Medicare Offers Medical Nutrition Therapy

Posted on December 2, 2011


Medicare covers medical nutrition therapy services prescribed by a doctor for people with diabetes or kidney disease. This benefit includes an initial assessment of nutrition and lifestyle assessment, nutrition counseling, lifestyle management to help you control factors that affect diet, and follow-up visits to monitor your progress managing diet.

Medicare covered 3 hours of counseling your first year and then decreases to 2 for the subsequent years. You need a physician’s recommendation to access nutritional therapy, and you may also be able o get more hours of counseling per year for certain circumstances.

Who is eligible?
Medicare may cover medical nutrition therapy and certain related services if you have diabetes or kidney disease, or you had a kidney transplant in the last 3 years, and your doctor refers you for the service.

I encourage you to spread the word, and ask your physicians if you would benefit from nutritional therapy.