must accept assignment.
Your doctor or other health care provider may recommend you get services more often than Medicare covers. Or, they may recommend services that Medicare doesn’t cover. If this happens, you may have to pay some or all of the costs. Ask questions so you understand why your doctor is recommending certain services and whether Medicare will pay for them.