Why should I see a Registered Dietitian?
There is SO much information out there about health and nutrition. It can be difficult to sort through it all and know what’s valid, and most importantly, how that information applies to you. Every person is different, and there is no one size fits all approach to health.
What is a Registered Dietitian?
Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) are food and nutrition experts who have met the following criteria to earn the RDN credential:
- Completed a minimum of a bachelor’s degree at a US regionally accredited university or college and course work accredited or approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
- Completed an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program at a health-care facility, community agency, or a foodservice corporation or combined with undergraduate or graduate studies. Typically, a practice program will run six to 12 months in length.
- Passed a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).
- Completed continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration.
What is the difference between a nutritionist and a dietitian?
A Dietitian has met the criteria listed above. A nutritionist has not necessarily completed the above items. All dietitians are nutritionists, but not all nutritionists are dietitians.
Will insurance cover my visit?
LiveWell Nutrition, LLC is currently in network with the following insurance companies:
- Ambetter/Ambetter Value
- Anthem Medicaid
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Humana PPO and HMO
- Intermountain Healthcare
- Nevada Preferred Providers (United Health Network/Prominence)
- Sierra Health and Life
- Sierra Healthcare Options
- Silver Summit Medicaid
- Teachers Health Trust
- United HealthCare
Please note that some insurance companies have restrictions on what diagnoses will be covered. If you have questions regarding whether or not your visit will be covered by your insurance, we encourage you to call your insurance company and ask if they cover medical nutrition therapy, and if so, what diagnoses are covered.
What if my insurance won’t cover my visit?
We offer cash pay options if we are out of network or if your specific concern isn’t covered by your insurance plan. Initial visits are $100.00 and follow ups are $50.00.
How long are visits with the dietitian?
Typically initial visits are about an hour, and follow up visits are 30 minutes.
Can I bring someone with me to the appointment?
Of course! We understand sometimes it’s nice to have a second set of ears during the visit who can offer support.
Do you offer weekend appointments?
Yes! Weekend appointments are available on a limited basis.
I can’t make it in to the office–do you offer any appointments over video or phone?
We do! Whether you live out of town or just can’t find time to come in person, we have a solution. We offer Telehealth appointments, which can be over the phone or via video chat. The technology we use is HIPAA compliant. Many insurances are covering Telehealth during the Covid-19 crisis.
I’ve never seen a dietitian before–what can I expect?
During your first visit we’ll review your medical history, current medications, activity habits, and we’ll ask you some questions to get an idea of foods you typically like to eat. From there we’ll address any specific concerns you have and provide some education based on those concerns. We will typically end the session by setting some goals for things you can work on, and a then we’ll schedule a follow-up appointment if you’d like. You can use our confidential app to track your intake and/or upload pictures of your meals, both of which your dietitian will be able to view in between your visits. It allows us to stay connected even when you aren’t in the office!
Also, weight is just one way to measure success. There are times when maybe your clothes fit looser, but the number on the scale just doesn’t seem to budge! To account for this, we can also measure your body composition (body fat vs. lean mass) and body measurements, such as waist and hip circumference, to track progress. All of this is included in your visit.