What is a Registered Dietitian?
A registered dietitians (RD) is an expert in food and nutrition who have met the criteria from the Committee of Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. They provide Medical Nutrition Therapy as well as preventative nutrition counseling.
What is Medical Nutrition Therapy?
Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) is a nutritional diagnostic therapy and counseling service for disease management. Services are provided by a licensed and registered dietitian (RD). The RD provides MNT based on the protocols of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics developed to improve patient outcomes.
What services are provided?
Our Massachusetts State Licensed, Registered Dietitians are available to help you with your nutritional needs related to:
- Celiac Disease (Gluten Free)
- Cholesterol and Triglyceride Disorders
- Gastrointestinal Disorders
- Kidney Disorders
- Liver Disorders
- Low FODMAP Diet
- Pediatric Nutrition
- Prenatal Nutrition
- Sports Nutrition
- Tube Feedings
- Vegetarian Diets
- Weight Management
Do I need a referral from my doctor?
A signed order from your physician is required. The order should include a diagnosis code, pertinent lab values, and medical history. Following consultations, a progress report can be provided to the referring physician.
Will insurance cover my visit?
If you have Medicare, 3 hours of MNT is covered per calendar year if you have diabetes or stage 4 chronic kidney disease. For all other insurance providers, please check for MNT eligibility with your individual insurance plan.
For information on self-pay costs and options call 978-946-8450. You can also email WeightManagement@lawrencegeneral.org.